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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Color certainly matches the title. Thin, creamy head floats atop a pitch black body. Very strong pine hops are noticed first. Charred wood comes through next, followed by sweet malt. Bitterness from the hops really linger. More than 60 IBUs almost make you pucker. Chocolate comes through as it warms. The balance is what makes this so good. There is enough going on with the sweetness, bitterness, texture, and char to give it great flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2012
Not a powerful aroma, but hints at citrus. Head is light tan and faded quickly, but laces well. Flavor is more bitter than black’s tend to be, but it’s a good bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draft at the brewery. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is toasty and crisp, with malt, chocolate, wood, and some bitter hops. Lingering toast. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, grapefruit and light piune with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3266) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit and roasted malt flavors with some ashiness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Citrus and a bit of earthy hops on the nose, roast, cocoa. Medium bodied, sweet malt and roast, cocoa and chocolate. Long roast bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking, quite smooth, lots of flavor going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle from wchesser, thanks Will. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and citrus hops. Black in the glass with and average off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is medium to full bodied and watery average. Overall a solid Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkbachman (181) - - DEC 18, 2012
Coffee and astringent flavors dominate. Good mouthfeel and smooth finish with notable hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1896) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
On the fourth day of Christmas. Pours black with a medium white head. Aroma is roast, pine and some citrus. Taste is sweet with moderate bitters. Medium bodied with almost creamy texture, surprised by this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. A nice balance between the earthy hops and the dark bitter chocolate malt flavor. Roasty, slightly sweet, but still very easy to drink.


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