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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, soft pepper, cocoa, and light vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, light coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and soft spicy pepper. This reminds me a lot of the 2011 Reunion beers. Body is medium with a pleasant slickness about it, soft heat and light carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, more pronounced spicy pepper, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and light vanilla. Only mild lingering heat from the peppers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3161) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Serving 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks. It pours pitch black with a fading slight tan head. The nose is earthy with slight metallic and ground black pepper. The flavor is mushroom, metallic, some caramel, soy, and aslight touch of heat from the black pepper. Medium body with a lingering off finish. Odd mix of flavors that doesn’t work well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Near-black ruby with thin tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma: Chocolate and molasses, with a touch of smoke. Expected a little more in the aroma department. Taste: Smoky and roasted, with char, chocolate, molasses and coffee. The peppers are noticeable in the finish, proving a long, spicy, hot aftertaste. Other than the peppery finish, this is a fairly subtle and mild beer. Palate: Creamy and full-bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Finish is mostly dry with some very light heat. Overall: Nice Smoked Porter with the peppers providing a slight kick. Well balanced overall, and nothing is overdone. I wish I had tried the first two Fade to Black beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
dark brown pour with a thin tan head. aroma is dark roasted malt, typical porter. hints of dark fruits and black pepper but pretty light. Flavour holds a bit more of the peppery spice and dark fruits. Light-ish body. Pepper flavour does build a bit over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pretty good beer. I let this warm a bit from the cooler first. Poured with a small to medium sized head that soon dissipated to an island, ring and a little lace. Color in the narrow part of the glass was a dark, deep, rich mahoganey; elswhere opaque. Aroma upon opening I caught a whiff of pepper, but later, malt, cocoa, roast, toffee, caramel. Flavor is like nose with a little of the pepper in the background and good bitter/sweet/tangy balance. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has good length. Solid drinking beer for a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown to almost black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pepper. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and pepper with a hint of vanilla. Peppery and slightly chalky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
No ’pepper’ detected at first but this is one good porter! Quite a tasty porter and as the beer warms the peppery flavors slowly come through but only ever-so-slightly. Very creamy and smooth and so hard to keep from chugging this tasty brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
black pour with a slim tan head. big ash / smoke nose with layers of raisin, pepper and licorice. medium to full body - smooth > with hot peppers creeping up over the tongue followed by light smoke, roasted malts and sweet dark fruits in the background. perfect balance of smoke and peppers. hot finish from the peppers, but not too hot... mixed in with sweet malts and grapes / raisin notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Draught at Whole Foods Devon: Faint aroma of malt, smoke, slight sulfur, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a tiny, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light smoke, light roasting, and some black pepper. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight smoke, light black pepper finish is dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Crushed at Smokin Dave’s. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast, licorice and dark fruits, and subtle chilies. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Heat builds as it goes down. Quite the winter warmer.

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