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

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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:
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Added by JMBSH on 10-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of opwog
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown with red highlights and two fingers of rich tan head.

Aroma of rye bread, vanilla, nuts, and chocolate milk.

Tastes of roasted malts, rye, dark chocolate, nuts, and raisins. Finish lingers with bitter notes of chocolate and rye.

Light-to-medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

A well-made and easy to drink rye beer from Left Hand and Terrapin.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It doesn't really get to black. It has a very thin tan head.

The smell is of chocolate, mint candy and roast.

The taste is not as pleasurable as the aroma. Rye dominates just a bit too much. The chocolate and roast fade away as it progresses. The mintiness holds up. There's a bit of acidic astringency for a lager.

It is somewhat creamy, though a bit swishy.

Could be a great "something different" beer. But a little too acidic, and a bit overboard with the rye - masking the maltiness. Still - different, not bad at all - certainly worth "checking out".

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 received in my most recent trade with RustyDiamond... big thanks Rusty... I wish I would have cracked it sooner.. but too many other brews made their way in front. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

The pour actually looked "silky". The beautiful 1" tan head lasted easily 5 minutes before allowing me to get a sip... the lace is phenomenal... The brew is jet black until held to a lamp and it reveals perfect deeeep ruby highlites.. very deep red.. almost red wine.

The nose has alot of cocoa.. some bready notes.. but the chocolate has it beat by a mile..

Flavor = Schwarzbier... very very clean with chocolaty, dark malt flavors that never become "burnt".. very very clean.. no lingering flavors.. no esters or phenols..

The only way I can begin to guess there is a significant amount of rye in this brew is the mouthfeel.. it is sooo smooth and so is the carbonation.. nearly perfect.. pretty much perfect.. yeah... it's perfect. Smooth lite side of medium.. silky and the carbonation is definitely there, but the mouthfeel sorta hides it... as it warms... I guess, I can describe the finish as a "dark rye" bread essence.. dry with chocolate and a mild rye breadiness.

I would have guessed this a Schwarzbier blind.. hands down.. the rye does lend a great deal to the overall package.. just not as much as would be as expected in the nose or palate... I am gonna give it a "personal" knock on drinkability.. sorry.. but even though my above review is stellar, I rarely if ever want this much of a Schwarzbier and I am only about halfway through my glass.

Thanks again Rusty.. this was a truly unique take on a classic style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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 sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with RustyDiamond. Thanks, Rusty!

A-Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with hints of ruby at the edges.

S-Grainy rye and roasted malts. Very nice.

T-Sweet malt in the front, then the grainy rye bitterness and roasted malts kick in, with a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a bit of heavy viscosity.

D-A nice easy drinker. Flavors deepen as it warms.


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Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into wine glass (best glass at the parents' house) shared with dad.

Very deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thin one finger tan head slowly settles to a thin cap that covers most of the beer. Stringy lacing.

Oddly, the aromas seem almost non-existent. If I try to smell any harder I'll suck beer into my nose. A touch of tart and burnt rye aromas.

Smokey and slightly toasty rye flavors with a little bit of tartness. Some light spiciness is in the middle. The hops add a little bit of a herbal flavor to the background. Full bodied.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Tight tan cap of fine bubbles. Lots of lace, good head retention. Quite dark, clear, with crimson highlights when held up to the light. Malty aroma, burnt and smokey notes, a bit fruity, dry cocoa. Moderate bitterness, malty with mild sweetness, roast, burnt and smoke, spicy towards the end with some fruit mid-palate. Mild chocolate as it warmed. Lingering bitter roasted malts. Very creamy texture, moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Good stuff. Quite drinkable and a little out of the ordinary.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with dark red highlights. Nice tan head that falls to a thin cap.
Pretty malty aromas. Definitely detect the rye in there. Dark toasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol. Little to no hop aroma.
Malty flavors too. Bits of smokiness along with rye and mocha coffee. A little molasses sweetness to cut some of the bitterness. It's difficult to distinguish the bitterness from the toasted malts or the hops.
Medium-thick body. A little oily and the flavors don't linger long, as in most lagers.
Pretty drinkable. Good with turkey and dressing. Good cold weather beer.
Good collaboration with Terrapin, one of my favorite breweries, and hopefully this will lead to more in the future. If you can still find this, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 tmoneyba
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine, Warren, MI.

Pours a dark clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted nutty malt and rye aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raverjames for my very first traded beer. (a bonus beer nonetheless!!)

Pours with a little bit of thickness into my Boddingtons imperial pint glass. Deep mahogany in color with mild carbonation. Light tan head that sits at a thin covering over the beer. Interesting in the nose: Sweet, dry, herbal, pot smoke (not joking), grassy hops. Big burst of deep flavor in this one. Dry and bitter with a slight sweet backing. I can taste the rye along with some black patent malt, and herbal hops. I can still taste a marijuana character, but as the drink progresses the rye begins to push it out of the way. This makes me believe that the hops were actually the source of this flavor, as the tongue gets numbed with alpha acid and "loses the taste" after a while. Still, a nice smoky flavor comes through to keep this one interesting. Heavy in the mouth and saturated with flavor, this is a big beer regardless of it only have 6.6% ABV. Truly an American beer.

Glad I got to try one.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared by Eric. Pours out a very dark brown color with a bubbly light brown head. The aroma is very light; some roasted malts, and some sweet notes, perhaps maple syrup. The taste was also smooth and light; sweet hops, citrus-like hop flavors, chocolates, and a grainy/earthy malt. Pretty nice, but nothing really stood out. Not terrorizing, but nice.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very slowly out of the bottle I am suprised it is only 6%-I was ready to see it was like 10 or more. Deep, dark bown in color with a nice sized tan head. Sharp and bitter aroma, though not very storng. Big malty flavor with a great rye bite to it. Spicy and tingling flavors along with a heavy dose of hops. Very solid mouthfeel-tends to dry in the finish. Quite enjoyable. I want to brew a rye beer and this has a decent balance to it. One along these lines would work for me.

