Fade to Black

Colorado
United States
Left Hand Beer Fade To Black Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 1 – Foreign Stout – Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Magnum, U.S. Goldings
Malts: 
Pale Two-Row, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Chocolate Malt, Cara-Aroma, Malted Wheat
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer had hints of roasty notes of coffee and no hop presence along with a very dark brown/black color with very little carbonation. The beer had light roasted malts that had subtle hints of coffee-like flavors along with bittering hops. I get a subtle hint of lactose, though not as much as a Sweet Stout would have. The roasted malts were just right – very light and not overdone. Also, one of the first things that I noticed was that this beer had a bit too much bittering hops. For this style, their should be low to no hop flavor; the roasted malts should be the dominating factor in flavor, not the hops, which is the case with this beer. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy with a light carbonation. The aftertaste had a smooth and dry finish of roasted malts and hops.