Fade To Black - Volume 1 | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black - Volume 1Fade To Black - Volume 1

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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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rattle 'N' Hum. Roasty aroma, roast coffee. Slight white head, yet lots of white lace. A yeasty part that I didn't expect or like. I normally really like this style, and others do too, but I just didn't get it today. On the too sweet side, with bitter coffee, not that well integrated.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks like they brought back volume 1 this year, which is great because i never had a chance to try it when it first came out. its big for even an export style, lots of booze in here, but you cant taste it. less black in color than some of the others in the series, but real dark and slick looking, holding an off white inch or more of light airy fluff. the nose and taste are the same, heavy dry roast, black espresso, and chalky textured cocoa. i like the deep dark complexity, and like how the beer is only a little fuller than medium body. it allows the drinker to experience the flavor without the density, uncommon for sure. longer lasting in the finish than i usually like, but its not due to sugar, that malt char character from the aroma is back on my tongue in the finish, mildly bitter and very earthy. great beer, maybe y favorite in the series. nice to see it come back around.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 10/27/16.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, earth, and coffee bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great roast and cocoa qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice deep black color. The head was fluffy and fan colored. The smell was roasted and a little musty. The taste was rich with chocolate and roasted malts, it was a little sweet at first and then fell into a dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and leave a nice creaminess in your mouth. Overall I was glad I picked this one, it was one of the better stouts I've had in a while.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tremendously bold F/E Stout; it is actaully more akin to Russian Imperials with its 8.5% and serious roasty boldness. We are probably looking at a soft RIS with heavy Foreign Export influences.

As black as black can be, the beer pours like a lump of liquid coal. Great head formation, retention, and lacing with off white foam (would have expected darker).

Very roasty with a mix of espresso grinds, char, ash, and heavily caramelized toffees. The beer boasts a lot of malty sweetness up front and then blasts into the onslaught of roast/toast/burnt cocoa elements. These fade slowly and allow the beer to return to the caramelized sweetness later.

The textures of the beer are full, round, and robust early but the sweetness subsides just in time to enjoy the crisper, drier, and maltier finish. Increadibly easy to drink especially considering the powerful flavors early on.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this in WI for around $1.50 at Breeze-Thru.

As expected, a black body with some dark khaki foam leaving spotty lacing at the edges. Aroma of charred toast, woody tobacco, some light chocolate pastry sweetness.

Soft, roasty, and lightly bitter in the finish. Some vague raisin sweetness in the aftertaste, complimenting the smooth creamy feel. It's subtle and flavorful at the same time. Well balanced.

I'll pick this up again before it's gone, definitely worth a 6-pack purchase to enjoy in the cold weather.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Foreign stout style. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, bubbly, brown head of foam. No lacing.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and hints of toffee.

T - It tasted of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt and a touch of molasses. There was a slight citrus taste, too.

M - It was soft and creamy with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very good representation of the style. It delivers a nice spiciness with a bitter chocolate flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering 70% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and charred malts with lighter aromas of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans. Hints of licorice.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of roasted and charred malts with a hint of ash. That is followed by moderate of flavor of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans. Finally there are light flavors of licorice towards the finish. Moderate to strong amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and really enjoyable with very nice roasted and charred malt flavors + aromas. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice complexity to the flavors and aromas. Definitely worth grabbing again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bell's tulip.

Pours 1/4 of a finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin later. Leaves a decent amount of lace. Color is black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee up front. Also has some molasses and licorice hidden in the background.

Taste: Tons of roasted malts right up front. Very smokey. Then the coffee notes kick in with some dark chocolate. A lot more molasses here and the licorice is much more apparent. Grassy hops balance it out a bit. I didn't expect this to be so roasted. I am not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy, and smokey. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends incredibly smoky.

Overall, just too much smoke and roasted malt in this beer. I don't mind a little when it comes to stouts, but this was over done. I don't think I would want to buy this again. If you like a lot of smoke and roasted notes, then this beer is for you.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has nice fudge, milk chocolate and some fresh coffee. Taste starts with fudge, continues with bitter chocolate and finishes with roasted coffee. Medium body, carbonation is on the low side. Overall it's quite good, classic and tasty.

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

A: Pours a rich creamy looking dark black color that lets a touch of light through when it thins. Even the rich thick head has some dark brown hue to it. Bigger bubbles scatter throughout the head giving it a nice looking pattern. It rises 1 finger and very slowly subsides.

N: Nose is loaded with coffee and roasted malts. Some nice caramel aromas adds a sweet touch. It's loaded with toasty roasted malts and sweet aromas. A light tough of chocolate adds to the loaded coffee. A very light touch of dark fruit plum like fruit finishes the nose.

T: Also starts with a spicy coffee taste right away. Some light bitter flavors come through, not sure if it's from an interesting hop taste or the charred flavors from the crazy roasted charred malts. It's very earthy bitter flavor. Some light creamy chocolate flavors mingle with a touch of plum. A touch spicy alcohol phenols and slight warming goodness comes through. Then its all surrounded by more charred bitter roasted coffee flavors.

M: Semi thick and creamy, slightly spicy and warming alcohol, and good carbonation.

F: Finishes very bitter again, some of it I think is hop bitterness, but a lot stems from the roasted charred earthy starched malts, and stoutness. A little fruitiness on the finish with more lingering coffee flavors and acidity/alcohol lingering sting. The semi thick almost syrupy stout like flavors seem to stick to the mouth and don't go away at all, like a big rich heavy stout. It does seem to finish clean otherwise, and is pretty drinkable surprisingly. I think the lighter body from a much heavier stout is nice, but the coffee and alcohol flavors, and the heavy starched malt bitterness are a little on the heavy side.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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