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

Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barcade Jrsey City. Clear winner of the what I tried tonight. Three-eighths of a n inc of head. on a black bodied. Thick lace. Chile spicey aroma and some stout and licorice. Tasty, it grows on me and I finished my pint.Peppers all chiles.Wouyld have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 05:04:32 | More by Sammy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well crafted American Porter with a little extra peppery bite and heat to balance against chocolate sweetness, coffee, and toast flavor.

Pouring as most Porters should with a deep and dark solid brown color with a mild haze. A dense, light tan head forms in most creamy fashion however short statured, before the light carbonation gives up on the regeneration of head character, allowing the foam stance to evaporate.

Porterish aromas carry a muted scent of chocoate, coffee, toast, and light roast. A hint of pepper can be detected but I didn't know better, I would have assumed the sharpness was from alcohol. Light vegital notes and an element of malty cream round out the nose.

Flavors of rich and creamy malt begin to shape the flavor profile, along with a quick rise of bittersweet chocolate, French press coffee, medium toast, light char, roasted walnuts, and burnt caramel. The finish brings about the rise mild heat and the bite of black peppercorns that are obviously not of alcohol origins.

Full bodied, but not chewy or rich- the early creamy carbonated and malted froathy texture makes a nice transition toward weighted malt at mid palate, before finishing roasty dry and with the complex bite of alcohol warmth and peppery sharpness.

A very good Porter with just a kiss of pepper for complexity and depth. Definately Fade to Black-worthy!

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 19:10:00 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; traces of amber are visible near the near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a very thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has spicy flavors of pepper in the finish, which particularly lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the finish tingles your tongue.
O: This is a very flavorful porter and the pepper adds some interesting qualities to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:32:56 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled On: 09/22/11.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, light tan, spumy head. No more than a few pencil-prick dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Already, I get a little sniff of the peppers emanating up from the glass as I pour. Forward notes of chiles, with the roasty, chocolate-scented malts coming in second. Light trace of smokiness, too.

Taste: Sweet, malty beginnings of chocolate bar, caramel, sweetened coffee, and toast. Very slight smokey character preceding a smooth albeit spicy chile quality with, thankfully, no more heat that needed. The hops, at best, add a light spicy hint to aid the peppers, but, for the most part, stay out of the way of the 'guest' flavoring agent. Faint dark fruitiness. Malty, drying, lightly chile-accented finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well-rounded, it's note just a bland, no-thought beer with a gimmicky addition of chiles thrown in, but a fairly smooth, flavorful porter integrated with the heat-inducing peppers. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:25:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:07:06 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I've been impressed with the first two entries in this series, so word of this one came happily to my ears. It pours a dark garnet-sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-white foam. The nose comprises molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, light black pepper, and the faintest hint of smoked chipotle pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with emphasis on the molasses and chocolate, and the heat from the peppers finally makes itself known. It's mild, subdued, but still noticeable. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter, one that mixes a strong base with a nice amount of pepper (in terms of both heat and flavor). Keep 'em comin', Left Hand!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:29:09 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand "Fade To Black Pepper Porter"
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date
$1.99 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

I appears and smells like a standard porter. If there is a bit of pepper in the aroma it's not strong. I think I'm finding something, but I also believe my mind might just be suggesting it to me because I know there are peppers in there.

The flavor, however, is a bit different. It remains a fairly basic porter upfront, but some pepper flavor does become apparent at the swallow, and then lingers in the finish. There's a bit of smokiness as well, and of course, some heat. It's not overdone though, and I certainly wouldn't call it "hot"... perhaps it's got the heat of a mild salsa. It will build on your palate as you progress, however, and by mid-glass you should be feeling some tingling on your lips and in your throat.

That said, it remains quite drinkable. They've done a great job of adding a little bit of character and interest without stepping all over the rest of the beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 15:04:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Hard pour rouses a thin tan foam that quickly settles to a thick collar and a few stray bubbles. Body is a dark brown with some transparency and reddish highlights to it.

