Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager | Left Hand Brewing Company

Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye LagerTerra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager
97 Ratings
Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye LagerTerra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JMBSH on 10-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of sevopie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very dark black, with almost no hint of anything other than a touch of brown. Thick tan-brown head, laces well.

Smell - Bitter, almost portery, with an interesting malt smell (the rye I'm assuming.)

Taste - Very bittersweet with a good dose of the malt, with a touch of rye flavoring coming through. Faint hint of vanilla. Finishes clean like you would expect from a lager.

Mouthfeel - Very thick for a lager, but works incredibly well as such.

Drinkability - This will be readily consumed for the few weeks its on draft. Tasty brew, I look forward to the rest of the collaborations.

NOTE: All Old Chicago locations should have this one on draft for their Halloween mini-tours, so give it a try on draft if you can. The Old Chicago I got it from (Hampden & Tamarac) has a slight nitro mix on their taps, which is why I labeled it as nitro-tap.

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Photo of opwog
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Miles Davis - Trane's Blues

A- Just shy of black with ruby hints when held up to the light. Large tan head, even with a soft pour.
S- spice, grainy and roasted malt.
T- Wow, this is a unique tasting beer! All the same elements of the aroma, but add some burnt and/or smokiness.
M- I have to say that the mouth threw me at first and I could never quite get my footing here. I have had a few black lagers, but this one was by far the thickest in texture. The carbonation is a good match for the body.
D- with a moderate alcohol content, this is a nice drinking beer for anybody looking for all the depth of much stronger styles, without getting faced.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer as a place called Jonesy's EatBar in Denver this week. A great place that's not listed in Beer Fly. (I'll take care of that later)

This beer was really good, and I am very happy that I that the opportunity to enjoy it.

Came in a 22oz. bomber.

Poured with a thick and substantial off white/tan head. The head has great retention and stayed on the scene for a bit. The color was just shy of black and very dark with some slight reddish tones. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was great. Roasted Malts, some smokiness and a sense of cocoa. Chocolate in sense, but not sweet. A touch of the Rye grains can be detected as well.

The flavor was really enjoyable. Some roasted/smokey malt notes right out of the shoot. But balanced very well with some nice hop bitterness. Really spicy from the rye and this carried all the way through the flavor. You get the cocoa/chocolate sense again as this faded in your mouth. That combined with the lingering hop bitterness is fantastic.

I kept some notes and am now writing this out for posting. As I review my notes and remember the beer I am longing for another. Excellent effort by these two brewers.

Mouth feel was creamy, smooth and kept you wanting more. I found this extremely drinkable and would love the opportunity to have another. Think that might be difficult as it is a one time limited collaboration.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a very dark mahogany body that is clear when held to strong light. Healthy tan head has a lot of legs and laces lavishly.

Aroma has toasted rye bread, chocolate, spicy hops, and hints of red apple skins and black pepper.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy on a medium body with a spicy bitter rye bite. Nice.

Taste oppens with a sweetish malty caramel and cocoa element. Spicy hop bitterness quickly jumps in and opens the door to the rye complexities of pumpernickel, anise, and black pepper. A hint of red apples adds to the joy ride.

I suppose I'm a sucker for well done rye beers and this one hits my soft spot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear root beer brown color with a creamy beige head that leaves a range of streaky lace across the glass

Smell: Crusty black bread, with hints of smoke, chocolate and licorice

Taste: Starts out with a spicy black bread and chocolate character, but by mid-palate, there is a blast of hop bitterness and rye spice; after the swallow, the malts come back to add a slightly fruity chocolate character, though the hops continue to assert themselves through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Reading through the earlier reviews, this beer's hop profile was causing some consternation; with a year and a half or so of aging, the hops have settled down and the beer is drinking with a lot more balanced complexity than may have earlier been the case

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer came out of this collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin. This is a beautiful lager, and I love the deep flavor of the rye in this beer. It reminds me a bit of Founders Black Rye. Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent tan head that settles to a ring. Smells spicy and rich with rye and with that characteristic rye fruitiness. The taste has that same rye presence with an additional deep roastiness that also contains a hint of smoke. A nice nutty flavor rounds it out. Very nice deep flavors here. Delicious! Quite dry, and smooth, slightly thick, and chewy in the mouthfeel. A wonderful beer and a nice Autumn surprise.

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Photo of jimsimply
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle, somewhat hard, into pint glass.

A- Deep brown-black at first glance, with a big, full brown-sugar-brown head.

S- spicy nose, cinnamon and clove, roasted malt/coffee.

T- Smoky, with coffee-like undertones, a good balance of malt and bittering.

M- Rich, full body, creamy but not chewy.

D- Enjoyed this (wasn't terra-rye'zd). Great black rye beer.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/19/08.

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a large four finger tan head. The head receded very slowly and left lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is spiced rye, herbal and floral hops, toasted malt, toffee, caramel, and a bit of smoke and chocolate. Smells nice!

