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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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That time of year when the light fades away. Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes. Welcome to Volume 4, the Beer pours pitch black with an off white head. Citrus (bergamot) and roast dominates the nose. Slight sweet malt gets pushed back by initial citrusy hops followed by powerful Italian Amaro, gentian and hop bitterness. Finishing with a pleasant duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1681) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle from HÝkeren. Dark brown close to black with a good lasting and lacing medium sized beige head. Aroma is beef jerky, chocolate, bubblegum, light dark roasted malt as it warms up. The bergamot really shows after the first sip. Taste is medium sweet and medium+ bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Really dry grapefruity bitter finish. This works pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slatermcs (61) - - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle to pint glass. Thin tan head, light lacing. Roasted aroma with light hops. Roasted malty front with slight hop bitterness at the finish. Excellent version of a black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12oz. bottle. Darkly roasted, earthy aroma, some mild, sweetened coffee, along with background notes of tree bark, dried, leafy herbs, faint citrus and tinges of bakerís chocolate and cellar must. Solid ebony in color with a thick, pillowy, lasting khaki head and some very fine, sparse lacing. Flavor profile is full of dark, roasty, gently sweet malts and strong earthiness, accented with dark chocolate, herbal, leafy, almost floral hops, and a moderate amount of bitterness that first appears towards the finish, blended with suggestions of pine and loam. Extremely fine effervescence on the palate, creamy and smooth, drying out to a large extent, and with a medium-full body. I had to kind of scoff at the "new style" appropriate by Left Hand as "Rocky Mountain Black Ale", which I take to either be a dig towards or a takeoff of Cascadian Dark Ale. Sure enough, itís just listed as a Black IPA here. Iím not entirely sure thatís accurate, but itís pretty close. Then again, so is Robust Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (789) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with red hues. Aroma of caramel, dust, hay. Flavor is raisin, peat, pine, molasses, earth. A little too earthy/dirt for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at The Sinking Ship. Served in a pint glass. Pours a pretty much opaque brown with a small beige head. Notes of roast, dark chocolate, earth, leaves, mint, burnt toast, and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. More black than IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1074) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours deep brown/black with a fairly frothy darker khaki to mocha head that settles and leaves spotty lace. Nose of chocolate, ashy roast, raisin and prune, pine, flowery perfume, almost some lactose, a nice mix. Taste is fairly sweet but quite a bit more bitter. Lighter bodied, slippery, with a roasty bitter finish. Really pretty nice, definitely lots of malt influence, especially on the roast side, which works here even though I donít always dig that in Black IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5930) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
damn you space shuttle!!!!! .. . pours a lunar black .. . decent sized head, light lacing .. . mild roast and a bit of burnt hops .. . i liked it but happy with one bottle .. . . unparalleled!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
acearl (392) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Opaque black hue with than creamy head, good lacing, surprising fragrance, got a a little bit of the bergamot smell but overall it is pretty roasted N maybe woody, some coffee and a bit of hop but not much, taste is roasted and has kind of a sutty texture, some herbiness and unique bitters, I didnít really get much bitterness or specific hop characteristics, definitely better as it sat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6863) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours black with a thick dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces beautifully. Aroma has a combination of citrus and roasted malts with backing dark grains. Flavor starts with musty dark grains and roasted malts with a light pine note coming out in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7055) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12oz bottle pours nice and dark with a thin mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, spicy black licorice that seems Mt. Hood hop like and then a faint resiny hoppiness. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts to rich deep dark roasted coffee and burnt malts blending with some tasty chocolate goodness. Toward the finish the black licorice like spicy hops and a dash of resiny hops takes this into the finish and after taste. This interpretation of the style leans firmly toward roastiness and I feel it comes across very well.

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