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Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claytong on 09-28-2011)
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Reviews by Sirwootalot:
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Sirwootalot

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Holy cow, I was NOT expecting this. I bought a Mountain Mixer on a whim (Also containing milk stout, polestar pilsener, and sawtooth ale), only quickly glancing at "black ale" and assuming I was in store for something like Arrogant Bastard.

My god was I wrong.

The first thing you notice is that it pours utterly pitch-black, with a hint of ebony around the edges and almost no head whatsoever. The nose is dominated by roasted barley with hints of bitter cacao, and is fairly mild.
The second it hit my mouth I thought "What? this is a porter, and a damn good one at that" - a heavy, malty backbone with hints of espresso foam and pumpernickel. After a few seconds, a subtle, insidious, and utterly divine rush of fresh-cracked black pepper washed through my mouth from front to back, bringing out almost fruity jalapeno-like notes from the yeast as it ever so gently ignited the back of my throat. The mouthfeel is unexpected - this is one of the more drinkable porters out there, lacking the all-too-common syrupiness that comes from too much chocolate or coffee used in some others.

Oh god, I need more of this beer in my life. It's hands-down the best surprise i've had all year, and a new favorite.

06-01-2012 01:50:51 | More by Sirwootalot
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a thin beige head that was gone quickly.A great mix of smoke and pepper overtop of chocolate and roast,alot going on.Wow this os a pepper porter just like the label says,sharp smoky peppers mixed with dark roast with some light chocolate coming into play,the pepper spice is the real deal here.No holds barred here its a bold peppery porter...the way it should be.

11-06-2011 00:07:06 | More by oberon
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Bitzer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-04-2011 22:58:24 | More by Bitzer
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robbk7

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-14-2011 15:43:58 | More by robbk7
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Pours dark brown with one finger of tan head. Head doesn't last long and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Bit of a sweet cream aroma as well.

T - Coffee more prevalent here than in the aroma. Actually drinks a bit like a coffee milk stout. After the initial coffee with cream taste,, more roasted malts and chocolate come through, with a nice subtle pepper bite coming in near the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is quite creamy. Finish is a bit more dry and roasty.

O - This is an enjoyable beer that uses the pepper component wisely, adding just a touch of heat without being distracting.

02-14-2012 20:44:00 | More by warnerry
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Pour is very dark amber, long lasting dark mocha head, and leaving dense low sheeting, bits and some larger strands and blobs of lacing here and there.

Moderate nose of chilis, with some dark chocolate mixed in.

Flavorful porter with ample chili notes and character. More then a hint of chili heat and flavor hitting me in the back of the throat. Quite enjoyable for a chili head such as myself. Nice dark chocolate, and smoke notes as well.
Complex and well crafted with multiple flavors combining nicely.

I'll be on the lookout for bottles of this one. Chili heads unite and go get some of this one.

05-02-2012 01:41:41 | More by Billolick
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codysjb

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 07:24:08 | More by codysjb
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is classic porter with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. I also get a hint of smoke in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of chocolate in the flavor, as well as some roasted and nearly burnt malt. There is a little bit of heat from the peppers as the beer is swallowed and some earthy pepper notes in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

10-10-2011 01:12:45 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-11-2012 13:43:09 | More by Skye1024
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near-black ruby with thin tan head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and molasses, with a touch of smoke. Expected a little more in the aroma department.

Taste: Smoky and roasted, with char, chocolate, molasses and coffee. The peppers are noticeable in the finish, proving a long, spicy, hot aftertaste. Other than the peppery finish, this is a fairly subtle and mild beer.

Feel: Creamy and full-bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Finish is mostly dry with some very light heat.

Overall: Nice Smoked Porter with the peppers providing a slight kick. Well balanced overall, and nothing is overdone. I wish I had tried the first two Fade to Black beers.

