Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) | Left Hand Brewing Company

Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)
359 Ratings
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rayek on 11-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of jsh420
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours black with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of burnt roasted malt with some milk chocolate

taste is much like the nose but the booze flavors overpoer just a little too much from the roasted milk chocolate malts

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation

drinkability is ok but not more then one for me

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Photo of gfreed
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks lovely in a thistle; clarinet black with a one-inch mahogany head. The aroma of smoke is on par with the best of Bamberg-- Schlenkerla, anyone?-- but lacks the depth. The taste is nowhere near as smokey as the aroma, but there's enough to make this more interesting than it might otherwise be. The body is a bit thin; the taste is one-dimensional and slightly rubbery, but there's a drying effect at the end that works well and compels one to drink more. The ABV is lower than expected so this might be a Thing to offer someone new to smoked porters. I won't be climbing onto my roof to shout its name, but I also won't run screaming if offered another.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/13/11. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours inky black that no light can penetrate with 1 fingers worth of thick tan head. I poured it smooth down the middle of the glass and didn't get the result I was hoping for.... (We can chalk that up to user error I guess.) The head dissipated quickly but left some sparse lacing throughout the glass.

S: At first I got the basic, dark chocolate and coffee (nothing special) with a pretty strong hint of leather. But once the head went down on the beer the aromas were unmasked. Still catching some leather but I'm getting heavily roasted malt, rich dark chocolate (almost brownie like) with a faint coffee aroma.

T: A nice combination of roasted malt, coffee, rich dark chocolate and a smokey aftertaste. Not overly bitter but it catches you in the right spots on your tongue.

M: IMO its a lot thinner than I expected. It poured heavy out of the bottle but it was more of an optical illusion. To its credit this ends up being more of a positive than a negative. To top it off, its carbonated almost to perfection.

D: This was a great tasting beer. It went down smooth and made me want to grab another. Was it the best stout I ever had? No, but it is definitely worth picking up a six pack of and enjoying for sure

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a beautiful, large, thick tan head. Great patchy lacing and a permanent creamy cap. Relatively gentle smoke and creamy roasted malt aromas. Nutty dark chocolate, char, and an earthy hint. Smooth, creamy smoky flavor...roasty chocolate malt, leafy earthiness, and a touch of underlying fruit. Burnt and bitter, but not overly so. Full, rich mouthfeel and no real hints of alcohol. Pretty tasty stuff...

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One of the darkest beers I've tried. Pitch black, with only average lacing and not great foam.

Smell: I have to say there's not much of a smell overall. Some chocolate malt and that's about it. Nice smokey notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice thick chocolate syrup. Goes down nice and velvety.

Drinkability: A pretty enjoyable porter based on taste alone.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pitch black with a little tan head and little lacing. Nice aromas, I'm picking up alot of smoke, tobacco, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. There's a nice sweet aroma, which I wish I could pick up in the taste. Tastes bold, but pretty straight forward; alot of bitterness going on. Well carbonated, smooth, thick, but not too creamy; I'd say medium-bodied. Drinkability is actually pretty good, alcohol is well hidden.

If you're into smoked beers, this is definitely worth a shot. It's a very enjoyable beer, I suppose I just I had higher expextations due to Volume 1. Although Volume 2 is good, I feel like it's a step backwards from Volume 1.

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Photo of anhigdon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SamN
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into an imperial pint.

Heavy, dark and black with a rocky, bubbly dark tan head. Almost to fingers thick. Lace already being left on the glass as the head subsides. Quite the looker. Smell is big on ham and bacon in all the smokiness. Underneath is some charcoal dryness, some coffee and very bitter cocoa. Great smells, strong and with an emphasis on smoke without becoming overbearing. Great balance, deft brewing skills. Taste is initially of those classic dark roasted porter malts, moves to light coffee and finishing on a strong smoke note. A little to strong almost. Chipotle chillies and BBQ sauce in there. The smokey-BBQ flavor wears on a little bit, it's quite pronounced and lingering. Medium bodied with a great smoothness of character, pulls great from the glass.

A good beer, but damn that smokiness cuts down on drinkability. Too strong to session with, both in flavor and strength, pair this with Texas BBQ, probably ribs. It would fit right in. But to drink on it's own? That might take a bit...

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Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sneezye
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Staghorn Beer Stien.

Appearance: Black Oil slick just got poured into a glass. Aggressive pour yields almost 2 fingers of tanish brown colored creamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: moderate smell of smoke. Chocolates and malty.

Taste: Heavy smoke right away that malty sweetness takes away as fast as it showed up. Dry and bitter chocolate in the middle and then just a bit more smoke flavor, this time the smoke tastes sweeter. Slight taste of charred oak and some vanilla hidden in the background, not very pronounced at any time throught entire beer, but still reminding you its there.

Mouthfeel: my favorite part of this beer. Silky and creamy, i think this is what brings the whole beer together and it surprised me a bit!

Drinkability: good drinkability for a porter. The smoke is not overdone at anytime, its probably the best smoked porter that i have had since New Glarus Unplugged Smoke on the Porter. I did not think anything would compare.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one it a trade a while back with G311. Good times man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour makes a really small, thinner looking, overly fizzy, tan head with terrible retention. Vanishes in a snap. Black body and zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains most of the way, but it looks rather flat by the end. Boring.

