Tabernash Rye Bock | Left Hand Brewing Company

Tabernash Rye BockTabernash Rye Bock
42 Ratings
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:
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Added by maxpower on 02-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
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 notch from top to bottom...this pushes close to 5.0's across the board for me...

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 ADR
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 gbontrag
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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 aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is a dark brown with some definite purple notes. The Head is sizeable and a pale khaki. The aroma is mostly brown sugar, oak and a bit of wine. The flavor is sugary dark malts, a little cocoa and the slightest hint of wine. There’s a bit of past-their-prime banana and pear that complements the malt nicely. Still, the body is thin and flavor a bit weak.

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Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Doppel07
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel brown body and massive foamy beige head. This was a hell of a gusher. Musky, malty nose of yeast, baked bread, dark fruits, and chocolate. Burnt caramel, chocolate, and cola flavors. Medium acidity in the finish. Full malty mouthfeel with lively carbonation. This is a nice anniversary beer and a very interesting bottle-conditioned bock.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Rastacouere
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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 maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Crosling
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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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Tabernash Rye Bock from Left Hand Brewing Company
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