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Tabernash Rye Bock | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Tabernash Rye BockTabernash Rye Bock

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 02-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 42
Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with some amber highlights...excelent puffy off white head...

Great aroma..big bready smell....sweet dark fruits(plums, bing cherries)...molasses...caramel..vanilla...brown sugar..

Taste is also very good....again it begins very bready...big bock like flavors of dark fruits, molasses, raisens, vanilla, some caramel...

Mouthfeel is closer to a dopple bock in my opinion...pretty substantial....a sipper....a little heat onthe long finish but very subtle

Great beer....would rate as one of my favorite bocks or doppels...extremely well made...top notch from top to bottom...this pushes close to 5.0's across the board for me...

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Photo of gbontrag
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like wildflower honey with a great and lofty froth that holds like meringue! So large and airy, yet firm and stiff!!
Smells like old apple peels, horse leathers (saddle, cinches and such) and butterscotch.
Rhubarb custard, soured apple cider, black pepper, and the unmistakeable earth flavor of rye! There's some wet granite, and more fruit juices. Rockin' bock. This totally kicks my bockside. It's so smooth, but complex and rich. This is great.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well carbonated, produces a thick light brown head. A dark amber color, that is a hazy garnet red when held up to the light. I would swear that the aroma has a hint of peanut butter in it. The aroma has elements of alcohol, dark fruit, grapes, lightly sweet, and a definite nuttiness. This beer is a little bit too carbonated, so I give it a shake and a swirl to get some of the excess out. I end up with 4 inch head that almost escapes my glass. The taste is lightly sweet, with a hint of the nutty flavor, which, must be from the rye. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish. A spicy grain flavor is here. This beer is light bodied, though rich in flavor; I like the mix between the two. Very smooth and easy drinking for a Bock. Straight forward and thoroughly enjoyable. Notes of dark fruit, mostly a caramelized raisin type thing going on here. I am still struck by the nutty flavor of this beer, it is definitely here and quite intriguing. In fact this beer score extra points for this flavor. The nuttiness is subtle, it is especially in the finish; it lasts and even grows stronger long after the beer has left my mouth.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the 750 a dark amber with a high light tan head that leaves some sticky lace as it drops back into the body. Aroma is rich with sweet dark fruits and bready malts. The rye and spicy notes come out more as this warmed. The flavor is sweet with fruits and caramel but balanced well with the doughy malt. A bit spicy and nutty as well. Reminded me of several eisbocks I have had. Finishes up sweet with some rye notes. Creamy body with soft carbonation and a good thickness in the feel. Smooth drinker that goes down easy and is plenty tasty that I finished the bottle way too quickly. I definitely wish I had bought a few of these.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with a huge light brown head of small bubbles, fruity, yeasty aromas. Smokey chocolate-caramel, sugar plum and rye bread flavors. Medium to full bodied and very carbonated, crisp mouthfeel reminds me of a weizenbock. This is one hell of a beer, the best this brewery has to offer IMO.

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Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm actually very lucky that this beer didn't hurt me any worse than it did. I figured the cork would be similar to their Oak-Aged Impy Stout and Widdershims B'wine in it's difficulty to remove. I fiddled with it for a couple moments, then resigned to grab a corkscrew. But I had loosened it enough, and it must have been bloodthirsty, because it departed at escape velocity as soon as it had a clean shot at my face.
My lip is only starting to swell now, but I'm counting my blessings that I didn't shoot my eye out, red-rider style.
Let that be a lesson. And I'm fucking serious. It drew blood.

A muddied amber-stained dark brown below the steep wall of buttercreme foam.
Wafts of smoked plums, suede, wet tobacco, dank rye bread, and toffee.
Begins with a malted rush that brings the scent to fruition with burnt black grapes, charred plums, dates, mocha, and raw tobacco leaf. Rye adds a background smoky spice, with illusions of seared cloves and black pepper. The bundles of malt dovetail into a carpet of caramel. It rides out with notions of brown sugar coated herbs.
Full bodied, with stunted carbonation given the explosivity of the head.
The rye hues are belittled. This presents as a robust doppelbock equal on the roasted and fruited caramel tones, a la a Celebrator/Optimator cross.
One of the finest US examples. This one has it's homework done. And the extra credit too.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, glowing amber with an enormous tan soap dish head.
Aroma has definitive rye bread notes with some wheat notes, biscuity hints and a light caramel hint with some faint dark, citrus hints. Very complex.
Flavor is chewy, caramel and toffee tastes with a heavy biscuit note and a slighty diacteyl note on the finish.
Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and alive. Semi-sweet front and a moderately spiced finish.
Drinkability is highly drinkable lager. Malty lagers are a special favorite of mine and this is special.

