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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a tulip...Black pour with some new light tan head. Rises about two fingers then falls to a light watery cap of a finger, ok retention...Sweet malty aroma, coffee, oatmeal, very buttery. A touch sweet, but nice, needs some roast...The taste is very roasty, cuts a lot of the sweetness, the missing piece on the nose for sure. Roast covers up almost everything though, so again this is a little out of balance. Light hop presence on the finish that I don’t really enjoy.

3.6
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010 Roast aroma. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a bitter caramel chocolate and malt finish.

3.8
yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Draft. Frothy head over an opaque (FTB) body. Aroma is roast coffee with a bubblegum note. Taste is mildly bitter like black coffee but good and with character. Palate is medium thin but creamy. And the small, balanced carbonation fits the coffee theme.

3.8
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
pretty goiod reminds me of breakfast when i smeell it dark roasted burnt taste crispy too

3.7
brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
A: The pour is just about black with a short lived mocha head that starts off at about one finger in height. S: Lots of roasted malts on the nose with a nice coffee aroma to it as well. Seemingly not as dry and acidic as a lot of export stouts can be. A slight char is present along with some bitter dark chocolate. T: The roast is the dominant flavor and there’s some slightly acidic coffee tones to go with it. Not as much in terms of chocolate but there is a good toffee character. A solid bitterness that lasts to the finish. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not always my favorite style, but this was a pretty good example of it. Definitely higher in alcohol than I was initially anticipating, but it does not really show itself.

3.6
wxman (1835) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin almost non-existant tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is robust but not offensively so. Lots of different slavors, smoke, toffee, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Even with many flavors occuring simultaneously, the don’t compete but compliment nicely. A damn fine stout.

4.7
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
They describe Fade to Black as a smoked Baltic porter. Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. The smoke is definitely there, along with some meat notes. This really does taste a bit like bacon, but with more smoke. The mouthfeel is somewhere between heavy medium and light heavy. It certainly has some body, but it’s not really heavy. There’s a bit of malt sweetness in the finish as this is more malty than hoppy. I think it’s delicious

3.7
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2011
This ale pours jet black with brownish red head. Aromas of smoked wood burnt sugar hop resin and toasted biscuit malt. Flavor is bitter and woodsy slightly smoked and some flavors of dark raisin or date. Body is almost full but not creamy due to alcohol warmth.

3.9
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Hearty burnt malt backbone that features lots of sugary treat notes of caramel, marshmallow, light butterscotch, milky milk chocolate and cocoa. Light full body coffee notes that are roasted to perfection. Great drink.

4.1
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
12oz bottle shared with the tallahassee crew, sweet dark aroma, first sip is malty, tobacco, a little bitterness on the end, wow, this is quite good. It was my last bottle of the 6 pack, way too bad.


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