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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by claytong on 09-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ryancorn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a tar black, with a dark cream colored head. The head dissipates to a random film with big bubbles around the edges. No lacing at all. The smell is solid: bitter chocolate with black pepper. The taste is complex with a sweet black licorice start, a bitter chocolate middle, and a black pepper finish. The spicy pepper notes linger, and not in an offensive way. The mouthfeel is just right for a porter, and the beer finishes clean. Overall, a complete surprise. I went into this not expecting to like it. What is astonishing is that the 7.5% ABV is hardly detectable at all, as there is no boozy taste, smell, or feel about it. It's got several different flavors to dissect, and the black pepper spice is interesting. I enjoy this beer a lot.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

A- Black in the middle, reddish brown around the edges. One-and-a-half-finger brown sugar head that dissipates to a bubbly film, leaving light spotty lacing behind.

N- Roasted malt with milk chocolate and spicy green chilies.

T- Creamy milk chocolate with a bit of roasted malt, coffee, and green chilies up front. The spiciness hits you toward the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Once the spicy heat lights up your mouth, the roast and chocolate fall into the background, giving way to a spicy finish with undertones of cocoa and roast. Aftertaste of spicy green chilies, subtle cocoa, and roasted coffee. I'm digging the chili flavor and heat. Absolutely no indication of alcohol from the taste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, with a semidry spicy finish.

D- Overall, a respectable chili porter. Fairly straight-forward, not overly complex, but delicious nontheless.

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

Appearance- Pours a dark oily brownish black, has a slight head that dissapate quickly, no lacing.

Smell- Roasty malts with chocolate and coffee notes at the end.

Taste- Roasted malts with definite coffee and chocolately notes with some pepper taste near the end. It has a nice and clean taste that doesn’t lay too long on the tongue, finishes smoothly with a little pepper heat at the back of the throat that builds as you drink it. This beer never seems to get too spicy, which is nice since you can actually taste the beer unlike some other overpowering pepper beers.

Mouth feel- Medium body. Nice and smooth with little carbonation (at first the pepper fooled me making met think it was extra carbonation until I felt the heat)

Overall- Nice malty smooth porter with a surprising pepper finish. It is not something I would drink every day, but it is a refreshing change of pace. Quite an interesting beer since it does not overdo the peppers but instead balances them quite nicely with the porter base.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6er from Loadout Liquors in Craig, CO around $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that barely forms half an inch and disappears just as fast as it came. No spots of lacing are left behind.

S: Chocolate and some molasses, a touch of toffee and a bit of smoke find there way in here. No real spice or pepper shows up in the nose. A fair amount of coffee starts to surface as it warms. Pretty nice smelling porter.

T: A really nice robust porter, chocolate and coffee dominate at first with just a hint of chili peppers underneath the typical porter flavors. No real heat in here, but there is a definite pepper oil like after flavor in the finish. The chocolate flavor really lingers on the tongue for a while.

M: Medium body that verges on heavy, medium carbonation and a sticky finish. Really nice here.

O: Damn fine porter here with an added element of some pepper flavor. The chocolate and coffee flavors and just awesome malt flavors in this beer really make it shine. Another outstanding dark beer from Left Hand.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $8. Tapped from the Black "Left Hand" Handle into a 20oz Pint Glass.

Story Behind this Brew: While catching the last of this series, I decided to enjoy #3 of the Fade to Black series this past week and then hunt down the first two in bottle (or on-tap if available). Pepper Porter? Heres goes nothing.

Aroma- Has a coffee dominant aroma with tons of roastiness. Everything suggests this will be a normal Robust Porter but we will see.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has the darkest brown body you can get to without being opaque. Leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of chocolate and malt start of this brew. Seems very burnt and roasty from the coffee flavors. At the finish is the peppery taste and this hits the palate nicely! Then finishes with a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Low-Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and then leaves a light coffee flavor.

Overall Impression- And the votes are in! This took me by surprise with the peppery flavor in the end of the drink. Very coffee driven, this porter was still very good. All across the board, a B+ but not sure if I'd go back to this one again... Not one of my favorites but gave it a shot!

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Photo of SnaxStL
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium bodied and smooth black in color with a slight beige lacing around my snifter. The aromas consist of lightly roasted dark malts, milk chocolate, with an ever so slight pepper spice at the end. The pepper is pretty subtle. The flavor basically matches the aromas. You get smooth chocolates with a slight roast with light pepper on the backend. That said, as a standard porter goes it has nice flavor and a near perfect mouthfeel. You just don't get much pepper from it, despite it being advertised as a pepper porter. It drinks very, very smoothly and is overall a nice porter. I just wish it had more spice to it.

