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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a brownish black color with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of chocolate, rye, roasted malt, caramel and burnt toast. Taste is similar to the smell with a peppery rye bread flavor in the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky with great carbonation and a dry finish. Another good one from left hand they sure know how to make good stouts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Peter_L (986) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Flaska från SB. Brunsvart vätska med kaffefärgat skum. Chokladig, jordig doft med lite sylt i bakgrunden. Len, torr smak med inslag av svarta vinbär och cigarr. Fräsig fyllig munkänsla. Medellång eftersmak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/1/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, dark bread, rye, caramel, molasses, toast, light smoke, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop presence; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark bread, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, rye, caramel, brown sugar, light smoke, floral, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, dark bread, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, rye, toast, caramel, brown sugar, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye black ale. All around good robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Did not have as much hops in the flavor as I expected, but was a very enjoyable offering otherwise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (285) - - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a nice dark body with a thin head. Some bread tones but otherwise a quite mild taste. A very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Purchased at Hollywood Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home during a frozen winter with a cat on my lap after taking a de-icing bath. I also enjoyed this during the Super Bowl, which was less than super. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, small off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma is mostly of chocolate and rye, definite maple notes along with bitter coffee, very nice and subtle. Taste is also heavy on the chocolate malt and goes down with equal parts roasted and sweet. Goes down especially "slippery", which is a stupid characteristic for a liquid, but I can’t think of a better word. It’s pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black color, with an off white head. Toasted rye, roast, some coffee, and some earthy/woodiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1505) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
Det här var en juste sak, smaken är balanserad med toner av choklad, kaffe, syra och äpple. Slutsats; maltig och behaglig sak.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2326) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
Flaska från SB. Riktigt mörkbrun, lågt snabbt försvinnande skum. Fina rostade och lätt söta dofter med nymalt kaffe, rostade nötter, choklad och torkad frukt. Smak av lakrit, mörkt bröd, nötter, kaffe, skalet på svartpeppar och en lite kryddig och jordig eftersmak. Lätt beska, bra balans, riktigt trevlig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Left hand fade to black 2014-01-25. Black body nice tan head. 3++ Aroma is lightly roasty and tangy, dark malt, muted smokey accents. Flavour is tangy and roasty with a whisper of earthy not quite smoke like character, spicey touches. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent. Bottle shared by DuctTape

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crille (89) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Pours black with brown head. O the coffee aromas is wonderful, and cacao, roasted malts. Nutty flavor and coffee, chocolate and some nice rye flavor in the finish. Really smooth and its almost 8%, nicely done!


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