Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BB1313 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darkness in a glass. Pours pitch black with an enormous off-white head that sticks to the glass like glue. Extremely heavy looking.

S - Pumpernickel bread, chocolate cake, some coffee, hints of walnut. and some smoke.

T - Huge pumpernickel/marble rye slap in the face. Huge showing up front. Some coffee sweetness, a little salt bitterness, hints of brownie fudge and caramel thickness. On the way down hints of dark, dried fruit come to light. It leaves some slight a lingering hint of coffee and chocolate cake flavor in the throat. Very enjoyable.

M - Very chewy and thick. Sticks to my teeth and my tongue. Not too thick,but the perfect viscosity for a darker beer.

O - A delicious and devilishly dark beer. The flavors and look are wonderful, especially the dark bready highs and the earthy cocoa lows. A magnificent and heavy beer.

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4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First, let me qualify my review by stating that this is the 4th year that I have partaken of this Left Hand gem (please come up with a vol. 6 next year if this is even possible). These ales are seasonal and only available in late fall, which is perfect. Also, in appearance, I have to comment on the label artistry, which I think is so perfect for the beer, but also very creative and unique in its own right.

First, this is a porter to stout ale with a very dark, nay black, appearance...hence the name. It had a very nice head to it that is tan and medium in creamy thickness.

I noticed smoky, smooth light coffee, caramel and bitter-dark chocolate notes, both in taste and aroma. It has a smooth texture, some earthy/grainy aspects to it as well.

The abv is almost perfect at about 7.8, though I prefer an 8-9 abv for this kind of ale (which is the reason I did not give it a perfect score). However, I am not sure a higher abv would be best for this particular ale as it might mute some of the wonder flavors previously noted.

I think this is a very versatile beer. Pairing it with a smoked gouda cheese and crackers or with pecan halves and a double cream brie or just drinking it solo would be perfect. Other ideas for pairing from my view would be with summer sausage, spicy asian meatballs, or other similar hors d'eurves would be great.

Overall, if you enjoy dark, seasonal ales, I highly recommend this one. My only request is that you share and don't buy up all that you find.

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Quality Dark beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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