johnnnniee (2515) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade form MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet dark sugary malts with hints of plum and prune. Light vinous grape skin aroma, a touch of alcohol and a nice vanilla and woody touch. The flavor starts off sweet sugary malts but that is whisked away by oak and spirits as well as the fruit from the aroma. Ligth spicy tartness rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carboantion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged brew that Iíd never heard of until the bottle arrived at my doorstep.
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[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.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big dark fruit aroma. Really sweet with raisin and plum palate. Similar to a BRETT beer. Quite unique with sweet finish. Tasty.
beerbaaron (1409) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MarinEvelyn (619) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.