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

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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kelp, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

FLBeerGuy, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

Left Hand Brewing's Fade To Black Vol. 3 Pepper Porter is brewed in the style of an American Porter brewed with Chile Peppers. No label information. Bottled on 1/14/12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a chocolate milk-tone head of a frothy cream consistency with an average retention and quality. Body color is a very dark brown, near black with deep orange highlights and a mild viscosity. Carbonation is not visible. Decent appearance for body color, but a little shallow in depth and the head quality suffers. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mild hints of roasted cocoa, a pinch of black malt, a bit of alcohol heat and some aromatic wet cardboard funk, likely from the age of the beer. Aroma is already a bit dated with most of the chili content gone and the remaining body soon to follow. Potency is medium at best. 3

(Taste) Flavor maintains better. Roasted chocolate malt and barley body with a scratchy chili spice on the mildly dry finish. Not a bad balance although it's certainly lacking a touch of balance against the sweet and dense malt body, perhaps a touch of earthy hop character that the chilis can't really counteract well. As such, the beer's flavor profile is very heavy without being equally complex. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Mildly viscous slick texture with low carbonation, a touch of chili heat and a mild dry finish. It's a bit lacking in carbonation, and doesn't really go for drinkability as much as it should. 2.75

(Overall) Chili-infused beers are definitely a product of 2012, but it's not a part of craft beer history I regret tasting. This was not a bad take on the style, and the chili managed to stay well preserved in the flavor over the past year, whereas the carbonation and aroma have either been always lacking or fallen out. I hope that in the future if chili porters are brewed again that they will keep in mind that these beers can stay drinkable and light while maintaining the chili kick just as well. 3.25

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Fade To Black Vol. 3 Pepper Porter

Jadjunk, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Zach136, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

WilstonOreo, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

BrockGibson31, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

shep8821, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

srw, Feb 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

calcnerd, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JimmyFlatRock, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chokobo, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Thirstygoat, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

muchloveforhops3, Jan 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

StevenH, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rcjennings, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Liquoric3, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bigd03, Dec 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

cackalacky, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

HxC90, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -6%

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, smoke, smoked meat, powdered chocolate, and chili pepper. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really like what I found on the aroma as there was a nice balance of sweetness and smokiness going on throughout. I did like the chili pepper aspect that showed up on the flavor as this brew warmed up. It really added a nice touch of complexity to it. The smokiness was definitely the highlight of this brew as it was actually quite nice. A well put together brew, but it just fell a little short. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, with next to no head. What little head there was was a light brown. Mostly opaque, but just looked a little watery. Aroma seemed like a smokey malt or grainy bread, that had just a tad of chilli hiding in the back. Flavor starts off like a well balanced porter, maybe a bit heavy on the malt, and then veers into crazy town with a kick of chilli. Not overwhelming or bad in any way, but enough that its a different flavor with a bit of a lingering kick. Felt good in the mouth. Coated well with just a tad of bubbles. The slight burn on the tongue kept it down a smidge. Overall, a fairly unique beer. Definitely something I was glad to try, but not high on the repeat list.

mountdew1, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

fionn13, Nov 08, 2012
Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.