Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter.
Smells of dark roasted unmalted barley, black patent malt, fruity hops, and hints of cinnamon, cedar, and something like acrylic paint.
I had yet to taste a good melding of American-hop-forward flavors with darker roasted malts. Until today. I have tasted some good ones, but they all end up being something like overly grassy bitter cola. This pulls off the balance though. The hops are spicy (cinnamon, ginger?) and the malts cut right to a near chocolate flavor. The bitterness isn't too high, but clips the sweetness before it gets very far. Impressive and complex melding of spicy, earthy, roasty, and hoppy.
The mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied, with slightly lower carbonation.
Conclusion: The first American Black ale to totally nail it for me. Well done Left Hand!
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 07:24:37 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.01/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pours out almost black with a khaki frothed milk head. Smells strongly of crystal malt. Very toasty, with a bit of a roasted twang. Smells heavily of fruity esters. PNW hops in the nose, as well. Flavor is big on chocolate, toast, citrus/pine hops, and lots of jelly fruity esters. Mouthfeel is sticky. Could use more carbonation. Too sweet overall, and the flavors don't meld together well. Not a fan.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 07:03:56 | More by goochpunch
3.64/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours near black with a tan head. No light passes. There's some streaky ring lace but the head is quite modest, settling into only rim bubbles.
Mild smell of predominantly crystal malt--sweet and nutty. The color belies the smell.
The taste features dark chocolate and some background floral hop. The aftertaste reminds me of the experience of eating dark chocolate. Neutral body with ample bubbles.
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2014 19:23:03 | More by smcolw
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.