11-01-2011 23:00:07 | More by bsp77
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hohnx012

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-26-2012 01:55:02 | More by hohnx012
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-08-2012 17:28:48 | More by fionn13
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2012 03:22:11 | More by jmbraxton
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wo87810

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

03-07-2012 22:41:42 | More by wo87810
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Dark opaque body with a light tan head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has an earthy chile pepper noted about amongst the dark malts. Flavor has the dark roasted malt sweetness with a perfect amount of heat coming from the peppers even a hint of smokiness a really creative interesting take on the porter style. Fade to Black has been an excellent by the six pack specialty release series so far. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied dry spicy finish with some linger heat that warms the belly quite a bit. Overall an enjoyable pepper/chile beer that caught me by surprise I didn't inspect the neck label to determine what style this beer was so it was a surprise with my first sip to catch the heat.

10-08-2011 00:36:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Very fresh (tto fresh?) bottle produced 22 Sept. 11.

Appearance: Nearly black with red-brown highlights at the edges and a tan head,. Decent retention and fairly good lacing.

Smell: dark roasted malts; smokey with subtle hint of chile pepper. Surprisingly sweet and floral/fruity. Quite complex. ABV rather apparent.

Taste - roasted malts and a moderate dose of chile pepper: enough to produce a clear flavor contribution and some heat (just short of a burn). Some coffee and smoke in the lasting, but not especially enjoyable, finish.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin; heat from the chilies. Good carbonation excepting it makes the body feel lighter than it would with less carbonation.

O - certainly has character and complexity. Enough chile to put off some tasters, no doubt, but I found the combination interesting and enjoyed the added dynamics. Still, the taste got old, partly due to the smokiness, before the bottle was done.

10-06-2011 00:37:18 | More by chinchill
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schoon

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-12-2012 00:54:09 | More by schoon
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-13-2011 02:39:40 | More by richkrull
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cisteve

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-07-2012 02:11:04 | More by cisteve
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-08-2012 17:14:33 | More by acurtis
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-20-2012 23:53:00 | More by ltdantheman
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LeoPanna

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-05-2012 00:59:30 | More by LeoPanna
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Aml42000

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%

A- Dark brown, a bit translucent against a light.

S- A bit shy on the nose. Some smoke and roasted aromatics.

T- If you like smokey flavor, this is the beer for you. An interesting component, but at the expense of everything else, not so much.

M- Medium bodied and a bit thin for porter. High carbonation. Nothing special.

O- A decent porter, but not my favorite left hand offering. Would drink one if poured, but would not seek out in the future.

02-11-2012 22:27:54 | More by Aml42000
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-23-2014 14:47:14 | More by Griffith
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

The blackest shade of brown possible, inky with light barely penetrating the edges. The head is no more than a slumped shoulder of tan, and where it sticks around in stunted form it leaves a few streaks of lace.
Raisins-in-dark chocolate nose, augmented with earthy, herbal cigar smoke, liquorice, vanilla pod, Port, and burnt autumn leaves. The pepperedness is hinted at, but not expressed forthright. It smells delicious, regardless.
It rolls past the teeth with milk chocolate and raisin notes. The chocolate fortifies and migrates darker. Cocoa nibs show incredible legs and last long past the swallow. It cycles past burnt toast and espresso, with wafts of campfire and cigar smokiness, along with the meatiness of grill scrapings. For a while, this suggests Vol.2 with its smokiness, though I don't believe it's from the malt. The culprit arises as the distinct smoked bite of chipotle materializes. The heat, subdued and smoky initially, builds towards the potent seeds and chile oil and lingers past each gulp. A subdued Port sweetness adds a countpoint on the close.
Medium bodied, inching fuller as its nearly still in carbonation. It actually works well here, giving a cask-type feel, and letting the malt and the smoky heat play off each other.
This is a stunner. A girthy porter with a weighty addition of pepper seems like an overreach, but there's either a deft balance or a harmonious overload of both here.
My feelings on Left Hand are generally lukewarm, but the Fade to Black series has established itself as something I eagerly look forward to every year. This is its most idiosyncratic yet, and probably its best.

10-27-2011 06:11:38 | More by cokes
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Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.