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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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393 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LuDookie
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of fps_dean
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head, which doesn't stick around for long.black in the glass.

Smells somewhat like a porter, with a strong smell of malt.

There is a coffee, malt, chocolate, caramel and hops. No one flavor is greatly dominant. I would say this black ale, while clearly an ale, is on the stout or porter side and not the hoppy ale side.

It's moderately carbonated, and while it's heavy on flavors, it's not overly thick.

Overall this is a very good black ale, but not the best out there. I would recommend this as I would buy it again, but it would not be something I would go out of my way to get either.

However, for the price I paid for it, it's hard to beat it.

Photo of discdueler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of donquixote
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of vicsju1991
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt molasses, pine, and citrus.

Taste: Smokey, roasted, and chocolate malts. Lingering bitterness with some slight pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A good ABA from Colorado. I would prefer less porter characteristics and more IPA characteristics, but I'll be happy with this.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cool label. No clue what it means though. Just art I suppose.

Looks nice on the pour. Nose gives some berry tones at first. Flavor profile seems fairly one dimensional and not really giving any punch. Smooth feel. Overall a pretty pedestrian drinking experience.

Photo of Caskaway
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Halcyon
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rn2Ln3Tn4
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of eLOLzovic
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint, with love. <3

A - Blacker than midnight on Broadway & Myrtle

S - Pastry, raisins. I kinda want a cinnamon roll right now.

T - drinking coffee in a pine Forrest.

M - Heavy flavored but not a heavy feel. I don't feel like I'm eating a slice of chocolate cake the way some dark beers do, which is good because it would hurt my girlish figure.

O - aside from the guido-esque Affliction t-shirt tribal pattern on the bottle it's a solid beer. Went down quick and smooth, didn't feel like I swallowed a 18th century cannonball.

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +8.1%

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark brown, clear, with a thin light tan head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Roasty and caramel malts, sweet, with some pine and grass hops.

T: Coffee malt, roasted bitter hops, and a touch of pine and citrus hops. Mild hop bitterness in hang.

M: Medium body for style, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't quite reach the level of detracting.

O: Nothing outstanding here. Needs more hops, and/or a more interesting malt profile. Forgettable but not offensive.

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.