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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with an inch worth of khaki-colored froth.

Smell: Roasty nose with touches of charred bread crust, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate with a nice, cleansing citrus scent.

Taste: Heavy roastiness, slight burnt quality. The palate is almost soothed by the sweetish caramel, toastiness, and chocolate, but thatís when the citrus, resins, and hop bitterness aid the astringent blackened maltiness. Resinous, bitter, but also bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid though not scintillating beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is hoppy with licorice notes, herbal hops, dark chocolate and roasted malt, Taste is resinous hops, mint, dark chocolate, light licorice and roasted malt. Body is medium with a mild, bubbly carbonation and a light hop bitterness. Finishes with more hops resins, licorice, roasted malt, mint chocolate and coffee notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested) Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted/burnt grain, husks), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of licorice, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Quite decent and certainly much better than volumes 1 and 3 (I never tried #2, because they donít make the bottles clearly different, basically just a tiny little number on the neck label, which seems like not such a great marketing idea if youíre drastically changing the recipes each time, but oh well). Maybe a touch vegetal/husky, and Iím not a fan of the one-dimensional raw resinous hop odor, but this is certainly better than a great many "black IPAs" out there. Pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5726) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells solid; malty and roasty with some hop notes. Tastes like it smells; but it drinks more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Average on the palate. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown head with a dark brown head. Piney, minty, chocolate, fairly roasty, a touch floral aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, a touch smoky, minty, sprucey flavor. Pretty nice brew. I got this in a mixer sixer but may need to pick up a six pack of it in the near future.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours deep black. Thick tan head. Roasty, chocolate, citrus, spicy hops, fruitiness in the aroma. Flavor is roasty and chocolately with adequate balance of hops in the realm of spicy citrus and mild fruits. Medium to medium light body. Finished mostly dry. Loads of roastiness but still let some hops stand out. could have leaned the other way a little but a really nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmerz (713) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Draught. Looks every bit a stout with soapy head and good lace. Aroma is mildly sweet, moderate coffee and chocolate, toast, and without much in the way of hops. Flavor is dark roast coffee with little sweetness and a lot of bitterness more akin to coffee and toast then hops. Body is initially soft and soapy then thin and dry. it seems a thin straightforward though very bitter stout interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1219) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Much darker roast coffee notes than I was expecting. Big hop current. Very dark and full bodied. Totally agree with other raters that this is much more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA in profile and palate. This would probably be a good cellar candidate. Very good value.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Very dark brown reddish color, almost black. Good thick light brown head. Leaves some lace. Surprisingly big roasty flavor, here. Some earthy hops. good chocolate. Very smooth texture, decent chewiness, medium to bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Alright, so I think this is tasty, but honestly I think itís more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA. Bittersweet aftertaste, that could use a bit more residual hop. This is certainly smooth and drinkable, though. I like it overall, but then again I generally love Black IPAs in general

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (678) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 Still really good this time around. Better as it warms up. Taste wasnít quite a 9 this time, but appearance was superb.

Pours black, with big brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma is straight IPA - hoppy and fresh. Not what youíd expect from what looks like a porter. Taste is roasted malts, not much coffee, and a hint of hop kick that reminds you itís more than a porter. Palate is oily, slick, creamy. Overall an excellent winter beer with a good roast/hop balance. Dry finish with a nice aftertaste. I enjoyed this heavily. 8-4-9-4-18 = 4.3


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