Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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2.45/5 rDev -36%
Smokey, roasted grains, coffee, faint vanilla, and spicy cloves that mix for an instant with the pepper. The pepper is obvious after the first sip, and the more I drink the more the pepper takes over, coating the back of my throat. It brings a different (not bad) heat to the beer, but it also stunts my palate, I don’t think I could switch over to another beer after drinking this. Medium thin mouthfeel. About halfway through this beer, the pepper has almost completely taken over and I’m bored.
Years ago, I tried LH’s first FtB export stout. It was excellent, and just about everyone agrees it’s the best of this FtB series. Just like I said about Stone’s Belgo-Anise RIS, bravo for experimenting, now cross this experiment off your list and bring back the tastier beer you had before!
02-11-2012 04:30:51 | More by nsabo
2.45/5 rDev -36%
Got this at Geers in Gent last weekend.
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Roasted and smoked malts, cocoa powder and some light peppery notes. A touch of caramel and sweet cream as well. SMells pretty nice really.
TASTE: Roasted and dark malts up front with sweet cream, dark chocoalte and a pepper bite at the swallow. Mild but lingering aftertaste of chocolate, vanilla cream and roasted notes are minor compared to the pepper burn that hits the back of the throat. The pepper component is rough here. Unballanced and somewhat offensive.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry. A big pepper kick tickels the back of the throat. Everything is fine, but the peppers make it like spicy mexican food. Fine for mexican, but tough for a beer.
OVERALL: This is fine, especially if you like spicy food. It has a big pepper kick for sure, but in my view, that pepper kick just makes the beer harsh as opposed to adding any real flavor or complexity to the beer. The base beer seems fine and perhaps this one would have been better without the chili peppers. Regardless, Left Hand can brew nice beer, but this one was a dud if you ask me. I dumped most of it. Skip it.
07-09-2012 19:14:53 | More by Jeffo
2.85/5 rDev -25.6%
Pours pitch black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a very thin beige head that immediately disappears without a trace of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with a touch of smoke along with a prominent pepper presence. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with licorice/anise but the chili peppers really come through especially as it warms.
Medium bodied with a decent amount of roasted malt up front with coffee, toast and chocolate notes followed by some light fruit and licorice before the peppers come in on the finish. Tastes kind of sweet with peppery spice up front with subtle vinous notes as well along with the anise/licorice character. The chilies aren't that noticeable until they come on strong in the finish. Plenty of lingering heat along with strong alcohol presence make this one a bit harsh. The pepper flavor isn't that bad but the alcohol and weird licorice notes clash resulting in a bit of a mess. I'm glad I got to try this one but finishing 12oz is proving to be a chore.
11-15-2011 09:07:08 | More by corby112
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
Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.