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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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Ozurr

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

12-07-2012 21:55:48 | More by Ozurr
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 03:51:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
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buffcityx

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-05-2012 22:06:58 | More by buffcityx
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Picodegallo87

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-05-2012 04:28:24 | More by Picodegallo87
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vcoggins

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2012 22:16:06 | More by vcoggins
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:54:23 | More by Zorro
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-02-2012 23:42:07 | More by Tiernan
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

12-02-2012 18:54:05 | More by Rekrule
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

11-30-2012 06:32:49 | More by WritersBlock
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-30-2012 04:08:53 | More by Omensetter
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tmm313

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2012 23:21:45 | More by tmm313
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Alcorn


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 15:12:15 | More by Alcorn
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pitch black pour with a finger of tan head poured into a snifter. smells of roasted dark grains, coffee, tobacco, and a hint of grassy hops. a roasty bitterness throughout the drink with notes of coffee, dirt, and tobacco. a slight hint of vanilla lingers in the roof of your mouth. a heavier medium body beer with a moderate amount of carbonation, leaves a creamy / milky coat in your mouth.

a very nice addition to one of my favorite yearly seasonals, though not my favorite from the 4. lacks a bit in the flavor/aroma departments and ceases to be unique, like most of the other fade to black series. it's a good beer, just not very different from a roasty bitter stout/porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 06:18:46 | More by facundoCNB
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-27-2012 04:15:31 | More by MarkyMOD
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-26-2012 05:36:04 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-26-2012 05:00:50 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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taigor

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-26-2012 03:58:40 | More by taigor
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-25-2012 23:12:59 | More by MN_Beerticker
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BB1313

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:40:09 | More by BB1313
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-25-2012 22:31:56 | More by jplopez21
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searsclone

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

11-25-2012 01:20:37 | More by searsclone
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small tan head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney with some chocolate notes. A touch of maltiness, too.

T - Lots of bitter, piney hops up front woth roasted malt and chocolate as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - THis is a good black ale. Not my favorite Fade to Black but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 15:47:20 | More by zeff80
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bkrbdan

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-24-2012 05:33:00 | More by bkrbdan
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

11-23-2012 22:19:23 | More by LarryMyers
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Tolann

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-23-2012 00:48:45 | More by Tolann
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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