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

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

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86
very good

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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beesy

Ohio

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

Bottle was labeled as being bottled 09/22/11. Interesting that the bottle date was on the neck when the label has a white box specifically for this reason.

A - Poured a clear, dark brown that appears almost black in the glass. One finger tan head that fades to a slim head with good staying power. Some lacing present.

S - Notes of chocolate and caramel. Having a hard time picking up any pepper, but I'm coming off of fighting a cold and still a little congested.

T - Very noticable chocolate with a slight sweetness that finshes up with a touch of black pepper taste. I get a lingering warmness of hot peppers but cannot detect its actual flavor. Very slight detection of black pepper. (maybe the congestion is causing my smeller and taster to be a little desensitized).

M - Medium. Fits well with this beer. Any thicker and I fear it would become cloyingly sweet and any thinner and it couldn't hold the warmness of the pepper or the black pepper flavors.

D - Moderate to moderate low. I dont think I would sit around and kick a 6er in one sitting. I think this would pair nice with braised pork belly and cheddar mashed potatoes.

Overall an interesting beer. I like how they've listed the Scoville units in place of the IBUs on their website. I was surpirised this was listed as 7.2% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:40:57 | More by beesy
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Pepper Porter? Black pepper? chili pepper? Well, I checked the website, I guess it's both

Comes out of the bottle dark brown and turns black in the mini-snifter. Cola-like edges. Even line of tan foamy head, slick lacing.

Roasted malt, cocoa and baked caramel in the nose. Some prune or raisin and anise/licorice.

Dark chocolate, unsweetened flavor profile. Roasty. Smoky. Baked caramel. Dried fruits and very slight black pepper. Almost like a weak Shiraz as far as spice goes. While the flavors are good, they just don't pop and fade a bit.

Chilies don't make themselves known until the feel in the back of the throat. Very mild heat. Slightly coating.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 07:41:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

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

A - Pours very dark with minimal head. Looks slightly weak, but better than many porters.

S - Smells sweet and malty, and a little smoky. Also slightly fruity, like figs.

T - Quite a bit more smoky and earthy in the flavor than in the scent. Not too much fruit but still a bit of sweet malt. There is some heat on the back of the tongue; builds as the glass goes down.

M - Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Kinda light and spicy.

O - A pretty good brew, but I'd prefer a little more pepper flavor (of both varieties). I'll vote for Mikkeller's Chipotle Porter over this one, although this is a much better value.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:04:29 | More by LiquidCucumber
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/22/11, $9.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of pepper and bittersweet chocolate. Lucky, the heat from the peppers is stronger in the taste. In addition to the peppers, there's also coffee, roasted malt, smoke and milk/bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable. The peppery heat lingers in the finish, and there's enough heat to make this brew taste interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:36:13 | More by bluejacket74
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/22/11

Couldnt figure out what style this was or which volume it was until i had the brilliant idea to look at the neck label. If I knew it was a "pepper porter" I may not have purchased it. Let's see how this goes...

A - Pours a dark brown looking black body, and there is a small amount of tan head that quickly thins to a film and ring.

S - Reminds me of Chocolate Yeti. Some heat that seems like spicy wood, some chocolate. Dark roasted malts also. It smells mostly like a normal porter, for which I am thankful, but there is a small bit of pepperiness to it.

T - Thank GOD! the pepper is tasteful. It's a nice roasty malty chocolatey beer with a tinge of hot pepper. Some earthy dryness to it as well.

M - Pretty full body for this one. It's a good thing, but I feel like its a bit big for the style.

O - I am happy with this beer. I was concerned, but I think it works well. A good, well-rounded, well-incorporated beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:11:01 | More by ColdPoncho
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: pours a dark brown, some light passes through at the edges, minimal head, no lacing

S: nose features dry chocolate, smoke, a little bit of licorice, some bright pepper notes, and some ashy wood.

T: starts out roasted an dry, middle is sweet and malty with a zesty and peppery finish. The peppers are pretty tame compared to similar brews, they build a little bit, wish there was a little more punch from them.

MF: body is medium with low carbonation

O: this is my least favorite of the Fade To Black series thus far. Not that it is bad or anything, it just doesn't pop like the last two do. I wish the peppers were a little more assertive.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:50:01 | More by homebrew311
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Pours a reddish dark dark brown. Some nice white head. Looks decent. Like an average porter. Smells spicy and interesting. Some nice rich chocolatey notes as well. Tastes similar. Spicy, rich roasted malts. a bit weak on the moutfeel. Overall pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:01:07 | More by Urbancaver
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BB1313

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date noticeable. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a very dark, practically black with a decent slightly off white head and nice lacing. I'm picking up alot of coffee and smoke in the aromas, along with some milk chocolate. I don't really sense the pepper in the nose, but I can taste it. The black pepper isn't over the top and is subtle. Don't get me wrong though, you can feel the heat after every sip, but it's enjoyable and far from scorching. Lots of milk chocolate in the flavors as well. Mouthfeel is fine.. slightly thin, but smooth and perfectly carbonated. Good stuff..

Overall, this is a good porter which delivers on the pepper without being offensive. Something is lacking, and I can't put my finger on it, but I appreciate this considering they took a chance and didn't blow it. The subtle spicy finish makes this one legit.

Note: I thought Vol. 1 was world-class.. Vol. 2 was pretty good.. and Vol. 3 is more on Vol. 2's level.. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:49:47 | More by BB1313
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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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emmasdad

Colorado

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

My favorite (I think) from the Fade to Black series. Poured from the bottle a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, spicy and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, black pepper, dark chocolate and cocoa. ™

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:51:54 | More by emmasdad
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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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McNealc31

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is perfect and the fragrance promises lots of smoked chiles. There is a lot more depth to the flavor than just chiles, though. There's bittersweet chocolate, anise, and the smoky chiles.

There is some subtle heat, and at just a touch under 2000 Scoville units, that puts it at about the same as a poblano. It's just enough that you know it's got chiles in it.

Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:10:32 | More by McNealc31
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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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chinchill

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - black with an off white head, seen this a bit often these days. decent retention and lacing but not great by any means.

smell - roasted almost burnt malts, minor chile heat

taste - mmm good roasted malts, quite a bit chile, and not just pepper taste, were talking some heat, quickly leaves. cocoa and sugar.

mouthfeel - love the chiles in here. otherwise a bit thin for my liking. good carbonation which doesnt help with the body.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 03:22:16 | More by claytong
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Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.