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RATINGS: 553   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Fruity, bready and coffee aroma. Totally balck. medium on the palate and i a little oily and velvety. A little sweet. Hops are not that detectable, just faintly bitter on the finish. The malt flavor is perfect combination of coffee, cocoa, molasses and deep roasted malts. Unbelievable for the price. Great value.


3.3
alexmate (187) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2017
Pretty good. I was expecting a black IPA. Has typical cocoa, coffee and a huge treacle flavour which dominates, some slightly bitter hops and burnt toast notes on the finish.

3.7
Kauge (1958) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle. BB 30.08.2017. Dark brown; big tan head. Molasses sweet and black rye bread bitter, some spiciness (cardamom?), moderate roastiness, fruity esters, considerable licorice aftertaste. Very soft, albeit a bit flat, on the palate. Dry, roasty finish. Nice!

3.4
Continues (234) - GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
From bottle. Pours black with medium, brown head. Dark bread, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol note, chocolate sweets. Medium to high carbonation, medium body, long, roasty aftertaste.

3.6
IslandHaole (1268) - 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
Ronritter (737) - 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
stantheman (1052) - 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, I’d say. 3.7

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Darwenus (1136) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2017
This beer makes a good argument that a solid stout doesn’t 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. I’m 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
balloonbuffoon (336) - - MAY 19, 2017
12floz can (BBD: 11.29.2017, $2) poured into a nonic glass. It’s 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, it’s just another typical strong stout that is classified as a foreign stout - in this category I’ve had a better and some about the same in quality.

3.8
Alusmamuts (1984) - 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
DrnkMcDermott (3101) - 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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