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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Summer is over, but cheer up pretty people, it’s 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Best by April 29, 2014.
Appearance: The body seems opaque but under a bright light some garnet hues appear around all but the center. The body appears murky, but a nice color. The head is short and khaki, poor retention. It settles to a thin, but full, coating with a creamy ring.
Aroma: The aroma leans a little sweet with bittersweet chocolate and a slightly herbal quality. Licorice shows through, but doesn’t dominate. The aroma is pleasant with good strength.
Taste: The flavor is a nice blend of chocolate and hints of bitterness with a slight licorice and roasted finish. No real rye is showing, perhaps a touch on the base, but this is mostly chocolate and licorice.
Palate: Soft bodied, a bit flat tasting.
Overall: This is a decent rye stout, but the licorice throws it off a bit for me. I also feel like this is a bit muddy in flavor, no real stand out flavors. This drinks nicely though, I just wouldn’t buy it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1233) - Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Deep brown with only a hint of foam. Spicy aroma of rye but there’s some noticeable chocolate and citrus too. Medium bodied. Chocolate and toasted malts allow the hop to balance and the rye to add complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2176) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Dark brown with a tan head and light lacing. Aroma of roast, rye, earth, and chocolate. Taste is rich with some rye spice and moderate sweet and bitter flavors. Creamy, medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1174) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Dark brown with ruby hilites and rimming tan head; aroma is slightly chocolatey, slightly roasty; flava is roasty, hints of chocolate and grainy spice; feels light with moderate fizz; finishes roasty dry and grainy/rye notes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
Hel del chocklad i aromen, lite kokos sötma?! Bra balans i kropp och smak. Lite rostade toner va.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5090) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
12oz bottle from Georgio’s, Billerica, MA. A black pour with a ring of cream froth; chocolate and coffee aromas; thinly bodied, with a sourness from the rye and a chocolate taste with a touch of licorice; then a dry peppery finish. Pleasant stuff.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Black beer with an offwhite not lasting head. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malty aroma. Similar flavour but feels a bit thin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1589) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with a huge brown head. Smells salty, licorice, roasted malt. Tastes dark coffee, roasted malt, a bit sweet bread malty with a slight roasted malt bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Sample at World of Beer Easton. Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of roast, spicy rye and strange botanical/fruity character. Flavor is pretty much the same with a nice roasty/spicy rye front and weird botanical/fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fr5ed (59) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Clear mahogany-brown-black with a dark khaki head. Aroma - sweet/dark chocolate, dark toast, coffee/espresso. Taste - touch of sweetness, not very bitter, coffee/dark toast/dark chocolate. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, though not like an imperial stout. Like a robust porter. Very, very nice. Definitely recommended.


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