Monday, January 7, 2013
Fade to Black Volume 4: Rocky Mountain Black Ale
The familiar Left Hand Brewing Fade to Black label showed up on the shelves again recently. If you recall, you'll need to look closely to see if there is any difference at all from previous editions. In a tiny space on the neck label, you'll see this one says Volume 4: Rocky Mountain Black Ale. Last year's Pepper Porter and the 2010's Smoked Baltic Porter were great, so I expect nothing less from this beer.
The story on the side goes, "Fade to Black. That time of year when the light fades away. Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes." Enjoy at 50 - 55°F in a goblet.
Nice head! Roasted malt aroma with plenty of cocoa and coffee. Very roasty flavors kick things off, to the point of leaving ashy and charred flavors left in the mouth. Quite dry from the start too. Big coffee flavors pretty much dominate, but a hefty hoppy bitterness aggressively attacks as well.
Burnt malt, more charred wood. Both build a bit unpleasantly and in a harsh way. Not creamy or smooth in any way. Body and carbonation are decent. Not my favorite style and not a favorite by any stretch. The worst of the 3 Volumes that I've tasted. If you like that heavily roasted/burnt malt flavor, this, Bud, is for you.