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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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That time of year when the light fades away. Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes. Welcome to Volume 4, the Beer pours pitch black with an off white head. Citrus (bergamot) and roast dominates the nose. Slight sweet malt gets pushed back by initial citrusy hops followed by powerful Italian Amaro, gentian and hop bitterness. Finishing with a pleasant duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness.

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3.3
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain with subtle hints of pine. Flavor is much the same with a balanced malt back bone and bitter. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, well, just another black IPA.

2.5
greebr2003 (3) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012 does not count
Decent beer, always love left hands take on the body of their beers. Very good mouth feel here. Half inch bubbly head with minimal retention. Taste is good, malty with a little hop and little bite. Aftertaste is very little coffee to me.

3
sjohnny (663) - - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Malt, pine and citrus aroma. Very dark black with tan head. Tastes better than it smells. Herbal, floral, hoppy on the finish with a coffee type bitterness that lingers on the finish.

3.5
drjay44 (3799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is citrus, pine, resin, hints of coffee......taste is coffee, citrus, pine, light chocolate, leading to a moderate pine/resin bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The bergamot adds a very different aroma, and has some effects on the flavors. This is a nicely balanced Black IPA, which, because of the ingredients, is a bit off the usual beaten path. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

3.8
culchiem (4101) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Heavy black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet roast malt with a little citrus. Flavour is fruity chocolate malt, really fills the mouth. Deep roast palate. Thick velvety texture

3.7
BVery (11238) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at House of Beer in Orlando. Very dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Nice balance of roasted malts, citrus hop, with an easy drinking moderate mouthfeel. Nice.

3.2
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2012
On tap at 1839 Taphouse in Columbia. Pours a black color with off white head. Burnt, roasted, charred flavors. Not bad, but I’m not a huge fan.

3.8
drfabulous (8481) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a big creamy tan head. Taste is very rich. Chocolate. Roast. Unlike other Black IPAs, it doesn’t give off that intense hoppy aroma or taste. More stout like with nice hop presence. Well balanced.

3.6
UncleKorm (1335) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 Bottle poured deep dark brown w/ a medium size creamy tan slowly diminishing to a nice thin cap w/ fair lacing. Big aromas of pine, citrus fruit, and roasted malt. Initial flavor faint salty quickly to a moderate bitter finish. Taste is a smokey malt w/ light grapefruit. Light to medium bodied, watery texture, and lively carbonation.

3.9
Murrow (102) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottled. Pours nearly pitch black with luscious brown head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, with strong notes of citrus. There is a mellow hint of toasted malt, as well. Flavor opens with bitter dark chocolate and espresso, picking up a little sweetness as it develops into a more balanced combination of hops and roasted malt. A touch of alcohol warmth throughout. Finish is on the dry side, with a lingering flavor of dark chocolate. Full bodied, mouthfeel is rich and smooth. A full-flavored beer, great for the season.


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