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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2011
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/22/11, $9.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of pepper and bittersweet chocolate. Lucky, the heat from the peppers is stronger in the taste. In addition to the peppers, there’s also coffee, roasted malt, smoke and milk/bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable. The peppery heat lingers in the finish, and there’s enough heat to make this brew taste interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark blackish brown with tan head, aroma has notes of pepper, anise, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with slight hints of dark raisin. Taste is nice balance of anise, lots of smoke and pepper notes, going into dark fruit, toffee, and some molasses, nice coffee and roast notes finishing bitter. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is light roast, chocolate, coffee, and spice. Flavor is chcocolate, roasty earthy, smoke and and. a little pepper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle poured a clear dark redish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, light roastiness, light peper and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, pepper, light roastiness and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering pepper finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
pours black with small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, soft pepper. Flavor is pretty standard porter, with the pepper coming through strongly on the finish, with a lingering burning sensation that was more than I expected but not too overbearing. It was good but I wouldn’t drink more than two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma of subtle black pepper. The taste is subtle enough in the taste that this is a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is classic porter with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. I also get a hint of smoke in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of chocolate in the flavor, as well as some roasted and nearly burnt malt. There is a little bit of heat from the peppers as the beer is swallowed and some earthy pepper notes in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (249) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The color is perfect and the fragrance promises lots of smoked chiles. There is a lot more depth to the flavor than just chiles, though. There’s bittersweet chocolate, anise, and the smoky chiles. There is some subtle heat, and at just a touch under 2000 Scoville units, that puts it at about the same as a poblano. It’s just enough that you know it’s got chiles in it. Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3735) - - OCT 9, 2011
bottle. a nearly black beer with no head. lightly smoky nose with milk chocolate and lots of burnt toast. love the big burnt toast flavors in this one. pepper has only a small part here with a light peppery finish. fudgy with toast mostly. palate is medium with low carbonation. proudly continues the tradition of awesome FTB series dark beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle - almost complete black pour, with a little light creeping in around the edges - moderate tan lace - nose is toffee, chocolate, dark fruit/berries, light smoke and mild chili character and earthiness - moderate carbonation, slick mouthfeel - flavor is fairly sweet up front, with notes of toffee, berry/fruitiness and charred sugars - tail end brings a slight bitterness and notes of coffee - pepper character does not manifest until the finish, a moment or two after you swallow - just a little heat, but it builds up the more sips you take - a mild smokiness in the finish compliments this well - a little light bodied for the abv - not as good as last years smoked beer, but another winner in the Fade to Black series.

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