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

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-04-2012)
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

KC9LDB, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

donquixote, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

DripTorch, Mar 29, 2014
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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.

LuDookie, Mar 04, 2013
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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!

Cyberkedi, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Chuck_25, Jan 05, 2013
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stampfler07, Sep 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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psmith161, Jan 13, 2013
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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.

DenverLogan, Apr 16, 2013
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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.

brewdude1982, Jan 25, 2013
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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.

jjboesen, Mar 25, 2013
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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.

bcsbeer, Aug 29, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

zonker17, Jan 24, 2013
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Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.