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 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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having picked some of the bottles up recently, I wanted to actually try this one for the first time on tap, so it was onto Barleys I went. Served in a pint glass, I used this one to start off the night. Consumed on 10/29/2008.

The pour was rather nice. A very rich looking, and very dark brown colored beer then emerged. Nice head here, maybe two inches of off white foam on the top that settled down into a small pillow on top that never did fade. Nice retention as well, with some light hints of red coming through on the sides and bottom.

The aroma was rich and dark. Big nose of dark and roasted malts, hints of light hops and a dark fruity vide going on as well. Very complex. As it warmed I started to pick up on a bit of a smoked, or peat like aroma coming off of it. Then came the taste, very solid here, with a rich flavor profile and smooth, easy, medium bodied feel. Nice touches here of roasted malts, and sweet molasses like flavors. There all rolled together to give a dark and foreboding flavor on the first sip, before the pepper like rye flavor snapped back on the back end and whisked away into a fresh hop flavor. Smooth, and clean, dry finish that really just confused me the more I drank it.

Overall I have to say first off this was good. However it was kind of a mixed bag. I have to revisit this one as it was really hard to get a good grasp on what it actually was. Still something that should be sought out for the interesting factor.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 superdedooperboy
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open my bottle of this limited brew to celebrate Halloween. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Stange.

Pours a deep, dark blackish-brown hue. Head is a rich mocha color, full and creamy, with excellent retention and a superb amount of stick on the glass.

Aroma is mild and faint, with just a hint of spicy bitterness showing through alongside a tinge of roastiness.

Full-bodied and ultra creamy-smooth on the palate, with the rye imparting spicy bitter flavors and a very dry nature, with mild toasted biscuit appearing just before the dry, slightly bitter finish.

Wonderfully smooth and easy-drinking; mild and fairly uncomplex in flavor and aroma. A great beer and a nice collaborative effort by Terrapin and Left Hand, but perhaps a bit lacking compared with what it could be in the complexity department.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown/ plum color with a very nice sized, stiff white head. About two fingers in size and stiff as hell. Lasts quite a while. Tons of lacing down the glass. Lacing looks like a thin veil on the glass.

Aroma is spicy with the dark and burnt malts giving a nice smoothness to the beer.

Spicy flavor as well. A good dose of bitterness in the finish. Bitterness seems due to both hops and maybe an astringency in the beer. A sort of alcoholic ester taste is present even though this beer is fairly low abv.

Not bad I suppose. Certainly very different. Perhaps too much of a novelty for me to try again. I can see this one being polarizing where some people really like it and some people really dont like it. I didnt like it too much.

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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear black with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is one-finger of creamy off-white goodness that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells mostly of mildly spicy rye and roasted malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A sweet spiciness up front followed shortly by roasted malts. There's a mild bitter aftertaste that contains notes of coffee.

Mouthfeel is great. Very thick with subtle carbonation. This goes down just a bit smoother than the bottle version.

Drinkability is good. The flavors aren't amazing, but once again the thickness really delivers in this beer.

Overall it's not that much different than the bottle version with the one exception of the increased smoothness. Worth a shot in the bottle or on-tap.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy reddish tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is rye malts, some candy-like sugars, some chocolate and a touch of fruits.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, lots of rye, some fruits and some metallic hop/rye notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, it's not very well balanced - lots of sweetness and rye. I remember it being better on draft.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin is staying relatively busy these days. Oak-aging just about their entire lineup, there's always the Side Project series, and now they've started up the Midnight Project Series, a collaboration effort with Colorado brewery, Left Hand.

$7.99 22 oz. bottle from Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a full, frothy, beige-colored head. Fine layering of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolaty nose predominately with large background notes of spiced, bread chock full of grain. Lesser hint of dried fruit.

Taste: Roasty malts with flavors of burnt caramel, baker's chocolate, roasted nuts, and licorice witness transient hints of malt sweetness before the thriving rye spiciness and resinous hop kick. Slight touch of dried fruits. Bitterness goes round and round with the roasty, increasingly coffee-ish malts and overall ample taste of grainy, fresh-baked bread. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Quite the chewy, velvety body!

