Left Hand Fade To Black, Volume 1

Left Hand Fade To Black, Volume 1

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Brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO, United States

Style:  Foreign / Extra Stout

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

30 International Bittering Units

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That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships.

ID: 37305 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank1184
Overall Percentile97.5
Style Rank12 of 125
Style Percentile90.4
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.911
Weighted Score3.683
Standard Deviation0.530

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  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Fantastic.. 2009 version rocks!

    Smells of roasty malts with some chocolate, wood, hops and some stone fruit. Pours a nice jet black with a good frothy tannish head that last. Incredible full body with ample carbonation and a very very smooth and refreshing finish. Fantastic stout flavor with a fair amount of chocolate, vanilla, touch of smoke, earth, some anise.. Great beer.. said to know it is a one and done.. great while it lasted!

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish black with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a touch of lacing.

    The aroma is sweet grains, lactose, chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts.

    The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate with a little lactose and coffee. It has a tarry bitter finish that is almost mouth-puckering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, a decent foreign style stout. A little on the tarry side for me.

  • CYBERCAT 9920 reviews
    rated 4.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Rich, strong, smoky aroma has tones of chocolate, fine coffee and molasses and just a shade of sweetness - very tempting and inviting. It pours an opaque sable that is just a red tomcat whisker above black and has a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Flavor is absolutely fabulous - rich and mouth-filling, mainly fine roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses with a whisper of licorice. Texture is strongly fizzy and tingly, yet smooth and sublime. A must for anybody who loves stouts!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    2009 version..lets get ill! .. had at the Houston Flying Saucer 2009 X-mas Party .. . lacing is pure excit! .. . so wonderfully roasty .. nice burnt flavors, a great interpretation of a foreign stout!!

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    What is this? Do I deserve such consecutively good beers like the ones I've been having? I would say yes to that, and yes that everyone deserves good beer all the time. Well then... Pitch black, density-unknown but pretty damn thick and well ladies and gents, this is what you want in a foreign stout- burnt toast, ashey, smokey and rich with chocolate infused alcohol. Has bitterness but i wonder if it's from those damn hops or maybe something else. Does have a bit of bark-i-ness to it. Fantastic bier from LH. Most of the others have been mediocre at best. This is great :)

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Volume 1, Foreign Stout: Midnight body with a lasting 1/4" brown head and great lacing. Heavy roast aroma followed by milk chocolate, wood and light smoke. There's a great mild meatiness going on in the aroma that really peaked my interest. Feels exceptionally malty and is a filling brew. Balanced with a slow bitter kick. The smoked meat really flourishes in the flavor and leads into a big milk chocolate and buttered toast taste coupled with green hops, molasses and a touch of anise. This is an outstanding stout, I really enjoy the smoky accents coupled with the chocolate. Well done.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A dark, opaque ebony colored ale. A minimal soapy tan rises too briefly leaving a light lacing. Roasted malt and bitter coffee are in the nose. A medium to light bodied ale. Carbonation is present and balanced well. Smoothness is as expected. The tasting matches the aroma with a kick of alcohol added. I know Left Hand tried for something different. While it doesn’t attain that end, it is a good stout.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is the start of a new series of stouts that Left Hand will be brewing. Each year the recipe will be different. The 2009 version is a black pour with a little viscosity. The aroma is coffee and molasses, and the flavour is similar with a bitter finish.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    A very nice beer from left hand, in fact its my favorite from thier company, and i am going to get some more a.s.a.p. (I do have a slight cold so the aroma and flavors werent as developed) Aroma of roasted malts, some very slight fruit hints. Appearance and carbonation similar to coca cola, less head though. Flavors of roasted malt, smoke, espresso, and molasses. Alcohol was hidden fairly well until it warmed up a bit. Overall it was a very nice beer, a must try for stout fans.

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