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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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958 Ratings
Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships. 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

Added by superdedooperboy on 11-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,400
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
958
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
228
Trade:
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Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comparing Fade to Black to Bittersweet Nitro, i prefer the latter. Not that this is bad, it's just that Bittersweet is better in every rating category. Pick this if Bittersweet isn't available.

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Photo of cd34
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VicVinegar
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a large mocha head. The aroma is with roasted malts, dark chocolte, black coffee, soy sauce, burnt ends, molasses, brown sugar, and licorice. The flavor is beautifully rich with dark chocolte and espresso starting off, mellowing to molasses, caramel, brown sugar and licorice. The mouthfeel is fairly full with abundant foamy carbonation. Overall this is a really classic stout, with awesome rich flavors and just the perfect hint of umami.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Expect slight sweet tone from this one with a balance of a stoney finish. If you are enjoy some sweetness you'll enjoy this one! Like the description says, licorice and espresso.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Smells of licorice, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes slightly bitter, of licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, and heavily roasted malts. Medium-heavy creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall a very good export stout.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshhug141
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can

At first glance, it looks like a Nitro charged beer by its foamy Head. Smells the same as a Nitrogen infused beer. Couldn’t really pull out any distinct flavors besides sweet malt.

Tasted like a guiness on roids. Didn’t really care for this guy all that much. It wasn’t terrible, but it definitely isn’t worth drinking again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - best before 8/30/2017

Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black Volume 1 has an opaque black body with slight dark red edges when held up to the light. A 1-finger bubbly tan head was produced that held well. Only spotty lacing was present. The nose was dominate by roasted malts - coffee, chocolate. The taste is very similar to the nose. The flavors of black coffee, chocolate, black licorice, and burnt toast were noted. A slight taste of hops was present at the finish. Make sure you do not drink the Ale too cold [50-55f per label]. As it warms it becomes smoother and more flavorful. Mouth feel was smooth, full bodied with medium carbonation.

A tasty Foreign/Export Stout that paired well with barbecue potato chips.

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Photo of jroof1
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black, thick body with a fine, dense, creamy mocha head that fades to wisps. The nose displays bitter, even acrid notes of black licorice, baker's chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and even piney acidic hops. The flavor switches to a sweeter side, offering milk chocolate, roasted malt with a haven of lactose sweetness, molasses which is both sweet and bitter, and, again, a finish that evergreen hop bitterness bums a ride on. The more that is drunk the more the sharp divide of the respective bitter/sweet aroma/flavor is broken down, until by the end each have competing levels of each, and while those elements do battle the rest of the flavors work pretty cohesively. The alcohol isn't outright apparent, but perhaps is working as a potentiator in the background. The body is thick and rich, although it doesn't quite hit 'meal-in-a-glass' territory. The carbonation is very fine and knows it place: in the back corner.
More evidence against the argument for bombers; great beers come in economical six-packs, too. The selection, depth, and potency of flavors here was outstanding, not to mention the ominous appearance and rich, satisfying body. Tremendous value in this guy, I'm glad I risked shattering the romanticized idea of this beer and found out that it exceeded expectations.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mini-snifter. The appearance was a jet black pour and left the same color body. Moderate lacing appears after the head dissipates quickly. But even that lacing just slides right on into the beer. The aroma exacts a nice super rich compounded roasty coffee bean up front. A moderate sweet espresso bean comes in and then some subtle vanilla bean. Light molasses is far underneath. The flavor bends all of the previously mentioned aromas into each other for a mighty fine blend, sweet and roasty with a touch of blended in spice (must be the cardamom). Mainly a roasty aftertaste with a quick roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with an ability to show some session, is the ABV too well hidden? Can says it’s supposed to sit at 8.5%, but the way this feels, I’d say yes, I feel like I could crush it. Overall, I’d say the aroma and flavor was the best thing about this beer and very well done in those departments.

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 958 ratings
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