S - Very smokey, with some bell pepper notes as well. As it warms up there are chocolate cake and cookie flavors present, as well as some nice roast character. Not much in the way of alcohol.

T - Taste is similar, with chocolate, caramel, cookie, and roasted malts mingling with smoke and peppers. There finish has some charry bitterness, and the aftertaste is entirely smoke.

M - Carbonation is medium-high, and a bit more than I tend to like from a porter. Finish has lots of lingering mouth-coating smoke coating and light stickiness. Medium body with a smooth texture.

D - This beer was a pleasant surprise. The pepper flavor is fairly mild and integrates with the smoked porter base. I had no problems drinking a 12oz bottle, and I'd consider grabbing this again. Definitely the best thing I've tried from Left Hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:19:52 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/27/11. Served in a footed tulip glass.

Black body, a glint of red in the light. Cascading dark tan foam, creamy texture, recedes slowly on the second pour, leaving a halo formation of lace. A thin skim remains on the surface for awhile.

It smells mildy roasty with a hint of dark fruit sweetness, raisin maybe and molasses.

Tastes sort of chocolatey and bitter, dry finish with a peppery tingle after a bigger swig. Light to medium bodied, pretty smooth and easy to drink. As it warms there are distinctive pepper notes that build up, but there isn't much heat. Overall it's pretty drinkable and tasty, though i'm not sure if i'd go for it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:10:04 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a sliver of tan head.

S: Dark chocolate & chile powder. Some lacing & head retention

T: Dark chocolate, a touch of woody hop dryness, some charred grain plus a little spicy pepper kick up front. Sweet cocoa as this warms with a touch of vanilla & even more pepper kick, some dark fruit lingers at the edges too. Finishes with pepper lick, a touch of somewhat cloying carob sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, thins out a bit once warm, skews a touch too sweet

A chile porter with some flaws, but I enjoyed this. Would love to pair some Mexican or Indian food with this

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:21:14 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:12:45 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chillies and smoked meat. Some typical porter-like aromas, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and a mild peppery spice. Some nice heat.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty pepper porter. Another good edition of the Fade to Black series.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:40:13 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light fizzy head covering fades to nothing almost instantly, over pitch black thicker looking beer.

Nose brings nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, some smoked malts, light creamy porter aroma, a bit of a chewy malt and light oats, very light peppery aroma as it warms, hint of caramel and vanilla like.

Taste starts with chocolate milk, creamy lactose like with a big chocolate kick, hint of baker's chocolate and cocoa, light chalky cocoa too, with a bit of caramel and vanilla. Then a big spicy kick suddenly rings through, some pepper heat like a light cayenne stings the tongue, but not heavy, with a bit of a peppercorn like flavor. Behind all that is a hint of roast and chocolate malts, almost chewy but not quite. A bit of bitterness comes through, probably more from the malts and pepper than any hops, which brings the finish. It finishes slightly drier with lots of spicy pepper lingering, a nice heat, with some creamy chocolate and lactose lingering, hint of caramel.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, quite creamy, a spicy pepper heat, and lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall interesting, a nice pepper flavor and heat kick without being overpowering, nice malts, plenty of chocolate and lactose like chocolate milk, very drinkable and a nice creamy.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:31:28 | More by jlindros
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored head.

Smell: roasted malts, chili pepper, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, a chili pepper bite, and a hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long lasting as the flavors stick to the tongue.

Overall: this is a slow sipping beer that was quite enjoyable and a bit unique. One per session will do.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 13:26:31 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing flavors and quite spicy hot. Tastes like black peppercorns at first sip, but as the heat rises you realize it's chili peppers. I wish I knew what variety, since I'm a big fan of restrained use of green chile and other peppers in beer. Rich flavors, very dark. Seems to be some deeply roasted malt and there are some hints of the usual Porter flavors, but it's quite hotted up. Long spicy nose.

