Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter)

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by claytong on 09-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Jerry
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense viscous black with only the slightest tinge of garnet and a ribbon of off white foam that's gone instantly in spite of a vigourous pour. Molasses, kielbasa, and caramelized sugar on nose.
Cola, muscavado sugar, some smoke, with hints of anise and prune then chili heat creeps in and buries all but a hint of woody hops.
Root beer barrel finish and some lingering chili heat. Medium, chewy, round.

Chili not overdone, and balanced overall. Still, not sure it was a great base porter to begin with. Bears a disturbing resembles to black pepper beef jerky. Sweet-hot is interesting, but not for more than one.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of jjanega08
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating I could see.

A= Pours a nice black color with a finger of head on it that holds some decent retention and the lacing is about average.

S= The pepper is evident which I find to be a little strange. We will have to see how it tastes. The smell isn't a bad thing yet but it is an interesting aroma. The porter base is coming through great with a nice roastiness to it and a smigit of chocolaty sweetness.

T= The flavor is interesting. The pepper is very evident and makes for an interesting flavor. I've never been a fan of mixing hot spice with too much and this is a step outside of my comfort zone. I never really understood throwing pepper on things that just weren't suppose to have pepper. This I feel like is one of those things that just shouldn't have pepper on it. The porter is wonderful. It's a nice roasty porter with an underlying sweetness that works out but then the pepper comes into play. It starts as a surprise and eventually takes over the pallete. The smoke is wonderful in it and that portion pairs well with the porter.

M= Too much lingering heat for me.

O= Not a bad beer. Viewing this for what it is I would say it did it's job. There is an eerie smokiness in the flavor that I actually enjoy quite a bit. The pepper I don't quite understand. The did manage to play it somewhat calm with the pepper I'm just not a fan.

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3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Sits a deep ebony in the glass with some chestnut brown highlights around the edges. A small light tan cap rose about a finger and fell to a thin collar. Some straggling lines of lace.

The nose is of milk chocolate, roast malt and a touch of cayenne pepper. Straightforward, slightly robust albeit lacking some depth.

On the palate, this guy follows the nose. Smooth milk chocolate with a little lactose sugar sweetness up front before roast pushes through the middle and fades to a mildly bitter roast finish. In the finish, some cayenne pepper peeks through, adding a nice little wrinkle and a faint burn.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice feel on this one, probably its best attribute.

This is a nice little porter with a little added kick.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle for $1.79 which was cool. Dark black, slight head. Smells like peppers, smoky sort of. Strong pepper flavor, smoke like serrano or something, and a hint of porter to balance everything. Alcohol was unnoticeable. Honestly I think I am really starting to like beers with peppers, yum.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is black with an opaque clarity and thick 3 finger tan cap that settles to a crust of tiny beads. The smell is very malt focused with nice chocolate malt aroma which is nutty and has a nice element of caramel with only a hint of spice as it warms. The feel is mostly roasted with slight char and a nutty body with slight creamy and sweet middle. The carbonation is moderately high with subtle spice which seems to increase near the end of the bottle.

The taste is nice and roasty with substantial dark malt bitterness and a hint of toast crust edges adding to the subtle caramel malt and light biscuit flavor. The pepper is there if you look for it, but not so obtrusive that it stands in the way of the base. The finish is more bitter with dark malt and is fairly dry with a nice lingering heat from the pepper. The overall impression is that this is a nice beer to pair with food. I enjoyed the chance to dry this and it went well with some tacos for dinner.

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Photo of malty
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12-19-11

Poured into my stemmed tulip glass pitch black, no highlights or edges. The creamy khaki head dwindled to around 1/2". It sits very still, almost hauntingly so.

Such a nutty smelling ale. Seriously, if I didn't know this wasn't a nut-based beer, I'd swear it definitely was. Hazelnuts. Nutella. Chocolate goodness. Some slightly acrid malt scents in the background, but this baby is all nuts & cocoa. Handsome dripping rings of lace all the way down.

The flavor of cocoa is dominant, but the nuttiness to whence I was spellbound is but a mere ghost. Wait...here comes some heat. It starts in the middle of my chest, then rises to my throat. The warmth of the peppers is a completely pleasant element, but there is no deliberate taste to the pepper/s - which is fine by me. Just warmth and burnt, chocolatey malts. A little malted milk to round things off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively low (but very fine) carbonation. Burnt chocolate and bitter cocoa powder on the finish.

Overall a very well executed pepper beer. Not at all novel, but well balanced and pepper heat you could feel, and not taste (big plus in my book). As close to smokey without being smokey. This beer takes you very close to the edge and them welcomes you back with a handshake.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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