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Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this will be my second evaluation, the first time I sampled, the “TheLongBeachBum” and I were trying to see how many big bad boys we could down in the short span of 8 hours, after much consultation LBB and I figured 15 was the total, so as far as this beer goes all I put down was the name, and “Good”!

The beer vacates the bottle and takes up residence in the glass a cloudless deep mahogany color with the head super-sized and light tan in color, the texture spumy, with the residual lace a thick blanket to cover the glass. The nose has a touch of sour mash aroma hints of caramel, and a touch of yeast, quite crisp and pleasing to the senses, start is sweet, nice malt and rye profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops kind-hearted in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that lingers on and on, and as I sample this time, I see even “Three Sheets To The Wind”, I know “Good” beer when I taste it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lightly hazy solid brown color with a 3 finger head that falls to a finger tall. Nose was spicey caramel, light raisin and very nice rye. Flavor was big raisin with the spicey rye playing in the background. Very well balanced and incredibly tasty. Some brown sugar was there too, but nothing too sweet. Feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. This was a damn good brew. EAsy drinking and nice complex flavor but well balanced. I recommed this one.

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Photo of Callenak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a nice, but small tan head.

Smell: Smells great. A roastiness to it with fruit. Little or no hop smell due to the style and it probably being over a year or two old. Rye is hard to pick out.

Taste: Rye is very apparent in the taste. I love rye beers so this a real treat. The roastiness and sweetness of a bock with that great rye flavoring. Aging on this beer has done no harm. Drank it on a cool summer night. Perfect beer for the evening. Cost me $13 which I though was particularly high. Glad I had an opportunity to drink it though, a highly enjoyable, well balanced beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany color. Beige head. Bountiful lace. Aroma is pretty thick with the bready malts. A little spicy note detected as well. This beer has a solid malty base. Sweet, but not overly so. Doesn't even seem as sweet as many dopples do because of the spicy countering effect of the rye. But it is solid. Bready malt tones are the most prevalent. Pretty thick, but held in check in the grand scheme of things. The rye is a can't miss. Brings back fond memories of "Smoky the Rye" from Pizza Port in that aspect, but only in that aspect. Moderately carbonated and medium-full in body. This is enjoyable. Interesting selection for their anniversary ale. Always good to see something a little different.

I have not had Tabernash in years, but this brings back good memories. This one is good indeed.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Screen printed 750ml green dimpled based flask. Sealed with a thumbed cork and secured with a red steel cap and a cage.

Appearance: Gorgeous deep red body when backlit that exhibits a mahogany presentation when it just sits on the desk. Nice tan colored head rises slowly and lazily hangs around but then quickly decides to give up the fight and collapses to a thin broken surface covering with only a halo ring to maintain stability. Zero lacing and below average conditioning. The final top up rescued some life from this one; the head lasted longer and looked a lot better.

Nose: Sour hints mix with dry powdery Rye and bleached flour. Hoppy and tangy with some intriguing dryness. Dark fruits build as the temperature does, plums, figs and smoked prunes. It also reminds me of those Brown bars in Belgium; in so much as it has a whiff of Cigarette and Cigar smoke.

Taste: Spicy malts seem to reign in a light sweetness which could threaten to spoil this one but doesn’t. Middles with a dry Rye and finishes with some talcum soft wholemeal flour. Nutty feel with a little crushed sweet chestnut. Peppery and spicy at the same time. Shockingly dry at times, but nicely balanced with a biting caramel toffee like hop-tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels utterly immovable, solid, dependable and yet at the same time dry and medium in poise. Long lingering finish is hard to forget.

Drinkability: Majestic in it simplicity. I enjoyed and reveled in plundering the whole 750 by myself. This is great example.

Overall: What I totally forgot about was that I actually first sampled this one with the legendary Gusler at the Papago Brewing in Arizona way back in February 2004, many moons ago. So, like Gusler’s own Beer Reviews states, this is my second time with this one, but as I don’t usually review in social circles, this time I get to do it justice with a proper Review.

Excellent stuff, a massive Wry Rye Thanks to BigHuge for this expensive beauty, it is much appreciated Sir Joe.