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Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Aroma's in Athens, GA. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass.

A: The first thing you say when you see the pour is, "Damn, that's black". A very glossy black color with a big time tan head. The head is the best part here. Seriously foamy and frothy. You can tell the head is incredibly creamy just from looking at it. The head leaves heavy lace on the glass and oozes down as you go. When moved in the glass, the beer leaves a thin film on the glass that is barely yellow. Pretty impressive look.

S: Smell starts off with some nice spicy, peppery rye. Then we transition to some heavily roasted rye and malt. The malt sweetness is apparent in the nose. Getting a touch of some chocolate maybe, and maybe even some dark fruit also but it is all cloyed by the heavy rye presence. I suppose this is a given since this is a rye beer, but I was looking for a bit more character and dynamic presence. Still solid in the nose.

T: Yet again big time Rye. Lots of rye. Its pleasant, spicy with a soft tone of pepper. Nice caramel malt presence coming through, giving some sweetness and cutting down the rye a bit at the knees. Nice creamy and buttery notes going on. Once again, I feel it is missing a dynamic quality. Just tons of rye and malt, nothing too crazy or in your face. Very light in flavor actually. Kinda tastes like a Guinness got into a shit load of rye and took some PCP.

M: This is where this beer shines. This is probably the creamiest beer I have ever encountered. A full bodied beer that is so fluffy and creamy. Never experienced this from a beer before. Just coats the mouth and slides down slowly. ABV is not existant. Rye and malt lingers in the mouth a bit in the after taste, but pretty clean on the finish. Carbonation is there but the creaminess is what makes this easy to drink. Just makes you want to take another pull when you feel this beer on the palate. Easy drinker.

D: So smooth and creamy, you can't classify this as nothing but drinkable. I could have easily had 2 or 3 glasses of this but I was a bit let down by the flavor and aroma profiles. This beer shines incredibly in the mouthfeel and it is a shame that it is not more dynamic in flavor. With a little tweaking with maybe some dark fruit or milk chocolate, this beer could be out of this world. Great first time collaboration from Left Hand and Terrapin and I look forward to what they offer in the future.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Tilley4
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love collab brews and this ones pretty good...

This is almost black...sort of a murky brownish red, I'd say.... It fluffs up really nicely although its a delayed effect...

Spicy nose of licorice, some chocolate, a little smoke, and that rye smell...

Huge whopping spicy rye flavors with this one... Very earthy and raw and I like it.... Its sweet but spicy in a way that's addictive...

Quite viscous brew.... Feels good going down...

I like this brew but I'm not sure if I could session it as the rye gets old after a couple of pints.... Still, a good brew...

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one provided by my boy tpd975, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark ruby brown with a generous two finger light brown head that remains for quite some time. Nice spotty webbing remains on the sides of the glass pretty much all over. Smell is very crisp with rye, grassy hops, and earth. Chocolate and crystal malts, some roasted coffee beans, and toasted grains can be found in the aroma too. A good amount of smokiness in the nose as well, but nothing over the top. Taste starts with a strong metallic characteristic, ehhh. Luckily the dark malts and fresh rye take over and lead into a sweet and smokey taste midway. Aftertaste is very clean and nutty with a touch of sweet caramel. Light to medium body with a soft and creamy feel. The carbonation is pretty strong, but fits in quite well. I had no problem putting this bomber down. The only issue I had with this beer is the initial metallic flavor, but that seems to fade once it warms up a bit. Great collaboration offering from Terrapin and Left Hand, definitely give this baby a try. Thanks again Greg!

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +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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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a bit of red/amber around the edges. Not a huge head, but nice clusters of bubbles linger around the whole drink. Not an incredibly pronounced smell, maybe a bit of spiciness from the rye, but not a whole lot to detect in the smell department. I really love the taste, nice and spicy from the rye, a good bit of roastedness on the end. Very smooth and then the rye fills the rest of it out as you drink. I would really like to have this around more often.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review from the bar into my Blackberry.

A. Dark black, with some lighter highlights as well as some redness with moussy light brown head. Lacing is very thick. 4

S. Chocolate malt, roasty, a touch of smoke. The rye is pronounced, but not as in your face as I thought it would be. 4

T. Very spicy from the rye initally with chocolate and smoke kicking in to balance..or at least, try to balance. 4

M. Thick and stout-like in body with high carbonation. 3.5

D. A little too rich for sessioning, but definitely something different.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a 22oz Terrapin snifter from the 22oz bottle.

The beer pours brown-black with a nice tan head. The head dissipates down to a ring leaving a nice amount of lace.

The aroma is tons of chocolate and caramel with toffee and coffee.

The taste is up front with chocolate and spicy rye and follows with the other flavors, caramel, toffee and coffee. It finishes with a bit of bitterness, whether from hops or perhaps roasted grains, I am unable to tell. There is also a bit of lingering fruityness in the finish.

The body is quite full bodied for a lager. It also has a nice amount of carbonation.

The beer honesetly seems more like a schwartzbier with a bit of rye, rather than a beer where the rye is the predominant flavor. I do find it to be an enjoyable schwartzbier, but the rye does seem to give a few astringent flavors at time, that become a bit tough. Still, kudos to Left Hand and Terrapin for this one. You do not see too many black lagers, and certainly none with a twist like this. They really made something that is both different and tasty. I can't wait until the next installment of the Midnight Series.

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Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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