Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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84
good
402 Ratings
THE BROS
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Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bsp77 on 11-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super deep brown, nearly pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but consists of some roasted malt smells as well as a bit of a caramel sweetness. Rounding out these aromas are some very light vanilla, coffee, and chocolate as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and light chocolate flavor mixed with some roasted malt tastes. A vanilla sweetness quickly comes to the tongue as well as a creamier like flavor, producing a somewhat sweet and roast chocolate like taste on the tongue. A bit of coffee comes to the tongue more toward the end as well as a little bit of a more citrus hop taste with the combination bittering up the taste ever so lightly. In the end the mix of flavors leaves a rather present and smooth sweeter chocolate and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are a nice for keeping it a very easy drinking brew, although a lightly thicker body may have accentuated the darker flavors a bit better in light of the sweeter flavors. Overall however it was quite enjoyable.

Overall – A rather nice and tasty black ale that is very porter like in my opinion. Tasty and one to try if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MartzMimic
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark doesn't begin to describe it, as the light on my phone couldn't pierce the blackness. Off-white foamy head that dissipated a little sooner than I would have expected based on other reviews. Smells of chocolate, coffee, plum and licorice. Burnt coffee and chocolate predominate the initial taste, but turns to hoppy bitterness that lingers. A bit of carbonation, but it really coats the tongue. I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be. I don't dislike it, but it feels a little muddled.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chugalug06
2.62/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A good appearance. Black as night brew, a bit thin. Head has lots of volume. Head falls fast and is made of thin loose foam. Lacing is nice, but uneven.

Roasty, toasty, and far from style... Lots of burnt chocolate. Not a bad aroma, just not on style.

Nice backend bitterness. Front flavors are wet, forward, roasty and dark chocolate flavors. Creamy, earthy, coffee, slightly dirty, and milky. Carbonation is much too high, sweetness is close to too much, and bitterness is absent for the most part. Again, far off style.

This is ABA needs more substance and needs to drink less like a Milk Stout. It's good, just not on style. Recommended, just not to style.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Wsherry1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, light pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light pine, floral, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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