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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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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of doubledteague
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a frosty glass.

A- Very Dark Brown, Almost Black of course. Very small but a lingering light brown head, after several drinks little to no lacing or stikyness left on the glass.

S- Significant Coffee, coacoa, earthy malts.

T- Taste starts off slightly choclatey almost smooth, then hit hard with a coffee flavor, deep almost wooden flavor. Lingering burned coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, rather filling.

O- This is only like the second or third American black I have ever tried, and of those i would put this at the top. (Now for my disclaimer.) I have a very hard time with the Blacks, porters, stouts and all around dark beers. I am not a fan of coffee or deep earthy flavors. However Im a huge fan of beer, want to try all that is available, and try very hard to have an open mind on these beers. I will be the first to tell you not to form your opinion of these beers based on my comments.

Others comment on this is not the best of the "Fade to Black" Series, but its the only one of the series I have tried.

doubledteague, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Danobold, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of tmt71883
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tmt71883, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of tswater
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tswater, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Zach136, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Keith_R, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cbcrunch, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head.Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Cocoa & not much else

T: Cocoa, roasted grain, woody hops & a touch of pears up front, along with some dryness. More roastyness as this warms, a touch of aspirin & a modicum of smokeyness, slight figgyness. Finishes dry, roasty with a whisper of astringency & herbal hops

MF: Light/medium body with slight carbonation

Easy to drink, but not a great example of the style. Easily the weakest of the Fade to Black series to date...

russpowell, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Thedrunkirish
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thedrunkirish, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

enelson, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of johnh7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

johnh7, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/07/12. Served in a goblet (like the label on the bottle says), the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing, too. The brew smells like roasted malt, pine and citrusy hops, burnt/charred malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some bittersweet chocolate. Nice balance between the hoppy and malty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try at $9.99 a 6-pack.

bluejacket74, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Ozurr
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Ozurr, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body (of course) with a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt and a touch of coffee but clearly behind the roast is a ton of hop goodness. Very fresh, piney hops. Taste also includes coffee and a pleasant roast but once again the hops are very present, demanding attention. Nice resinous hop aftertaste with mainly grapefruit and pine standing out. Excellent.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of buffcityx
4/5  rDev +8.4%

buffcityx, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Picodegallo87
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Picodegallo87, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

vcoggins, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear black colored ale with a very slight tan colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt with a sort of aqua velva aftershave scent from the hops. Chocolate and carrot stick with coffee and a little smoke. Slight metallic scent.

Starts out a bit sweeter than expected with a bittersweet malt flavor. Burnt toast and chocolate this gets more bitter as you drink it. Pine resin from the hops, really tastes a bit more like milk stout instead of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty beer that is a little different for the style. A beer a little closer to the Stout side of Black ale than the hops side.

Zorro, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Tiernan, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Rekrule, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +22%

WritersBlock, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Omensetter, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of tmm313
4/5  rDev +8.4%

tmm313, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Alcorn
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a super dark, inky jet black. It literally seems to absorb light. Nice kind of tan/khaki head. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, almost char burnt toast instead of a nice gentle brown smell. Hints of dark chocolate and faint pine notes.

T - Solid coffee and dark (like 70% dark) chocolate. Resinous piney, hop notes come in on the finish.

M - Nice and smooth. Flavors come across cleanly across the palate. Finish is nice and dry.

O - A very tasty black ale, one of the better black ales I have tried. However, not my favorite of the Fade to Black Series. I may very well grab another in my next mix-a-six but I doubt I would want a whole 6 pack.

Alcorn, Nov 28, 2012
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.