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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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One of the few small grains still grown in southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one of a kind ale brewed and aged in tiny Lucan, Minnesota. Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought north from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small well retained head.

The aroma is all sorts of oak, red apple, and mild caramel. Rich smelling and well rounded, very inviting.

The flavor has layers of rich caramel & vanilla, itís very sweet upfront, but has a sort of spicy bracing finish that I wouldnít call dry, but most of the sweetness is finished by that point. Plenty of oaky and bright cherry notes, red apple, fig, candied raisins, mild spice.

The palate is big and mouth coating

This is great, and the time itís spent in the bottle has been very kind to it. This is not quite King Henry level of greatness, but itís close & itís a pretty similar beer in many aspects... cool beer bros.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1157) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
750 mL bottle for my 900th rating. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel, whiskey, brown sugar aroma with dark fruit. Flavor also whiskey, caramel and brown sugar, toffee, slight raisin. Damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, mint, light oak, and a touch of smoke. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange transparent highlights when held to the light. It has a one finger beige head that eventually settles to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. Thereís a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and fruit. The finish has some chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, a touch of mint, and oak. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it leans a little whiskey heavy, but it works and itís damn tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2013
shit aint no joke. real thick, almost syrupy, lots of alcohol taste, heavy whiskey, very sweet too. pretty good, kind of overpowering tho. big buzzz

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small beige head. Aroma is really big on alcohol, with some caramel and barrel as well. Taste is also fairly boozy and definitely barrel heavy, but enjoyable nonetheless. Quite sweet, but not out of control, with lots of coconut and dark chocolate. The Templeton really shines, and this ends up being very dessert-like. Decent mouthfeel, quite smooth with a good finish length where the malt and barrel battle for dominance. Being in Iowa, I see Templeton Rye barrels used for aging fairly often, most notably by Rock Bottom, and I think it really works out nicely. This beer is no exception, and was a very solid offering from Brau Brothers, even if it was a little too hot and lacked the complexity to bump it into the 4ís (although I did love the coconut and dark chocolate character). Really great to see this brewery turning out solid products like this though, and I hope they keep it up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Big dark fruit aroma. Really sweet with raisin and plum palate. Similar to a BRETT beer. Quite unique with sweet finish. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1337) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Dark ruby brown/mahogany. Small, lasting beige head, lots of lace. Aroma is unique, very toasty, rye, fruity, caramel, sweet, malty. Full body, toasty, sweet, hop/rye/booze finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty smooth. Had some (a few ;) of the Templeton Rye whiskey prior; can definitely taste it. Woody, toast, caramel, vanilla, rye, whiskey; unique and enjoyable. Belly warming.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (585) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2013
initial aroma reminds me of toast and maple syrup. malt, caramel. rye, fruity. Taste-slight boozy, malt, caramel. Something smooth, creamy, possibly vanilla. very slight bitter finish. Had the Templeton Rye Whiskey beforehand, can taste that in the beer. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with edgy beige froth. Nose is wood, whiskey, dusty caramel and blackberry. Medium to full body with a lively tang. Finishes dry with slight stickiness. Taste is caramel, rye, sour mash and wood with hints of red wine, cinnamon and porcinis a bit like Oerbier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3233) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a darker copper with a beige head of foam. Aroma is spicy and somewhat sweet like a caraway seed. A banana note comes through in aroma and taste. Very sweet beer. Barrel is difficult to find. Interesting beer for sure.


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