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:
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Added by bsp77 on 11-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Puffy, creamy, lumpy purple-tinged tan head that clings like mad over black body.
Orange oil, charcoal, plum and a bit of burnt rubber on the nose.
Black currant, ash, and black bread then pine sap, more orange oil and resin for hops.
Prune juice finish and charcoal bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, silky, some oil.

Snakey hops underneath a lot of black. Another way of saying this is surprisingly deep. Too many dark notes, but above par for LH.

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Photo of MightiestBeard
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RWLawman
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Just about jet black, with a generous white head that sticks around for the majority of the experience. Scattered lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Some chocolate and roasted malts, but to me the piney hops stand out the most.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a little grain, but finishes with a noticeable piney hop bite. I'm not a huge fan of pine hops, but it's not enough to absolutely kill the beer.

M - A little sticky, moderate mouthfeel, with a little creamy texture as well.

O - A "not bad" beer. Not something I'd seek out again, but it wasn't too bad.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zrab11
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of blknikon
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jessenimmo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of quakeroatmealstout
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dyerseve
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of mgroothuis
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain. Fade to black. That time of year when the light fades away. Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes." Brewed in the style of a Cascadian Black Ale. Fourth individual installment in the annually released series. This early winter release resembles dark ales, but this is the first year that it doesn't showcase a "porter" of some kind.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 55ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy mocha brown head over a very dark brown, near black. Nice thin curtain of lacing and good head retention makes this an appetizing-looking beer. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is certainly indicative of a black ale, with bitter, roasty malts, a moderate level of resiny and piney hops and a mild bready yeast profile with a hint of diacetyl, not uncommon in my experience with the style. Notably more sweet than the average black ale, this one leans a bit more towards a chocolatey malt-forward black ale than a hop-led beer but comes off with a nice balance and no perceptible undesirables. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Flavor is notably shallower on the sweetness of the malt body and instead has a light roasted chocolate, mild caramel and lightly toasted black malt blend for a slightly lighter body, but finishes with a forward resiny and hop character, a key player in the flavor which may not be to everybody's liking. A bit lighter on flavor than I was hoping for, I had my hopes set on fulfilling the malt aroma I picked up on earlier, as this one goes much lighter in flavor than expected, despite maintaining a nice balance. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Goes for a mild carbonation presence, mildly airy, slightly creamy with a medium dry finish accentuated with a resiny hop bitterness. Body is slightly below medium for the style and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is very low, thoroughly concealed by the hop blend. Slightly lower body than I had hoped for, but the carbonation is right by the style and makes up for it. 4

(Overall) This would have been a top-notch beer provided the malt body had kept in line with the aroma, which was very sweet and chocolate-forward. The end result is enjoyable, but not extraordinary for the style, going for high drinkability and showcasing a bold hop resin undertone. It's certainly quite good for what it is, but it could have been much more unique with a bolder malt presence. 4

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Fade To Black Ale Volume 4: Rocky Mountain Black Ale

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DenverLogan
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle. Poured in Great Divide tulip glass.
Pours black with big brown head that lingers with lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
Modest carbonation and significant mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bitter malts. Overall very smooth and tasty...goes down easy yet has rich flavors...will have to taste next to Tommyknocker's Hop Strike.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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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