SMELL: Medium nose of roasted malts, light coffee, and a decent dose of smoky aromas. A touch of cream and vanilla in there, and the nice smoky notes tie it together nicely without dominating. Some caramel too. Quite nice, but do with it was a little bigger for a Baltic.

TASTE: Very nice, and much bigger than the nose. A roasted beginning shows notes of caramel and toffee as well. Middle introduces some nice coffee and chocolate notes, moving into a good dose of smoky nuances at the swallow. A touch of cream and vanilla as well. A bold and lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet with chocolate, cream, and some smoky and roasted malts to tie it together. This is really nice, and is done very, very well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: The flavor of this one was simply wonderful. Very complex and all the elements meshed really well together. The rest of the beer, however, just didn’t quite have it. The look was pretty lousy, and the nose and palate both needed some beefing up. Regardless, this is one of Left Hand’s tastier brews, and I was glad to drink it. Would definitely have it again. Thanks for the brew G311.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Not a bad American depiction of a classic Baltic style. Pours a prune-colored, dark, midnight hue with a tan and creamy complexion. Smoked aroma evident in the aroma with hints of viscous chocolate and roasted malts. Similar flavor as well, although the smoked essence was more dominant in the nose. Alcohol content well-hidden behind a varied array of intense and robust flavors. Not bad.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours w/little or no head but a lacy rim
nice cellophane porcupine brown
This beer does not have a particularly strong scent; all of the flavor is packed in the taste, which starts off malty and caramelly, both sweet, then -- I guess -- "fades" into burnt toast and lots of smoke. Other reviewers don't seem to sense strong smoke, but I did and I think the smoke overplays its hand and obscures the finishing flavors. Semi-heavy body but very fine, dense carbonation fends off any syrupy sweetness as well as undercut the smoke a bit. A very, very good porter but I'm not sure you could drink more than two.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It has some nice retention and slowly receded to leave some nice ring so lace.

S - It smelled of smoked meats and woody notes. There was a mild roasty aroma.

T - It tasted of rich roasted malts with a mild smokiness - not as strong as the aroma. There is some grassy hop bite like Baltic Porters can have.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It is a medium bodied ale with a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a very nice beer. Although, I preferred Volume 1 - it was just easier to drink.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Beachwood BBQ at the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who shared this one, BM me to give proper credit). Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, and nutmeg. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this thing was smokey as crap. Despite this fact, it was a pretty good brew though. Had a decent aroma as well. Just wish that some of the smoke aspect to this one would not have been present and allowed some more modest things to come through. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of savory smoke, chocolate, pumpernickel and bacon? Taste is semi-sweet malts with some roasty bitterness following. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Smooth, dry finish. This is a very nice beer that balances the base beer with the smokiness. Good job.

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Photo of suspect
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. Thanks to my buddy Audi for sharing this beauty with me.

A: Pitch black, no light coming through. Aggressive center pour leads to a 1 finger off-white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is consistent and covers the glass.

S: Not a lot to this one, honestly. Not a ton of smoke, it's there but it's not up front. Probably the most prevalent smell is the toasted barley.

T: Toasted barley, smokey flavor is more prevalent here. Coffee flavor and some cocoa round out the taste. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

M: Light body, lightly carbonated. Aftertaste does not linger.

O: This one doesn't blow me away, but it is a solid porter. Nice smoke here but I'm not like I'm feeling like I'm drinking a campfire.

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Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a light brown head. Not much if any lacing.

S: Smells very smoky and of roasted malts. Very similar to a smoked stout.

T: Unfortunately the smoke flavor is pretty overpowering. There is some coffee and chocolate bitterness behind it but the smoke covers it up pretty wel.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Overall feels like a stout and not a porter.

D: Hard for me to say, I think the smokiness would get old fast but that's my opinion. Pairs well with food though, I don't really like to drink it by itself.

Overall not a bad beer. I dropped it some points for the smokiness because I don't like it. I didn't drop it too far because I want to review by style and this is well, a smoked porter. As mentioned this is good with food, especially BBQ-type food.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is noticeably carbonation-free; appears oily and slick. Body is black and a smidgeon of brown head appears when I get aggressive with the pour.

S: Charcoal, some smokiness and roasted barley malt.

T: Charcoal and smoke is there in the flavor too. Also some dried fruits. Finishes with smoke, char and an earthy hoppiness.

M: Medium-to-full in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: OK. I have a feeling this was past its prime; the "born on date" portion of the label either was blank to begin with or it got rubbed off or lost while in a wet cooler at DelFest. Would've liked to have had this fresh.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Totally opaque and completely black, though bubbles do stick to the side of the glass. The edges have the thinnest layer of brown when the glass is held up to the light. The head is just a very thin layer of tan with little retention.

S: The aroma on this are big, and hit my nose straight out of the bottle; I didn't even have to pour it to pick up dark roasted coffee malts and a nice smoke. After pouring the smell is a little smoother and sweeter, like dark chocolate, along with the coffee malts and smoke. Great smell.

T: The flavor is, if anything, too dominant. The dark roasted malts kick you in the teeth before giving way to bitter chocolate and smoke. The flavor that it leaves in your mouth is a little too much like ash for my liking, but it just makes me want to take another sip. Actually kind of hard to stop drinking once you start.

M: Heavy body, light on the carbonation. Feels heavy and a little sticky.

O: A drinkable beer, the smoke is nice, the malts are aggressive but pleasant and bring a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Worth a look if you are big into dark roasted malts and smoke.

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Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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