Left Hand Fade To Black Vol. 1: Foreign Stout

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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - 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 (3156) - 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 (242) - 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 (333) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2017
Can. Black with no head. Liquorice and a slight spiciness are the main flavours. Smooth and slightly bitter. Impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (1996) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 9, 2017
How: bottle Appearance: almost black, medium to small tanned head. Aroma: coffee, chocholate, toast, nuts and caramel. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (1266) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2017
Near black tan head nose is milk chocolate taste chocolate lactose on a blind tasting would have said this was a sweet stout smooth and velvety. Some light smoke comes through later through the drink.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2017
Near black. Rich and toasty, deep malts, light smoke and licorice. Great body. Very nice example of the style

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2017
Can from High Point, Vancouver, best by 11/29/17
Dark brown color, near black, with small head. Some milk cream, light smoke, chocolate. Semi-sweet, chocolate flavor, and some roastiness in the final; the high ABV is well hidden.
A bit boring, but not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiery_1 (803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
355ml can @ Matts. Pours an oily opaque black with no head. Nose eludes me. Flavour is also weak and/or bland. The only redeeming quality is the smoothness of how well the abv is integreated. Nothing special here.


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