Fade To Black - Volume 1
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,362
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Fade To Black - Volume 1Fade To Black - Volume 1
Notes: 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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Reviews by Oopssorryy:
Photo of Oopssorryy
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, and ultra thick. Didn't seem to want to leave the bottle. Even with a rather aggressive pour, I only got about an inch of dark tan head. This head fell down to a thin cap as I let the brew warm. Lacing is fantastic, some of the best I've seen in a while. I get a lot of coffee in the nose, along with hints of chocolate, caramel, and bread. There is a milky sweetness present that goes along well with the bitter notes from the roasted coffee.

Flavors are rich and thick. I get lots of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee and caramel all playing off one another beautifully. The initial mouthful is somewhat subdued, with bready, roasted malts lightly flavoring the experience. Hold it there and the ABV will begin to warm you. It's on swallowing that this beer really opens up. You get a rush of dark bitter chocolate, with soft fruit, like plums and dates, adding a bit of sweetness. After this you get a wave of bitter coffee, with a caramel and milky sweetness helping balance the coffee out. The finish is roasted malts tinged with a great bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It's rich, thick, smooth and velvet. Just the right amount of carbonation helps keeping this beer from getting too heavy for it's own good, keeping the beer highly drinkable despite hit's heaviness. Overall this is right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout for me as favorite beers. I will defiantly be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got on tap at a local bar. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Deep, dark black. Some light creeps in from around the corners of the glass, but for the most part it is very dark. Has a thick chocolatey colored head which stays for the entire time.

Smell: Beautiful aroma of coffee, rich smoked hops, and even some hints of chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. I personally enjoy many different kinds of stouts, but this is definitely the best I've had in a while. Warm taste of espresso and malt instantly rushed into my mouth and didn't let up until the last drop. The licorice I smelled initially is more of an aftertaste and isn't really part of the initial blast of flavor during drinking.

Mouth Feel: Feels as silky smooth and warm as it tastes. Has a similar thick and creamy texture to many other stouts, but has a similar disposition to rich, dark coffee. A very interesting yet extremely pleasurable experience.

Drinkability: As I mentioned earlier in my review, I love stouts, and as such had 3 goblets of this fine brew before I recieved my meal, a steak burger, which it paired perfectly with. It goes down smooth and its rich dark taste hides its ABV, making it dangerously drinkable and incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass

S: Roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and very light coffee stand out. Nice and layered

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and dark fruits pop first, followed by the coffee and dark chocolate notes. Licorice and molasses carry through the finish. Lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great FES with some nice layers and depth of flavor. The 8.5% goes unnoticed, which makes it all too easy to drink. A solid seasonal indeed

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with one finger high, beige head.

Nose: Chocolate, licorice, smoke, espresso, roasted malt and hops.
Taste: Coffee beans, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and licorice.
Body: Medium to full body. Smooth. Moderate carbonation.

A great stout from Left Hand!

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a BB date stamp on the bottom of October 2020.
Pours with an essentially black body that is topped by a short tan head.
This is a complex, smoky porter with a moderate amount of dark roasted coffee. The aftertaste has burnt toast, expresso, smoke, along with subtle hints of licorice, molasses and bitter chocolate and hops. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with nice one-finger tan head. Dissipates quickly to a thing cap and leaves slight lacing.

S: Smells of roasted dark malts, a bit of a farm quality, straw-like and some alcohol.

T: Heavily roasted and grainy. Coffee-like and has a slightly alcoholic warming effect. A bit of grainy astringency, but not overwhelming.

M/D: Nice medium-full body. Alcohol hidden well and comes through only slightly. Carbonation is low-moderate, leaves just enough of a bite on the tongue.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alostplot
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of cdman56
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsa7783
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma redolent of black licorice, espresso, and chocolate. Smoky flavor profile.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Oidmoe
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhutt
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a very dark brown with a one and a half inch light tan head. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aromas of dark fruit such as cherry and blackberry, some mild cocoa, and star anise.

Taste is, much like the aroma, dominated by the same dark fruit characteristics and star anise. The level of roastiness is much higher however and big cocoa flavors appear in the middle and as the finish builds it gets more intense and akin to coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy texture with a smooth consistency going down.

Very pleasing stout, can't wait for the next installment. Plus, a beer with Metallica reference is just pretty sweet.

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Photo of h4ger
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chelseaw30
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no date. Initially pours like a typical stout, but the head builds very slowly, and remains with a thin film. Strong aroma of dark malts and coffee. Taste of dark malts, coffee, and perhaps a bit of caramel, with a very dry finish. Flavors become more prominent when it warms (and a bit of sweetness shows up as well). Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and smooth. It seems to be well balanced, overall.

I am not a big fan of export stouts, I think because they can be so dry, but I did find that this one got better as it warmed. If I am going to have a stout, I prefer an imperial, but this isn't a bad alternative at a slightly lower ABV. This is a beer I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A solid black pour with brown around the edge. Just a ring of cream colored head. Aroma is subdued roast coffee and malt. Taste has good roast malt and coffee as well. Dark chocolate with some anise and some minor hop bitters. Not as dry as some with espresso and nice hints of vanilla in the finish. Good medium body with some prickly carbonation making it not quite creamy. Easy drinking considering the descent abv. This is a quality foreign stout from Left Hand. Try it out if you can.
They should consider doing this regularly as it might be their best stout.

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Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briantullis1
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fade To Black - Volume 1 from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1051 ratings