Rhinoel - Lost Rhino Brewing Company
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
A rather nice and welcome local take on the Dubbel style.
Presentation: 75 cl brown corked and capped bottle. Blue and black illustration over a vanilla background of the Rhino with a sledge on the back over a snowy forest-mountain background (Loving the barcode shaped like Rhino). Small side paragraph noting style, intent, and main flavor. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Lightly hazy amber/brown pour, with a nice frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.
S - Pleasing if somewhat soft and a bit subdued nose with yeast, malt, caramel and fruity notes...
T - …holding up the flavor with dexterity. Malty, caramel, soft dark fruit, a hint of spice that may be goes beyond the yeast with some nutmeg or all spice? Subtle and well in any case.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation providing a fair smooth tingly finish over a nice lightly creamy flow.
O - Very pleasing flow, quite a nice take on the Dubbel. Glad to give props to Lost Rhino on this one.
Notes: The surprise lies in that this might be quite a capable, and beyond, local take on a Dubbel. Obvious challenge is that a Dubbel is not too popular a style, more so in terms of sales. However I find hard to fathom that beer aficionados may not be able recognize that this is quite a notable local brew for the style. I had it first on cask on a Xmas tap menu, and for the first time on me Lost Rhino made a dent. Shortly after I saw these discounted bottles. And I don´t know about the original release, but quality-price ration on this offer was stellar. I sure wish I could have picked up more. LR, keep on brewing?
01-31-2012 02:57:08 | More by Daniellobo
2.8/5 rDev -20.9%
On tap at Evening Star Cafe. Served in a tulip.
Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a hefty off-white head and a good bit of lacing. Great retention. The nose carries some faint spice and loads of dark fruit. Some cherry there as well.
The flavor falls downhill from the nose, as there's quite a bit of grain tannin coming through and drying the beer and giving it a somewhat-unpleasant bitterness. Fruits are there covering up a lot, and the other malt flavors are nice, but it's a bit too much to look past. The same goes for the feel. No real alcohol presence.
The nose was promising in this one, but the grain issues really hurt the finished product.
01-28-2012 13:52:42 | More by Thorpe429
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Pours a dark amber color w/ a one finger off white head. Minimal lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is caramel, nutty, spice, malt and barley. Very weak from what I'd expect in this style. The taste follows the same profile as the nose. Feel is light w/ ok carbonation and dry/spice finish. This brew was a bear to open. There's a cork behind the cap, and it broke three times before I managed to get it out... ugh. Anyway, an Ok version of the style, but there are much better dubbels out there. Cheers.
01-11-2012 02:00:44 | More by jayhawk73
4.33/5 rDev +22.3%
A: This poured a hazy dark copper with fluffy off-white head and tan dusting.
S: It smelled like earthy copper and roasted barley, with some nutty malt and cocoa powder and salty Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy copper hops and roasted barley, with some sweet candi sugar and nutty malt and salty Belgian yeast, and a little raisin and cocoa powder. It had a clean and subtle bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy with lots of soft natural carbonation. Fantastic smooth and full body.
D: This was a total jerk to open, with a very awkward cork that took me a long time to pry out. But the beer was worth the effort, being one of the best American attempts at this style I've ever had. I was really surprised and impressed with how refined the scent and taste were, but the body was better yet. The alcohol was well hidden too, so this was very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. Probably not a beer worth aging, but fresh it's definitely recommended.
01-02-2012 20:41:04 | More by Pencible
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
A) Pours with a two finger head tan in color. Hazy mahogany colored body. The head settles to a thin and creamy lacing on top. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Sweet grassy notes. Yeasty. Roasted malts.
T) Caramel. Brown sugar. Bready. Subtle nuttiness. flavor profile thins out in the finish.
M) Fizzy yet smooth. Medium to full body.
O) A decent brew overall. Pleasant malty notes. I'd drink another one.
12-26-2011 02:31:07 | More by u2carew
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
Tasting at the brewry (6 oz ?)
Not the best basis for a review, but being a local brew, only a few miles from my home, I offer some endorsment for a good effort:
Nice amber color and genorous head.
Carmel malt and cirus hops with some N
Belgian yeast flavors, well balanvced.
Overall a worthy example of the style which might benefit from some aging.
12-14-2011 21:49:50 | More by jfmorey
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
From 750mL corked and capped bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/28/11
A: Lovely burgundy. It's got a bit of a chill haze to it. A standrard pour yields a two finger head that fades much too quickly. Mediocre lacing remains.
S: Some candied fruit, strong hints of yeast and ginger root envelope the nose.
T: A bit more subdued then expected. There's a decent amount of what seems like holiday spice or nutmeg on the late fore to mid. Then the yeast washes over the palate. Toasted pumpkin seed and tinder box round out the finish.
M: Though bottle conditioned, it's disappointing for a dubbel. It's middle of the road, as the carbonation is fair. The body lacks in most every aspect, as it simply lacks the oomph to carry the flavor profile of this Belgian style brew.
O: Lost Rhino's Rhinoel is a slightly above average stab at a classic style, especially for a new brewery. It takes some cajones to attack a dubbel within the first year of your exsistence, and to conquer it with at least a passing grade is commendable.
*Keep it up, Lost Rhino. Though this may not be the crème de la crème of the style, it's a giant step in the right direction.
11-29-2011 05:28:52 | More by Rhettroactive
Rhinoel from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.