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Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-04-2012)
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LuDookie


4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

Black, with no translucency, and very little head.

The smell is a little lacking in sweetness, but the lack of sweetness as you drink it more than makes up for this.

This is an excellent tasting beer. It is definitely one of my new favorite dark beers. It has a very nice roasted flavor without overwhelming chocolate sweetness.

the mouthfeel is perfect....just the right amount of carbonation and the burnt coffee aftertaste lingers.

Overall, this is one of my favorite dark beers by the Left Hand Brewery, which I am a fan of anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:17:11 | More by LuDookie
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque coffee brown with a thin tan head. Aroma had notes of roast malt and quality coffee plus a snip of hops. Flavor has rich mocha and hop notes, like the best stout mixed with the best IPA, plus caramel, nutty, earthy and licorice tones and a fruity hint. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Firm texture is quite smooth and quite fizzy, leaving a hoppy mocha finish. Don’t fade away, drink one!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 02:39:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle. Poured in Great Divide tulip glass.
Pours black with big brown head that lingers with lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
Modest carbonation and significant mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bitter malts. Overall very smooth and tasty...goes down easy yet has rich flavors...will have to taste next to Tommyknocker's Hop Strike.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:05:52 | More by DenverLogan
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I happen to enjoy this be arge with TDM168 and a good time was had by all.

This beer pours a dark black and has no sediment. It has a thin head with tiny bubbles with mild retention. It's aroma is that of warm roasted malts with a very faint amount of hops. This beer has a weird (weird good not weird bad) spice. Almost like gingerbread but not as sweet or as ginger. I also get a little bit of smokeyness in the taste upfront. It has a very pleasant hop finish that I enjoyed immensely. It has a good body that is well balanced and what I would consider great carbonation. I would highly recommend especially since this is a rare beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 18:48:14 | More by brewdude1982
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During a January visit to Manhattan, I sought warmth in the cozy comfort of Rattle N Hum, where this substantial stout was on draught – apparently, I had luckily stumbled in during a “Colorado Tap Take Over.” Pity me.

As the name suggests, Fade To Black is pitch black in color; on top, there is a modest layer of creamy froth that dissipates into an equally modest laciness. The nose is immediately punched by a powerful cocoa powder fist adorned by several heavyweight rings consisting of molasses and brown sugar.

The palate becomes wrapped in a blanketed of malty licorice that finishes in a neat toastiness. As the mouthfeel is neither bitter nor cloying, there is a perfect balance of all ingredients here, which makes for a delicious dessert beer. Perhaps, next January, I can stumble around Colorado for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 23:48:32 | More by jjboesen
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a healthy dark head. Good retention and lacing.
At first sip I knew I was in for a treat. It had all the dark roasted goodness of a quality porter with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts followed up with a light hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was solid, it had a nice weight to it, silky and easy to swallow. Very drinkable. I'm headed back to the store for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 04:29:05 | More by bcsbeer
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color certainly matches the title. Thin, creamy head floats atop a pitch black body. Very strong pine hops are noticed first. Charred wood comes through next, followed by sweet malt. Bitterness from the hops really linger. More than 60 IBUs almost make you pucker. Chocolate comes through as it warms.

The balance is what makes this so good. There is enough going on with the sweetness, bitterness, texture, and char to give it great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:31:26 | More by McNealc31
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark stout pour with tan head that with aggressive pour left 1 finger. Retention seems decent.

Smells very pleasant with roasted nuts and chocolate.

Really like the flavor of this beer. It has some slight burnt nut flavor with chocolate and malt with some noticeable hop bite in the finish. Some linger.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery but nothing off putting

Overall - I prefer to call this beer "Old Raspy Light" if that is allowable on the site. Its the best way I can describe it and definitely worth trying if you like stouts with a mix of roasted flavors, chocolate and some hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 18:53:23 | More by bubseymour
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A-Black as outer space. Held to light you cannot see through. Dark brown edging. Barely perceptible carbonation bubbles shoot up beautifully giving an appearance of a star spangled dark universe. Head is collar thick and brown. One can stare deep into this beer for minutes.

