Left Hand Fade To Black Vol. 1: Foreign Stout

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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2013 & 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1252) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2017
Very dark brown, motor oil in color with a short lived mahogany colored head. Toast and molasses with baking cocoa scented. Strong roasted malts, shoyu, dark coffee that was left in the pot too long, leather, mineral salt, black pepper. Nice feel. Mild spritz, bitter follow with burnt toast flavors. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (584) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2017
12oz can pours black with medium tan head aroma was pretty flat slight roast taste was well balanced between coffee, molasses and licorice enjoyed it

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stantheman (1015) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2017
Small can from High Point Liquor in Vancouver. A black beer with moderate tan head and sweet nose of roasted malts. Rich, sweet, creamy, flavorful dark roasted malts abound. Sort of like a lighter impy stout, Id say. 3.7

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darwenus (1099) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2017
This beer makes a good argument that a solid stout doesnt need barrel aging, coffee beans, or other ancillary affectations to stand out. It pours black as hell with an average head that fades quickly. The aroma is anise, strong herbal notes, some lemon and molasses. The flavor is really big, very dark roasted malts and some coriander atop everything in the aroma. Im still gonna seek out my barrel aged favorites, but stouts like Fade To Black Volume One are a great reminder that there are wonderful beers that never touch oak.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
balloonbuffoon (209) - - MAY 19, 2017
12floz can (BBD: 11.29.2017, $2) poured into a nonic glass. Its dark (for practical purposes black) with a slight light brown head. Aroma is alright in a generic basic dark roasted grain sense. The palate is slick, moderately roasty with a kick of alcohol felt in the finish. This is pretty blahzay, its just another typical strong stout that is classified as a foreign stout - in this category Ive had a better and some about the same in quality.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alusmamuts (1851) - LATVIA - MAY 16, 2017
Almost black with medium brown head. Sweet aroma with umami notes. Medium bitterness with some sourness and roasted malt and umami notes

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2017
The beer sends forth a malty roast smell immediately upon popping the cap. It pours black with a very thin head, still putting out that alcohol smell. Like many "export" beers, this runs stronger than the regular version, maybe at 8.5% it could be considered an Imperial stout. The alcohol warmth helps ease out the usual roastiness of a stout, letting slip in later in the glass. Without the smoothness left by bourbon barrel aging, this beer has to stand out on its own. And the roast and alcohol do a good job of that.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3193) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2017
This seems like it fits in well as a foreign stout, a bit of extra complexity and body perhaps over stout. Lots of licorice in the nose along with candy sweetness, a bit of campfire and oreos. Very dark pour, tan head, sparse with spotty lacing. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, lots of charred notes, oily, sweet, alcohol hidden. Quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parmenion777 (257) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
UPDATED: APR 23, 2017 Almost black in colour with a small tan head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and licorice. Moderately sweet taste, coffee, chocolate and roasted flavours. Smooth given high alcohol content, a long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maits (367) - ESTONIA - APR 21, 2017
Black beer with little white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice. Taste is mild sweet chocolate, after comes little bitter and strong licorice and some hints of smoke. Nice creamy texture. Medium body. Good enjoyable stout and still easy drinkable.


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