Friday, November 18, 2011

Fade to Black Volume 3: Pepper Porter

Today I'm drinking Fade to Black Volume 3: Pepper Porter brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I drank Volume 2 last year and enjoyed it so decided this series is a must-try annual beer. Looking at the main label, I am certain it's identical to last year. Even the "Pepper Porter" distinction was on the neck label only. After twisting and tilting the bottle appropriately, I was able to read the beer's name. (Yes, that's called hyperbole.) But Left Hand was at least 30 degrees off from lining up the neck and main labels AND around 20 degrees from being straight with the neck label. Very sloppy.

Malty chocolate aroma, nice roast and ashy. Wow, spicy peppery kick right from the start! I wasn't sure from the bottle if this "Pepper Porter" meant black pepper or spicy hot pepper. Guess what? I was leaning the wrong way, as this is spiked with spicy chili peppers. You feel the burn right away in the back of your throat.

After that initial bang wears off and you get a little used to it, you will taste numerous other more typical porter flavors. Roasted chocolate and coffee, smoke and licorice and vanilla. Yep, they are all there and quite delicious. The creamy smooth texture really works nicely with each. But all of those flavors bow down to the blamo harshness from the spicy pepper.

My level revolted when it saw the neck label.
Now I personally love the heat, but it might make some of you Nancy-boy girly men weep. The spicy aggressiveness builds and builds with each sip until you reach the chili crescendo. By the end of the beer, your palate is weary and realizing that one of these was plenty. If you were planning on drinking any other beers this evening, well, you messed up. Sip and enjoy! Great beer--flavorful, creative and interesting. Check it out!


dale said...

I had this one tap last week and enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought the peppers were a nice addition, and tasted them mostly on the finish.

It seems like adding pepper to beer is becoming fashionable.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dale.

Yeah, the finish of each sip was spicy hot. And we're totally cool dudes, so of course we're drinking the fashionable brews! LOL