1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Charkoota Rye - New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Charkoota RyeCharkoota Rye

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

232 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 232
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.79% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Charkoota Rye - Smoked Doppelbock Lager

Charkoota Rye is a Smoked Rye Dopplebock. Charkoota Rye's malty backbone is derived from a blend of rye and four other malts, including malted barley smoked over cherry wood by our very own brewers, John and Jeff.

Its smoke-forward body is balanced with tones of deep mollasses and caramel, with a crisp, clean lager finish.

19° Plato, Alc. 7.75% by Vol.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-04-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 130 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Eric1Mess
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Eric1Mess, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +13%

megamass, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

thefluker, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of radiofish
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
4/5  rDev +13%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of andysc83
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

andysc83, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mrebeka
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

mrebeka, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +13%

TastyIsBeer, May 12, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

nrbw23, May 04, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

FLBeerGuy, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Myst
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Myst, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

hollywood_15063, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of KJabo
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

KJabo, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of adamdd
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

adamdd, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

BeerOps, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BlissJunkie
2/5  rDev -43.5%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

StoutHunter, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Bung, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.3%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

nearly black, one full finger plus a smidge of micro bubble constructed head, ebbs and flows like the ocean tide, nice retention after a good 10 minutes of sitting here, a solid looking brew

hyper sweet molasses in a fire, upon further snorting the smoke is really starting to race to the front and dominate, the smoke is mouth watering, it really does remind me of bamburg type brews with just a mere hint of fruity sweetness at the tip if the smoke, if you dig smoke, dig this...

taste etc...
ever been utterly confused by a first taste? I'm there... (pausing to try and begin to describe what is going on right now)...
first glance you get some sweet malts (briefly), then there is a very strong sour flavor, hard to compare, not sour like lemon or a lambic... but sour ... like tart cherries. I suppose, that's the best I can do right now, then the smoke HITS, and boy does it, the sour would make this undrinkable but the smoke tames it.... enough? hmm... not sure about that. This drinks smoothly and the carbonation is perfectly matched to the body.

the smoke is absolutely wonderful here but the sour note really is a touch too strong, maybe this is better was a dessert type after some righteous bbq pig etc. I can't imagine this through an entire meal, might make a hell of an interesting sauce/marinade/braising liquid....

Ego, Dec 16, 2012
Charkoota Rye from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.