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

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

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BA SCORE
84
good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A good appearance. Black as night brew, a bit thin. Head has lots of volume. Head falls fast and is made of thin loose foam. Lacing is nice, but uneven.

Roasty, toasty, and far from style... Lots of burnt chocolate. Not a bad aroma, just not on style.

Nice backend bitterness. Front flavors are wet, forward, roasty and dark chocolate flavors. Creamy, earthy, coffee, slightly dirty, and milky. Carbonation is much too high, sweetness is close to too much, and bitterness is absent for the most part. Again, far off style.

This is ABA needs more substance and needs to drink less like a Milk Stout. It's good, just not on style. Recommended, just not to style.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours opaque black with one finger of head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Grassy hops, but not a real strongly aromatic beer.

T - Very hop forward brew followed by coffee flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate notes as well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O - Well crafted brew but not really my thing. I think it would be better if they toned down the bitterness slightly. Overall I much prefer the Fade to Black vol. 3 (chili porter) to this.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a sixer of this because I liked the last installment, big mistake. This is just as black as you would expect, decent head, good lacing. Aroma is more burnt malts than roast malts, meh. Flavor is kind of burnt too, not quite a stout, certainly not a black IPA, just a below average porter I guess. Really disappointing, not sure how I'll drink the rest.

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2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

The next volume in Left Hand’s series of black beers, this dark ale is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops and yeast. Personally, we’d like to see the wheat dialed back on this one. It’s very tannic and paired with a dry malt and hop-centric profile creates an unbalanced, harsh brew.

STYLE: American Black Ale
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Opaque, pitch black, tan head and lacing

SMELL: Herbal, roasty, straw

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, bitter, pine, resin, light citric, roasty, coffee, earthy, bone dry, aspirin, astringent, husky, tannic

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2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black, barely any light getting through. There's a nice khaki head which eventually fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts. The hops take a backseat in the aromas. It's basically all chocolate with a hint of smoke. The flavors are pretty roasty. Coffee/espresso in the mix. The hops still aren't really shining, although there's a subtle bitterness. Very grainy and has a mineral like taste. Tastes more like a stout and feels like a porter. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, smooth, creamy with moderate carbonation. It's a very easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is definitely my least favorite from the Fade To Black series. It's not really what I look for in a Black IPA, although it never really claims to be one. It's really not bad if you accept it for what it is, which is a "black ale". The craftsmanship is there. I guess I had higher expectations considering I love this series and the style. It's probably better than my score might indicate. It's just there have been alot of great Black Ales coming out as of late, and this one doesn't exactly stand out, in my opinion.

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