Taste is also very nice. Chocolate is more pronounced than it was in the aroma, as are the herbal hops. Somewhat of an herbal tea like taste from the hops. Plenty of spice and rye as well. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee, smoke and tobacco, and a touch of dark fruits make up the rest of the flavor profile. Fairly bitter finish from the hops. Very complex and VERY tasty.

Feel is very smooth and almost creamy. Medium-full body and well carbonated. It's one of the smoothest lagers I've had. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down nice and smooth. Not sessionable, but finishing the bottle isn't a problem.

Overall, a very good beer. Very tasty and complex. I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to others.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bloody chestnut brown that becomes dark ruby with fiery orange highlights when sunlight is allowed to enter the glass. Head and lace look fantastic as well. The good-sized cap is the color of coffee ice cream and glass decoration is abundant.

One of Left Hand's press releases calls this beer an Imperial Roggen Schwarz Lager. That's pretty much what it smells like too. It's hard to be sure until the buds get into the act, but this might be the most spicy, rye-like beer that I've had yet. That, along with the black malt and the hops, makes the nose all kinds of enjoyable. Should be a wild ride.

Terra-Rye'zd is my kind of beer because it's packed full of flavor from both malt and hops. It almost dares you to like it. I do, I do, I really do. The fact that it's an original creation in the world of craft beer is a good thing as well. Way to push the envelope, guys.

If you don't like rye beer, then stay the hell away. The pungent, earthy, spiciness of that grain is the biggest reason why this brew will probably be a polarizer. There must be two tons of rye malt in here. The citric-floral hoppiness is almost at IPA levels. Black Rye IPA might be the most accurate 'style' in the end.

In addition to the flavors noted above, there's a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate and crushed coffee bean. Talk about a cornucopia of flavor. It's amazing that such disparate elements come together as well as they do. Toasted pumpernickel and rye bread sprinkled with cocoa and shredded hop leaves? An underlying sweetness doesn't *quite* get lost in the blast of hops.

The mouthfeel struck me as too light at first. By mid-bomber, though, it's just about right: slightly lighter than medium, with the silky smoothness that all good lagers tend to deliver.

Here's hoping that all subsequent offerings in the Left Hand-Terrapin Midnight Project Brew Series are as good as Brew One. Terra-Rye'zd is a beer that I'd love to enjoy again and again and again. Two thumbs way up. Thanks to SiriusAth for the bomber.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle Into a Pint Glass

A: Very bark brown, nearly black. Nice looking off white head, receding into a thin layer.

S: Muted hops. Some spice, perhaps some earthy rye.

T: Initial taste is creamy and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is a touch spicy and alcoholic. I'm sure this beer tasted different a year and a half ago when it was born, but it is drinking very well right now.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Creamy, reminiscent of Left Hand's Milk Stout.

D: Solid drinkability. I could go for a case of these. Too bad I got the last two in Athens.

Overall, this is a great initial entry into the midnight brewing project. I look forward to seeing what Left Hand & Terrapin cook up for Volume 3.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown color with beautiful garnet highlights and a good sized tightly bubbled tannish head that persists forever.
Smells of cherries and plums, chocolate, caramel, rye bread and a slight spiciness as well. Very little hops left, but I believe this bottle is almost 2 years old so they've surely faded.
Taste is a creamy chocolaty spicy fruity affair. Definitely a unique take on a black lager. Smooth with chocolate and brown sugar notes up front meld towards a fruity spicy rye character that lingers long after every sip. Super creamy mouthfeel, Medium body and carbonation level. I really enjoyed this one. I wonder how this would have been fresher, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as is.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color, verging on black. SHimmering ruby highlights when held up to light. Thick light brown creamy head with excellent retention. Solid sheet of lace in the glass with thick rings all the way down.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts with spicy rye mixed in. Hints of some bitter sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T - Light sweetness up front quickly giving way to roasted grains. A rye spiciness lingers in the middle but is not as strong as expected. Finishes bitter sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy and smooth. Does not have the dryness I associate with many other rye beers. Flavors are good but a little harsh to be real high on the drinkability scale. An very intriguing belnd of rye beer and schwarzbier.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours with a syrupy viscosity, delivering cola-colored liquid capped by a decently retained, light tan head. Good carbonation = good retention, although not much lacing is present. The aroma is slightly muted, but the spiciness of the rye is evident. Also some eartly hops, caramel malts, and a backbone of chocolate.

Although I'm often skeptical of collaborative brews, Left Hand and Terrapin hit it out of the park with this one. The flavor starts out with a smooth caramel sweetness, before transitioning to a spicy, bitter onslaught of black rye, dark chocolate, and hops. A lingering, hoppy finish caps off a dynamic flavor profile. The body is on the thicker side of medium, with a nice carbonation level and a creamy, smooth consistency that pairs well with the rye spice. Although the flavor complexity isn't over the top, the lightness of the body is refreshing and easy to consume. Thumbs up to this collabo; this beer makes me happy, and I want more.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rye lager being put under the ale category. They really need to make a rye lager category.