S-Basic notes of cocoa beans, coffee grounds, caramel malts, alky. These smells don't grab your nose per se, but are detectable. Wish it smelled more mind blowing. Meets the bar.

T-Initial taste and smell join hand in hand sharing the same ingredients. Cocoa, coffee, caramel malt. Further sips, a medium bitter finish reminiscent of IPA hops. Bitter chocolate let's say. Wheat and rye grown on the palate. Resin and smoke billow out to the edges. Some sugar here. Smooth flavors.

M-Black velvet envelops your tongue. A creamy body. With time thins out, but this is good because it's an ale, not a stout/porter. You experience both spectrum sides with the mouthfeel.

O-Not a typical cocoa/coffee/malt dark beer. The use of field grains and hops come to play as welI. I sum it up to being ironically Left Hand Milk Stout without the milk. With a bitter start and finish. Left Hand is on the forefront when it comes to mouthfeel in beer. Look and feel standout most.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 12:40:28 | More by shacawgo24
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The vol. 4 is a great porter....I look forward to this release every year. This vintage seems to be a bit more hoppy than in years past. The beer pour an opaque black with thin off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is happier than most Baltic porters...yet still has coffee and peat tones. The taste start bitter quickly followed by coffee and espresso which then a peppery spice settles in on the follow through. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall this is another good year for the FTB!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:02:21 | More by WoodBrew
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, light pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light pine, floral, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:23:02 | More by superspak
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What a nice black fade in. This is black with loads of white lace. Nice. The aroma is hoppy and roasty. Also nice.

The taste is bitter roasty as well, and lingers nicely as a nice bitter, almost licorice flavor. Overall, this is less over the top than American styles often are but it is quite good and balanced. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:38:00 | More by schoolboy
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FLima

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very deep black color with a thick caramel head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Delicious aroma of dark chocolate, not so hoppy relatively to its style.
Good flavor of roasted and smoked malts, but here with a decent amount of hops, though not aggressive. Notes of pines and coffee. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting coffee taste.
Full malty body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Black IPA, flavorful with a nice punch without knocking you numb.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 00:59:25 | More by FLima
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger dark tan head with good retention and lots of lacing; looks good. Aroma of toasted malt, with hints of chocolate and grassy hops. Flavor follows with toaste malt, light chocolate, a bit of coffee; transitioning into a long charred coffee, toasted malt and grassy hop finish. There is an interesting suggestion of dark fruit after the first rush of malt. Pleasant medium creamy body. This has some of the body of the earlier porters in the series, but true to American black ale style in the flavor. I liked this a lot. Great series of dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:55:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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gleemonger

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As the name implies, this one is almost totally black, just the slightest bit of brown coming through. Very small tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

Chocolatey with some roasted malts. Smells more like a stout - not picking up any hops. Not super complex, but smells pretty tasty.

Like the nose, mostly chocolate and dark roasted malts. Not really any hops at all except for some bitterness. Kind of tastes like an Irish stout, but with a touch of chocolate. Again, good, but not what I'd expect from the style.

Pretty full bodied with lighter carbonation and a pretty smooth and creamy feel.

Pretty nice, I guess my only problem is that I don't get the hops at all in this one, so I'm not sure why they'd call it an ABA, unless it's an old bottle and the hops died back. If I were to measure it in the Irish stout style, I think I'd like it much better and for that reason, I'd say it's just a pretty damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:30:51 | More by gleemonger
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/07/12. Served in a goblet (like the label on the bottle says), the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing, too. The brew smells like roasted malt, pine and citrusy hops, burnt/charred malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some bittersweet chocolate. Nice balance between the hoppy and malty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try at $9.99 a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:36:58 | More by bluejacket74
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI, alongside a few other Left Hand brews I have yet to have the pleasure to have tried.

Poured into a nonic. Nearly black indeed, with a sturdy half inch of cappucino foam which settles into a thick ring with lots of sticky lace. Great looking brew, for certain.

Nose is a mix of the citric and piney hops of a cascadian dark with the coffee, chocolate and dry roastiness of an English porter.

