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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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3.4
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle. Earthy peat, chocolate, and dark roasted malt aroma. Barely detectable pepper aroma, which I would not have been able to identify if I hadn’t already known it was in there. Black brown with a small tan head. Chocolate, smoky roasted malt, pepper. The pepper begins very subtly, and then grows to a slight smoked chili burn as you continue to sip. Smooth moderate body, with a rather dry finish.

3.4
obguthr (6736) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Meaty charcoal nose. clear mahogany, thin yellow head. Robust, roasted malt. Smoke on the finish. Hints of raisin. Decent, more smoke than pepper. Better than last year’s FTB.

3.4
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.

3.4
BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Draft from the Nook. Black in the glass with a thin tan head that settles to a ring. Aroma of light pepper and roasted malt. The flavor found pepper, smoke, and roast. Medium body with a lasting pepper aftertaste.

3.3
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Fairly thin dark brown pour, a bit of prickly carbonation and some ruby hues peeking through. Nose is sharp spicy chocolate and pepper, both in the corn and the chili sense. Body is on the thin side, but not watery, just could be thicker. The slightly oily quality does seem to work with the chilis, though I still keep getting black peppercorn as well. Not overly aggressive, still a nice balanced taste that allows the base beer to come through, and the smoky finish is pleasant.

3.3
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Cask presentation at the brewery. I was excited to try this beauty on cask, but was a little disappointed. Nose was very subtle and the beer a bit flabby. Pours black with a tan head with beautiful ruby and mahogany hues. Very balanced all the way through with roasty and chocolaty flavors, with chili pepper in the background. The chili flavor is long though - which is nice. I also tried the regular tap version and liked it better. Much better and more vibrant nose and chili flavors. Would give it 7, 4, 8, 3, 16.

3.3
kp (10880) - 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

3.3
RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 41°. Color is a deep brown that is near black. Carbonation is mellow with a very thin head. Aroma is lightly sweet with a mild roasted malt scent. It has a medium body that gives a very smooth mouth feel. Flavor of chocolate and coffee with a light sweet feel, then on the end is a faint chili pepper taste. After taste has a slight bitterness and a little more chocolate and in the very back there is just a hint of spicy heat. Overall its a good brew, it seems to have more chocolate notes than pepper and is very drinkable.

3.3
emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Dark brown with copper hues out of the bottles and sites black in the glass. One finger of light tan head. Nose is meh, some molasses and stale coffee, hints of oyster sauce. Flavor is meh. Lightly peppery/spicy, burnt sugar and day old coffee with some fruit skin acidity. Slightly smoky character. Medium body with a light spice.

3.3
unclemike (3177) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2012
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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