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

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Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of JohnTurano
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mmink27
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of rojapa
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very deep black color with a thick caramel head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Delicious aroma of dark chocolate, not so hoppy relatively to its style.
Good flavor of roasted and smoked malts, but here with a decent amount of hops, though not aggressive. Notes of pines and coffee. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting coffee taste.
Full malty body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Black IPA, flavorful with a nice punch without knocking you numb.

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Photo of NoetheMatt
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tjsmith910
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of chefhatt
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a glass, it is black as night with a small tan head that quickly dissaperead. The smell has a roasty, chocolate aroma to it. The taste has a roasty malt taste and chocolate up front, then followed by a little bit of hops, not to much just a hint of them. This drinks more like a stout than a black ale.
The mouthfeel is very nice, rolls off the tonuge good and overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As the name implies, this one is almost totally black, just the slightest bit of brown coming through. Very small tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

Chocolatey with some roasted malts. Smells more like a stout - not picking up any hops. Not super complex, but smells pretty tasty.

Like the nose, mostly chocolate and dark roasted malts. Not really any hops at all except for some bitterness. Kind of tastes like an Irish stout, but with a touch of chocolate. Again, good, but not what I'd expect from the style.

Pretty full bodied with lighter carbonation and a pretty smooth and creamy feel.

Pretty nice, I guess my only problem is that I don't get the hops at all in this one, so I'm not sure why they'd call it an ABA, unless it's an old bottle and the hops died back. If I were to measure it in the Irish stout style, I think I'd like it much better and for that reason, I'd say it's just a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of djre4orm
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of pajonkunz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of screamking
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.

Thick khaki head, above a black sea of beer. The head stays quite awhile leaving tons of dark lacing on the glass. Lots of chocolate and coffe on the nose. This drinks very easy, even easier than a porter. Not as much coffee in the taste, but still lots of bitter chocolate. The aftertaste falls a bit flat, none of the notes seem to linger. Glad I got to try this one out and I will be looking for more in this series.

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Photo of JustinWhipple
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of George1799
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jstevep00
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kurtisnelson
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The vol. 4 is a great porter....I look forward to this release every year. This vintage seems to be a bit more hoppy than in years past. The beer pour an opaque black with thin off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is happier than most Baltic porters...yet still has coffee and peat tones. The taste start bitter quickly followed by coffee and espresso which then a peppery spice settles in on the follow through. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall this is another good year for the FTB!

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Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of indy14jonesy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DKHNOVA
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Jade
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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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