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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a nice 1 cm brown head that lingers a bit. Leaves nice lacing too. Aroma is faint, just getting some light roast and citrus. Taste is pretty solid but a bit boring. Just some light roast and citrus like the aroma. Nice creamy finish with a pretty big bitterness, light roasted coffee taste lingers. Medium body, creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, itís solid but needs more hops to help the aroma and taste complexity. Especially if you want to call this a Black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, citrus, and roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring outlined by a soapy ring. There is some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and a hint of black licorice. The finish consists of cocoa, roasted coffee, and light citrus, and pine. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, this doesnít seem hoppy enough to be considered a Black IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doofgoblin (496) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Surprisingly interesting. Aroma is a little weak with toasty malt notes and slight fruitiness. Taste is a little bitter, slightly fruity, smooth, and nutty. Raisin notes, maybe? Finish is smooth and decently dry, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a lasting and fine lacing beige bubbly head. Aroma is berries, citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee, licorice, chocolate, bergamot, pine, floral note. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Body is medium+, texture is light creamy, carbonation is medium. Finish is somewhat short except for a lingering herbal bitterness. Very fine aroma and great balance between malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - 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 (2711) - Suburbia, 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 (876) - 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 (9429) - 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 (1379) - 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.

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