Music: Thin Lizzy – Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels – Disc 1

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outdated beer from a retired beerline (tabernash) but a must have for me a lover of all things bock,pours a very nice deep reddish brown with a big fluffy slightly off white head that settles into a creamy mass.Complexities in the aroma abound some vanilla and slight rye sour notes with a big pizza dough malt and nutty backbone I noticed the alcohol beginning to creep up a little the more I drank.Very smooth goes down very easily for the alc% its deceiiving in its smoothness but it will kick u in the arss.A nice finale from Tabernash as it has been dissolved into just LeftHand,and a damn good finale it is.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown, fully diminishing light rown head. Very malty aroma with bold toffee, very woody. Herbal peaks come and complement the brown milk chocolate and cinnamon nose. Very chocolatey palate with notes of cloves. No acidity noticeable which I’m grateful for in this context. I think what would truly make it in a class of its own would be smoke suggestions. Rye is indeed present though, like earthy dry nuts. Airy mouthfeel, bubbly, highly carbonated, medium bodied. A bit overrated I think, but this is an original beer in which the rye is admirably well integrated. Cheers CaptainCougar once again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours beautifully. It is a rich reddish chestnut that has a bunch of bubbles rising to keep the inch+ head frothy. The beer is a tad cloudy at first due to the bubbles rising, but as they mellow a bit you can see just how clear the beer is.

Aroma: Really reserved aroma with some sweet caramel malts being the most noticeable thing you get. There is a woody character along with some toasty malts in the beer also. As it warms a bit, you can notice the alcohol a lot more.

Taste: The Rye is much more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the aroma. I think now that was the woodyness that I was getting in the aroma. There is a little nuttiness to the beer, and it finishes balanced decidedly toward the sweet. Nice beer!

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The corks on these bottles have a big head on them but are fairly diffficult to work out of the thin bottle neck. Deep and slightly murky almost garnet color with a tan head that sits on top with good staying power. Laces well, nice vertical strings in a complete encircling crown. Piquant aroma, nutty and spicy and featuring a lush malt backdrop. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation pans out as about average. Interesting flavor, bitter and with asphalt and cigarette smoke notes, steeped in smokey leaves and black pepper. At the same time, there's a staunch and unchanging malty sweet background that gives the beer a very different complexity. A slightly stuffy bread-like finish rounds things out. Unique in many aspects and nicely done, I can't give it great drinkability but it makes a reviewer think a bit.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

03/06/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a Samuel Adams specialty glass.

Appearance- Dark chocolate brown colored pour. Thick and somewhat murky looking. Full three fingered head on pour which settles to a slight lasting rim. Lacing is light and spotty.

Smell- Aroma of chocolate malt..and lots of it. Very bready. Smells a bit burnt or at least highly roasted.

Taste- Flavors of what I know now is rye. Minor chocolate with a super large malty base. Tastes like something you could drink for breakfast.

Mouthfeel- Thick, creamy with a medium to lower carbonation level. Minor hops in the finish.

Drinkability- Very nice tasting brew. Very thick and viscous for a bock. Filling. Worth the try for sure.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear medium to deep amber with a tan head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with a strong bready and caramel aspect. The beer was intensly malty as a bock should be with a slight spicy rye aromatic.

The flavor was malty with a definite rye presence and light spice. The malty flavor was almost too intense with caramel that was dark and strong. The flavor also contained a bit of alcohol, but it did not detract. As the beer warmed it became less enticing and complex and the bittering emerged showcasing quite a strong amount of hop presence. The beer was bready and interesting.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruitiness and rye presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was not high. The alcohol was definitely present in the warming after consumption. Drink a bit colder than normal.

750 ml bottle. What a downer to find out a beer you JUST got on the shelves in NC is retired. That means this beast was over a year old prior to it's arrival.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottled, corked, and wire cage. Sediment at bottom.
Served in pint glasses

This beer pours a tawny brown color with copious sediment at the end. Fairly clear otherwise. Carbonation is high. Head is a loose big bubbled off white foam that settles to a nice layer atop the brew. Warm bready malty aroma, along with noble hops in the nose. After the strong carbonation, there is a slightly sugary, toffee and caramel maltiness, touched with spicy rye. Also a slightly metallic flavor, maybe from German hops? Bitterness is mild to moderate with good balance. No fruitiness. Full bodied, smooth. Clean and round. Slightly dry. Fairly quaffable despite the high abv, which seems less than advertised.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange sun tea suffused with candy apple red when backlit. I've seen many a barleywine that was just this color. The cap is pale caramel with a splash or two of orange juice and is occupying half the glass at the moment. Thick buttery lace is beginning to adhere just beneath the upper rim and is the capper on an outstanding looking appearance.

The nose is a bit low on power, but then I'm attempting to assess it through two fingers of foam. It smells like toasted whole grain bread with an indeterminate fruitiness and a mild spiciness that doesn't really smell like rye to me. An interesting variation on the bock style.

There's much more spiciness--now identifiable as rye--on the palate and the beer is the better for it. In fact, Rye Bock tastes exactly like I would expect a bock brewed with rye malt to taste. The flavor profile consists of well-toasted cereal grains, yeasty rye bread without the caraway seeds, bitter orange, caramel, dates and cinnamon. This is quite the complex little lager. Well okay... not so little.

