New Holland Charkoota Rye: 7.79% abv
Yup, it's a lager. Not like lagers you would know though. Not like lagers anybody knows. This is a smoked dopplebock, so for the people out there who don't speak German, that's a heavy lager. That should be evident in it's color. And I'll be honest, this is probably the most unique beer we've ever tasted, good, bad or indifferent.
Disclaimer: None of the tasting notes in this review have been exaggerated at all. Beware. Onto the nose. On the nose, the one that will punch you in the face is the smell of smoked mesquite, with further notes of chocolate, vanilla, raisons, cinnamon, sweet potato, coffee, rye, tartar sauce, nutmeg, smoked pig skin, and slight hay. Like I said, I wish I was making this up, but this is all part of what this beer smells like. Onto the taste, you'll be shocked to find it's just as bazaar. The taste is HUGELY smokey, with an oddly out of place creaminess to it, coffee, cherry, caramel, root beer, malt, molasses, and strawberry. Don't worry, it get's better in the finish.
On the finish, there is root beer, spicy beef jerky, bacon, cherry and coffee. The finish is long and prominent, so you won't forget what you're tasting for a while. This beer is not BAD by any means, but chances are, you won't like it. It represents everything a beer should be: complex, unique, and of good quality. Just beware...We can't mark it down for being so darn outlandish, so we still gave it a mark for a high quality beer.