Fade To Black - Volume 3 | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black - Volume 3Fade To Black - Volume 3

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pepper porter

Added by claytong on 09-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barcade Jrsey City. Clear winner of the what I tried tonight. Three-eighths of a n inc of head. on a black bodied. Thick lace. Chile spicey aroma and some stout and licorice. Tasty, it grows on me and I finished my pint.Peppers all chiles.Wouyld have again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger thick head on a near jet black body. Very nice lacing.

S: nice smokey with vanilla note

T: smokey and peppery. Just the right of peppercorn flavoring. Mild dried fruit flavor as well. Nice bite in the finish.

M: full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a nice peppery porter with just the right amount of people. Well made

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so weird! pours a more stoutesque rich black color with a prominent mocha head. really super lively and lacey. smells not like black pepper really at all, but like a dry stout, almost burned and smooth. taste starts off like a porter normally does, satisfying, low key, and very very drinkable, but then comes the aftertaste... sharp resonant black pepper! or maybe even chili, it is warmin' up... boom! it lasts on the tongue for awhile and doesnt get hot like chili pepper, but has a pronounced warmth to it. extremely unconventional and perplexing. mouthfeel is amsolutely fantastic, with the layered smoothness of a well made dark beer and that interesting pepper thing happening at the end. im still tasting it (and enjoying it) 15 minutes after my last sip, hot on the lips a little bit like a well made steak au poivre, not like an indonesian curry. would never guess the higher abv either. well cloaked in black intrigue. awesome effort from lefthand, not my favorite beer, and i might not buy it again, but i certainly commend the originality!!!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; traces of amber are visible near the near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a very thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has spicy flavors of pepper in the finish, which particularly lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the finish tingles your tongue.
O: This is a very flavorful porter and the pepper adds some interesting qualities to the beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well crafted American Porter with a little extra peppery bite and heat to balance against chocolate sweetness, coffee, and toast flavor.

Pouring as most Porters should with a deep and dark solid brown color with a mild haze. A dense, light tan head forms in most creamy fashion however short statured, before the light carbonation gives up on the regeneration of head character, allowing the foam stance to evaporate.

Porterish aromas carry a muted scent of chocoate, coffee, toast, and light roast. A hint of pepper can be detected but I didn't know better, I would have assumed the sharpness was from alcohol. Light vegital notes and an element of malty cream round out the nose.

Flavors of rich and creamy malt begin to shape the flavor profile, along with a quick rise of bittersweet chocolate, French press coffee, medium toast, light char, roasted walnuts, and burnt caramel. The finish brings about the rise mild heat and the bite of black peppercorns that are obviously not of alcohol origins.

Full bodied, but not chewy or rich- the early creamy carbonated and malted froathy texture makes a nice transition toward weighted malt at mid palate, before finishing roasty dry and with the complex bite of alcohol warmth and peppery sharpness.

A very good Porter with just a kiss of pepper for complexity and depth. Definately Fade to Black-worthy!

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/27/11. Served in a footed tulip glass.

Black body, a glint of red in the light. Cascading dark tan foam, creamy texture, recedes slowly on the second pour, leaving a halo formation of lace. A thin skim remains on the surface for awhile.

It smells mildy roasty with a hint of dark fruit sweetness, raisin maybe and molasses.

Tastes sort of chocolatey and bitter, dry finish with a peppery tingle after a bigger swig. Light to medium bodied, pretty smooth and easy to drink. As it warms there are distinctive pepper notes that build up, but there isn't much heat. Overall it's pretty drinkable and tasty, though i'm not sure if i'd go for it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chillies and smoked meat. Some typical porter-like aromas, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and a mild peppery spice. Some nice heat.

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

O - This is a really tasty pepper porter. Another good edition of the Fade to Black series.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 10/27/2011. Pours clear almost opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. A decent amount of lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, red pepper, chilies, light coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Very nice aromas with good balance; pretty much everything I expected. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, red chilies, light smoke, and nice spiciness. Small amount of bitterness with spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and light coffee; with long lingering spicy heat on the finish. Medium body and carbonation; with a very nice creamy mouthfeel that drinks fairly smoothly. The peppers limit the drinkability a bit, but it still goes down nicely for being over 7%. Alcohol is not noticed at all, and is probably masked by some pepper heat in the back. Good balance of flavors, but the peppers take the front a bit more in the taste. Overall this is a very nice, unique, and enjoyable porter. I really enjoy spicy food, but I believe a little less pepper heat would have made it even better.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear (when held up to the light) dark brown to black in color with hints of red. This beer poured with very little light tan head which dissipated immediately. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and just a slight hint of the peppers.