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Photo of CincyRBob
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without the bottled on stamp, surprisingly. Pours a near-black color with a modest cap of tan head. Not overly great for retention or lacing.

Pepper is abundantly evident in the nose, rich and spicy. Sweet and chocolaty malt background provides a nice compliment to the pepper. Also, a fair amount of alcohol makes it through.

Pretty decent base beer with a sweet and viscous malty flavor. Chocolate and roasty coffee shine pretty bright. The pepper notes are interesting, with a little bit of zest up front and some heat creeping in on the finish. I think it is cool they made sure the pepper aspect of the beer was prominent. It is interesting, but I cant say I like it more than the first two installments of the Fade to Black series. Worth a try, but I wont be going back to the store for any more.

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Photo of samie85
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pitch black with a very small, light tan head that dissipates quickly.

S-Big hits of chocolate with some light roasted and almost smoky notes.

T-Roasted and chocolate notes with a bit of spicy chili on the finish.

M-I disagree here that this one is thick; I'd say it's medium-bodied and it creates a nice base for the chili to shine without overwhelming the beer. It has low carbonation and leaves you with a spicy warmth from the chili in the throat.

D-I really love that this beer has some pepper kick with a very good beer as its base. The issues I've had with Chili beers in the past is that they suffer from one of two problems: it's a spicy beer but the base is weak or just not solid, or else a very good base beer and not enough chili is used. This beer balances very nicely between the chili and the base.

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Photo of Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beer itself appears black in the glass, though some light coming through the edges shows this beer to be a very dark brown in color. Forms a minimal tan colored head that fades to nothing but a thin ring around the edge. Very light lacing.

S: Aroma is of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Licorice and pepper to a lesser extent and a slight bit of smoke.

T: Starts off with the strong flavor of roasted malts and coffee. Then toast, chocolate, dirt, earth, and an odd blend of chiles and licorice. Finishes with a lot of dried chile and chocolate flavor.

M: On the lighter side of heavy with a very smooth mouthfeel. Lower carbonation and more than a hint of heat from the peppers.

O: A good beer that I would have appreciated more if it were not for the odd, and not overly pleasant, combination of licorice and chiles. Drinkable, but thankful I only have one bottle.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of codysjb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep cola brown with a finger of dark khaki head. Aroma of roasty coffee, mild cocoa, and a good dose of hot pepper.

Moderate-to-low carbonation and a super-creamy, very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet milk chocolate and bready caramel up front with some mildly bitter coffee and and long finish of smoky pepper warmth.

Great balance and very tasty -- the pepper adds a noticeable dimension to the flavor without being overdone. Really liked Vol. 2 last year and Vol. 3 is equally successful!

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bastu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of horrorspecialty
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours quite close to black. Very minute coloring on the outer edges of the beer. Head barely forms, and fizzes down to a fingernail-sized patch of bubbles that floats in the middle of the glass. No head = no lacing. But I could truly care less how it looks, it just needs to taste right.

S-First whiff brings mostly roast and smoke. Cocoa. Smells a bit salty. And of course, there is light pepper in the nose. Sweet malts. Sugary.

T-Some pretty standard porter flavors. You have your chocolate and your coffee. Sweet and roasty. It its base form, this is actually a pretty decent porter. I was initially a bit nervous by the idea of pepper in my porter, but this is just enough pepper to make it interesting. Pepper is light but grows in intensity after every sip. Enjoyable.

M-Pepper tickles the palate as well as my lips. Medium bodied. Very soft carbonation. The pepper definitely plays into the feel here.

O/D-By the end of the beer, the pepper lingers. I thought I would not like this beer, but knew I had to try it. Turns out I like it a lot more than expected. I only bought a single however, and I am actually happy that I don't need to drink more than one of these tonight. Good flavor, but I don't think six of these would be very appealing during a session. Pepper is definitely set to the right degree of intensity, but one will do for me. Respect the effort and the balls to try something different by Left Hand.

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Photo of ism
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque jet black body with a fallow brown head, creamy with average retention as it eventually settles into a thin ring.

Nose is fairly subtle; roasted malt on the molasses bend, and a spicy hop aroma.

Took one sip and started laughing maniacally as it seems to know me well. Rich malt well tempered by alpha hop, with licorice up front. As it washes over the tongue, a mild fruity spice emerges, not unlike a pasilla pepper.

Fairly thick for the style, velvet yet refreshing. Complex, with coffee emerging midway through a glass, then the peppers resume their center-stage appearance, building up but never distracting.

An excellent, inventive brew, complex and refreshing. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of callmeishmALE
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Fade To Black (Volume 3 - Pepper Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 523 ratings
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