Left Hand Fade to Black

Left Hand Fade to BlackTonight I’m posting my second ever chat-based beer brainstorm. Tonight my co-reviewer is Helene, which you may recall runs PhillyBeerGirl.blogspot.com. Doing this kind of review is 100 times more fun that drinking and reviewing alone! Many thanks to Helene!!!

@PhillyBeerGirl: hey
@Lost_in_Beer: Howdy
@Lost_in_Beer: Have you warmed the beer at all?
@PhillyBeerGirl: I didn’t really – I grabbed it out of the fridge just about 5 minutes or so ago
@PhillyBeerGirl: how about you?
@Lost_in_Beer: only a few minutes more…maybe 10-15
@Lost_in_Beer: I’ve never had this before…have you?
@PhillyBeerGirl: Nope – I’m excited though, because people seem to really love it
@PhillyBeerGirl: What do you get when you smell it?
@PhillyBeerGirl: I’m getting coffee, toffee, maybe some caramel
@Lost_in_Beer: I’ve got a crazy confession about the aroma
@Lost_in_Beer: The last two beers I’ve had were toffee flavored. Both times (this one included) I smell olives
@Lost_in_Beer: It’s creepy
@Lost_in_Beer: I’m 99% sure that my nose interprets toffee oddly
@PhillyBeerGirl: Are you smelling the burnt smell, too?
@Lost_in_Beer: Nope, none of that action
@Lost_in_Beer: i think I’m picking up the coffee aroma you mentioned though
@Lost_in_Beer: Much head on your pour?
@PhillyBeerGirl: No, not really
@PhillyBeerGirl: Yours?
@Lost_in_Beer: Ditto
@Lost_in_Beer: Not even 1 finger
@Lost_in_Beer: The pour was a little syrupy looking
@PhillyBeerGirl: I completely agree – was thinking the same thing when I poured it
@PhillyBeerGirl: Although now that it’s been sitting in my glass for a few minutes, it doesn’t look as thick as I’d originally thought
@Lost_in_Beer: I just tasted this puppy though
@PhillyBeerGirl: Okay, I’m going in for the taste now
@Lost_in_Beer: Totally coffee
@PhillyBeerGirl: Oh yeah, but some sweetness, too
@PhillyBeerGirl: And definitely bitter
@Lost_in_Beer: yeah, interesting mix of bitter & sweet. Initially I think it’s fairly well balanced
@PhillyBeerGirl: I think so, too
@Lost_in_Beer: And although I didn’t get burnt smell, I do think it’s definitely smokey tasting
@PhillyBeerGirl: It’s a pretty strong beer – 8.5% – and I think you can taste some of that
@PhillyBeerGirl: Not overwhelmingly – but maybe just a hint of it like a little alcohol at the end
@Lost_in_Beer: Thus far, you think it meets the hype you heard?
@PhillyBeerGirl: I do think it lives up to the hype
@PhillyBeerGirl: It’s really drinkable and like you said nicely balanced between bitter and sweet
@PhillyBeerGirl: Getting anything more as the beer warms a bit?
@Lost_in_Beer: I was about to say that the character isn’t changing much
@Lost_in_Beer: Which honestly surprises me with a beer this dark
@Lost_in_Beer: not complaining….
@PhillyBeerGirl: I feel like I’m getting some fruit flavors – maybe plum?
@Lost_in_Beer: Could be some dark fruit in there. If anything the beer gets slightly sweeter as it warms.
@Lost_in_Beer: Your opinion on carbonation / mouth feel?
@PhillyBeerGirl: Yeah, maybe a little less bitter
@PhillyBeerGirl: Not too heavily carbonated
@Lost_in_Beer: agreed
@PhillyBeerGirl: But definitely not flat
@Lost_in_Beer: Yeah…not as syrupy as the pour appeared
@PhillyBeerGirl: Yes! Like I said, when I first started to pour I thought it was going to be very syrupy
@PhillyBeerGirl: And then seeing it in the glass and tasting it – it doesn’t really go with what I thought I’d get from that first pour
@Lost_in_Beer: Have you ever had a super flat, thick beer?
@PhillyBeerGirl: Um, I don’t think I have
@PhillyBeerGirl: I don’t know that I’d really like that
@Lost_in_Beer: I had one once. I think it was Sam Adams Triple Bock.
@Lost_in_Beer: Straight down the drain
@PhillyBeerGirl: It was that good, huh?
@Lost_in_Beer: hehe
@Lost_in_Beer: Tasted like it looked: black sludge
@Lost_in_Beer: Nothing like this beer :)
@PhillyBeerGirl: Do you like beers that are bourbon-barrel aged?
@Lost_in_Beer: HELL YES
@PhillyBeerGirl: You should try Port Brewing Older Viscosity
@PhillyBeerGirl: Or Lost Abbey Angel Share
@PhillyBeerGirl: You’d probably love them both
@Lost_in_Beer: I’ll add them to my shopping list on the site
@Lost_in_Beer: See if I can get them here
@Lost_in_Beer: Any final thoughts on the Fade to Black?
@PhillyBeerGirl: I would definitely buy it again and recommend it
@PhillyBeerGirl: I think it’s a solid brew
@Lost_in_Beer: Ditto
@Lost_in_Beer: Dark roasted malts and coffee deliciousness
@Lost_in_Beer: Perfectly balanced
@Lost_in_Beer: That’s how I would sum it up
@PhillyBeerGirl: We’re in agreement then
@PhillyBeerGirl: This was really fun!
@Lost_in_Beer: I love doing these
@Lost_in_Beer: So much more fun then drinking alone
@PhillyBeerGirl: Totally agreed on that, too!
@Lost_in_Beer: Tonight I would have been stuck watching Oprah with the wife while reviewing :)
@PhillyBeerGirl: haha – I’m glad I could save you from that (although I do love me some Oprah!)
@Lost_in_Beer: I’ll be honest…it isn’t that bad
@Lost_in_Beer: Unless it’s one of those sappy-make-you-cry shows
@Lost_in_Beer: Then I tap out…
@Lost_in_Beer: (mostly because I’m a sap and I cry b/c of that stuff)
@Lost_in_Beer: LOL
@PhillyBeerGirl: make sure you leave that in when you post this
@Lost_in_Beer: hehe…maybe
@Lost_in_Beer: Anyhow…I should eat before I end up in a booze coma on the couch
@Lost_in_Beer: Thanks again for doing this
@PhillyBeerGirl: Have a great night! And thanks!
@Lost_in_Beer: Have a good evening Helene
Left Hand Fade to Black

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.