I got the family home safe and sound from a holiday in Phoenix with the relatives and after driving 16 hours, I was ready to drink a nice beer. I opened up a Fade to Black Series 2 from Left Hand Brewing. This smoked imperial stout has an ABV of 7.8% with an IBU of 35. This one pours very dark without a head if you pour down the side. On the second one, I poured the last 1/3 of the bottle in the middle that resulted in a nice creamy head. This is a great beer and I really enjoyed it. You can detect the smoke and the chocolate malt. The smoke is not overpowering and not as "smoky" as Alaska Brewing Company's Smoked Porter. This is very balanced and is very drinkable. This would go great with a rich chocolate desert.
Left Hand's website has this description, "Fade to Black, that time of year when the light seems to fade away. We drift further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 2- Smoked Baltic Porter is inspired by our collaboration with Nørrebro in Denmark. This mischievous cousin to Smoke Jumper has a penchant for pillaging and burning everywhere he goes. Smoked malts redolent of the burned thatched roofs in villages and towns all over Northern Europe impart flavors to warm the spirit of invading hordes far from home. You finally have something in your hand darker than the winter night sky." Great job on this one and I will purchase it again, providing there are any left at Davidson's.