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TNT - Left Hand Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 22.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 03-16-2011

Weizen Doppelbock
Hazy Black Walnut, 21 SRM
ABV 7.90%
IBU 20
Malted Wheat, Premium 2-row, Munich and Chocolate WheatWarrior and Perle

"Brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea, a noted 'smoky' tea."
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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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5/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of stimulus
4.79/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 4/15, tasted side by side against SmokeJumper.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thin tan head.
S: Smoke, malty goodness, tea.
T: Heavy blast of smoke on the initial taste, followed by some sweet tea, then some citrus, and finally onto a balance between smoke and malt on the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, medium to heavy body, smooth finish.
O: This beer is probably getting knocked too much for what it is, a heavy smoke beer. I applaud Left Hand for trying something new in the way of smoke beers, and I will gladly buy this again because I personally like it. Also, this is certainly not deserving of the poor ratings it is getting similar to that of BA Wake Up Dead.

Photo of obireidkenobi
4.57/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Draft at the launch party at The Fred.

Smoky nose! Would think smoke beer if you didn't tell me otherwise.

Flavor is more smoke, caramel, dark fruits, wheat. Little tea/ copper in finish.

Mouthfeel is soft. Not astringent, or harsh. Sweet at times.

Overall, love the complexity. A lot of flavor and taste to sort out.

Photo of rrski198
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown/black with a good size off white head. Sticks around forever.

S: Smoked meat right up front. Earthy and dirty. VERY UNIQUE! I gaveit a 5 because it is unlike anything I've smelled before and it is quite pleseant.

T: So odd. Sweetness and the an odd smoked flavor. Almost like a smoked porter witout the body or roast. I am getting this wierd citrus dryness at the back end that I cannot quite nail down. Anyway you slice it, this is quite unique and damn good.

M: For the abv it is more watery than i would think. The carbonation is below average which accentuates the smoke.

O: Out of this world good. I cannot think of any beer in which I have had recently that has unique. I really dig this and would absolutely buy again. Awesome offering.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of cmannes
4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Darkness Tulip

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Very thin offwhite head.

Aroma: Wow, even after reading the other reviews, the smell struck me as "different." Smokey, meaty, almost like a BBQ. But then there's the tea smell hiding in there as well.

Taste: The smoke hits first, but it balances out with a slightly sweet tea flavor. Then the smoke returns for a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but I think it works. The smell initially made me expect a thicker more syrupy mouthfeel, rather than the thin fairly clean feel.

Overall: I was a little worried reading the other reviews. Thankfully, I think they're a bit harsh. This is an interesting beer. Rich smokey flavors with a subtle sweet tea underside. I liked it.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Date Stamped 02/16/11
First of all, I have noticed that many of the reviews for this brew are rating this brew lower for having a smoke flavor. This bothers me, because this beer is for all intents and purposes a RAUCHBIER with a weizenbock base. But instead of using a smoked malt, it is brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. Seriously. If you don't already know, Lapsang Souchong is the equivalent to the serious tea-drinker's world of what a smoked malt is for a beer nerd. They dry the tea leaves over a smokey pinewood fire until the tea is saturated with smoke flavor. So what we have here is an extremely mutant beer, a Weizen Doppelbock Rauchbier / Black Tea hybrid! It is supposed to taste smokey!
And also, you may notice I have aged my bomber a few months. This was intentional, I find that a few months in the basement smooths everything out into a better balance for my particular taste. On to the review:
A. Deep murky dark brown, faint fizzler of a head which needs work. I'm happy with the color, but not happy with the lackluster head.
S. Smoked ham gravy slathered on biscuits with a cup of English Breakfast Tea on the side. Some coca-cola and teriyaki sauce scents as well. A left behind cigar made of tea leaves rather than rolled tobacco smoldering fragrantly in the ashtray of a leather upholstered smoking room.
T. Plums, soy sauce, fragrant tea, smoke, black wheat malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.
M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, but well worth trying if you enjoy smoked beers.

Photo of dmbsteve
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brick Store Pub.

Pours dark mahogany with a one finger tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and leaves good lacing down the glass. You can't see any light though this beer. This is the first weizenbock I've ever had and I'd have to say the color is a little weird kind of has grayish hues around the edges. But definitely unique looking which I found attractive.

Smells of leather and dark fruits such as figs and plums. Just a hint of smoke in the nose.

Tastes smokier than it smells. I like the taste a lot...I pick up the dark fruits again. Not much hop bitterness or flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Quite a bit different on the palate than any other wheat beer I've had.

I am new to this style but if this beer is anything like others in this genre than I would definitely like to try more of them. I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of NodakEric
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a big, off white, long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A definitive smokiness pervaded the aroma, along with malt and some wheat.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat, a sugary component (caramel?), and that smoky quality. The advertised tea was also present, but it was very mild. Almost more like a rauchbier than a weizenbock, but a pretty good flavor nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer that isn't quite of its style, but is still drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass in the process.

S - Aroma is full of smoked meats. There is also some tea aroma and some feint dark fruit and spices.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and cured meat flavor and some sweet tea flavor. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background. Through the middle, some dark wheat flavor and some light sweet fruits come out. The finish is a mix of smokiness and some light sweet elements that lingers. The smoke dominates here.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The smokiness really fills the mouth. Lots of flavor and feel linger long after the beer finishes.

