Death Before Disco
Left Hand Brewing Company

Death Before DiscoDeath Before Disco
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #287
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,330
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
121
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  20
SCORE
87
Very Good
Death Before DiscoDeath Before Disco
Notes: Roasted malts create a full-bodied classic with rich chocolate malt and dark berry notes.

IBU: 24
COLOR: Black
GLASS: Pub Glass
MALT: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Carafa, Crystal
HOPS: CTZ, Cascade
TEMP: 45-50°F
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 121 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. Best before 11/23/18, so 18 months late on this one. Oh well, should anyone else find an old can in the back of a mix a six....

Looks very good though. Black body, small tan head shrinks to a thick ring and covering. Leaves good lacing at first.

Aroma of roasted malt, a little apple core, and a very faint chemical smell.

On taste, any chocolate or coffee notes have almost disappeared due to age. What is left is a simple straightforward porter, medium roast, very faintly astringent at the end

Mouth is on the thin side, finish a little roasty.

Overall, age doesn't kill this one, still a worthwhile drink. And kudos to the name from an old metal head.

May 28, 2020
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK - deep dark brown and nearly black - only 1/4" of foam with a pretty hefty pour - low head retention - decent lacing sticks around
SMELL - some chocolate, caramel, fig, molasses, and charred wood - not powerful but subdued aroma
TASTE - some hop bite at first then rushes into some chocolate sweetness with some caramel and charred wood - dries out considerably and then you get a bit of alcohol and other woodsiness
FEEL - pretty thin for a porter - pretty much gets to the flat level - not much carbonation after a couple of minutes
OVERALL - a bit thin and not as powerful as a lot of porters - this one is very flavorful but could just be a bit more powerful / less watery - its still a good brew though and would purchase again

May 11, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautiful. Described by Audrey as “fast tide. Comes in quick, leaves quickly.” Doesn’t taste like much. Have to keep sipping to taste the flavors. Mouth feel like club soda, weird that the flavors leaves with the liquid and the bubbles. Surprisingly thin. However, the flavors are there, in the front. Smokey peanut butter.

Apr 26, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice near black color with nice ruby color on the edges. Creamy finger of head that is a nice light brown color. As the head slowly, very slowly, drops nice lacing is left behind.

Smell is faintly like some type of charred wet wood? Smell is a bit musty? Not so sure on this one.

Taste is nice roasted malts. Tastes like a light coffee with just a hint of sweet chocolate. No big flavors pronounced. Just lots of light tastes dancing in and out.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side of the medium scale. Finish just kind of drops off and leaves nothing.

Overall this is an odd porter. I like the fact it is easy to drink and at that it does go down smooth. Yet nothing really jumps out and says, "Here it is!"It just seems to say, "O.K." and that is all it has got. That bit of musty wet charred wood smell seems odd as well. I mean really it does taste good and drinks well. Just does not seem to have that characteristic that makes the eyes roll back. Anyhow thanks to Left Hand for good beers and good times. Cheers!

Feb 27, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown - like you'd expect - with a minimal tan head. Aroma is quite faint - just picking up a little nuttiness and really nothing else. What little aroma is there is pleasant, but there just not much going on in that department. The taste was a nice uptick from that. Getting some coffee notes, a bit of roastiness. I could tell when I poured it, it has a fairly low viscosity. While I certainly don't want to chew my beer, I do like these porters a notch or two "thicker" than this one.

Jan 27, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can - Best by 12/22/2019:

Pours nearly jet black. A thin tan head soon becomes a wispy wide island. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some sticking.

The smell is of chocolate, dark berries (especially blueberries) with mild roast.

The taste is of chocolate, dark berries (blueberries/blackberries). Rich malt with light roast in the finish.

It has a smooth, medium to full body. Pretty velvety.

An American Porter with a pleasant dark chocolate character mixed with dark berries and enough mild roast to balance it. It all comes to together well. Enjoyable!

Oct 02, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is no canned on date (bummer) although I do like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is between brown & dark brown with a khaki head of foam that went away quicker than usual for this beer style. The aroma seems to be muzzled, maybe if I focus in I can pull out some roasted malts & caramel. The taste seems to match the aroma because the roasted malts & caramel have shown up again along with a faint amount of baker's chocolate & a herbal note to keep things interesting. Cheers! B

Sep 22, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a quarter finger khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, mild lactose and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, milk chocolate, mild vanilla and nuts. Pleasant lingering mild char and chocolate in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A fairly straightforward porter that has a few hints of milk and vanilla stout. Good chocolate notes and light char. Well balanced and flavorful. Solid.

Sep 12, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can with a Best By date of 08/01/2019. Sampled just a few days later than that on 08/09/2019. Oops.

Gorgeous looking dark brown to near black pour with a lacing-leaving mocha colored head.

