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

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of CJS
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of sarahrenai
2.01/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

It tastest like charred meat. Not a real pleasant taste.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of semibaked
2.36/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured in one of my many pint glasses.

A - Poured aggressively into the glass and yield about 2 inches of beige head and this stuff is certainly black.

S - Kinda of an odd smell like beef roast or steak sauce but other than that has some roasted malts and some licorice maybe.

T - Bitter with some charred or burnt notes to it with some licorice and soy sauce, pretty unpleasant overall.

M - Light bodied and watery.

D - Sorry but I can't get this down, too many foreign elements for me to enjoy.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of groetman
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Kyle1986
2.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Just determined I'm not a fan stout beers

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Photo of Sabtos
2.59/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Black with a kind of ridiculously massive tan head leaving thin, stained glass-like lacing.

Oh well another poorly aged shelf stout. Metallic Brillo pad, iron, rust, with hints of coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is woody pine and rug, smokey roasted malt, baker's cocoa, very dark caramel in a medium to full tangy body with a dry finish.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Surprised by this one expected a below average beer but this drinks solid nothing crazy but it drinks pretty well nice work here

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Photo of marvin213
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's sure'nuff black--not tar-black like some of the motor oils on here, but opaque in a true sense. The fizzy pour reminded me of Guiness and nitro stouts. The head, though, dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only a splotchy top on the cover with some hop-like stickiness around the edge. Without being extravagant, it looks genuinely good.

Smells like a foreign stout (read: Guiness). This one was obviously manufactured in Colorado, but what is it about these foreign stouts that smell like diluted and aerated? It's diluted in that it's like a watery malt smell and aerated like there's something else in there...problem is, that "something else" is like nothingness. It's like a malt ball with holes in it, or malt ball crumbs, or the dark matter that's empty mass in the Milky Way (I may have gone too far).

That light, airy vibe allows for a stout taste without an overbearing assault on the palate. The hop presence, however, bitterizes the beer. It's not, unfortunately, the yummy hoppiness-bite characteristic of IPAs. Instead, it's a dull, medicinal kick that tastes more like a Bayer than a beer. It's not exactly bad, but you're left wondering where's the chocolate? the licorice? the vanilla? the coffee? the ___? I realize it's not a double chocolate oatmeal or a vanilla coffee Russian Imperial, but is this what to expect from a "foreign stout?" It feels much drier than a Guiness (my template, obviously enough), and the watery stoutness with only a dry bitterness doesn't do wonders for the palate. On the contrary, the artist left something on the palette. (Ha!)

The puns and other literary devices I've used to describe this beverage might prove more memorable than the liquid itself. As I continue trying to decipher what's here, I detect a charcoal. There's a smoked quality without any food-worthy flavor. Liquid charcoal has its place, but nobody wants to drink it! It's not that bad, but I know I've enjoyed a foreign-style stout before; this one, however, you should leave on the shelf.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice thick tan colored head filled with dense foamy froth. No much lacing. Thin-ish brew that black.

Awkwardly smokey. Kinda weird. Milky, chocolaty, smoke, brunt, crispy...

Hum, bitter, dry, weird, thin, watery. Definitely a Foreign stout and not bad on those premises. Could use more complexity and blending. The smoke is awkward and over taking. Not my favorite. I sure hope you like smoked brew, I hope they're not all like this one. The flavors come together like rotten fish...

No. 1 Would be much better without the rauch addition. I'm not a fan of smoked brews... weird. Can't recommend even at $2/12oz. Drain pour.

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Photo of Nick_Lucas
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe this isn't my style of beer but I didn't like it at all. Poured 1/2 down the drain.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a dark black color as the name implies. The beer poured a brown head. The beer really did not smell like anything. However the taste was coffee and chocolate that I think would have been great but the alcohol was just too high. It blew every nice flavor away. Not going to buy again.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago

A - Pours pitch black with not a whole lot of head--maybe 1/2 finger. It did cling to the glass pretty well.

S - Not a very strong smelling stout. Some roasty, smoky, faint smells of old coffee. Not "bad" by any means but nothing special here. Pretty disappointing.

T&M - pretty much like it smells. it's a dry, smoky stout. leaves a roasty aftertaste. Average body for a dark stout, but good.

O - Underwhelming all around. Bear in mind I'm comparing this to GOOD stouts. I'd say that it's on par with a Guinness. Pretty good, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of SeanChiro
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of JB62
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of MasterRigger
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fade to Black is certainly black. It's a very dark beer, almost a little thick I thought. I didn't really care for this beer. I found it very hard to drink. It was certainly a flavorful beer, but maybe a little too flavorful; too much going on. Fairly bitter as well. Obviously, I'm in the minority here, but I probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of dren74
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer, tastes a lot like milk stout

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with a finger of head. Initial aroma is an extremely off-putting in your face burnt popcorn. Below that is some sour cherry. Below that is some Carmex. Just not really appetizing at all.

The flavor is an improvement. Gone is the sourness and Carmex, and what is left is a roasty malt profile that is akin to a magnified version of whatever watery version of Guiness is tapped at your local bar. Some dry oak underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is average simply because the complexity is not there to justify the high ABV and the roastiness becomes grating about halfway through. Overall this does nothing to break the monotonous mold of the style.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into scaldis glass very slightly chilled

a-black..typical..small head..no lacing..kinda blah

s-roasty..hint of coffee...sort of dull on this one..nothing really pops

t-more of the same...a little roasty a little bitterness from he coffee taste..finishes dry and bland

m-watery and thin...not enough carbonation...

d-one and done..glad i got to try it but wont pick it up again

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Photo of VTR
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into the Left Hand Stout Glass.

I was anticipating a lot from this stout. S/some roasted malts with some coffee notes very average. T/started off with roasted charred malts followed by coffee and a huge bitterness that just lingered. O/I was expecting a lot more from this stout. The coffee is nice and mild which is a welcome difference for me. It starts off great and just abruptly ends. It builds up without an exciting finish. The stout was kinda watery and thin feeling. The bitterness did subside as the stout warmed. Overall it was enjoyable but not memorable and I would not seek this out again.

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Photo of kbcrawford90
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chocolate nose. Taste chocolate, coffee, smoke, earth, malt and a hint of isopropyl alcohol. Dry finish.

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Photo of patch911
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Just ok for me. Not a beer that I would buy a case of.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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