Posted on April 19th, 2011
About the beer:
Left Hand Brewing Company is located in Longmont, Colorado. The name Left Hand was chosen in honor of Chief Niwot, Niwot being the Araphoe word for “left hand.” The Araphoe tribe often wintered in the local area. Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter is a collaboration beer done with Nørrebro Bryghus in Denmark. The beer is categorized as Baltic Porter. If you are unfamiliar with the style, take a minute and check out our beer profile for Baltic Porters.
In a nutshell:
Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company is simply fantastic. This beer will leave your mouth coated in sweet smokey flavors. If we handed out trophies for our favorite beers I’d be mailing one out today.
Like the name would suggest this beer is black. Black black actually. Of course, porters are known for being dark in color, but this one would put many stouts to shame. Perhaps one of the first things that grasped me about this beer was the smell of smoke as it hit the glass. I quickly picked up on the smoky aroma along with the scent of burnt wood. In a way, it reminded me of a campfire as the smells are truly relaxing and perfect for these last few cold Boston winter nights. Upon taking your first sip your mouth will be coated in sweet smoky flavors. If I had to relate the taste to something I may describe it as slightly burnt toast. Now I know what you are thinking. “Burnt toast? No thank you.” Trust me here burnt toast is a good thing. Next time you are at your favorite craft beer store and see one of one these sitting on the shelf – grab it! I assure you that this one does not disappoint. I’d even go as far as saying if you aren’t a fan of dark beers then put your prejudices aside and give this one a try.
Rating: 5 out 5 – Drinker’s Choice