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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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2013 & 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Fruity, bready and coffee aroma. Totally balck. medium on the palate and i a little oily and velvety. A little sweet. Hops are not that detectable, just faintly bitter on the finish. The malt flavor is perfect combination of coffee, cocoa, molasses and deep roasted malts. Unbelievable for the price. Great value.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4062) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma is earth, dark malts and coffee/chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, spices, coffee, chocolate and a mix of slight heat, acidity and sour in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Poured from a botyle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is of espresso and the taste is a delicious coffee with some vanilla

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and toast. Crisp, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (974) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
330m bottle, pours black with a small tan head, aroma has chocolate and caramel, vanilla, roasted malt,a bit of smoke, a bit of poke from the alcohol. Body is medium, creamy texture with soft to flat carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Black pour with tan head from draft at headquarters. Has a roasty carmel and Cocoa taste to it. Vanilla and sweet notes. Pretty damn tasty beer

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Black/brown pour. Brown head. Aroma of roast coffee. Creamy and bitter up front. Lots of bitter. Hops in this. Caramel malt and chocolate. Finish is dark cocoa.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
N3lson1 (255) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Aromas of chocolate and roasted/smoked malts. Very little carbonation and leaves silkiness feel in your mouth. A chocolately taste but the smokiness flavor is overpowering but does leave an enjoyable smokey aftertaste. I expected more from this but it is my first of the " Fade to Black" series, I look for to enjoying the rest of the series!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4168) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, beige colored head, and black in color. The smell is smokey, bbq, nice, some sweetness, meat, and good. The taste is chalky, malt, roasty, meat, ash, smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3935) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
12 oz bottle. Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, burnt toast. Taste is of smoke, roasted malts, light burnt toast, coffee, and dark chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Foreign stout style. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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