Charkoota Rye - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.71/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Park bar in Detroit. Pours a dark mahogany and woody-brown color, laced in deep, ruby red edges. The head is a darker shade of tan with a light ruby tint to it, showing decent retention and some wet legging. This beer looks pretty damn good.
So this is a smoked doppelbock? I guess I can see that. The aroma gives way to a plentiful amount of smoked malt - liquid smoke, mild charcoal, and a certain campfire-like woodiness. Smoked malt tends to be pretty damn potent, and can often engulf and shadow any other present aromas and/or tastes if used too liberally. In the aroma, however, I can still discern the "doppelbock" qualities of this one; sweet molasses is probably second-in-command behind the smoke. A light bit of salt, dark fruit, burnt caramel, and more wood bring up the rear.
The first sip opens up wit a blanket of liquid smoke that comes out strong, but quickly gives way to some of the other flavors lying beneath it. Heavy wood, molasses, deep prunes, and even a mild nuttiness. The more I drink, the more I realize how intact the smoke remains from start to finish, giving off mild hints of campfires, bacon, and smoked meat. Mild bitter twinge on the tail end, cutting through the sweetness from the malt, making for a surprisingly dry finish. Then again, maybe it's the rye that helps provide for the dry finish. I don't taste much rye in itself, but maybe it can be held accountable for that ending bitterness. Medium bodied, slick mouth feel, low carbonation.
Smoked beers are very hit and miss, mostly due to the finesse needed when dealing with smoked malt. This beer wasn't bad at all. I would have liked a little bit more flavor to pop - though the smoke wasn't "overdone", by the end of the beer, my palate was starting to get tired of it. Good in smaller doses, and still pretty tasty overall.
Serving type: on-tap
03-13-2013 11:54:35 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
a: Nice brownish amber hints
s: smokey with ahint of sweetness
t: the smoke is right out front and burnt grains were present
m: Nice mouth and good smokey finish, like you just drank a camp fire.
o: I dont personally like drinking a campfire, but it is a smoked rye so if that is your thing then this one has it. If you like a strong smokey flavor and burnt grains this is a good beer for you. (If you are looking for a more traditional dopplebock this isnt a good choice.)
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 15:29:00 | More by BoilerMo
Charkoota Rye from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.