badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottle. pours black with minimal head. aroma of pepper, spice, chocolate malt, some roastiness, and hints of iron. flavor of a milk stout with added spice...the pepper is not overwhelming, yet offers this otherwise sweet, milky porter some subdued complexity. roasted malt and some smoke in the finish. good stuff! talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011
The pour is a very dark brown with a small, tan, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is filled with dark chocolate, some burnt caramel, campfire smoke, some French roast, and faint anise. The flavor is similar with the addition of the chiles; dark chocolates and burnt caramel, a subtle chile warmth gaining intensity as the flavor progresses, lighter smoke notes, some herbal coffee roast, and faint anise. The palate is seemingly warm from the chiles, medium to full, silky, and less than lively. The beer finishes fairly long with burnt caramel, herbal coffee roast, smoke still in there, and the chiles lingering in the throat. Certainly different from anything I have tried, but could have used less smoke for my tastes. The chiles were nice in their subtlety and lingering effects. While nice to try, it was hard to keep drinking. llcooldave (1219) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours a nice black with a hint of red and brown when I hold it up to the light. Slight Italian herbs aroma followed by some roasted malt and coffee. Sweet roasted malt and some dried fruit flavors. Definitely has a slight peppery note on the tongue that’s oddly satisfying. Overall, it’s a winner... drinkable and approachable. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2011
(On draught at Whole Foods Chandler). Pours a clear, dark brown. With red hues and thin khaki head. Aroma has chili, tobacco (weird, but I’m actually looking around the store to see if someone has tobacco!), cocoa. Taste is sweet with some peppery burn and bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A little alcohol burn, but not distracting at all. Wow, what an interesting beer. blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a nearly opaque black with ruby around the edges and a thin brown head. I detect mostly coffee in the aroma. There’s a good roasted malt sweetness in the flavor, becoming dry and mildly hoppy in the aftertaste. The excellent mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and thick. I don’t know if the smoky pepper and licorice are actually "embossed" like the brewer’s descriptions says, nor do I notice an "herbal smoke ring flourish" (which just sounds like stoner talk to me). Good beer though.
smith4498 (3650) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours dark brown with garnet highlights and a tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aromas with dark fruits and a hint of smokiness. Sweet raisins and roasted malt flavors with some chocolate and licorice. Slightly smokey with some heat from the chilis in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Tap. Very dark with tan head. Roasty malty aroma. Taste follows but is balanced out to not make it syrupy. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, soft pepper, cocoa, and light vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, light coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and soft spicy pepper. This reminds me a lot of the 2011 Reunion beers. Body is medium with a pleasant slickness about it, soft heat and light carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, more pronounced spicy pepper, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and light vanilla. Only mild lingering heat from the peppers. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Serving 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks. It pours pitch black with a fading slight tan head. The nose is earthy with slight metallic and ground black pepper. The flavor is mushroom, metallic, some caramel, soy, and aslight touch of heat from the black pepper. Medium body with a lingering off finish. Odd mix of flavors that doesn’t work well together. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Near-black ruby with thin tan head and minimal lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate and molasses, with a touch of smoke. Expected a little more in the aroma department.
Taste: Smoky and roasted, with char, chocolate, molasses and coffee. The peppers are noticeable in the finish, proving a long, spicy, hot aftertaste. Other than the peppery finish, this is a fairly subtle and mild beer.
Palate: Creamy and full-bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Finish is mostly dry with some very light heat.
Overall: Nice Smoked Porter with the peppers providing a slight kick. Well balanced overall, and nothing is overdone. I wish I had tried the first two Fade to Black beers.