TNT | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weizen Doppelbock
Hazy Black Walnut, 21 SRM
ABV 7.90%
IBU 20
Malted Wheat, Premium 2-row, Munich and Chocolate WheatWarrior and Perle

"Brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea, a noted 'smoky' tea."

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Photo of beergod1
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

NO NO NO....Hard to finish this beer. Split a bomber (thank God I shared) Poured dark brown with an average frothy brown head that lasted, with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt, wet wood and horrible smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and light carbonation. Medium smoked sweet flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish. Some Tastes I can't pin point, maybe it's the Tea? Bad combination, no balance. By far Left Hands worst brew, I have an Imperial Stout from them next....Stay tuned.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark, muddy brown, almost black with a creamy tan head, nice retention and creamy walls of lace.

The smell is odd, hickory smoked meat up front with some roasted notes, toasted nuts, and woody qualities.

Not a lot of sweetness, but some caramel and toffee notes topped off with some bitter cocoa. Nutty qualites throughout the dominating smoked meat flavors. Hickory and campfire. Floral, and earthy notes on the back. Earthy, herbal tea notes as well.

Thick body and creamy, smooth in the middle. A little bitter on the finish. A definite sipper. Nothing that made me want to buy another.

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Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Rackhouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown cor that's almost black and completely opaque with a one finger off white/light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.  

Very smokey aroma that smells almost burnt with hints of charcoal, butane and campfire with sweeter notes underneath, especially chocolate and toffee.  The smoke kind of overpowers though with an ashy character.  

Medium bodied with a strange combination of burnt smokiness and sweeter malt.  Unpleasant burnt malt flavor that tasted like charcoal and ashtray.  Not in a good way like most smoked beers.  Sweet chocolate toffee and caramel and maybe even some dark fruit.  I know that this is made with tea but it doesn't taste like it.  Not herbal at all, just smokey and not very flavorful or complex.  

Overall this was very disappointing. A weizenbock made with tarry schong tea made me excited for a complex smokey wheat beer but it's kind of a one dimensional mess.

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Photo of rrski198
4.44/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown/black with a good size off white head. Sticks around forever.

S: Smoked meat right up front. Earthy and dirty. VERY UNIQUE! I gaveit a 5 because it is unlike anything I've smelled before and it is quite pleseant.

T: So odd. Sweetness and the an odd smoked flavor. Almost like a smoked porter witout the body or roast. I am getting this wierd citrus dryness at the back end that I cannot quite nail down. Anyway you slice it, this is quite unique and damn good.

M: For the abv it is more watery than i would think. The carbonation is below average which accentuates the smoke.

O: Out of this world good. I cannot think of any beer in which I have had recently that has unique. I really dig this and would absolutely buy again. Awesome offering.

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Photo of jefferz5000
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a bottle of this unique beer. Although many seem to have a negative opinion of it, I just had to try it. I love smoky brews.

TNT pours a dark, nutty brown hue that is not quite opaque. Head is a light beige formed from many tiny bubbles. A nice ring around the glass hangs out after most of the rest disappears.

Aroma is pretty intense. Very smoky, like a bold Rauchbier. That's the first thing that hits you, smoke. Then you get some other almost odd qualities. Some tea qualities come through and perhaps some anise. Hard to pickup much else through the smoke.

The taste follows the nose with it's huge smokiness. The finish is a bit weird. You really get the tea toward the end. The aftertaste, aside from the smokiness, is a tad unpleasant. I'm not sure what people hate about this flavor, though. Of course, like I said, I love smoky beer.

Mouthfeels is rather disappointing, it's quite thin. My brother, who is not a beer nerd, even mentioned that. Carbonation is moderate and fitting. But this is a thin beer, no doubt.

Overall, I'm glad I picked this up. I think the classification in which this beer is placed might throw people off. It definitely is more reminiscent of a Rauchbier, with some added strange qualities. This is still enjoyable to me.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive and intriguing take on a doppelbock, smoked and sweet in quite an unusual way.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an elaborate retro/playful illustration of steaming teapots and formal characters splashing the brew up as the cup reaches their lips. Side narrative with a playful take on the AC/DC song explaining the intent of the brew. Served in a weiss glass.

A - Murky brown pour with a rich frothy head, settling very nicely, good retention and lacing.

S - Smoked nose, sweet sense with a touch of wheathy banana.

T - Hefty smoked tea malt, the Lapsang tea works assertively with a sweet caramel sense with touches of faint banana. Quite explosive? That would explain the name there… Notes of chocolate, very malty, assertive smoked sense throughout with herbal touches. This is far complex than what one would sense at first.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice smooth flow punctuated by a light dry finish.