Inviting aroma of dark malts, char, a fruit sensation, dark bread crust, and only a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

The flavor brightens up some with a sweet dark malt taste and a clean, sort of floral and berry fruit finish. Slight warmth.

Aug 09, 2019
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kagee from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Left Hand's porter here is very balanced to say the least. It is one of the best smelling and has a match in it's mouthfeel. It has a very good carbonation, and it's not too thin or watery. It seems very cocoa-forward in taste and yet lets the malt come through. Overall a very solid porter that is not too boring and easy to drink.

Jul 09, 2019
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BucBasil from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this offering. Easy to drink but still flavorful. It has a nice semi-sweet malt profile and a good balance. Goes down smooth and is very drinkable. I would get this again for sure.

Jul 05, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. A hint of coffee and chocolate comes through in the taste. Light mouth feel.

Jul 04, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Death Before Disco Porter, 6% ABV, 24 IBU. Pours black with a nice two-finger tan foamy head that left lots of lacing. Nose is malt, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows with nuts, slight roast malt and slight coffee prevailing over the chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Jun 23, 2019
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Saxmccoy from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a ruby color in the light and a light brown close to the head. Thin head, a little lacing. Smells very nutty/malty which I enjoy. A little coffee/dark chocolate as well. Very nutty/malty/coffee taste with a thin mouthfeel and very light carbonation. Slightly biscuity as well. Very enjoyable.

May 24, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head bangers unite! A decent offering from Left Hand...

I'm into porters and this one was pretty good. Nothing overly spectacular or even special, but solid. Good dark coloration, even though the foam has little life and no lacing to mention. Smell was on par with other porters - malty but this one had a hint of coffee in the background. Mouthfeel was smooth, lightly carbonated and just a pleasure to drink. I noted coffee as well in the taste and even hints of cinnamon and cocoa. Again, this wasn't anything I found to be best in class but certainly something I will look forward in the future.

Apr 06, 2019
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MVanTryke from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, solid, quality American-style porter. Solid, but not totally predictable. Malty in a most-pleasing way. The berry notes slither in a key of F sharp.

Mar 14, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown amber color with a large creamy tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt and a nice earthy coffee, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Very inviting aroma.

T: Sweet chocolate, a earthy and slightly fruity coffee, with some earthiness and maybe a little caramel.

F: Medium to thick body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

O: This is a very nice porter.

Feb 04, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours with a medium sized tan head, creamy and lingering.

Malty sweet aroma with bits of caramel and chocolate. Subtle coffee and roast aroma, and also a bit smokey.

Nice dark malt flavors up front, with some sweet chocolate notes and slightly smokey roast notes. Adequately bittered, and finishes somewhat dry and roasty, but don't get much of a hop flavor.

Medium body and medium carbonation. No astringency or warming - nothing exceptional about the mouthfeel.

A nice malt-forward beer. Very clean and drinkable.

Jan 20, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out cola brown and looks black in the glass. Topped by a thin beige head with medium-poor retention. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smells like malted milk balls, baking cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted grains, burnt toast, black licorice and vanilla.
Tastes like baking cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, malted milk balls, burnt toast, and roasted raw cereal grains. Some toffee and vanilla sweetness comes in near the finish, before finishing lightly bitter with pine and lingering burnt grains.
Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, perhaps a touch thin, but actually a decent mouthfeel for low abv porter.

Jan 03, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, roasty/slightly smoky and chalky porter. It's a great if unremarkable beer. My overall impression is that I need to drink more plain ol' porters (and stouts and brown ales and...well, mainly those three).

Dec 10, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt, a little smokey, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a little pine, faint dark fruit, burnt sugar, and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a little smoke, some pine, earthy, slightly nutty, faint herbal grassy notes, hints of dark fruit, and a little burnt sugar and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Really solid porter.

Dec 04, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of spicy hops, hint of piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of spicy hops, hint of piney hops, hint of chocolate, and slight alcohol. Overall, average appearance, aroma, but good body, blend, and feel.

Nov 18, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beauty pours black with mahogany hues around the edges and a dense, creamy tan head. The nose is milk chocolate, some char, and a subtle fruity aroma.

The fruity aroma comes forward on the taste as fruity berry flavors, which combine magnificently with the milk chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is much more substantial than I’d expect in a 6% ABV beer. Truly a pleasure to drink.

Nov 15, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 19 Jan. 2018 BB date stamp, consumed in November 2018.
Pours with a short, light tan head that reduces quickly and leaves scant lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hoppy for style. So is the flavor but less so than the aroma. Spicy hops dominate up front but are joined, and eventually over-shadowed by dark roasted grain notes. Still, the hops continue all the way into the final aftertaste.
Medium body and carbonation

Nov 14, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black in body with a light tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and perhaps a touch of licorice.

T: Dark chocolate and brown sugar continue through, with just a hint of a lactic taste.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty classic porter. Fine work.

Oct 30, 2018
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