Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -7%
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...
12-09-2012 01:59:32 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
12-07-2012 22:36:58 | More by bluejacket74
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-07-2012 03:51:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
12-04-2012 02:54:23 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
11-28-2012 15:12:15 | More by Alcorn
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
11-27-2012 06:18:46 | More by facundoCNB
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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