Charkoota Rye | New Holland Brewing Company

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Charkoota RyeCharkoota Rye

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.79%

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.

Added by Deuane on 01-04-2009

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Photo of doppelbockrob
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown appearance that is standard of a good doppelbock. Little head that dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma of the smoky malt was rather pungent and I could not smell much else. It smelled delightful.

The taste was wonderful. First, a rush of roasted malts, followed by toffee, a very subtle taste of hops and a smooth smoky finish.
Not too smoky and rather balanced.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ NH.

I've not had very many smoked beers - perhaps half a dozen, counting this one. Most of them don't bring much smoke flavor.

This one sure as heck does. Wow. Aroma and taste are essentially pure smoke, with the Bocky-notes way, way in the background.

It's put forth as a smoked beer, and it brings it - thus I'm rating it very high.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, it is clear but you have to look close because it is so dark with a tan head. The smell is awesome, a spicy smoky malt, really smoky, really malty with a peppery note. This is the best smelling beer I have ever had, hands down. The taste is more of the same, I wish I had a smoked pork plate to go with this, peppery spice, caramel malt, and a hint of ethanol. The body is thick and heavy, but is it very drinkable becasue is tastes so good. This is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one out of a .5 liter dimpled glass...

With a very vigorous pour, this brew produces a finger thick milky tan head, and has a clear and dark ruby red colored body.

In the aroma, the smoke is dominant. It reminds me of Aecht Rauch Bier. Also reminds me of smoked cheddar, bacon, or a nice jaeger type sausage.

In the taste it seems like biting into a sausage sandwich, such as Cracker Barrel sausage wrapped in a thin pancake laced with maple syrup.

Lightly carbonated, with oily slickness. This brew makes a great conversation piece.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to stange. 2011 vintage. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: Two fingers of fluffy/frothy head, dark tan in color and orange tint. Above average retention. After the head deflates, the beer is very still looking. No film, collar, or visible carbonation. The body is a dark amber-tawny color, lightly cloudy with transparency only at the edges. There is a decent amount of particulate suspended in solution. No lacing.

S: Heavily malted with toasted caramel and molasses. While the rye character is lost on me, I pick up on a little peppery spice. Piney hop notes are minimal providing a nice balance to the caramel sweetness. The smoked malts add a bit of wood, leather and meatiness to the nose, with light soy sauce and tobacco further in the background. Hints of construction paper.

T: Wow. Such a pleasant, thorough and sustained smokey flavor that never overwhelms the palate. Very crisp with a touch of fruity, clean, lager-like sweetness. Light bitterness. The alcohol is masked beautifully. (The ABV is 8.4% in 2011.) Incredible finish on the flavor (and mouthfeel too).

M: Medium body with a thick, sticky texture. Carbonation is lively on the tongue with just the right amount of bite.

O: Charkoota Rye is my favorite smoked beer. Ever. I think smoking the malted barley over cherry wood really distinguishes the smoke character. And compliments the doppelbock style very well. Frankly, I'm shocked that this beer isn't rated higher...

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Photo of Jameyd33
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown in color; very appealing. Smell is amazing: distinct smoke smells with a hint of bacon. Tastes great. Smoke flavor, subtle chocolate. I love Rye. This wouldbe great with a burger, steak, chicken, anything off the grill. Would definitely get more of this and other brews.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-finger of orangey head dissipates into minimal lacing over an opaque dark brown body.

Nose is enigmatic, sweet, maybe pear-ish with some wood and some alcohol. This is an incredibly smoky beer, but it doesn't come through on the nose.

Now this is what I think of when I think smoked beer. It's incredibly malty, even peaty, with some well-done charred steak in for good measure. Somehow also tastes rich and creamy. Slight alcohol burn on the finish. It's intense though, more so than any German rauchbier I've tried.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very fine-grain carbonation to break up the super-intense flavor.

This is a go-to for me and one of my favorites. This particular bottle doesn't live up to my memory, but I set the bar pretty high for it. It is indeed super-rich, so I'd recommend sharing this one unless you're super into smoke and malt.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber(no freshness or expiration date evident) into a standard pint glass
Dark ruby/amber in color, with a thin, quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Malt, some subtle smokiness
Taste-Sweet BBQ ,spicy rye,a tingly, smoky, warming finish-Almost porter-like in mouthfeel.
Complex flavor cries out for food pairing. Tangy, sweet-hot BBQ ribs would be a great match.
A must try for smoke-beer lovers, and certainly worth a try for a unique taste experience

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger off-white head with poor retention - more please. Clear deep crimson and brown liquid. Lack of head is offset by the beauty of the red in the liquid.
S: Smokehouse, wood stove, camp fire. Weak due to the lack of head. What is there is good though.
T: Sweet and smoky with a fair amount of wood flavor. Very smoky, equal to a rauchbier. Barbeque pulled pork sandwich. Very enjoyable, this is a wow/great beer.
M: Chewy, thick, silky
D: Amazingly high for a smoked beer. I want another pint and I'd like to buy again. Alcohol seems high though.

