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

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84
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388 Ratings
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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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Spider889, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

losdizzel, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

kmos27, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Wsherry1, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

calcutron, Sep 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

mwar, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

nloyless, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

chasmandocharles, Aug 30, 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

csfcmitchell, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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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.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

mobrockman, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

bmjivi221, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

mlhyatt, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

vfgccp, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bheyerdahl1988, Jul 18, 2013
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.