D - Pretty drinkable. The smokiness is rather heavy handed, but at the same time kinda works. The other flavors could have been a bot more robust to compensate. That being said, it is a nice twist for a dark-weizen.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive and intriguing take on a doppelbock, smoked and sweet in quite an unusual way.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an elaborate retro/playful illustration of steaming teapots and formal characters splashing the brew up as the cup reaches their lips. Side narrative with a playful take on the AC/DC song explaining the intent of the brew. Served in a weiss glass.

A - Murky brown pour with a rich frothy head, settling very nicely, good retention and lacing.

S - Smoked nose, sweet sense with a touch of wheathy banana.

T - Hefty smoked tea malt, the Lapsang tea works assertively with a sweet caramel sense with touches of faint banana. Quite explosive? That would explain the name there… Notes of chocolate, very malty, assertive smoked sense throughout with herbal touches. This is far complex than what one would sense at first.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice smooth flow punctuated by a light dry finish.

O - Sure enough it is a challenging brew, but if one is keen on a smoked/sweet tea brew this is rather well done and stimulating.

Notes: Not to style and liking it quite a bit for that. Provocative use of the Lapsang Souchong tea, providing and assertive smoked edge and a very sweet range, which sure is not going to be for any palate. I would not mind keeping one of this around for the right occasion.

Photo of beermaker1
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark tree bark brown, minor head from tap pour. Fine bubbles and lacey.

smell - slightly smoked bbq, reminded me of texas grilling, bitter end coming from black tea. I love a good black tea.

Aroma- Wow, smell the black tea and sweet licorice, leather BBQ.

taste - A whole lot of bbq and very sweet, black tea just makes it even better, I had this on tap at the Breweery in Colorado during GABF. Loved it.

mouthfeel - lighter body then you would expect for a dark rich beer. Very drinkable.

Overall- I really liked this on tap. I would like to try it on a nitro tap. This was a fresh batch just on tap, so it was crisp and clean. I bought 2 bottles to bring home and cellar. 1 in 6 months and 1 in a year.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left hand TNT

Poured from a bomber into an Aventinus glass. An aggressive pour yields a 1.5 finger beige head atop a very deep chocolatey body.

Smells like chocolate and smoke (specifically lapsang souchong).

Wos, this taste is odd. It's full-bodied, tart, and savory-smoky. How something could be both smoky and sour is mysterious, but considering it's made with lapsang souchong (a very, very smoky tea), it makes sense. Plenty of rich chocolatey malt as well, supported by the wheat. There's also some pruney pleum; I think that's where the tartness is coming from.

Mouthfeel is thick and not very carbonated; it could actually stand a bit more to lighten it up.

Overall this is quite an interesting brew; and coincidentally very similar to one I planned on trying to homebrew one day.

Photo of mgoblue5743
3.94/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer tastes like bacon

if bacon = good
and beer = good
and this beer = bacon
then for you, the beer = good
if you don't like bacon, do not get this beer.
very interesting; very different... worth tasting once, not sure i would get it again; very spicy, smoked flavor is dominant

Photo of Mario61Aler
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep murky dark brown, faint head with very little lacing.

S. Smelled of a smoked beef roast over an oak fire and encrusted with an English breakfast tea that was toasted first complex aroma.

T. darkm fruits fragrant tea, smoke, dark malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.

M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, an excellent example of a smoked beer.

O. I really liked this one as an end of the day sipping beer, watching TV and relaxing with the wife.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body wit no light passing through. There is a boiling light tan head that is creamy and bubbly.

S- This beer has a smoked tea and juniper needle quality with a clean soft smoke note in the finish. There is a nice black tea note that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The tangy pine needle smoke flavor is earthy with a light burning leaves note and some soft bubblegum ester notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens there are some dark toffee notes and malt notes that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice smoke flavor that is unique and very pleasant just very little malt or hop character to support it. The smoke and esters from the hefe yeast are a bit odd together. Lapsang souchong bubblegum

Photo of AmbsterSchrier
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/16/2011 Bottle Date
(aged for about 6 months in our basement refrigerator at 40 deg)

I was really intrigued by the "out of the box" use of Lapsang Souchong tea leaves in a Weizen Dopplebock/Rachbier style. It's unconventionality appealed so we picked it up.

A--Murky deep brown, about zero clarity (probably the wheat I'd imagine), slight milky brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly.
S--The tea gives it a smokey woody smell, a bit of tart fruit and then sweetness from the grain. Definitely detect some malty notes in the nose.
T--Sweeter and maltier on the front, finishes like a dark, bitter tea followed by a slightly fermented briny flavor that is reminiscent of the after-taste of miso soup followed by a sip of black tea. Smooth, drinkable and intriguing.
M--Medium body, slightly dry feel (again, I attribute this to the tea) more of one to sip on. Worthwhile if you enjoy novelty, appreciate a smokey beer or good strong cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle poured into pint glass

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky and yeasty with a malty undertone and a firm hint of caramel. It pours a dark opaque brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head. Flavor is yeasty, smoky and malty with a caramel undertone and a fruity hint - could there be a bit of raspberry in there? Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy, leaving a fruity tingle behind.

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TNT from Left Hand Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.