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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (395) - - NOV 22, 2013
Earthy, sweet, and slightly hoppy aroma. Pours dark black with a thick lasting light tan head. Roasty, toasty, earthy, nutty. A little burntness on the finish with a hint of hops bitterness. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on 11/17/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark black
Aroma: Aroma light coffee, faint wood smoke.
Taste: Nutty, lightly sweet, faint licorice, light rye, light wood smoke.
Palate:Medium body, really slick with a quick aftertaste..

Summary: An interesting take on a rye beer, which provided a really excellent palate. Didnít get as much earthy hops as description says, but an enjoyable black almost ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4541) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Clear dark dark brown with a big foamy khaki head. The nose has a load of roasted rye malts, basically smells like rye pumpernickel bread. Thankfully the flavor is a bit more complex and tasty, with notes of sweet roasty cocoa, a light kiss of coffee, and a bit of spicy rye bready tones throughout. Semi sweet roast finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Dark black in color with a minimal cream colored head. Not much aroma, but what I do get is hints if roasted coffee. Very smooth drinking beer. Iím getting a roasty chocolaty flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5878) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
12 oz. bottle at home. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki head that doesnít last. The aroma and flavor have nicely roasted malts, coffee, spicy rye bread, some background sweet notes, perhaps a hint of molasses, earthy hops. Mildly peppery, mild + bitterness to the finish, with good body. Tasty and for the right price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1385) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
12 ounce bottle, best before 04/01/14 stamped on bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a 2 inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark/rye bread, nuts and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark/rye bread, nuts, and a bit of molasses and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and coating, with moderate carbonation. I think itís a good brew, definitely worth a try at $9.99 a 6-pack.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (665) - Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is awesome! Like a porter feel with a stout chocolate taste and a rye spice. Finishes smooth. Wow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozark123 (9) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2013 does not count
A nice edition to the FTB Series. The rye backbone holds up nicely to the char.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4994) - 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 (3555) - 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.


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