O - Sure enough it is a challenging brew, but if one is keen on a smoked/sweet tea brew this is rather well done and stimulating.

Notes: Not to style and liking it quite a bit for that. Provocative use of the Lapsang Souchong tea, providing and assertive smoked edge and a very sweet range, which sure is not going to be for any palate. I would not mind keeping one of this around for the right occasion.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body wit no light passing through. There is a boiling light tan head that is creamy and bubbly.

S- This beer has a smoked tea and juniper needle quality with a clean soft smoke note in the finish. There is a nice black tea note that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The tangy pine needle smoke flavor is earthy with a light burning leaves note and some soft bubblegum ester notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens there are some dark toffee notes and malt notes that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice smoke flavor that is unique and very pleasant just very little malt or hop character to support it. The smoke and esters from the hefe yeast are a bit odd together. Lapsang souchong bubblegum

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Photo of NEhophead
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in a weizen glass.

Bottled on 02/16/2011.

Muddy molasses in color; almost opaque, syrup-like consistency. Dense, coffee colored inch-high foam. A bit of condensed lacing with not much strength.

Prominent, rauch-like peat smoked malt over a somewhat reserved banana, clove, and orange peel background. Notes of semi-sweet caramel and milk chocolate. Pretty dynamic aromas, although not quite in perfect harmony.

Smoked, cured meat that controls this weizenbock's flavor from the outset. The smoke in combination with an assertive clove creates a medicinal herbal spice. A lemon, orange solvency makes for a sourness that is quite off-putting.

A full, medium bodied; very active on the palate on account of some intense carbonation. Thin at mid-sip on account of the sour flavor quality.

Wow, this one is an interesting offering...I'm not really sure where to start. The peat smoked malt aroma and flavor is quite intriguing; however, it created a lot of off-flavors in areas that warranted more attention. One to pass on.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Brilliant Blind Pig.

One fat finger of tan froth tops a murky amber-ruby body, nice duration and some lacing on the mug. Some chocolate, berry, and caramel peek through what is on the whole what can best be described as a perfume-y aroma. My hunch is that this stems from whatever yeast strain Left hand is using for TNT, but whatever it is, the pungent aroma is nearly out of control and, despite some appeal, tamps down on what effervescence the other flavors can offer.

The taste, however, atones for the exceedingly floral offerings that assail the nose. Plenty of fruit--most notably berry and orange--along with ample chocolate malt make TNT a tasty beverage. Good mouthfeel, effervescent with a crisp creamy smooth texture.

This is not the bets Weizenbock I have had, in good part because the smell borders on off-putting. Yet overall, this is delicious and accessible despite its flaws. Strong and smooth, Left Hand--which is historically very hit-and-miss with me--has hit close to the mark with TNT, a solid, flavorful beer well worth trying.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I keep saying I am done with Left Hand but I enjoy a good weizenbock so I picked up this bomber. Turns out this is not your typical weizenbock.

This pours a dark, cloudy brown with light lacing. The aroma is strong of smoked malts, almost like an end of the night and the embers in the fire are almost out smell. The taste is strong of smoke and malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't as full as I thought it was going to be based on the look. It finishes not like a beer but like I am eating some smoked, fatty brisket (needs some salt).

This is very interesting. I can't decide on this one. It is enjoyable but is it because I can't stop thinking about smoking a brisket? It is very
drinkable, I will say that.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep murky dark brown, faint head with very little lacing.

S. Smelled of a smoked beef roast over an oak fire and encrusted with an English breakfast tea that was toasted first complex aroma.

T. darkm fruits fragrant tea, smoke, dark malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.

M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, an excellent example of a smoked beer.

O. I really liked this one as an end of the day sipping beer, watching TV and relaxing with the wife.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Date Stamped 02/16/11
First of all, I have noticed that many of the reviews for this brew are rating this brew lower for having a smoke flavor. This bothers me, because this beer is for all intents and purposes a RAUCHBIER with a weizenbock base. But instead of using a smoked malt, it is brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. Seriously. If you don't already know, Lapsang Souchong is the equivalent to the serious tea-drinker's world of what a smoked malt is for a beer nerd. They dry the tea leaves over a smokey pinewood fire until the tea is saturated with smoke flavor. So what we have here is an extremely mutant beer, a Weizen Doppelbock Rauchbier / Black Tea hybrid! It is supposed to taste smokey!
And also, you may notice I have aged my bomber a few months. This was intentional, I find that a few months in the basement smooths everything out into a better balance for my particular taste. On to the review:
A. Deep murky dark brown, faint fizzler of a head which needs work. I'm happy with the color, but not happy with the lackluster head.
S. Smoked ham gravy slathered on biscuits with a cup of English Breakfast Tea on the side. Some coca-cola and teriyaki sauce scents as well. A left behind cigar made of tea leaves rather than rolled tobacco smoldering fragrantly in the ashtray of a leather upholstered smoking room.
T. Plums, soy sauce, fragrant tea, smoke, black wheat malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.
M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, but well worth trying if you enjoy smoked beers.

