DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
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. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pretty durn good. Thick and tasty dark lager, the rye was well done and overall this was a good drink. Thumbs up. BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2008
A very unique and tasty brew. A blend of the milk stout and ale. Almost a scotch ale, but much darker. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are evident and hops are present but balanced. Really exquisite. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2008
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. rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
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.
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2009
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.
poured a dark brown near black. Bready, roasty, sweet malt, spicy rye nose. Flavor is a nice rye, sweet malt, hop bitterness. MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Dirty dark brown in color. Rye nose. Rye flavors. Wait a minute.... maybe I don’t like rye. This beer doesn’t excite me. Everything about it wants me to pour it down the drain. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of spicy rye, rich chocolate, and light roasted malt. Taste is the same as aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Very good JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Burning fireball crimson in color, a little light in color. Tangy rye nose with some fruity yeast esters. Creamy. Mildly roasty in flavor, spicy rye, copious citric hops and some fruit. Fairly clean. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
22oz bomber. Pours a deep, dark, red-brown with magnificent highlights of deep, dark, mahogany and ruby. The head pours thick and light tan in color, fluffy and pillowy. It fades slowly leaving large sheets of lace on the glass. The aroma is chocolate, subtle hops, bready/grainy (pilsner malt), caramel, and lager yeast. The flavor starts bittersweet with some chocolate, a lot of spicy rye, roasted grain like burnt toast, mild caramel sweetness, and fruity hop flavor (grapefruit peel). At mid-palate the flavors are strong with rye, chocolate, and a nice balancing bitterness (noble hops?). The finish is mostly dry with a firm hop bitterness and some roasted flavors like bitter cocoa. The aftertaste is a blend of continental pilsner malt and coffee. The mouthfeel is crisp, medium-full in body, and creamy. Overall - a fantastic schwarzbier that is just beautiful in all aspects. I need to go buy a case of this stuff!