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Photo of trbergman
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Reddish chestnut with a thin, light tan head that reduces to a lace almost instantly.

S - Pumpernickel, molasses, smoke, dark berry fruit, dank and earthy. No trace of hops.

T - Excellent - everything is in perfect balance. Rich, sweet malt flavors play off spicy rye plays off subtle smokiness. Bitterness is just enough to keep the malt in check. Lacks the heavy-handed meaty bacon flavor found in other smoked beers and goes more for the evocative wood and brown sugar character. While the alcohol isn't hidden, it isn't at all distracting.

M - Medium-full body, very silky. Almost undercarbonated, though it works.

D - High drinkability for its strength. I'm a sucker for rye beers, so when I saw a smoked rye doppelbock, I knew I had to give it a try. At the same time, I've had mixed feelings about rauchbiers in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised to find something with a more subtle smoke flavor that didn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Well done, New Holland!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is smoked rye dopplebock. Burgundy-brown in color. The smoke aroma fills the glass and is the first thing I noticed—as well as the last. There’s some notes of sweet smoked woods (applewood? Cherrywood?) that approximate, in my mind, a combination of the fruit and grilling. It has a sharp, focused flavor—the smokiness dominates, definitely, with enough maltiness to give it body and heft, and a dopplebock sweetness to balance it out. I’d definitely try it again.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip glass, a translucent black (huh?) with some amber highlights, a thin dusting of head, no lace to speak of.

Smells of sweet smoke, like caramelized onion or smoked salmon, dark caramel flavors, burnt marshmellow. Love the smell.

Taste follows through with the smells, thick with smoky sweetness. Like taking some bacon & maple syrup, throwing them in a blender & adding some Scotch (sans the disgusting texture that would produce). Some dark fruits there as well, just a little though.

The mouthfeel is smooth & cool, not hot despite the higher ABV, a little on the thick side but not syrupy.

Drinkability = delicious. There's a lot of flavor to this, & I didn't catch much of a buzz from it. Smoked beers are a rarity for me, & I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2011 vintage on the shelf at a local and it it really solid. The smoke flavor is subtle at first but finished with a strong presence. The rye comes through as the temp rises and is a very pleasant taste. Overall a great find.

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Photo of salvo
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Charkoota Rye is a really nice surprise. Rich black lager malt and lager yeast made new and exciting with a milky richness and sweet smokiness that is well-balanced. A welcome change and nice surprise: an extreme beer that is flavorful, rich, and drinkable.

Would be great with smoked meats or BBQ. Really complex and spicy finish: not sure which flavors to concentrate on! The rich chocolate malts? Smoke and rich earthiness? The subtle saltiness? The rich mouthfeel, almost like milk? Or the long drying finish that makes me wonder what I was drinking?

Finished like an APA or even IPA. Smoke was present but not overpowering, and while it went well with the spicy meaty pizza, I would really like to try it with real slow-smoked BBQ. This is a new batch on tap, and I'm really aching to pop open the 2010 vintage bottles found at RePete's Party Store in Holland, MI.

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Photo of armock
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chixdighops for hooking this bottle up in the Good People Farm System BIF.

A - Poured a dark mahogany color with a thin tan head that leaves some spotty lacing

S - Is of a nice campfire char smoke

T - like the smell lots of wonderful campfire smoked malt flavor

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

O - I'm really liking this beer the flavor is wonderful and keeps me coming back for more if you like smoked beers this is one to get your hands on

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager, New Holland Brewing, Holland, MI

Off goes the cap, then the foil, then the glug, glug, glug...

Dark brown coloration, slim head.

Aroma: all about the smoke! Big time bacon! Sweet and smokey, huge malt, rich, full, and never without the smokiness! Rich, thick, and yummy. Fills so good in the mouth, over the palate, and all up and down the gullet.

Finish: long, thick, rich....bacon wrapped around a yummy stick of malty goodness.
Rich malty goodness. Nothing but yum meets yum, wrapped in bacon, smothered in smoke, dripped with deliciousness. Mmm, mmm.

I love it.
i won't stopped loving it.
And it loves me.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft a few years back. From my notes:

Brown/purple hue.

