Ragged Neck Rye - Blue Lobster Brewing Company

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91
outstanding

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Lobster Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our interpretation of an American Porter, slightly amped up in alcohol and utilizing a portion of Rye and Peated Malts.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 04-14-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, On-tap at the brewery on 10-18-13

A - Pitch black with one finger of khaki head, medium lacing.
S - Chocolatey roasty nutty goodness, some mild peanut butter kinda scent, just a really nice roasted malty aroma.
T - Rich toasted grains, and creamy malt, decent pine bite mid way that fades to a dark bitter chocolate, very good stuff.
M - full and thick, a tad bitter.
O - Outstanding porter, nice complexity but still well balanced, rich and satisfying.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml. growler acquired at the brewery. Sampled on November 4, 2013.

The pour is jet black with some reddish hues flickering on the edge of the glass and a humongous but soft, silky tan head.

On the nose there is an array of characteristics including roasted dark malts, burnt chocolate, spent coffee grinds, rye grain, and this vague but appealing earthy hop feel.

The body is medium to heavy but not thick. However there is a wonderful creamy quality to it that feels comfortable on my tongue.

Good chocolate and coffee flavors lead off the tasting experience with a little rye grain playing up the rear and a mild to moderate earthy hop bitterness that is both dry and lingers briefly. This is the kind of Porter I really like.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cask and Vine.
Solid opaque with a huge tan head that persists forever. Aromas of roast, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, light chocolate. Is this a porter or a stout? The flavor is heavy on the roasted grains, big caramel and light chocolate with a hint of smoke. Light earthy hop flavor and a spice from the rye add a bit of complexity. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and sweet creamy ashy mouthfeel. This is a big porter that feels like a stout at times, but its so damn good who cares about labels? Beautiful beer, I wish I could have had another.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for the growler! Loving this Blue Lobster stuff. A pour so dark, we'll just call it black to save some time looking up names of impossibly dark brown tones. There is a bit more mahogany at the edges peaking through, though. Barely any head on this one, only a java with cream colored collar that groups up at the circumference and stays there patiently.

I can already tell I'm going to enjoy this porter from the first inhale; light roast, creamy chocolate and a touch of milky sweetness invade my senses right away. The slight bitterness from the roast balances the creamy sweetness perfectly. Some dry, rye notes hang around towards the latter half and couple with the malts very nicely; big notes of rye and pumpernickel bread. Not too much smoke or peat, but the rye is definitely there.

The rye jumps out even more on the palate than it does on the nose; smoked wood chips, dry rye and wood, thick, burnt malts, with a river of chocolatey sweetness and a hint of milk that swims through everything and makes excellent counterpoints all the way through. Never too sweet or too bitter, though I wouldn't mind if the rye were toned just a *touch*, as I'm afraid it's covering up some of the malt complexity.

Finishing touches include dehydrated rye chips, a more-mild-than-faint smoke tinge, a touch of woodiness and a firm, pecan-like nuttiness. There may be a hint of cocoa in there, too, but it'll be mostly faded by the time the beer is in your belly. Decently creamy mouth feel, smooth and nearly silky with a rolling carbonation and a thin-medium body. Not quite as impressive as some other American porters, but still pretty good.

Rye can be easily overdone, and while I felt that it was just a little bit too high in this one, the beer was still damn enjoyable and really tasty overall. Probably the one that surprised me the most out of all the Blue Lobster beers we tried. Smooth and creamy and sweet and bitter, all at once. It would be interesting to see this stuff start getting bottled.

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Ragged Neck Rye from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.