I enjoyed this one a great deal, simply because it drank so much like a porter. Hearty, bitter brew, with a nice pine-grapefruit-earthy hop finish. Nice coffee and chocolate notes as well. Dry, very flavorful. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, good feel to it.

Fine example of the black ale style. Hops and dark ale base work well together.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:00:28 | More by JohnnyBarman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been a great series so far by left hand, and this one is a nice addition. it pours like a porter, dark brown with a mocha head about an inch tall, excellent retention and lacing on the glass. the nose is surprisingly smokey for a black ale, with some hop bitterness on the back end. big malt profile, burnt popcorn and coffee grounds. the flavor ties all that together, with a slightly smokey black american pale ale, thats about how i think of this. its got some sturdy hopping, which combined with the heavy roast malts gives a nice bitter edge, while some sweeter cocoa notes come in to mellow things out. this is a very complex beer, and one that isnt the easiest to describe, but one ill certainly buy again. it has bright carbonation and a full but not massive body, quite quaffable. props to left hand for this fall beauty!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 19:49:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear black colored ale with a very slight tan colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt with a sort of aqua velva aftershave scent from the hops. Chocolate and carrot stick with coffee and a little smoke. Slight metallic scent.

Starts out a bit sweeter than expected with a bittersweet malt flavor. Burnt toast and chocolate this gets more bitter as you drink it. Pine resin from the hops, really tastes a bit more like milk stout instead of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty beer that is a little different for the style. A beer a little closer to the Stout side of Black ale than the hops side.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:54:23 | More by Zorro
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having not had this particular style don't know what to compare it to but I'm really enjoying this offering. Pours a one finger head and pitch black. Some good lacing on the glass. The nose is a nice chocoalaty, piney hops aroma. The tongue is kinda like the nose, a chocolaty, piney hoppy, balanced taste. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end as I was planning to purchase something which kicked and advised to give this one a try. Much enjoyment.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2013 23:21:51 | More by TheSeeker61
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a solid tan cap of 1 finger, and some very impressive lace on glass.

S: Aroma is of dark malts and molasses notes. Slight piney scent in the back.

T: Taste is of dark malts like chocolate and black patent with a great roasty taste and a piney after taste. Also is a burnt caramel and molasses taste.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied drink with a good carbonation level.

O: Overall a down right great beer with a lot of character and style, this is a very drinkable beer with a bit of a bit of the few other black ales I have had. so on that basis I would say great beer in this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:22:54 | More by nukem5
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdude1982 for this one.

A - black with a short-lived white head

S - faint citrus, some pine, some chocolate, some faint peppery spicyness

T - roasted malts at first followed by some faint citrus and a some spicy hops; the finish is a bit bitter with some underlying coffee notes

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. It comes across as a somewhat porter-like beer with an above-average hoppiness. I wouldn't describe this as a Black IPA. The hops are present and some great character, but the roasted malts and coffee notes are most prevalent. I'm glad I tried this one. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'll never turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 18:39:19 | More by tdm168
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StJamesGate

New York

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Puffy, creamy, lumpy purple-tinged tan head that clings like mad over black body.
Orange oil, charcoal, plum and a bit of burnt rubber on the nose.
Black currant, ash, and black bread then pine sap, more orange oil and resin for hops.
Prune juice finish and charcoal bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, silky, some oil.

Snakey hops underneath a lot of black. Another way of saying this is surprisingly deep. Too many dark notes, but above par for LH.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 18:40:45 | More by StJamesGate
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body (of course) with a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt and a touch of coffee but clearly behind the roast is a ton of hop goodness. Very fresh, piney hops. Taste also includes coffee and a pleasant roast but once again the hops are very present, demanding attention. Nice resinous hop aftertaste with mainly grapefruit and pine standing out. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 03:51:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have started to appreciate this style more!

Appearance: Jet Black

Smell: Charcoal, hops, herbs

Taste: Hop, herbal middle, nice bitingly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost refreshing!

Overall, I'd say this is a winner.

Try it while you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 07:44:40 | More by BierStein711
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Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.