UncleKorm (788) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 Bottle poured deep dark brown w/ a medium size creamy tan slowly diminishing to a nice thin cap w/ fair lacing. Big aromas of pine, citrus fruit, and roasted malt. Initial flavor faint salty quickly to a moderate bitter finish. Taste is a smokey malt w/ light grapefruit. Light to medium bodied, watery texture, and lively carbonation.
Murrow (69) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours nearly pitch black with luscious brown head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, with strong notes of citrus. There is a mellow hint of toasted malt, as well. Flavor opens with bitter dark chocolate and espresso, picking up a little sweetness as it develops into a more balanced combination of hops and roasted malt. A touch of alcohol warmth throughout. Finish is on the dry side, with a lingering flavor of dark chocolate. Full bodied, mouthfeel is rich and smooth. A full-flavored beer, great for the season.
nathan30533 (590) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasty dark ale. Good dark pour with brown forming head and awesome lacing. Good smooth feel. Good brew.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rather thin lolling but pitch black with a dirty brown head. The nose is thick with odors of Christmas tree pine dried out and stuffed in a living room with chocolate and coffee blending in. Taste is bittersweet but the bitter takes the forefront for most of the ride. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp and clean. The finish is long. Another great f2b.
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SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of pine and hints of coffee. Taste is very bitter, hints of spruce and earthy tones and a touch of coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and lightly fizzy mouth-carbonation, Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 4: Rocky Mountain Black Ale finishes with a bitter dryness.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a cool six pack. my first of this series from left hand. back as advertised with thin film head. Aroma of light chocolate and orange zest. Taste ramps up the citrus hop punch that mellows into a burnt toast malt and even bitterness. Solid black ipa all the way. Reminds me why I like this style.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Spirits Crossroads. Poured a pitch back body with an averge sized foamy beige head that left some nice lace on my New Belgium tulip. Aroma was a nice combination of roasty dark malts and citrus hops. Notes of an odd orange favored tootsie roll pops, wet burnt toast, od oranges, bad chocoate, enveope glue. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel and soft to averge carbonation. Flavor is roasty overall with notes of burnt toast, rotting oranges, burnt coffee, grapefruit rinds. Good stuff.
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate head on it. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that intense. Taste is a little bitter, but light and inviting. Great little beer.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle----> snifter. Pours a pretty solid black with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Aroma is burnt malt and a little coffee, Taste follows aroma with pretty hardcore bitter on the back end. Extremely thin palate. I’m not really sure what this one was shooting for, but it missed at every style I could think of.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a very dark brown with a fairly small, tan, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace rings. The nose is pleasant with pink grapefruit, woodsy, cocoa, some lighter roast, burnt caramels,maybe a bit of molasses. The flavor is still grapefruit, pine, dry roast, hollow rustic notes, and dry cocoa. The palate is dry, medium, and lively. The finish is mostly dry with dry cocoa and roast, still rustic, and some leather. This is a style I have a hard time with, the overly dry types (and overly dry IPA’s in general) are not my cup of tea. This does have some malt sweetness underneath and some citrus to balance the dry notes but ultimately the overly dry bitterness wins out. I usually find that the black IIPA’s hit more of what I like with a bit more malt sweetness and intense citrus to better balance the dry roasty notes. This one is decent but just lacks any memorable qualities.