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

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2013 00:24:15 | More by TequilaTom
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vipguy814

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-24-2013 05:12:33 | More by vipguy814
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kklement8

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -73%

03-24-2013 02:54:57 | More by kklement8
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

03-23-2013 18:33:16 | More by BGsWo22
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-22-2013 23:47:16 | More by kbrown
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Metalaero

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-22-2013 22:08:44 | More by Metalaero
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-22-2013 19:07:34 | More by irish01980
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-20-2013 02:30:27 | More by ralphw56
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-17-2013 19:45:48 | More by JohnQVD
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-17-2013 14:50:11 | More by UltimateLivewire
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gshackles

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-16-2013 23:04:40 | More by gshackles
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crytion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-13-2013 11:06:29 | More by crytion
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ajanesz

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-13-2013 00:20:03 | More by ajanesz
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an incredibly dark, non translucent shade of brown with two fingers of bubbly khaki head. Retention is poor, but it leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes.

S - Light cream, roasted malts, hints of cinnamon and other indistinct spice. Light grassy hops. Simple, but seemingly balanced. Restrained.

T - Roasted malts and bitter chocolates steal the show. Thin. Bittering hops near the finish. Closely follows the nose. The roast is nice, but it's a bit one note. No yeast or alcohol present. Easy drinking but simple and restrained.

M - Over carbonated. Thin. Medium bodied.

D - It's not bad, but I've definitely had better (including Volume 3). A disappointment from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 23:31:20 | More by blakelive784
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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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ThomasAWilson2

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is not my first foray into black ales, that belongs to New Belgium’s Snow Day Ale. While I wasn’t a fan of Snow Day, Left Hand welcomed me back to the black ale party once again, taking a not so popular style of beer and showcasing it for those brave enough to venture off the beaten path of brew.

I liken this offering to a stout with the guts ripped out. The bold, robust flavors of a stout provide not just the base but the main stars of a dark beer; Fade To Black has a roasty base of malts and mid range grapefruitish hops that add the right amount of bitter, but there’s a whole range of “refreshing” that comes from the ale brewing style. You won’t get any coffee or chocolate like an imperial stout, but there’s a perfect amount of char and also no heavy alcohol burn to mask in this medium gravity (6.5%) ale.

Bottle into a pint glass

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:26:48 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-09-2013 22:16:23 | More by spycow
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plinythederek

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-09-2013 03:14:49 | More by plinythederek
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mactrail

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Barley and wheat in the brewing is always intriguing to me, especially in a non-standard style of beer. This, whatever the category, is more tart than a stout. The wheat seems to add the rye-like biterish grainy flavor. Fairly hoppy with some resins. Rather winey taste. It's actually quite hoppy with more of an IPA finish.

I'd call this a Cascadian dark IPA, though it's a brighter flavor with less of the dankness. A cakey sweetness leaves hints on the lips. Quite dark, of course. Pleasantly carbonated. Overall, the big, harsh bitterness lowers the drinkability, but it's an interesting puzzle.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:19:40 | More by mactrail
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dlello2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-06-2013 02:57:50 | More by dlello2
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-06-2013 00:00:08 | More by dmorgan310
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tophers

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is of a billowing off-white head. Very thick and foamy. When I use Breiss' Midnight Wheat in my brews it looks similar to this head. Jet black in color.

Aroma is of a spicy nature with some roasted and chocolate malt notes in the background.

Quite roasty with strong hop bitterness. I'm not detecting a whole lot of hop flavor besides a slight pine taste. Slight chocolate and roasty malt flavor but the bitterness dominates.

I thought the mouthfeel was a good balance. Not to thick and a moderately light carbonation fit well with this beer.

Overall this one was a bit too bitter for me. Didn't get to taste much of the malt character. This beer is a very clean, bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:29:16 | More by tophers
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-04-2013 20:57:44 | More by anewlanguage
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-04-2013 03:05:17 | More by Kerrie
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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
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.