Small dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Smoked meat nose; heavy peat.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pastrami, smoke, peat, yeyo...a plum wine finish. Bold, complex & not for the weak of palate. Best New Holland I've ever had.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark cherrywood appearance. Bubbly beige head caps it off. Loods very inviting...Aroma is quite nice. Just what I was malt mixed with some thick smoke. Smoke and malt enter the mouth side by side with a lot of authority. They work together quite nicely. The malts are fairly rich. The smokiness is really the main player. The rye doesn't contribute much to the flavor in my opinion. The mouthfeel is nice and round. Full body. Low carbonation, which is good. Quality stuff here. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of atsprings
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled as 8.17% abv poured into a Duvel tulip a not dark brown almost black with a decent light-tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is an interesting blend of burnt caramel and sharp rye. The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of rye, burnt caramel, dried fruits and mild cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with some warming alcohol and mild carbonation. This is a very unique and enjoyable beer, one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Man, love this beer right off. Yummm.... Served with a large, foamy, light tan head and a little lace. Color is deep dark amber with chestnut hightlights. Aroma is a luscious, rich, smokey, dark malt, raisins, dark ripe fruit, leather, and a bit of dark cocoa. Flavor's about the same with sweetness coming out at the end. Great body and carbonation. Boozy at the very end. A session beer for slow, easy quaffing.

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Photo of Beejay
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark red in the glass with a very nice tan head.

S: Big smoke flavor right off the bat. Sweet cherry wood, and bbq with a bit of malt in the finish.

T: Nice and smoky throughout. Some strong malts, but they are a covered up by the smoke. There is a lovely clean finish.

M: Fairly thick, the carbonation seems a little low, but I think it works with the style.

D: By far one of the best beers I have had with cherry smoked malt. Sometimes they become a little too cloying, but this one is strong, and beautiful. Well crafted, clean and delicious.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle in the exhibitor's lounge at Mondial. Pours a ruddy brown with a finger of tan/eggshell head. Nose reveals a hickory smoke backed with earthy malts and a bready sweetness.

Quite a hefty body and sweetness to balance a deft hand on the smoke. Somewhere between campfire char and hickory smoked bacon, caramel and bready malts which border on syrupy but hold the smoke in check, earthy and slightly spicy rye, molasses, dark fruits, light drying finish. I'm not often a huge fan of smoke beers but this one is done well, they rye gives a nice complexity and the body is hefty enough to balance.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a pleasant brown color that looks ruby when held to the light. A 1/8 inch tan head forms and reduces quickly to a uniquely active lacing around the edges with carbonation readiliy visible.

The aroma is primarily a caramel malt sweetness combined with smoke. Not complex, but good.

The taste is a quick sweetness followed immediately by smoky goodness that slowly fades to another caramel malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is a bit high and may detract slightly. It seems to go down cleanly and leaves a uniquely smoky aftertaste, which almost has a texture.

Overall, this beer is definitely drinkable but the flavor and smokiness may be too much for the palate if I had more than 1. Definitely worth getting again for a good change of pace.

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Photo of Soccerballzz3
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is initially what lead me to this beer. It has a picture of a flynig pig on the front! That is kind of crazy and the simplicity of the art work really makes it stand out. I had also not seen a "smoked doublebock" before and the simple lettering on the front really made it stand out.

Smell - You get a great smell of smoked woodchips mixed in with minor beer tints and a slight hint of the cherry wood used in the smoking. Really a great aroma.

Taste - You are immediately greeted by a BOLD smoky flavoring. As if the smoke from a great BBQ were rolling in your mouth. You get the immediate smoky flavor followed by a malty, slightly bitter, but not overly intrusive flavoring at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth all the way through. The finish leaves a great smokey taste in the mouth, as if you had just had a great BBQ meal.

Drinkability - I really enjoy a great outdoor cooking session and this beer would be good anytime. It would go exceptionally with any sort of meat meal, especially a cook out or a BBQ. I would enjoy drinking this leisurely just to enjoy the great taste.

Overall, phenomenal smoked beer. The first smoked beer I have tried and certainly not the last. Great job New Holland!

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Photo of philosobeer
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this one at Lush on South Halsted in University Village in Chicago.

A // Ruddy dark brown. Clear but transparency is low from thickness. The head developed nicely, but with a vigorous pour. Dark tan, thins to a film.

S // When something says "smoked" on the front, I like it to smell smoked. This passes with flying colors. (Take note, stone.) It's a roasted pig over beechwood or applewood. To me, this is damn alluring.

T // Heavy dark malt shouts at you. Smoke shouts more. Sugary malt, and it's like a brown sugar glaze on a roasted ham. The smoke and sugars, the smoking leaves and wood flavor make it a great dinner beer and I have no problem with that. If I have any complaints, it's that it could be drier, more bitter because the sugar becomes a bit much. Overall? Good job indeed, New Holland. This stuff tastes like a great beer.

M // Velvety and a bit thick. The lager lends to a cleanness that it seems is really necessary in this beer. The carbonation is mild-moderate, making this a beer that tastes like bread or a meal.

D // A single glass seems like it might be little, the bomber maybe too much. It does well for a beer-meal.

Drink this with warm sandwich of black forest ham on dark rye with swiss cheese and whole grain mustard. I'd be more than happy to buy another one of these, real props to New Holland's brewer.

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