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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Summer is over, but cheer up pretty people, itís time for the newest installment in our Fade to Black Series. This Rye Ale boasts a deep dark brown body with an off white head. This dark brew envelopes your nose with aromas of dark coffee, maple wood and hints of dark agave nectar. The flavor is an intense evolution that starts off with nut bread flowing into molasses followed by a taste of licorice. This lands on spicy rye notes all before being washed away by earthy hop, leaving behind a slight black pepper sensation. So put away the bathing suit, pop a bottle of this black beauty and watch summer fade way.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2013
These fade to black beers are about the only products I still buy from Left Hand, and truthfully, I look forward to the new release each year - as Iíve come to expect, this is a solid beer, but probably my least favorite in the series so far (but only by a tiny bit) - pours looking like cola - nose is a hearty mixture of roasted malts and toasty, spicy rye, with some earthy notes and moderate chocolate sweetness - body is medium - moderate carbonation, leading the a kind of slick mouthfeel on the back end - fairly sweet, but with moderate acidity, light char, roast, and spicy rye, all of which offset that sweetness for the most part - finish is slightly warming and moderately spicy, with some licorice flavor - some lingering sweetness on the tongue is a little unwelcome - pretty good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3399) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 355ml ($2): Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, licorice, a bit of hops, and some light rye. Taste is subdued roasted rye. Some hoppiness. Plenty of earthiness. Relatively little amounts of sweetness. Interesting combination of flavors that evades most standard classifications.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black pour with a short, dense brown head. Aroma is kind of smoky with strong roasted malt notes, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and caramel. Taste is roasted malt, smoked wood, dark chocolate, light licorice, caramel notes and coffee. Not much rye to this. Body is medium but soft with a dense, creamy carbonation and moderate stickiness. Ends with more roasted malt, smoked malt, dark chocolate, candy notes, coffee, light licorice and caramel notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2639) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Draft. Pours a medium, poorly retained, beige head, with minimal lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is early coffee, later chocolate, cocoa, with rye, minimal hops, no esters.....taste is rye spice, chocolate, cocoa, dry throughout, finish is moderate bitterness, rye, and roasted malts linger, with the mild bitterness.....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation gives a creamy texture, with mild acid tingle. This is a delicious, well balanced beer with good complexity in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 9/3/16/5/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6401) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Mostly clear dark brown / reddish color. Nice thin khaki head when pouring, fades to a minimal ring though, and doesnít leave much lace. Crisp carbonation of moderate strength, but a good, chewy, bigger body. Nice complex dark aroma - coffee, spicy rye, little maple and a reasonable (small) amount of licorice, as well as a solid amount of earthy hop bitterness. Light spicy sweetness. Aside from the bigger body, alcohol is hidden well. Solid black rye ale. A unique combo of flavors, and they work well. Kudos to Left Hand for coming up with a distinctly different black ale every year, I like this series.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt, coffee and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark sweet flavor with a medium dark sweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBodyBenz (44) - Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Truly a Great craft Rye Ale to bring in the Fall season. I loved the pour on this, a nice tan head with some smooth sweetness coming off the nose and that of coffee and maybe even some roasted nuts and molasses. Taste was spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. The aroma is roasted malts, slight smoke, rye maltiness. The flavor its roasted malts, chocolate, malty, slight acidity from the roasted malts. Hints of spice, probably from the rye malts.


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