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

BA SCORE
89
very good
359 Ratings
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
359
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
37
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark read amber appearing black in the glass. Minimal head and virtually no lacing. Smoky malt and dark fruit aroma. Rich smoked and dark malt flavor. An odd artificial smoke flavor in the middle and finish, but overall pleasant. Not as assertive smoke as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but pleasant. A nice smoky porter. Better balanced than the first iteration.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fabulous smoked beer. Jet black with a thin head. The smell is rich with almost a fresh leather scent. The taste is a smokey rich with chocolate finish that lingers. Mother feel is classic porter. Overall fade to black volume 2 is an awesome smoked beer worthy of a taste.

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Photo of ClayH
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of schoon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As might be expected, Left Hand's "Fade To Black Smoked Baltic Porter" lives up to it's name.

It's a bit dark for the style, appearing closer to 'black' rather than a very dark "almost black" brown, but the fluffy head of tan holds nicely. Unfortunately, I think the lacing could be a bit better.

In the nose the rich maltiness appears with just enough smoke to make itself known and add another note to an already complex mix that includes toasty grain, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, raisin and prune.

The flavor is fuller, tossing in a bit more chocolate, more nuttiness, brown sugar, and molasses. The fruitiness also comes through fuller with more plum than prune, and a bit of red berry and currant as well. It hints at the roastiness of coffee in finish, but it's nicely restrained. Some underlying hops follow that, along with a bit of dull bitterness (probably around 37 IBU's), and there's a subtle spritz of 'refreshing' alcohol that helps prep the palate for the next sip.

In the mouth it's full bodied with a distinct dextrinous edge, but balanced by a gently bristling carbonation. Some alcohol is most likely lending a bit of snap to it as well.

Overall it's fairly impressive that they've kept it so nicely reigned in, balanced, and finely polished. The hops are kept in check, the bitterness is perfect, the roastiness is held back, and the smokiness is just enough that it's noticeable without standing out. Really nicely done! Quite drinkable as well.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is very smokey with rich dark roasted malt and some chocolate notes, a little sweetness comes through the smoke. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, solid brew!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Merkur
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer who aged this one year. Poured into a pint glass.

Beer pours a nice dark black color with very little head. Just a slight line of brown oily head.

The beer smells of roasted coffee and smokey.

Beer tastes of sweet chocolate on the front side, before moving to a strong, but pleasant smoke flavor. Very nice bitter coffee taste on the back end. Much better on tap than any bottles I had of this last year.

Mouthfeel was a bit dissapointing and a tad thin.

Overall a very nice smoked porter.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bonez05404
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

A - Pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan/brown head and noticeable laing.

S - Noticeable coffee, roasted and smoked barley aromas.

T - Strong raosted malt character up front. The flavor transitions into a mild smoky coffee flavors. Mildy bitter and finishes smooth.

M - Medium to heavy body with lighter carbination.

D - Very drinkable for such a roasted/smoky flavor.

Overall, I would agree this beer is a well balanced brew. I do enjoy it, one of the better offerings from Left Hand.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 22:17:27

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with two fingers of off-white foam on an opaque, dark brown body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Dark bread, molasses, and smoky caramel.

T - Dark caramel and sweet malt up front. Smoky chocolate comes out in the finish with more caramel, brown malt, and a lingering hint of chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish

D - Very well balanced and drinkable. The smoke is light but noticeable and adds nicely to the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head on a jet lack background with no light getting through. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt, more like a stout, with coffee notes. Sharp coffee and roast up front which transitins to a sweet chocolate and vanilla finish. Intermixed bitter nd musty hips. Moderate carbonation and full bodied. Very smooth and surpisingly drinkable. More stout like than a porter though.

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Photo of ChadC12
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheBeerologist
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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