Drinkability: I would generally recommend this, sure. I'm typically more of a maltmouth instead of a hophead, but I didn't find this unacceptably or objectionably bitter as some seem to have. Lookin' forward to the next Midnight Series release, which seems to be in a year, so please blast me out a polite reminder e-mail sometime beforehand.

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Photo of Goliath
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with some ruby hues. A half inch tan head forms and lingers with decent retention but leaves no real lacing.

The aroma is decent. A bit of rye, slightly sweet too. Not really a ton going on in the nose.

The taste is pretty nice too. Not really aggressive, just simple and enjoyable. There is a decent rye bite in the profile, and the beer is slightly bitter. Not really sure what else to make of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a solid beer and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This collaboration beer by Terrapin and Left Hand promised to be "brew one" of the midnight project. I am generally pretty impressed with the individual offerings of both breweries, so a beer where both combined their talents was immediately tempting, when spotted at Bullock's in Marietta.

The beer poured out dark brown like mahogany, and looked translucent below the extremely stable, two finger thick, creamy head. The smell was milder than I was anticipating, as this smelled like a standard issue brown ale. The toasty, nutty, and caramelized smell was pleasant, but lacked the spiciness of rye that was so proudly a part of this beer's name. The taste was bready and sweet up front, and astringent and drying in the middle. The finish is where the spicy flavor made the use of Rye apparent. The beer leaned much more on the malts than most other offerings from Terrapin, and was probably a lot closer to the Left Hand Rye Bock in the general approach. Unfortunately, this beer was noticeable thinner than the Rye Bock, and felt a lot less bold overall. That being said, this was a very easy to approach beer, and would probably go well with a lot of red meat dishes.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this today at old chicago

Poured mahogany with a finger of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye & a bit of cocoa

T: Peppery rye, charred grain & licorice up front. Chalky dryness & burnt rye toast dominate as this warms, along with hints of cocoa & licorice. Finishes semi-crisp, but the burnt taste holds this back a bit

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated & chalky

Drank pretty easy, but the over carbonation & charred grain taste would get to me after a few pints

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown in the glass that has definite ruby tints when held up to light. The head is one-finger tall, tan and recedes very quickly to a ring with little lacing.

The aroma is big on smoked malts and rye. There is a hint of sweetness and a bit of hops but very secondary. Coffee was also floating around as well.

The taste has a sweeter tilt to it with some sweet malts and a little dark fruit in addition to the big rye and smoked malt backbone. The smoke lingers through the finish along with a bit of a hop kick.

The mouthfeel was completely unexpected and super smooth. The carbonation was fairly low but complemented the silky smooth palate. Nice.

This was much better than I expected. Recommended!

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Photo of humanawho
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - a very nice looking dark ruby color liquid and a nice strong cream colored head

S - nice melty smell, sweet, can see the rye come through

T - very sweet, like a highly sweetened ruby grapefruit interesting and good

M - a little syrupy mouthfeel that sticks to your palate

D - the syrupyness hurts the drinkablity but overall a bottle for one person is a good serving size

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Photo of jophish17
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta

Aroma: not very strong, but nice bread-like scents from the malts and a little bit of rye and smokiness

Appearance: extremely dark amber with very little transparency, minimal head that leaves only a small amount of lacing

Taste: the rye is more pronounced, especially as the taste lingers as the palate dries out. Lots of smooth, rounded bready malts that blend well. A malt lovers beer for sure as the hops are hidden.

Feel: certainly medium, which fits perfect in the scwarz/roggen/rye mash of styles.

Drinkability: the alcohol is masked perfectly and the taste helped me finish this one easily

A nice collab between two breweries who have other good rye beers, so its no surprise this one is worth a try.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a couple fingers of tight, darkish tan head. The head drops to a ring after a few moments but leaves a pretty lacing on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is of roasted grain, coffee, and quite evident rye which helps the hopping come out a good bit. Very little sweet notes in the aroma at all, and honestly the aroma isn't very strong in general, quite unlike the flavor.

