Charkoota Rye | New Holland Brewing Company

Charkoota RyeCharkoota Rye
240 Ratings
Charkoota RyeCharkoota Rye

Brewed by:
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 +35.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.62/5  rDev +30.1%
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 +29.3%
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 +28.2%
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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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Jameyd33
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
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 +25.4%
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 +25.4%
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 +24.8%
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 +24.5%
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 +24.5%
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 +23.9%
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 +23.9%
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 +23.7%
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 +23.1%
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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