T: Lots of upfront flavors of roasted malts followed by some hints of chocolate and pepper. Sweet and spicy but definitely on the sweeter side. The aftertaste is spicy.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Very enjoyable and definitely a beer I would want to have again. I have been pretty pleased with most of the dark beer I have had from Left Hand. Definitely different than other porters, the spiciness in the finish is really something special.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand "Fade To Black Pepper Porter"
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date
$1.99 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

I appears and smells like a standard porter. If there is a bit of pepper in the aroma it's not strong. I think I'm finding something, but I also believe my mind might just be suggesting it to me because I know there are peppers in there.

The flavor, however, is a bit different. It remains a fairly basic porter upfront, but some pepper flavor does become apparent at the swallow, and then lingers in the finish. There's a bit of smokiness as well, and of course, some heat. It's not overdone though, and I certainly wouldn't call it "hot"... perhaps it's got the heat of a mild salsa. It will build on your palate as you progress, however, and by mid-glass you should be feeling some tingling on your lips and in your throat.

That said, it remains quite drinkable. They've done a great job of adding a little bit of character and interest without stepping all over the rest of the beer. Nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh (tto fresh?) bottle produced 22 Sept. 11.

Appearance: Nearly black with red-brown highlights at the edges and a tan head,. Decent retention and fairly good lacing.

Smell: dark roasted malts; smokey with subtle hint of chile pepper. Surprisingly sweet and floral/fruity. Quite complex. ABV rather apparent.

Taste - roasted malts and a moderate dose of chile pepper: enough to produce a clear flavor contribution and some heat (just short of a burn). Some coffee and smoke in the lasting, but not especially enjoyable, finish.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin; heat from the chilies. Good carbonation excepting it makes the body feel lighter than it would with less carbonation.

O - certainly has character and complexity. Enough chile to put off some tasters, no doubt, but I found the combination interesting and enjoyed the added dynamics. Still, the taste got old, partly due to the smokiness, before the bottle was done.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light fizzy head covering fades to nothing almost instantly, over pitch black thicker looking beer.

Nose brings nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, some smoked malts, light creamy porter aroma, a bit of a chewy malt and light oats, very light peppery aroma as it warms, hint of caramel and vanilla like.

Taste starts with chocolate milk, creamy lactose like with a big chocolate kick, hint of baker's chocolate and cocoa, light chalky cocoa too, with a bit of caramel and vanilla. Then a big spicy kick suddenly rings through, some pepper heat like a light cayenne stings the tongue, but not heavy, with a bit of a peppercorn like flavor. Behind all that is a hint of roast and chocolate malts, almost chewy but not quite. A bit of bitterness comes through, probably more from the malts and pepper than any hops, which brings the finish. It finishes slightly drier with lots of spicy pepper lingering, a nice heat, with some creamy chocolate and lactose lingering, hint of caramel.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, quite creamy, a spicy pepper heat, and lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall interesting, a nice pepper flavor and heat kick without being overpowering, nice malts, plenty of chocolate and lactose like chocolate milk, very drinkable and a nice creamy.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a thin beige head that was gone quickly.A great mix of smoke and pepper overtop of chocolate and roast,alot going on.Wow this os a pepper porter just like the label says,sharp smoky peppers mixed with dark roast with some light chocolate coming into play,the pepper spice is the real deal here.No holds barred here its a bold peppery porter...the way it should be.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head fades away quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Caramel, licorice, and herbal notes of chicory.

T - Dark sugar notes of molasses and burnt caramel up front. Some herbal character comes out in the middle with notes of chicory, smoke, and pepper. Some smoke, coffee, and chocolate in the finish with a bit of heat in the back of the throat.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A nice combination of dark malt, sugar, and pepper character. It is well balanced and while the heat in the finish would make it hard to drink more than one of these in a sitting it is a nice beer that would probably pair well with food.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing flavors and quite spicy hot. Tastes like black peppercorns at first sip, but as the heat rises you realize it's chili peppers. I wish I knew what variety, since I'm a big fan of restrained use of green chile and other peppers in beer. Rich flavors, very dark. Seems to be some deeply roasted malt and there are some hints of the usual Porter flavors, but it's quite hotted up. Long spicy nose.

Seems rather smoky after setting the bottle aside for awhile. Great flavors, low on drinkability, but thoroughly interesting.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so.

The aroma has some roasty coffee and milk chocolate flavors coming out at first. The peppers seem pretty mild at first, but the more I get into it the more they seem to come out. I get some leathery notes mixing with a touch of chipotle heat. I get a little bit of a dark fruit presence to it at times as well. Great aroma, I was worried the peppers would dominate but instead they were a little more subtle. They added some very nice flavors and depth to it as well.

The taste shows more of the sweeter, milk chocolate flavors to it up front. Towards the finish I start to get more roasty coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. The peppers really start to come out in the finish as well with chipotle, smoke and a little bit of pepper heat to it. A little bit of the heat lingers with some of the bitter, burnt flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer and probably pretty easily the best pepper infused beer I've had. They really did a good job not letting the peppers dominate. The big roasty, bitter, chocolate flavors really worked well for it as well. I liked the little bit of heat I get in the finish as well. Very good and interesting beer overall.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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