rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This collaboration beer by Terrapin and Left Hand promised to be ’’brew one’’ of the midnight project. I am generally pretty impressed with the individual offerings of both breweries, so a beer where both combined their talents was immediately tempting, when spotted at Bullock’s in Marietta.
The beer poured out dark brown like mahogany, and looked translucent below the extremely stable, two finger thick, creamy head. The smell was milder than I was anticipating, as this smelled like a standard issue brown ale. The toasty, nutty, and caramelized smell was pleasant, but lacked the spiciness of rye that was so proudly a part of this beer’s name. The taste was bready and sweet up front, and astringent and drying in the middle. The finish is where the spicy flavor made the use of Rye apparent. The beer leaned much more on the malts than most other offerings from Terrapin, and was probably a lot closer to the Left Hand Rye Bock in the general approach. Unfortunately, this beer was noticeable thinner than the Rye Bock, and felt a lot less bold overall. That being said, this was a very easy to approach beer, and would probably go well with a lot of red meat dishes.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap and in bottle. Pours dark, with some red notes, decent tan head, nice lace. Aroma of caramel, nuts, malt. Taste is similar with some nice hop notes contained within. Finish is smooth and nicely bitter. Body is medium with good amount of carbonation. Overall, an interesting brew that doesn’t fit into the typical mold.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Explodes into the glass with a dark chocolate pour and a thick pillowy tan head that lingers thru much of the drink and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is a pleasant malty chocolate backed up by a hint of caramel. Unfortunately, the joy ends there. The mouthfeel was thin, watery and very metallic, completely dominating any flavors I had hoped to gleen fromt he taste, and carrying all the way thru the finish. I was left with a finish of all metal and not watning more. How could something that started so well end so poorly?
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. bottle, with thanks to dchmela for the nice bonus! Pours a darker cola brown with a large tan head. Aroma is also a bit cola like, with light general spice, toasted rye, bread and some minimal dried dark fruit. Flavor has a little more going on, with more light spice, roasted rye, bread and a little chocolate, but started to wear on me after a while. Not bad, and an interesting collaboration, thanks again Dave!
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small tan head that lingers. Aroma is very roasty some chocolate and very little to no rye. Some decent toffee like sweetness also no hops. Flavor is very smooth with a silky chocolate and a good roast chatacter that plays well with the drying rye. Overall a very drinkable beer
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with hints of red around the edges topped by a creamy head the color of dirty sand. Lots of rye in the nose, sweet with just a touch of herbal hops evident.
Malty schwarzbier character intertwined with a persistent rye graininess. Underlying citrusy hop profile keeps the beer malty but not overly sweet. Roasty, milk chocolate, bready, grainy spicy rye and big citrusy/floral hops. An odd combination of flavors. The rye is so pronounced, I would avoid this beer if you don’t care for rye beers. As it is, it’s a malty, velvet smooth and perilously drinkable.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma contains some rye along with some chocolate and marshmellows. The flavor contains rye, chocolate, caramel, and oddly more marshmellows. The finish is a mixture of sourness but more sweet than anything. Overall an different and pretty good beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive mahogany body is clear when held to light. Aroma of toasted rye bread, faint chocolate and spicy hops. Creamy body with a rye bite. A hint of red apple skin and pepper in the taste add to the spicy hop, rye, and choclate notes. I’m a sucker for these well done rye beers.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark chocolate brown with full head. smooth sweet aroma. nice full palate, complex backgrounds, gives a great rye finish. very good drinker and a good grab.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was expecting a lot out of this bottle, and ended up fairly disappointed. The dark malt is weaker than you want in a Schwarzbier, leading to a lagery fruitiness that covers up any benefits of including rye. The oily, slick texture feels great, but that doesn’t help the general blandness that plagues this beer worse than its horrible name. (11/08)