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

Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale)
402 Ratings
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 blakelive784
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an incredibly dark, non translucent shade of brown with two fingers of bubbly khaki head. Retention is poor, but it leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes.

S - Light cream, roasted malts, hints of cinnamon and other indistinct spice. Light grassy hops. Simple, but seemingly balanced. Restrained.

T - Roasted malts and bitter chocolates steal the show. Thin. Bittering hops near the finish. Closely follows the nose. The roast is nice, but it's a bit one note. No yeast or alcohol present. Easy drinking but simple and restrained.

M - Over carbonated. Thin. Medium bodied.

D - It's not bad, but I've definitely had better (including Volume 3). A disappointment from a good brewery.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger dark tan head with good retention and lots of lacing; looks good. Aroma of toasted malt, with hints of chocolate and grassy hops. Flavor follows with toaste malt, light chocolate, a bit of coffee; transitioning into a long charred coffee, toasted malt and grassy hop finish. There is an interesting suggestion of dark fruit after the first rush of malt. Pleasant medium creamy body. This has some of the body of the earlier porters in the series, but true to American black ale style in the flavor. I liked this a lot. Great series of dark ales.

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Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is not my first foray into black ales, that belongs to New Belgium’s Snow Day Ale. While I wasn’t a fan of Snow Day, Left Hand welcomed me back to the black ale party once again, taking a not so popular style of beer and showcasing it for those brave enough to venture off the beaten path of brew.

I liken this offering to a stout with the guts ripped out. The bold, robust flavors of a stout provide not just the base but the main stars of a dark beer; Fade To Black has a roasty base of malts and mid range grapefruitish hops that add the right amount of bitter, but there’s a whole range of “refreshing” that comes from the ale brewing style. You won’t get any coffee or chocolate like an imperial stout, but there’s a perfect amount of char and also no heavy alcohol burn to mask in this medium gravity (6.5%) ale.

Bottle into a pint glass

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Barley and wheat in the brewing is always intriguing to me, especially in a non-standard style of beer. This, whatever the category, is more tart than a stout. The wheat seems to add the rye-like biterish grainy flavor. Fairly hoppy with some resins. Rather winey taste. It's actually quite hoppy with more of an IPA finish.

I'd call this a Cascadian dark IPA, though it's a brighter flavor with less of the dankness. A cakey sweetness leaves hints on the lips. Quite dark, of course. Pleasantly carbonated. Overall, the big, harsh bitterness lowers the drinkability, but it's an interesting puzzle.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

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Photo of dlello2
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tophers
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is of a billowing off-white head. Very thick and foamy. When I use Breiss' Midnight Wheat in my brews it looks similar to this head. Jet black in color.

Aroma is of a spicy nature with some roasted and chocolate malt notes in the background.

Quite roasty with strong hop bitterness. I'm not detecting a whole lot of hop flavor besides a slight pine taste. Slight chocolate and roasty malt flavor but the bitterness dominates.

I thought the mouthfeel was a good balance. Not to thick and a moderately light carbonation fit well with this beer.

Overall this one was a bit too bitter for me. Didn't get to taste much of the malt character. This beer is a very clean, bitter beer.

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Photo of anewlanguage
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LuDookie
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

Black, with no translucency, and very little head.

The smell is a little lacking in sweetness, but the lack of sweetness as you drink it more than makes up for this.

This is an excellent tasting beer. It is definitely one of my new favorite dark beers. It has a very nice roasted flavor without overwhelming chocolate sweetness.

the mouthfeel is perfect....just the right amount of carbonation and the burnt coffee aftertaste lingers.

Overall, this is one of my favorite dark beers by the Left Hand Brewery, which I am a fan of anyway.

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Photo of fps_dean
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head, which doesn't stick around for long.black in the glass.

Smells somewhat like a porter, with a strong smell of malt.

There is a coffee, malt, chocolate, caramel and hops. No one flavor is greatly dominant. I would say this black ale, while clearly an ale, is on the stout or porter side and not the hoppy ale side.

It's moderately carbonated, and while it's heavy on flavors, it's not overly thick.

Overall this is a very good black ale, but not the best out there. I would recommend this as I would buy it again, but it would not be something I would go out of my way to get either.

However, for the price I paid for it, it's hard to beat it.

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Photo of discdueler
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of donquixote
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark stout pour with tan head that with aggressive pour left 1 finger. Retention seems decent.

Smells very pleasant with roasted nuts and chocolate.

Really like the flavor of this beer. It has some slight burnt nut flavor with chocolate and malt with some noticeable hop bite in the finish. Some linger.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery but nothing off putting

Overall - I prefer to call this beer "Old Raspy Light" if that is allowable on the site. Its the best way I can describe it and definitely worth trying if you like stouts with a mix of roasted flavors, chocolate and some hop presence.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt molasses, pine, and citrus.

Taste: Smokey, roasted, and chocolate malts. Lingering bitterness with some slight pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A good ABA from Colorado. I would prefer less porter characteristics and more IPA characteristics, but I'll be happy with this.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cool label. No clue what it means though. Just art I suppose.

Looks nice on the pour. Nose gives some berry tones at first. Flavor profile seems fairly one dimensional and not really giving any punch. Smooth feel. Overall a pretty pedestrian drinking experience.

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Photo of Caskaway
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Fade To Black (Volume 4 - Rocky Mountain Black Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 402 ratings
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