Seems rather smoky after setting the bottle aside for awhile. Great flavors, low on drinkability, but thoroughly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:59:44 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so weird! pours a more stoutesque rich black color with a prominent mocha head. really super lively and lacey. smells not like black pepper really at all, but like a dry stout, almost burned and smooth. taste starts off like a porter normally does, satisfying, low key, and very very drinkable, but then comes the aftertaste... sharp resonant black pepper! or maybe even chili, it is warmin' up... boom! it lasts on the tongue for awhile and doesnt get hot like chili pepper, but has a pronounced warmth to it. extremely unconventional and perplexing. mouthfeel is amsolutely fantastic, with the layered smoothness of a well made dark beer and that interesting pepper thing happening at the end. im still tasting it (and enjoying it) 15 minutes after my last sip, hot on the lips a little bit like a well made steak au poivre, not like an indonesian curry. would never guess the higher abv either. well cloaked in black intrigue. awesome effort from lefthand, not my favorite beer, and i might not buy it again, but i certainly commend the originality!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:39:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Crescent & Vine. I enjoyed the previous Fade to Blacks, but wasn't terribly excited about them. This impressed me though, with a deeper chocolate character. There was a tasty roasted barley up front, and peppery heat in the finish, and then cooled hot chocolate between. It's the smooth, almost milky, cocoa that gets me—it's not something I'm used to finding in a porter, but damn it's good. Check this out, if you don't mind a little heat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 21:29:12 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of tan head and high carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoked malts, and very light spice. Not much pepper, and a pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of light pepper, spices, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is very spicey as it warms up; little too much pepper for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice porter. A little too much pepper in the taste for me, but still interesting and good. Would give it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 21:57:25 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2012 01:41:41 | More by Billolick
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 09:07:08 | More by corby112
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico Ballston the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, primarily showing coffee grounds and dark chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet porter, and once again the coffee ground flavor really seems to dominate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought, in what was basically a medium bodied beer. The alcohol is well disguised, and the finish was fairly long and coffee driven.

Frankly, this came across as more of a stout than a porter, and I can't say I picked up any of the pepper used in the recipe. A decent beer, but probably not something I need to revisit any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 16:23:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is black with an opaque clarity and thick 3 finger tan cap that settles to a crust of tiny beads. The smell is very malt focused with nice chocolate malt aroma which is nutty and has a nice element of caramel with only a hint of spice as it warms. The feel is mostly roasted with slight char and a nutty body with slight creamy and sweet middle. The carbonation is moderately high with subtle spice which seems to increase near the end of the bottle.

The taste is nice and roasty with substantial dark malt bitterness and a hint of toast crust edges adding to the subtle caramel malt and light biscuit flavor. The pepper is there if you look for it, but not so obtrusive that it stands in the way of the base. The finish is more bitter with dark malt and is fairly dry with a nice lingering heat from the pepper. The overall impression is that this is a nice beer to pair with food. I enjoyed the chance to dry this and it went well with some tacos for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 16:55:46 | More by Slatetank
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 10/27/2011. Pours clear almost opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. A decent amount of lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, red pepper, chilies, light coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Very nice aromas with good balance; pretty much everything I expected. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, red chilies, light smoke, and nice spiciness. Small amount of bitterness with spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and light coffee; with long lingering spicy heat on the finish. Medium body and carbonation; with a very nice creamy mouthfeel that drinks fairly smoothly. The peppers limit the drinkability a bit, but it still goes down nicely for being over 7%. Alcohol is not noticed at all, and is probably masked by some pepper heat in the back. Good balance of flavors, but the peppers take the front a bit more in the taste. Overall this is a very nice, unique, and enjoyable porter. I really enjoy spicy food, but I believe a little less pepper heat would have made it even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:51:32 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear (when held up to the light) dark brown to black in color with hints of red. This beer poured with very little light tan head which dissipated immediately. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and just a slight hint of the peppers.

T: Lots of upfront flavors of roasted malts followed by some hints of chocolate and pepper. Sweet and spicy but definitely on the sweeter side. The aftertaste is spicy.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Very enjoyable and definitely a beer I would want to have again. I have been pretty pleased with most of the dark beer I have had from Left Hand. Definitely different than other porters, the spiciness in the finish is really something special.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:35:34 | More by dbrauneis
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Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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