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style
RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Fade to Black
Date: October 11, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: opaque dark brown, dense tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice chili pepper bite with a mild lingering chili burn
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat roasty, delicious cocoa, mild espresso, light pepper aroma. Mild pepper, slightly spicy, milk chocolate, light smoke, roasty malty flavor. Very tasty and easy drinking though the pepper is pretty mild.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pivnizub (10360) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle: Very, very deep ruby-amber coloured, presumably clear, auickly collapsing tanned head, roasty to smoky sweetish-fruity nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; slightly drier, slightly more bitter, but still sweet-caramelly finish with a t h r o a t - s c r a t c h i n g peppery aftertaste. The pepper spoils the beer

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottles from Capones and Blue Dog. Pours onyx with little to no light through and a half a finger of tan head. Nose is very Celebratory...like liquid Wheaties and not much else, perhaps a bit of blackstrap molasses. Tastes like Wheaties, with a medium palate heft and complexity. Initially, I didnt really get any tobacco or peppers or even hops in this. As it warms, the peppery flavor (black) emerges, as do some hops, but it becomes a little too late for a rating pop. This one ultimately is a minor let down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10045) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Gent, Belgium 26th May 2012 had this sat outside Frank (camper) at Knaus camping, Nuremburg, Germany Monday 4th June 2012 Fade to Black, Volume 3 Pepper Porter. Wonderful warmth from the off but it is never too much. Pours black cant see through it with a tan head I think, supping this whilst snaffling some Bavarian black bread that is wonderfully sour. Smooth and even a little creamy with that background warmth and a light toasty roastiness. Lovely. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9985) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tap. Very dark pour with ruby highlights. Head is a clingy off-white. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. Smooth palate with a bit of weight. Taste is very interesting - roasty malts at first, then some chocolate, and then here comes the pepper! Awesome!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
On tap @ Radio Maria. Near black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is so nice-- sweet tobacco, light cocoa, subtle smoke. The palate is surprisingly low on sweetness despite the nose, with hard roast playing front and centre, with traits of bitter chocolate, hints of liquorice, and a mild peppery heat that sneaks up on you in the finish. The pepperiness builds over time too, so by the end I was much more aware of it than in the beginning. Quite elegant and nicely structured.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9890) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized thin tan head. Roast and a touch of chocolate, hints of caramel, vanilla, and dark cocoa. Dark roast, chocolate, cocoa, roast. Not much pepper initially, but theres a nice spicy black pepper note that kicks in slowly. Roast and chocolate and a bit more pepper spice on the finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9817) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 28, 2012
33cl bittle from Doerak. off white thin head. Deep ruby pour. Smooth porter. Slight spicy aftertaste. Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9781) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12 oz. bottle at The Crows Nest. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small beige head. Aroma had a solid but not overwhelming dose of pepper, slightly smoked dark malts, brown sugar, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malts, tobacco, pepper, and vanilla. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a Roasty mouthfeel. Nice.


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