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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with light, whispy tan head / Bright nose of roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and pine / Light to medium body, some acidity and chew, dry, with good bitter finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate with notes of orange, lemon, pine, and caramel / Very astringent, could use a little more fruit, but still a worthwhile brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours a near black with a half finger of brown head. Settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is mildly hoppy, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, with mild smoky tones. Flavor is roasted, malty, slightly smoky, and nutty. Finishes somewhat bitter with tones of smoked malt that linger. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a sightly oily mouthfeel. Mildly astringent finish. A tasty, drinkable, and richly flavored beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5892) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma has cocoa, piny hops, roasted malt, earthiness, mild coffee and a bit of cream - well balanced and nice. It has a medium crisp body with a nice amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off with earthy / piny / grapefruit hops, dry dark chocolate and bitter roastiness. The finish is dry, woody, hoppy and has a lot of character to it. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
I picked up a sixer of this because I liked the last installment, big mistake. This is just as black as you would expect, decent head, good lacing. Aroma is more burnt malts than roast malts, meh. Flavor is kind of burnt too, not quite a stout, certainly not a black IPA, just a below average porter I guess. Really disappointing, not sure how I’ll drink the rest. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 02:36:23

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, 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 that’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7364) - 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 don’t 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 you’re drastically changing the recipes each time, but oh well). Maybe a touch vegetal/husky, and I’m 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8193) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s 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.

   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.

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