BroadestTom (342) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasty,
Appearance black, minimal head,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body,
Overall I’m getting a lot of black liquorice. I’m not a huge fan of that flavor and to me that is the most forward flavor. There is just a funky flavor that I don’t like. I would not suggest this beer to a friend.
geeklimit (281) - USA - JAN 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black, little head. Coffee aroma, slight dark chocolate. Chocolate taste with mocha follow through. Slight burnt chocolate aftertaste. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
pilsnerrogge (2745) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eyes: Black with ruby highlights. Thick head.
Nose: Roasted malt, char coal, smoked ham.
Mouth: Dryish with a somewhat harsh finish.
Tongue: Roasted malt, hops, some coffee, some chocolate.
Brain: Quite ok, but shouldn’t Foreign Stouts be a little sweeter?
retinadoc (207) - - JAN 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel aroma. Slightly above average carbonation. Pours black. Delicious, rich sweet coffee, caramel and malt flavors. Smooth finish. A little boozy at 8.5% ABV, but still a terrific beer.
DocJitsu (1532) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a short-lived tan head. Smoking griddle Porter nose. Soft mouthfeel. Sweeter than I expected. Lactose, coffee, dark fruit. Finishes dry with baker’s chocolate dominating.
MacBoost (1691) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocky, semi authentic foreign stout. Big tobacco and fig. Some fudge. Medium alcohol presence. It’s from Colorado, ok? Let’s be serious here.
MrHult (467) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från Systembolaget. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Härlig len stout med tydliga vaniljtoner. Smarrig!
jrodooo5 (1403) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty opaque pour w/ a tan head & decent lacing. The aroma is robust w/ roasted notes & a slight hint of cocoa. The flavor is roasty upfront & finishes quickly & rather dry. The 8+% is hidden well as the beer is fairly drinkable. Overall it’s a pretty solid offering!
Leini (1653) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Pitch black body with a low tan head. Burnt malt, roasted notes, coffee and a just a hint of caramel. Finishes dry and heavily roasted.
Chad9976 (1584) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The “Foreign Extra Stout” is a niche style that’s close to traditional imperial stouts, but there’s a finite difference between them. I’d say Left Hand Fade to Black, Volume 1 is a good example of the style and I could tell it was a “FES” right away. Stylistically it’s on-point in all aspects, and as a beer it’s really tasty and nice to drink.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. It had a best by date of 10/27/16 and cost $2.29 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Despite the name it’s actually a deep dark brownish red hue. Not completely opaque. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Plenty of dark roasted malt as well as sweet confectionery notes of toffee, treacle and molasses. No alcohol presence.
Taste: A bit mild up front, but plenty of roasted malt flavor and dry coffee-like bitterness at the apex. The finish is the best part as it changes on a dime from bitter to sweet. Just like the aroma, the palette is pretty rich with toffee, treacle and molasses. It leaves an aftertaste of syrup, though the hops linger as well. I get some dank piney hop character throughout, which is nice. I would consider this to be a pretty well-balanced brew.
Drinkability: At 8.5% ABV, Left Hand Fade to Black, Volume 1 is actually bit big for the style, though it seems much lighter than the average imperial stout. The alcohol never comes through in the aroma, taste or body. The mouthfeel is not quite the sticky sensation you might think; full-bodied for sure, but still quite crisp with a smooth finish. Not quite a liquid dessert, though I’m sure it’d pair well with your favorite chocolate or vanilla treat.