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Photo of diamondc
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap $5 for a pint.

A: Dark brown, not much head or lacing action going on.

S: Major smoke, bbq, teriyaki, some chocolate and banana aromas lurking in the background.

T: A liquid version of teriyaki beef jerky. Bacon and banana becomes more pronounced when warming up.

M: Hard to drink. Definitely a sipper. Took me an hour to finish, actually. I gagged a few times from the major teriyaki and smoke flavors.

O: Just try it once. Half a pint if you can. If you hate it at least you can marinate your steaks in it. Definitely an experience in the world of weird maybe shouldn't have been released beers.

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Photo of alalvarez75
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firstly, the waiter told me that this was a chocolate stout. So I was shocked at the taste when I got it. I didn't use his error in my rating.

A- 2 finger tan head, very dark beer.

S- Smokey, slightly burnt smell.

T- Tasted smokey. Especially the aftertaste. I did not get wheat from this beer at all, just a smokey beer that was more like a rauch beer.

M- Very carbonated. My first guess as to not being a stout at all. Thin feel, not bad, not great, but not bad.

O- The flavors were too complicated. It seemed to be a little bit all over the place, but the driver was smoked flavor. I drink smoked beer as I lived in Bamberg for a few years, but this one just does not hit on the notes I'd like which is clear direction in a flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color is a cola brown with ruby highlights. Very quick tan head, leaves no lacing.

My first impression on this beers aroma was BBQ. Very smokey aroma, smoked wheat and white breads and some prunes. The aroma makes me wonder what the tea by itself would smell like. The aroma reminds me of a rauchbier, not a wheat bock. Interesting though.

The taste is liquid BBQ. Smokey wood and smoked roasted malt with some odd fruity flavors splashing the middle of the palate. If I were to blind taste this beer, I would not think it was a bock of any kind or contained wheat, or tea for that matter. This beer did not taste at all like a Weizenbock, was an interetsing drink nonethe less, and I would recommend this beer to fans of rauchbier or smokey flavors.

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Photo of babaracas
2.32/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A weizen dopplebock with tea. Pours a hazy very dark brown with fizzy tan head, fades to a thin ring leaving nothing on the glass. Smell: smoky, roasted grain, cola, fruity, caramelized sugar. Smells good, but pretty far afield for a weizenbock. Kind of almost works for a dopplebock. Taste: I have the same reaction to room temperature day old coffee. Which this tastes like to some degree. Also: cola, grainy, (some kind of) berry sweetness. Low carb, medium body, drying finish. And yuck, a drain pour. Bottled 2/16/2011. Left Hand has fooled me again.

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Photo of capeannbass36
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks good. Dark cola color. Decent tan head.

S- Little bit of coffee, not much else.

T- Old coffee with a smoky,salty, and maybe even peppery aftertaste. Not particularly fond of the all.

M- Carbonation is good. Feels smooth. Not bad.

O- Smokey...almost a smokey, salty,oily fish aftertaste. Not for me. Not what I want in a beer. Had worse....some german urbock something or not care for this one.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

TNT | on-tap | 7.9 % ABV | May 2011

Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Company
Style: Weizenbock
Glass: weizen glass

Brown, almost mahogany, with some tiny bubbles, and a wispy peak of foam.

Smoky, woody, stale coffee, dark wheat.

Strong stale coffee background together with toasted wheat and a hint of toffee. If I had to guess the style, it would be a light porter not a weizenbock. Not altogether terrible, but inappropriate. It would leave something to be desired as a porter. As a weizenbock, it lacks any banana and clove taste. Too bad, I was hoping for something else.

Medium-bodied, smooth, unremarkable.

Completely out of synch for the purported style. Conforming to a particular style doesn't really matter, but TNT teaters in a liminal area between porter and weizenbock, sacrificing the best features of both.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: on-tap May 2011
Served: May 19, 2011

Price = $6.00 at The Stags Head (NYC)

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Photo of Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hemp taste.On tap at The Ginger man NYC. Dar brown with an eighth of an inch of head on dark brown, lacey. Taste was rope and hemp in taste and in smell. Smoke altogether didn't work.Not meating the style. Sweaty. Not too drinkable.Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little light tan head, very much like a stout.
S: It smelled like strong banana and smoked ham and coffee, with some clove and honey wheat. Wow, what a combo of scents!
T: It tasted like sweet banana first, then smoky ham and clove, then bitter roasted coffee with a bit of bready yeast. It had a smooth and mellow bittersweet aftertaste with some lingering smoke.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit too light for the taste.
D: This was a very unique and interesting fusion of flavors in a combination I never would have imagined. Not sure I loved it, but it was fun to try. The alcohol was very well hidden, so it was reasonably easy to drink. Definitely recommended to try once just for the experience, but probably not more than that.

