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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.

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#5,352
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
1,032
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,032 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of bylerteck
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

"Best by 10/27/16"; drank 8/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, dark tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Bakers chocolate, cream & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, cream & fresh earth flavors up front; black coffee notes on the finish.

Robust but drinkable; this was like a palatable RIS. I'd have another...

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Photo of chrisb53188
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alright, this is worlds better than the other two stouts I've found while living in Colorado. In fact, I'd gamble that this kicks the pants off of anything that's widely produced in the state besides Son of a Baptist, which I still do prefer slightly, but that's been a favorite for a while.

L: Super opaque dark brown body. Looks unfiltered. Head is minimal, but it leaves very nice bands of lacing on the glass. Can art is nice, but not impressive.

S: Spices are notable first, predominantly clove, black pepper and cardamom. A dark chocolate note presents almost simultaneously, followed by dark roast espresso, some black olives, and a hint of molasses and licorice sweetness. Charcoal dominates the finish but some woody tobacco comes through as well.

T: The first impression comes off like semi-sweet chocolate, which is significantly sweeter than the nose suggests (i.e. almost none). Coffee joins quickly, bringing in the black pepper and other spices. As they arrive, the toasted barley notes start to come up and mellow things out. There's a flash of salty black olive, and then charcoal takes over and dominates the finish on the palate as well.

F: Nice creamy texture and clean dry finish. A nearly ideal mouthfeel for a stout.

O: This might be a little tastier than Son of a Baptist. It's hard to say, since that's more coffee forward and this is more focused on the character of the roasted barley malt. Kinda depends on how much coffee you like in your stouts. Regardless, this is a delicious brew. I'd pair it with a fire grilled chicken dish of some sort. Fajitas could work; fettuccini alfredo would be even better.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luckydog91
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RMehrenberg
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick opaque blackness. Tiny bit of head but clings to glass well. Scented of coffee and black licorice. Tastes of dark roasted coffee and well blended hops...licorice (gratefully) does not transfer to taste. Warming mouthfeel. Well worth trying again

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SB2017
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too impressed by the look: kind of like coke zero. Would love to enjoy this on tap instead of poured from a can. Good smell, loads of brightness to balance out the heavily malty base. The beer itself becomes a little overwhelmed with an espresso-like flavor and acidity. This should be billed as more of a coffee stout given its strength. A good stout, and one which I will continue to enjoy, but a little disappointing in one or two regards.

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

Photo of tedho21
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of txag96
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Very dark.
Some head on quick pour to glass
Smell like a nice dark stout.
Has a nice dark bite! Good flavor not sweet. Good stuff!

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

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by 8/15/19, so plenty fresh.

Black body, small tan head, decent lacing.

There is a pretty strong aroma, but I can't put my finger on what it is. (The again, I've no idea what black cardoman is supposed to smell like) Pleasant aroma though.

Decent tasting. medium roast malt, faintly bitter, and a nice pepperiness to it. Some spice and faint coffee notes. Also a little smoky.

Mouth between medium and full, finish is roasty, spicy, and slightly bitter.

Overall, one of those beers that I was happy to try, and enjoyed, but not something I'd want to drink more than one of at a time.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can with a best by date of 9-24-19
Dark brown to black with a 1 1/2" tan head. Great retention and sticky lace left behind.
Roasty, estery nose. Grilled meat, earth, licorice.
Licorice, coffee - espresso, char, faint smoke. Piney hop buried deep in the finish.
Medium body. Lengthy charred finish, touch of sweetness.
Enjoyable, full of flavor and a unique style somewhere between a "regular" stout and a RIS.

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

Photo of RemDog517
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark and glorious.

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

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

Pours a deep brown with a thick, foamy, tan head. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, hint of smoke, licorice, and dark fruit. Taste is smoke, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and licorice. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Delicious example of a foreign stout, certainly glad I grabbed a 6 pack.

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

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

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Fade To Black - Volume 1 from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,032 ratings