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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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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-24-2013 05:38:51 | More by TypsiYpsi
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Paul68

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-23-2013 16:53:31 | More by Paul68
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teak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-22-2013 05:08:43 | More by teak
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-22-2013 01:56:40 | More by mcsauter82
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B75Avery

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-21-2013 03:33:01 | More by B75Avery
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-19-2013 08:36:28 | More by strongaf
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arthurbdavis

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-16-2013 22:15:55 | More by arthurbdavis
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque coffee brown with a thin tan head. Aroma had notes of roast malt and quality coffee plus a snip of hops. Flavor has rich mocha and hop notes, like the best stout mixed with the best IPA, plus caramel, nutty, earthy and licorice tones and a fruity hint. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Firm texture is quite smooth and quite fizzy, leaving a hoppy mocha finish. Don’t fade away, drink one!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 02:39:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-14-2013 03:56:51 | More by jaydoc
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-11-2013 03:11:48 | More by BillRoth
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GorgonSed

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black and opaque. Head disappears quickly. Head is thin and light.

S - Smells like a stout. Roasted chocolate, nuts, grain.

T - Starts out like a stout but doesn't develop as much. Flavor stays the same, roasted chocolate, I want to say barley, nutty finish. Little bite as you take the sip.

M - Thinner than expected from it's look but still some weight to it. I'm expecting a stout mouthfeel every time and not getting it.

O - I like it. Like a stout but different. I tend to like Left Hand's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:24:32 | More by GorgonSed
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A-Black as outer space. Held to light you cannot see through. Dark brown edging. Barely perceptible carbonation bubbles shoot up beautifully giving an appearance of a star spangled dark universe. Head is collar thick and brown. One can stare deep into this beer for minutes.

S-Basic notes of cocoa beans, coffee grounds, caramel malts, alky. These smells don't grab your nose per se, but are detectable. Wish it smelled more mind blowing. Meets the bar.

T-Initial taste and smell join hand in hand sharing the same ingredients. Cocoa, coffee, caramel malt. Further sips, a medium bitter finish reminiscent of IPA hops. Bitter chocolate let's say. Wheat and rye grown on the palate. Resin and smoke billow out to the edges. Some sugar here. Smooth flavors.

M-Black velvet envelops your tongue. A creamy body. With time thins out, but this is good because it's an ale, not a stout/porter. You experience both spectrum sides with the mouthfeel.

O-Not a typical cocoa/coffee/malt dark beer. The use of field grains and hops come to play as welI. I sum it up to being ironically Left Hand Milk Stout without the milk. With a bitter start and finish. Left Hand is on the forefront when it comes to mouthfeel in beer. Look and feel standout most.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 12:40:28 | More by shacawgo24
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super deep brown, nearly pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but consists of some roasted malt smells as well as a bit of a caramel sweetness. Rounding out these aromas are some very light vanilla, coffee, and chocolate as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and light chocolate flavor mixed with some roasted malt tastes. A vanilla sweetness quickly comes to the tongue as well as a creamier like flavor, producing a somewhat sweet and roast chocolate like taste on the tongue. A bit of coffee comes to the tongue more toward the end as well as a little bit of a more citrus hop taste with the combination bittering up the taste ever so lightly. In the end the mix of flavors leaves a rather present and smooth sweeter chocolate and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are a nice for keeping it a very easy drinking brew, although a lightly thicker body may have accentuated the darker flavors a bit better in light of the sweeter flavors. Overall however it was quite enjoyable.

Overall – A rather nice and tasty black ale that is very porter like in my opinion. Tasty and one to try if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 04:17:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-28-2013 03:59:24 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-25-2013 03:47:11 | More by Johnny_Duck
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xungmound98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-24-2013 22:40:35 | More by xungmound98
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DuffDaddy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-24-2013 04:31:29 | More by DuffDaddy
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D-No

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-23-2013 16:56:07 | More by D-No
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark doesn't begin to describe it, as the light on my phone couldn't pierce the blackness. Off-white foamy head that dissipated a little sooner than I would have expected based on other reviews. Smells of chocolate, coffee, plum and licorice. Burnt coffee and chocolate predominate the initial taste, but turns to hoppy bitterness that lingers. A bit of carbonation, but it really coats the tongue. I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be. I don't dislike it, but it feels a little muddled.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:59:38 | More by MartzMimic
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maxhock

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-20-2013 01:47:09 | More by maxhock
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fav628

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2013 15:57:58 | More by fav628
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A good appearance. Black as night brew, a bit thin. Head has lots of volume. Head falls fast and is made of thin loose foam. Lacing is nice, but uneven.

Roasty, toasty, and far from style... Lots of burnt chocolate. Not a bad aroma, just not on style.

Nice backend bitterness. Front flavors are wet, forward, roasty and dark chocolate flavors. Creamy, earthy, coffee, slightly dirty, and milky. Carbonation is much too high, sweetness is close to too much, and bitterness is absent for the most part. Again, far off style.

This is ABA needs more substance and needs to drink less like a Milk Stout. It's good, just not on style. Recommended, just not to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:52:51 | More by chugalug06
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bhudlow23

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

11-12-2013 02:09:02 | More by bhudlow23
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olbubba

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

11-12-2013 00:25:07 | More by olbubba
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jjohnston88

Oklahoma

1/5  rDev -73%

11-09-2013 06:44:03 | More by jjohnston88
Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.