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Photo of Starless
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the Meddlesome Moth the other day, shared a bottle with BeerDiablo. ( Thanks much, Man! )

A hard beer to describe, and not at all what either of us were expecting.

The appearance was great, though, a nice dark reddish brown, a little cloudy, definitely looked like a Weizen Doppelbock as described on the bottle. A little bit of thin head retention.

The smell was the first surprise, heavy, heavy smoke aroma. Not what either of us expected for a weizen doppel! A closer look at the bottle revealed it was brewed with tea, which explained a little of the smoky aroma.

I actually quite enjoyed the aroma, it was a little bit like opening up the smoker while slow cooking a brisquet wrapped in wet, fragrant tea leaves. Lots and lots of smoke but in the best way.

The taste...not as great as the smell. A little too muddled, with too many of the flavors that were trying to present themselves just overwhelmed by the flavors brought on by that heavy, smoky aroma.

The Smoke flavor carried over very heavily, and so did the tea scent. In fact, the tea flavor came out way too much, like chewing on wet tea leaves that had been smoked for a week.

Only as it warmed did it finally began to reveal some of the wheat and malt flavors I'd been expecting from the style.

Unfortunately as it warmed, it also began to present a little more of a soy sauce character. It also brought on just a little bit of tart fruit that should have been delicious, but was too overwhelmed by smoke and tea.

By the time I was done with my glass, I'd gotten to like it a little bit more then I had when I started, but definitely not one of my favorite Left Hand products. And I usually love their beers!

I think with some good cellar time it might become a much better beer, time for the flavors to balance out a little bit, cause right now it's almost all smoke, and tea, and eventually soy. To the point of overpowering all the other flavors attempting to present themselves.

It had a decent mouthfeel, smooth for the most part. But all the smokiness left my palette feeling kinda overwhelmed after a while, kept rinsing it with water to get a better feel for the beer.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer tastes like bacon

if bacon = good
and beer = good
and this beer = bacon
then for you, the beer = good
if you don't like bacon, do not get this beer.
very interesting; very different... worth tasting once, not sure i would get it again; very spicy, smoked flavor is dominant

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass in the process.

S - Aroma is full of smoked meats. There is also some tea aroma and some feint dark fruit and spices.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and cured meat flavor and some sweet tea flavor. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background. Through the middle, some dark wheat flavor and some light sweet fruits come out. The finish is a mix of smokiness and some light sweet elements that lingers. The smoke dominates here.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The smokiness really fills the mouth. Lots of flavor and feel linger long after the beer finishes.

D - Pretty drinkable. The smokiness is rather heavy handed, but at the same time kinda works. The other flavors could have been a bot more robust to compensate. That being said, it is a nice twist for a dark-weizen.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why but I like the look of weizenbocks. The ruddy color, or the hazed muddy water texture and soft white head really makes me happy. I can't say I prefer it over a crystal clear IPA but the style appeals to me and TNT fits it like a glove.

The nose is a horse of a different color. Smoke galore with hints of the weizenbock hidden underneath. Just like when a campfire smoke changes direction in the wind every now and then you get a breath of fresh air that highlights the fruity malts underneath. Very interesting.

Taste is interesting like the nose but falls short for the style. I like the balance of smoke to malt but a sweet eventually overtakes everything else. It becomes such a dominate flavor that after a few swigs all I get is cherrie tartness that borders on synthetic tasting. I wish there were more of the initial flavors and less of the fruity but it's not going to stop me from drinking and hoping the flavor changes for the better the closer it gets to room temp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation. Slick on the tongue and a little tart in the finish from the fruity flavors. After awhile the smoke flavor loses it's novelty and becomes more of a liquid smoke fakeness that I wish tasted more peat/ scotch like. Overall a decent beer that you would expect from left hand but it falls flat. Worth a try but I can't see buying more then one... ever.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky brown color. Some brownish head with a touch of spotty lacing. With the dark color it is hard to see the clousiness you expect from the style.

S: The nose is a mess. It has some weizen but also some rauch and the tea. They tried for something different but it really is a miss. Sometimes less is more.

T: The tea is up front and that is nice. The rauch aspect of this beer does not work at all. The tea brings it out even more and it is super astringent.

M: The carbonation is a little low. Kind of a wattery body.

D: They just tried too much. If they left out some of the rauch malt this might have been a super interesting beer but it worked against everything else going on.

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TNT from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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