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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)
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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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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 73
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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color certainly matches the title. Thin, creamy head floats atop a pitch black body. Very strong pine hops are noticed first. Charred wood comes through next, followed by sweet malt. Bitterness from the hops really linger. More than 60 IBUs almost make you pucker. Chocolate comes through as it warms.

The balance is what makes this so good. There is enough going on with the sweetness, bitterness, texture, and char to give it great flavor.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed a little over a month ago ("Bottled on 11/07/12").

A: A black beauty, dark yet reflective enough to see yourself in the glass. Sandy, smooth head about an inch high. Intricate webs of lacing over minimal retention.

S: Smells like a porter: chocolate syrup, toffee, dark fruit, and a distinctive mineral character. There is an earthy hop tone to it, as well; an attractively mild touch of complexity.

T: Damn, that is almost acrid with its hops and roasts - I'm in love. It's like someone dropped a pine cone in a cup of coffee, bright and prickly, but with a good cocoa background. Slight cedar, brown sugar, and lactose sugar peek out of this thin body fairly easy, too. Finishes acidically metallic and sweet, like cola from a fountain.

M: Bubbles distract from the thinness quite well, working also to accentuate the hops and roasts I enjoy so much. Sessionable, nearly.

O: A fine beer, quite possibly the most pleasingly simple black ale I've ever had. Why does every example of this style have to have an above-average ABV? 6.5% seems to work just fine for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in early November for $8.99.

Beer poured black with an OK tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts, some coffee, and some northwest hops.

Taste is focused on the roasted malts which is strong up front and is balanced quite nicely by a decent amount of hops. Hints of cocoa and coffee linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and satisfying.

Overall this is another nice brew in the Fade to Black series. Black Ales seem to becoming in vogue this time of year with several other brewers going to this as the seasonal style. Glad to have tried and would recommend

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark inky black. completely opaque. maybe an inch of tan foam forms from a heavy pour but dissipates very quickly.

S - interesting aroma. Lots of char character, possibly some burnt bread. Some sweet fruit character not just the classic citrus hops but a sort of berry-like jam (blueberries?) quality as well. Notes of chocolate sauce and pine needles too.

T - Smooth chocolate matly flavors up front. Lots of rind forward citrus fruit, which also mixes with the chocolate notes creating a coffee/mocha sort of character. Finish is fairly quick with just a tinge of lingering citrus rind.

M - silky smooth texture. medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O - nice beer. nose is the more interesting portion of the beer but otherwise quite enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Smells of dark roasted unmalted barley, black patent malt, fruity hops, and hints of cinnamon, cedar, and something like acrylic paint.

I had yet to taste a good melding of American-hop-forward flavors with darker roasted malts. Until today. I have tasted some good ones, but they all end up being something like overly grassy bitter cola. This pulls off the balance though. The hops are spicy (cinnamon, ginger?) and the malts cut right to a near chocolate flavor. The bitterness isn't too high, but clips the sweetness before it gets very far. Impressive and complex melding of spicy, earthy, roasty, and hoppy.

The mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied, with slightly lower carbonation.

Conclusion: The first American Black ale to totally nail it for me. Well done Left Hand!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have started to appreciate this style more!

Appearance: Jet Black

Smell: Charcoal, hops, herbs

Taste: Hop, herbal middle, nice bitingly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost refreshing!

Overall, I'd say this is a winner.

Try it while you can find it.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours opaque black with one finger of head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Grassy hops, but not a real strongly aromatic beer.

T - Very hop forward brew followed by coffee flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate notes as well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O - Well crafted brew but not really my thing. I think it would be better if they toned down the bitterness slightly. Overall I much prefer the Fade to Black vol. 3 (chili porter) to this.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a frosty glass.

A- Very Dark Brown, Almost Black of course. Very small but a lingering light brown head, after several drinks little to no lacing or stikyness left on the glass.

S- Significant Coffee, coacoa, earthy malts.

T- Taste starts off slightly choclatey almost smooth, then hit hard with a coffee flavor, deep almost wooden flavor. Lingering burned coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, rather filling.

O- This is only like the second or third American black I have ever tried, and of those i would put this at the top. (Now for my disclaimer.) I have a very hard time with the Blacks, porters, stouts and all around dark beers. I am not a fan of coffee or deep earthy flavors. However Im a huge fan of beer, want to try all that is available, and try very hard to have an open mind on these beers. I will be the first to tell you not to form your opinion of these beers based on my comments.

Others comment on this is not the best of the "Fade to Black" Series, but its the only one of the series I have tried.

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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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