Beer 64/365 – Left Hand Fade To Black

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Purchased at: Sicilianos Market – Chicago IL

What makes this beer different: 8374 flavors in one beer

Will I be drinking this again: I should have bought more than one, might be hard to find now.

Grade: A

1/11/2010: I know I have been rating a lot of beers A- or higher lately, but thats only because I am going out of my way to buy REALLY good beer. Yes I am that guy who walks into the bottle-shop with an excel spreadsheet printed out. Also I want to clarify that most of my “grade” is based on taste. I would say its about 70% taste, 20% mouthfeel, and 10% smell. Honestly I could give a #$%@ what the beer looks like as long as the taste is there, what do you think I am vain? Now go make me a sammich.

So onto the beer. This stuff is super complex. Smells like sweet chocolate covered espresso beans, and tastes like a melted milk chocolate hershey bar and a light kick of coffee. It almost has a milk stout quality to it. There is no sign at all of the 8.5% ABV in this beer, it is hidden very well. This beer goes down way to easy. It reminds me a lot of Bells Double Cream, but more complex. If you are able to find this you should buy out the store and be sure to send me one… kthx.

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Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. I agree with the rating system. It’s all about taste with mouthfeel a distant second. It’s an added bonus if it smells good, has good head retention. Lacing on the side of the glass looks cool, but if the beer tastes like butt, who cares?

  2. New from Left Hand? Haven’t seen this one before.
    Like the label, now I need to find this beer and try it too.


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