Left Hand Fade To Black Vol. 1: Foreign Stout

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RATINGS: 529   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2777) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2017
I really enjoyed this, it achieved a great balance and drinkability, avoiding the pitfalls of the big stout genre. Nice roast, coffee and dark chocolate notes, nice full sweetness.Good full palate but not overwhelming or coating - softer mouthfeel despite the fullness. Somewhat creamy texture (but not in the horrible nitro way).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (1027) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Kivritehtaankadulla 1/2017. Very enjoyable black ipa, balanced and smooth. Recommendable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (641) - - FEB 5, 2017
ratings are always a bit off after sauna. Nice aroma and taste of coffee/espresso and roasted notes. A lot of the good bits from imperial stouts, but with out going over 9%. well done.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vtgjc93 (6) - - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
The ingredients say this is wheat beer: water, malted barely, malted wheat, hops, & yeast. But they must have smoked it, because it goes down like a good German rauchbier, while being darker than any rauchbier I've ever had. The bouquet has notes of licorice, and it is dark as night. The taste is smoked stout, and what could possibly be better. Simply put, this is the best smoked beer I've ever had. It is also a fantastic stout, and an incredible beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2429) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Can. Black with a big foamy tan head that has rather good retention. The aroma is big and bold with old leather, anise, a bit of spice and some cocoa. The taste, like the aroma, features leather and cocoa with bitter black walnuts filling in the back end. The palate is medium and this finishes rather sticky. Overall: Top shelf stout.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3549) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2017
Flaska frn SB. Kolsvart, opak. lite trg vtska med ganska lgt mrkbeige skum. Doft med massor av choklad, vrmande alkohol, lite kaffe, mrk torkad frukt. Stor kropp, stora smaker, mycket choklad, en aningen rkighet och aska. Stor och maffig, bra balans och hyfsat lttdrucken. Gott

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turboninja (659) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle@home, from Alko Kaleva, Tampere, Finland. Medium, slightly pungent aroma with espresso, vanilla and some of that cardamom. Pitch black color with minimal, light beige head. Medium/strong, balanced taste with slightly bitter licorice, espresso, some roasted malts and spices (mostly cardamon). A hint of lactose? Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with roasted malts. Medium body with medium/light carbonation. Overall, nice quality and somewhat distinctive though not too special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (911) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Can. Black with an average tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, cocoa, anise, and cream. Taste is full of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, and vanilla cream. Thicker and lingering creamy flavors with licorice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2718) - Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle, 13/01/17. Pours dark brown, black with a small, dark latte-colored head. Aroma is smoke, roast, liquorice. Taste is roast, smoke, liquorice, dark fruit. Pleasant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jabic (467) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Ar: Complex aroma of leather, vinous, cocoa, and licorice; herbal hop note; currant, burnt caramel, treacle, and rum. Ap: Pitch black with a medium mocha-colored head; moderate-low retention, leaves a thin trail on the side of glass and a filmy head with blotches of foam and a loose ring. T: Dark fruit and vinous up front; cocoa and char, slightly milky, plus notes of licorice and deeply burnt caramel; medium and firm bitterness, hop flavor is herbal and dark berries; medium sweetness throughout, finish is medium and slightly ashy. P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation, creamy and silky with a medium-dry finish. O: Absolutely excellent foreign stout; bold malt character, with lots of ash, burnt caramel, and dark fruit character, without any single aspect overwhelming the other or being too over-the-top; at once, hoppy, rich, roasty, and filled with tons of harmonious malt flavors.


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