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

Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)
BA SCORE
89.5%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 940 ratings
Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)
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:
#2,341
Reviews:
371
Ratings:
940
Liked:
841
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
222
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 940 |  Reviews: 371
Photo of informaticsDoc
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Mild aroma: coffee and dark fruit
While the aroma was mild the taste is most definitely not! Lots of coffee, cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. A hint if licorice in the aftertaste. Sweetness gives way to a bitter and spicy finish with a bit of alcohol burn. Moderate-thick bodied. This is a great stout, drinks like a big imperial but it's only 8.5%.

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

Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date stamp 2711616 5042. Best before 09/27/17.

Appearance: Black letting no light through. Thin light tan foam died back to a thin ring. Some sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Roasty - coffee, raisin, a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malt giving way to a bit of burnt sugar, chocolate (bittersweet), malt sweetness, and then transitioning into bitter flavors of black coffee, and a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation, not too sticky on the teeth. Very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good stout that hits the style quite well. A slow sipping and savoring beer that I would not mind having another one of. All good by itself but this one I think would really pair well with a wide range of meals.

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Photo of EvanRobertson
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdub70085
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can to goblet, the design on the can is more intricate and wraps all the way around, looking like something a black metal band would drink. Combine that with the "left hand" imagery and I'm ready to summon some ancient Norse demons. Hopefully this lives up to its foreboding presentation and isn't the same old coffee/chocolate/vanilla/malt combo we get from every other American stout.

I'm in luck... it uses a familiar stout flavor profile to sneak in the more deviant flavors. Pours thick with a dark brown head that isn't tall, but leaves great lacing that lasts through the whole drink. It entices you to the dark side with a smoothness that barely tastes alcoholic, but about half way through I started feeling the impact. There's the requisite chocolate and roasted malt, but little coffee compared to others in this style. Licorice aftertaste brings absinthe to mind, molasses sweetness is another point of departure. Malted wheat lends a pumpernickel flavor and a smell of Scandinavian pastry.

Mouthfeel is lighter than my preference but I recognize that it's well done, smooth and perfectly carbonated. The bubbles hold up nicely even if it sits a while, and it's easy drinking for this style and weight. Quirky yet accessible.

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

Photo of atr2605
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention and nice lacing
S-roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, slight hint of licorice
T-more coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasted coffee in the finish, hops providing nice balance throughout
M-medium-full bodied and smooth
O-pretty solid brew, not sure I would have pegged it for the style but still worth trying

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 11/14/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance - very dark pour, but allows just enough light in to give off a deep reddish hue in spots. No head, only a trace formed from bubbles. Lacing is absent.
Smell - I pick up the black licorice and molasses described on the can, as well as robust coffee!
Taste - well rounded flavor profile that hits on the flavors hinted in the nose; roasted coffee bean gives it a brawny foundation; the licorice and molasses give it a sweetness, almost jagermeister like!
Feel - the body is broad and sturdy supporting a strong arrangement of roasted char, mild sweetness and alcohol!

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.61/5  rDev +13%
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 OKbrew89
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Randolph96
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkhobbs99
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rydyell
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pours black as night with scan khaki head.
Smells of cocoa, toasted malts, coffee, leather. Sweet malts forward, balanced by unsweetended cocoa - hints of coffee. Clean finish. Medium bodied
Overall, pretty solid stout for the style - very clean and well balanced.

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 940 ratings
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