I'm not usually enamored with the bock style, but the addition of rye malt was an inspired choice. There's still a respectable amount of bitterness after more than two years in the bottle, as well as a corresponding amount of tangy, fruity sourness. The only thing keeping the flavor score from jumping up a notch is that the beer is broader than it is deep. There are plenty of flavors swirling about, but they lack ballast, for want of a better word.

Part of the problem may be a body/mouthfeel that is beginning to show its age. It's still enjoyable, but I'm betting that some degree of viscosity has been lost over the years. A relative dearth of carbonation contributes to the lagery smoothness while keeping mouth interest on the low side.

I had serious reservations about spending $12 for this bottle, but in the end, I couldn't pass up a chance to try a rye bock since I'm so fond of that particular grain when used in the brewing of beer. While I can't say that I regret the purchase, I wish that I had run across Tabernash Rye Bock closer to its birth rather than just short of its third birthday.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer. Rye beers are always a bit fickle, but not this one. Bready and yeasty the the nose. Perhaps a bit grainy, with a wheat-like aroma. Sweet malt, but balanced well not to become too sweet. Appearance is amber with a bit of a haze. Well headed and laces very well. Tastes moderately of barley malt and fruits of over-ripened oranges and grapes. Throw in some clove and curraco for spiciness. A light hop bittering and flavor remains constant, but never comes to the foreground. Flavors become a bit grainy into the body. A thicker beer to the feel than expectin in a Rye. Great creaminess and texture. The light grain flavor becomes a little astringent into the body and finish. Finish is light of hop, rye, and a bready / yeasty sweetness.

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Photo of Crosling
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was brewed to celebrate Tabernash's 10th Anniversary. It's a corked & caged bottle-conditioned 750 in a green bottle. Pretty pricey as well as I paid 12 bucks for this.

Ugly color but who cares? Murky dark tawny with a mostly diminishing head.

A very rich and sensual aroma with many roasted notes (nuts and baked cookie accompanied by caramel, apples, toffee, cinnamon, juicy dark fruits and pears. The aroma is to be savored.

This is a very good beer. It resembles a doppelbock in its strength and its malty sweetness but also has some traditional banana/clove flavors like a weizen-bock. The rye is very pleasant, adding a definate dry nutty character to the whole experience. Medium bodied. Outlandish carbonation. Nice flavor.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boo hoo! The cage for the cork broke and it forced me to drink this before I wanted to drink it.

A cool smoking gun grey smoke vapor follows the thwip of the cork pop from the 750 mL. Released into the glass with a dim, foggy russet amber hue topped off with a settled khaki island.

Nose: Ohhh yeah, there is rye in them thar hills. Yureka! That’s rye! And some pancake malts too.

First swigs: An unavoidable bready rye characteristic that flows throughout the taste. Some secondary root beer. Some dryness initially followed by a linger of almost maple syrup. Smooth sugary flavors. Finally in the finish some dry hop character pops out!

Silky feel. Taunt crisp carbonation. Medium feel with a buttery middle. Gentle in the rye department, but quite tasty.

Last swigs: Sweet sugary rye soaked in sugary tea. A bit one dimensional, but rye beer is supposed to be like rye, but at least Hop Rod Rye mixes up the party.

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Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red-orange in color, a little hazy, big head.

Smell: Very malty, complex and fruity.

Taste: Sweet and bready followed by an intense caramel sweetness. It reminds me of Old Horizontal barleywine without the alcohol burn or hops.

Mouthfeel: Light for a double bock, fine for a regular bock.

Drinkability: As a one-time release, it'll be hard to have this again.

Picked this up at a deep discount. Autographed bottle. Tasty stuff that I can't detect any of the rye in the rye bock. Reminds me of a English barleywine or a lighter double bock. Good stuff.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Autographed 750ml corktop bottle…good start so far. Pours a ruddy rootbeer color with some haze to it. Head is medium sized, raw oatmeal look to it.

S: Rye, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and twinkies.

T: Begins calm and unassuming. First impression is that it doesn’t leave an impession. Flavors are muted for the most part…begins with yellow apple juice with traces of cinnamon. Bready caramel dough comes next adding a malt backbone. Little bit of tingling sweetness at the tip of the tongue from the rye, sort of like old OJ or carrot juice. As it warms, the maltiness continues with raisins, plums and brown sugar simple syrup. Only a minor hop profile can be found with a touch of bitterness, which could be contributed by the rye itself. Finishes with flashes of vanilla, apricot and long toasted grains.

M: Medium body with a soft complexity.

D: This beer took on more personality as it warmed up. Simple, straight forward beer with nice flavor.

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Tabernash Rye Bock from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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