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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Thanks for purchasing another offering in our Big Mo’ Series. Our Rye Bock is a pleasant departure from traditional bocks and rye beers. The use of malted rye in beer finds its origins in Bavaria. We here at Left Hand use a bottom fermenting lager yeast, paired with a hop profile of classic German bocks. Our Rye Bock gets a wonderful tangy spiciness from the rye, accompanied by dried cherry aromas in the nose. It is a beer of great flavor with a long, savory finish. The image of a goat has traditionally been the symbol of bock beers. It was customary to feed goats rye to make them potent in the spring. We love the marriage of these two ideas. Will our Rye Bock exacerbate your spring fever? Maybe not, but trying out old folklores never tasted so good.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjgmd (1438) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bomber. Pours a brownish rusty color with a quick dissipating java head. Nose is sweet molasses, with caramel and toffee notes as well. Taste is very sweet, very sugary with heavy caramel, and toffee flavors. Finish , not surprisingly is sweet as well and ends on the same tasting notes. Descent Bock, but not my favorite style ! Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1394) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours amber brown with a tan head and sweet malty, caramel aroma. Taste is sweet as well, malty, caramel with bread and fruit notes leading to a sweet, malty finish. Drinkable, solid bock

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerSkull (1307) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2011
A bit musty smell of sour caramel, brown sugar, toffee and bread. Soft and sweet taste of sweets and bread, no bitterness. Not a beer in my taste!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2011
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting @ the Harlequin. Amber color, sweet malty with spicy notes.Dry finish with low bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle... Dark, burnt orange lager with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Caramel, toffee and grapefruit aroma with hints of light molasses and ginger. The flavor is malty sweet and bready with notes of toffee and caramel. I’m not picking up much of the rye... a shame. Medium-bodied with a dry, almost caustic mouth feel and champagne-like carbonation. Sahara-dry finish. The rye only makes its appearance known in the mouth feel and finish. Rye’s probably my second favorite grain and I would have enjoyed more of it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle/750ml - Bottled in 2008 and a bit over carbonated, this beer may no longer be in its prime. Loosening the caged cork signaled a near disaster... the cork began to push out as I untwisted the wire cage while I held the top of the cork... QUICK RUN OUTSIDE!! Disaster averted and I did not lose too much beer after all. It poured a very dark , clear amber in color with a medium foamy head that settled to a thin covering over the beer, Aroma is malty and slightly sweet with bready yeastiness. Flavor was nice and malty and mildly sweet with plenty of bready yeasts and a fair amount of dark fruit (dates, prunes, etc.). A bit of the classic spiciness that you expect with rye in the grist. Finish lingers... dark fruits and the sweet malts... One of the better rye beers I have had... a bit sweet for my tastes, but still quite good, actually.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
29-Nov-10 (750-ml corked and caged bottle, Bottled in 2008: Purchased 11-Apr-09 for $13.99 at Gold Hill in Fairbanks, AK) Two years of aging seems about right for this beer. It’s a malt-driven beer, medium-sweet, plenty of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and bread crust, with backing flavors of dried fruits, a light grassiness and modest spiciness which help to offset the sweetness. Medium-full in body with medium but smooth carbonation and enough dryness to keep the sweetness in check. Less aromatic than flavorful, the nose is earthy, sweet, caramely, and chocolaty. The hazy, ruby-amber beer pours a tall, bubbly, light-tan head that rises to well over an inch before settling ever-so-slowly to a quarter inch and hold there for the duration of the session. Simply stunning head retention, and even the lacing is decent, with large, foamy patches scattered all around the glass. A solid beer and excellent one for aging too, this one excels in every category.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
lots of really nice fresh malt character, with a little spicy complexity from the rye.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Hazy dark copper brown with a fluffy off white head. Molasses malt and mild toffee aroma and taste with a grainy finish and a sticky palate. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - JUN 21, 2010
2007 Edition. Pours a dark reddish caramel with a fast disappearing tannish head. Scent is perplexing (borderline unappealing), malts and something that reminds me of molded dark bread. As it warms up I can make out the cherries. Taste is soft malt and spice, dates, and dry finish. Different and not what was expected.


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