Fade To Black - Volume 1 | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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:
#2,505
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
997
pDev:
9.07%
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Photo of antman27
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dubnation
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewAskew
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a lacey tan head and very dark brown color. Aroma is toasty smoky malts and sweet alcohol. Flavor is a very dry, brandy-like affair featuring the roasted grains throughout. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is light. A great dry sipper.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jyork1969
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damngoodrx
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black color, medium carbonation as well as body. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, and yeast. Taste is identical, a little bit of coffee which didn't show up in the aroma. The licorice isn't very strong which is a good thing. Definitely needs to warm up which greatly improves the flavor

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Photo of sbush85
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin bodied stout. Boozy.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Nmgreen
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anthony-s
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_B
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billydrinksbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best by 09/15/2018
Pours near black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is lots of charred roasted barley, cocoa, and earthy hops. Bold flavors with notes of dark baker's chocolate, roasted barley, smoke & char, fig, anise, earthy hops, and a hint of vanilla and creamed french roast coffee. Full body, finishes somewhat astringent with roast and smoke lingering. Very solid foreign stout. Glad to come back around to it after a couple of years.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single can - pretty cool to see more of this brewery's offerings available up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds out of sight.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, gritty and grainy caramel malt, day-old coffee grounds, a hint of anise spice, some free-range ashiness, and very tame earthy, weedy, and floral green hops. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, medium dark chocolate, acrid cafe-au-lait, ethereal black licorice, some muddled stone fruitiness, wet char, and more understated earthy, musty, and gently lit-up floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more or less smooth, once the smokey character starts to dissipate. It finishes off-dry, but not by all that much, as the malt starts to falter, and the coffee, spice, and charred notes hold fast.

Overall - this comes across as a studious and well-rendered version of the style, with some nicely-restrained roastiness, and the other attendant stout notes duly checked off. Add to that a pleasantly concealed 17-proof booze factor, and, yeah, crank up the mid-80s Metallica, because we have a winner here.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown so dense it appears black. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves only a hint of surface cap & lace. Aroma is earthy dark malt, pumpernickel crust, fudge brownies, dark semisweet chocolate & molssses notes with hints of dried figs, coffee, thin floral hop tones & a little smoke. Taste is fronted by dry, dusty cocoa, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, molasses & smoke followed by mid-sip fudge brownie, licorice, coffee, figs & toffee. Finishes sweet & smooth with burnt bread, watery Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, smoke & licorice hints in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, prickly up front with a smoothness developing at midsip & intensifing into the aftertaste, creamy & a little chewy, dry throughout.

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Fade To Black - Volume 1 from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 997 ratings