The Fade To Black Volume 4 Rocky Mountain Black Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a one finger, creamy, dense, mocha colored head that slowly reduces down to a thin film with a modest sized collar. On the nose, aromas of roast grain, coffee, chocolate and some citrus. In the mouth, smooth and velvety. Nice dark roast grain flavors mingle with coffee, chocolate, citrus, molasses and some hop bitterness that does increase towards the backend. Low to moderate carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Silky mouthfeel with a good amount of weight and viscosity. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Lovely roast grains and mellowed, hoppy bitterness on a long, drying finish.
A really good craft brew with excellent flavor and a decent hop bite but I would not say it is a full blown Black IPA, per se. More like a hoppy porter with a good amount of weight to it that you can really feel in the mouth. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this Fade To Black Volume 4 Rocky Mountain Black Ale. Highly recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV, 64 IBU
Beer 322 of 366 for 2012