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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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3.7
hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Draft… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The bouquet is nutty and milk-chocolaty with a whisper of licorice. Full-bodied and silky with moderate carbonation. The flavor provides unsweetened dark chocolate with a mild chili pepper nuance. Finishes minerally and modestly bitter with more lingering heat than expected. Nice.

4
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at Papago. Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses up front, followed by a nice spicy pepper note. Flavor is a nice mix of smoke, peat, pepper and toasty goodness.

3.1
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottles from Capone’s 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 didn’t 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.

3.3
kp (10881) - 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

3.8
Fin (10821) - 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 can’t 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

2.4
pivnizub (10766) - Bochum, Porúří, 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…

3.9
cubs (10693) - 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.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, mild smokey character, black pepper, chili peppers, caramel, some earthy notes. Good, not great,

3.9
DuffMan (10602) - 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.

3.8
marcus (10573) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours nearly black with a modest tan head and a chocolate and spice aroma. There is a tasty chocolate flavor that is soon imbued with chili pepper heat, though not overwhelmingly. A combination of chocolate, anise and pepper sticks to the palate, extending the drinking pleasure.


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