Flavor has a very faint light sweetness in the back, which is roundly overridden by the coffee and burnt grain notes. The transition is clean between the acridness of the burnt grain and then the intense hoppiness and light sourness of the rye.

Mouthfeel is absolutely excellent. Creamy, thick, smooth, medium carbonation, and an astringent, dry finish accompanying the hops and light sourness.

I could drink a good bit of this, but not for the price. The drinkability is hurt very slightly by the lack of sweet balance. I despise overly sweet beers, but this one could stand just a hint more malt in the flavor. Overall a great beer, though, and definitely one to seek out while it's available.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color into a standard pint glass, with a fluffy tan head. Roasty aroma, somewhat smoky, with a hint of Dunkin Donut coffee smell. The big sticky hop flavor hit me first. After a few more sips, a bready malt flavor arose. Still pretty piney hoppy, and the rye taste more apparent. Starchy, roasty, grainy taste. Enough flavor to make this black rye lager enjoyable. Certainly unique...very drinkable.

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Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one hit Tampa before most other places, imagine that. Being that it is only in 5 states it has turned out to be pretty rare. I picked up a few bottles of it, but this one was provided at the local tasting by fishingnet.

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a rather small head. There is very little retention, but a touch of spotty lace is noted.

S: Light smoked malt up front with hints of chocolate and a touch of rye.

T: The taste is very similar. Light smoked malt is the first to greet you. Hints of chocolate come next along with a bit of black licorice. Hints of spicy rye show up in the finish. It is a well done brew.

M: Rather smooth with a nice hop bite in the finish.

D: Wonderful. It is rather tasty.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Left Hand brewery in Longmont.

The color is very dark brown but it is apparent there is good clarity around the edges. Almost no head to speak of other than a thin band around the rim of the glass.

Not much aroma here but a faint sweetness in the nose.

Flavor is very distinct with a sweet fruit taste like orange candy. It's an unusual taste but probably characteristic of a rye beer. I know that's not a great description but I can't think of anything to compare it to. As it warms, a grassy note comes forward but it's basically a sweet and fruity porter.

The mouthfeel is good and clean with low carbonation making it an easy drinking dark beer. The ABV is a little high but otherwise it would be a good session candidate.

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Photo of sevopie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 JMBSH
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a collaboration between Left Hand Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Company. The bootle states that this is the first in a series of one-time releases between the two breweries. I am listing this beer under Left hand as the bottle states this is where it was brewed and bottled.

A - A hard pour gets me almost three fingers of head. It soon shrinks to an off-white, almost light brown coating leaving about two fingers of lacing aound the pint glass. It appears a dark brown in color, though holding to a bright light reveals more of a dark amber color.

S - When I first smelled the beer with the large head present, I smelled a rather light rye scent. Now As the head has shrank, I get a little sweetness like molasses and a hint of a dark roast. All very subtle.

T - I can taste the rye but it seems to be a bit lighter then I expected. The dark roast I smelled brings a slight burnt taste. Bitterness comes up on the back of my mouth and throat but they too are subtle, slow building and only seen after the liquid is swallowed.

M - The liquid feels thick and coating in my mouth. Actually the thickness is feeling surpisingly dense. It there is almost no noticible carbonation which surpises me after the great deal of head from my pour. But the beer finishs clean with a fair amount of hop bitterness but it doesn't overpower the malts and the other characteristics.

D - I have to admit that I have not had many beers with rye. At different festivals I have tried some that tasted just like rye bread to others that had me guessing on why they called it a rye beer. This one was a very nice blend of features that I have not seen before. The alochol is not to high to get a burn out of and I could (and will finish the bomber off with no problem.) The thickness was at first a bit shocking but after tasting it a bit, this too became a nice feature to go with the bitter hop after bite. I recommend people give it a try.

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