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RATINGS: 529   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2010
Lefthands best beer to date. You will find alot of roasty, chocolaty, coffee undertones to this one, and by the way... where is the alchohol?!?! This beer went down way to easy, and actually brings a tear to my eye knowing that I have too wait for winter to arrive to be able to it again. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7106) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours an opaque black pour, pitchblacn, a small light brown head that is a thick film, stays that way, laces ok. Aromas are dark and roasty, a firm roasty malt base leading into some dark chocolate, caramel malts provide some sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, light coffee. Initial is fuller bodied, medium to heavier of medium, a potent booziness and roast hit the palate, bitter chocolate, a touch of smokiness sneaks in and really does something interesting, pretty bitter end, sweetness subdues behind. Smoke lends a touch toward ash and maybe even a touch of campfire, dry roast with caramel and cocoa sticking a bit. A full flavorful foreigh stout, a bit simple for the style I think, but the faint smokiness lends an interesting take.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 16, 2010
Very dark coffee brown. Nice head that dissapates into a thin foam ring. Smells od toasted malt and sweet chocolate. Taste is big heavy burnt malt and chocolate. Some coffee in the finish. Very impressive, I really underestimated this beer and wasnt nexpecting much when I grabbed a single of it. I love it when that happens!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
bottle pours black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is burnt sugar, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is full of roasty black patent, coffee ice cream, and a light vanilla note in the finish. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown with a thick khaki head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is moderate roast, dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, and another reviewer called it perfectly with burnt toast. Flavor shows the same. Starts lightly sweet and finishes dry and ashy. This could have been killer, just feels like its missing something.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9781) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
12 oz. bottle from the Party Source. Pours a very dark brown, near black, living up to its title, with a big tan head that laces the entire glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, oats, and smoked wood. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee grounds, smoke, molasses, and burnt toast. The smokiness overwhelms a lot, tasting burnt. Dry, smoky finish and roasty aftertaste. Medium-full bodied, with below average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Some underlying sweetness. If this were less smoky or over-roasted, itd be better; still not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4429) - Sofia, BULGARIA - APR 3, 2010
12oz bottle from Chips in Kill Devil Hills. Pours jet black with a nice creamy tan head and good lacing. Aroma is full and roasty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is also nice: roast, slightly bitter coffee, chocolate, and a little dark fruit. Very tasty. Smooth on the palate with medium-full body. Overall an excellent beer, but Ive got to consider this somewhat of an imperial stout based on the ABV, and I dont quite think its a standout in that style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2010
Deep opaque brown-black body, medium clumping, tight tan head. Rich nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel. Bitter, strangely salty and somewhat astringent body, with loads of bitter, toasty and crackery black malt character and a licoricey fruitiness. Finishes bitter and medicinal with not-too-potent alcohol. Oily. Good, if a tad too astringent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2320) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pour black brown with thin head. Aroma subtle chocolate malt and very mild soy. Tastes of little coffee chocolate and mild hops. Palate is medium to thin with mild carbonation and dry swallow. This is a nice brew taking you to a simple stout in mind with the complex flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JFGrind (2023) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
I thought it was appropriate to close out the month of March with a full bodied Foreign Stout. Left Hands version hits the style dead on with its Fade to Black. Chocolate, smoke, roast, medium bitterness and sweetness wrap this stout into a nice little package. Label has a cool design and the beer inside filled my goblet with a dark body and lacing that would make any Irishman proud


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