CheersMate (1292) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice off-white more towards a chocolate colored head. This beer has a nice head to
it.VERY dark brown, if not black in color. This beer looks pretty good. I purchased this awhile
ago,and a few at that, but decided to rate it finally, so this one has had time to settle a bit
A little too weak on the aroma. A VERY subtle porter/stout like aroma. I smell the rye, and some
sweet grain, but this aroma is just too faint for me. I am a little disappointed considering
Terrapin is one of my favorite brewers, and Left Hand is up there also. Wow, this beer has a damn
good palate. This beer is extremely smooth and creamy. Actually, for a lager based beer this
beer has an amazing palate. Slight rye taste towards the end, with a great bittering hop to follow.
The toasted coffee like flavor is also excellent. What this beer lacks in aroma makes up in flavor.
This beer has a nice bittering hop that just linger in your mouth. Overall, I am pretty damn impressed
with the flavor and palate, but not so much with the aroma. Great brew.
Barrios (1241) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beige head with some fizzy legs and a brown, cola colored body. Aromas of roasted malt and a note of black pepper. Flavors of nice, toasted dark bread with some sweetness. Nice, oily body.
ansermadide (1198) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This drink is THICK! Syrupy appearance, much like coke mixed with maple syrup. Bubbly, well, more gurgly, like the slime from Ghostbusters. Sweet, roasted and grainy aroma. Flavor is darkly malted, sweet and almost alcoholic... no doubt the rye has something to do with it, especially noticeable in the finish. Quite a different beer, points to Left Hand for originality.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with an inch-thick tan head. Grainy malt nose. Shary, tangy rye flavor with roasted malt present. Sweet, woodsy, grainy with a bitter finish. Full bodied and good.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours deep cola-colored, capped with a medium sized tan head. Nice aroma of cocoa, rye, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. flavor is rye, chocolate, spice, coffee, earth, and mild hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Long, fairly bitter finish with hops and rye. Great beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep garnet color with a moderately full, tan, creamy, mostly lasting head which leaves tight, but limited lace. Nose is faint; some dark rye husks, light bread crust, a bit of spiciness, and some chocolate in the background. Flavor is much more pronounced; lots of chocolate (bitter and some milk), nice coffee notes (although only lightly roasted), some roasted dark rye husks, toasted dark bread, and some spicy, smoky, nutty tones. Bitterness was more than moderate, but more from the coffee and rye notes than the hops. Palate is a surprise with a full, slightly syrupy, soft to lively, and drying; for a lager and a schwarzbier, quite full and syrupy instead of medium and crisp but intriguing. Finishes somewhat dry with lots of bitter chocolate, dry coffee, and spicy dark rye notes. Not what I would consider a Schwarzbier at all but definitely interesting with the fuller body and the great appearance. The spicy rye notes really complement the bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee notes. An interesting collaboration but the drinkability was limited.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the TITS… one of my most favored and most astounding beers of 2008. An opaque body that was so velvety and silky, I can’t even remember drinking a beer with such a texture. The huge addition of rye added a stunning spicy complexity that gave this beer the depth of time & space. Chocolaty, spicy, hints of coffee and toffee, with a tangerine hoppyness… an Outstanding drinking experience.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep, ruby black pour with a slowly developing, creamy, tawny head that has excellent durability and a sticky, reticulated lace, a truly beautiful beer. Aroma of roasted nuts, faint burnt sugar, pine, and spice. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and dry palate. A big dose of hoppy bitterness washes over the malty sweetness that hits first. The finish is long and bitter, and quite satisfying. I really liked this.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one flopped for me. Looked like a glass of pepsi with a nice grainy aroma. Flavor was not so great and the finish tasted like i was a drinking cheap beer from a can and at $9 a bomber, i would hardly call this cheap beer. This was a let down.
bvc (1103) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by scrizzz. Dark roasty brown with a creamy even light tan head. Roasty, almost burnt, malt, chocolate, and light rye spiciness. Medium body with smooth small feeling carbonation. Toasted rye bread, good amount of bitter coffee and bitter cocoa, touch of pepper. Nice creamy feel and very drinkable.