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RATINGS: 153   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2014
BBD 4/29/14. Black pour with a reasonable head and lacing. Light nose of roast and chocolate, somewhat less than a typical porter, although this is a black ale. Almost medium body coupled with an almost slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation. The flavor profile is complex, interesting and quite nice. Roast and chocolate comprise the forefront against a slight malt sweetness. This is followed by a burst of light bitterness against a slight rye spiciness and smoke. Smooth finish that is accentuated by the rye spiciness and a slight lingering bitterness. My first Left Hand offering, and it is outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1772) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Earthy coffee aroma. Taste adds anise and peppery spice with a rye bread finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (259) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. Dark brown color and a tiny beige head, Aromas are mild but complex of dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, rye, roasted coffee . Some oak, dark bread, vanilla and dark sugars. Full bodied with smooth delicate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially, and roasted with lots of dark fruits, rye, dark chocolate, espresso, some citrus. Aftertaste is dry with wood, rye and a significant almost salty bitterness of grape and chocolate. The bitterness stays long and finishes harsh lemon-like, sour and dry.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
minihame2 (207) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2014
Black body, small tan head. Aroma is weak, I can’t really pick up anything. Taste is also weak. There’s a hint of maltiness but that’s about it. Mouthfeel is a little bit oily and there is very little carbonation. It’s a beer alright but there’s not much else to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerm719 (117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Lots of roasted malts. Dark cacao, oak, espresso beans. Spicy nut bread. Pacific hops. Great balance. Medium finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Dark Brown black pour from a bottle with a medium khaki head. Nose is dark roasted malt domination with some coffee and lots of earthiness. Taste is a nice mix up front of dark malt, hop, some rye, into a sweet coffee hazelnut finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
7stern (410) - Bromma, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
Dark brown, medium head. Fudge aroma. Vanilla and chocolate taste. Rather sweet and rather thin.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Looks pretty, slight smell of chocolate. I don’t love this beer, but I could drink another if needed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3686) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Tap at brewery. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, rye, chocolate, raisins, earthy notes, and faint ash. Flavor is dry roast malts forward, dark chocolate bitterness, espresso, ash, and faint dark fruit esters; dry ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2332) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Pours black with a thin, fizzy beige head. Tastes like creamy, sweet cinnamon and cocoa, with a light pepper spice. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet cocoa, brown sugar, and cream.


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