hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$1.95 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours very dark, almost black, with no head to speak of. Smells of citrus hops and pine - very light aroma. Taste is citrus, pine, roasted malts, and coffee.
Westchesterco (1096) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
Iphonephan (3635) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
spacecube (971) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Maxbier (398) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
N3lson1 (253) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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!
travita (4155) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jkwalking05 (3923) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass: Tired Hand pub glass.
Appearance: The body is an opaque chestnut with a tall and foamy tan head.
Aroma: The aroma comes off a bit cocoa prominent with a roasty smoked edge to it. The aroma has some strength to it and smells appealing.
Taste: Mildly astringent from start to finish with a robust malt base that comes off a tad dry, mildly smokey, moderately roasty and matched by dry cocoa. There’s some base malt to back this, but the specialty malts shine here.
Palate: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.
Overall: Wow, this is 8.5%? I had no idea. This is a great bargain stout if you want a semi-dry roasty/smokey/cocoa prominent stout. There’s a dash of astringency, but man Left Hand knows how to make a stout.