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Rhinoel | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Rhettroactive on 11-29-2011

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*From Notes*
The beer certainly has an interesting look that resembles a red grapefruit with a red spot in it. The beer is also cloudy. It actually resembles more of a cocktail than anything else.

The smell and taste are a bit disappointing but just as interesting. The beer has some strong barrel notes and strong cherry notes. The barrel notes are both woody with a bit of vanilla to it and those tend dominate the other notes. The grapefruit hop notes do come out but easily gets lost in the cherry. While there is a tart note to the beer, it easily gets lost in the wood.

The feel is smooth with some light carbonation to it. It feels kind of like juice.

Overall, an interesting beer but I wouldn't take time out of my day to look for it.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, speckled with reddish and orange highlights, and an extremely thin lacing of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Interesting, yet odd aromas. Very fruity, yet very vinegary at the same time. Has it soured? Skunked? Did the brewer intend the vinegary aromas? I get a lot of bready, toasted malt as well as dried stone fruit, such as dates, raisins, prunes, and sour cherries, as well as some candied sugar, and funky, dank, Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very interesting flavors too. Nice flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar-like sweetness, dried stone fruit, such as dates, raisins and prunes, candied sugar, funky, dank, Belgian yeast, a touch of sour cherry, and a touch of odd, vinegary-like sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m a little conflicted on this beer. It’s certainly odd and a little vinegary and sour, but I don’t necessarily dislike it. However, I don’t necessarily like it either. It’s an odd beer.

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Photo of Keene
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown with a very short-lived fizzy white head. No retention at all. Visibly carbonated. The aroma is a little musty, but as it warms it gains some caramel sweetness and some dark fruit qualities. The taste is pretty close to the aroma, good but also a little underwhelming. The body is also a little thin a over-carbonated. It's good but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Redrock
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spice, banana bread.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptBreadbeard
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Ngntjp
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of djre4orm
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
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.

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Photo of guild337
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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