A- Looks like a coke, and when held up next to the light it has a red tone to it. The head looks frothy and loves to cling to the glass.

S- Coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The malts give this a good bready smell. The lager yeast gives the beer the traditional lager small.

T- This has a very unique taste. There is coffee and a nice bread taste. I'm also getting the citrus from the hops. The more I drink this the more the hops comes though. There is a spice or herbal taste there as well, it goes well.

M- Very thick and malty, the carbination is subtle and light, and plays nicely to the feel of the beer.

D- Easy to drink, very very easy. I could drink this a lot.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours closer to brown than black with a nice 1-finger tan head.

I picked up the nose when the beer was still a foot from my face. Caramel and roasted malt dominate for me with a little residual sugar.

A little creamier than expected, but turns slighty more bitter than expected on the finish. Chocolate comes in as does the roasted malt. The rye and hops combine for a very nice bitter finish.

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Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz baby from Sebletitje in a trade. It pours out a deep reddish-brown with a light tan head that laces fairly well. This is one rye laden beer. Smell isn't too extreme little roasted malts, rye, and chocolate. Taste is a rye bomb, very nice sweet roasted malts backing it up, with a crisp hop bitterness holding it all together. Very creamy brew that is very easy to drink. Man it's a lot of rye, I like this one though. Good brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Ding

Color is medium-black with a very thin brown head.

Aroma is full of chocolate with a bit of spiciness from the rye. Can detect some sweetness as well.

Taste is strong with a decent amount of chocolate, caramel and spiciness from the rye.

Mouthfeel is full of sweetness and caramel/rye flavors that linger. Some alcohol heat lingers as well.

An interesting beer that I feel is easy to drink and has an interesting mixture of flavors. I can't easily get this beer but I would probably seek it out again because I enjoy any type of rye beer out there.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with hints of red around the edges topped by a creamy head the color of dirty sand. Lots of rye in the nose, sweet with just a touch of herbal hops evident.

Malty schwarzbier character intertwined with a persistent rye graininess. Underlying citrusy hop profile keeps the beer malty but not overly sweet. Roasty, milk chocolate, bready, grainy spicy rye and big citrusy/floral hops. An odd combination of flavors. The rye is so pronounced, I would avoid this beer if you don't care for rye beers. As it is, it's a malty, velvet smooth and perilously drinkable.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A draft serving presented in a goblet sports an inky garnet-black body with a glossy cap of beige foam. The head retains stubbornly and leaves fat rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is richly grainy and spicy with peppery rye, a whiff of burnt malt and abundant sweet choco-fruitiness.

The taste is rich and spicy with layers of dark chocolate and succulent spiciness. A dry, lightly burnt roasty rye note lingers in the aftertaste.

The drink is fullish in body and creamy, silky-smooth and highly drinkable, even given the sturdy abv.

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Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a 2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is mainly sweet malts, molasses & hazelnut. The taste is sweet of brown sugar along with rye & a faint hoppy quality. Mouthfeel is smooth & sticky.

This is a nice rye lager; darker than other ryes & therefore, sweeter.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into 2 perfect pints

starts off with a dark, hickory brown with fiery red highlights. thin tan head, caramel colored even.

smells like a chocolate stout with spice. first noted the roasted smell, chocolate, and rye. tastes like a rye beer with roased malts and some sweetness. the after taste is an immediate bitter rye. full bodied with a silky smooth feel. mild carbonation.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Somewhat transparent black pour. Frothy white head. Burnt malt, light chocolate and some piney hop aroma. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, rather pleasant medium body. Grainy, smokey roast malt flavors. Just slight lingering bitter at the finish. The frothyness is almost too much. Otherwise, this is a real nice brew and quite drinkable. If all dark rye beers are like this, I will seek them out.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, Shiny red and black label, no date that I could find.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color, nice tan colored head with good retention.

Smell: Bitter, with a bit of roast.

Taste: More roasted flavor here, but not over powering. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. Medium bodied.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - I've had this on tap around town a couple times, and have enjoyed them all. Nice combination of flavors without being too heacy.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into .5 liter stein a deep chesnut brown with a bit of ruby tint,a great 1 1/2 finger almond colored head atop that settled oh so slowly into a creamy mass.A mix of chocolate and green apple tartness in the nose,a subtle leafy element is noticed as well.A nice mix of dark malt and refreshing tartness on the palate,slightly grainy and prickly but its refreshing as all get out.This is great,its dark but refreshing,something you dont see enough of,this is a really nice hybrid beer by two fine breweries.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap for one night only at Flying Saucer. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin cream head that leaves beautiful lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of rye with brown and caramel malts. The taste is a nice mix of malts and rye with crisp hops in the finish. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This was a very enjoyable beer, I was glad to get to try it.

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