flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, 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 (4756) - 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. There’s 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. It’s medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it leans a little whiskey heavy, but it works and it’s damn tasty.
dougefreezy (43) - 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 (1230) - 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 4’s (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 (655) - 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 (1210) - 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 (544) - 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 (3328) - 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.
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Waxed 7fity split amongst many small glasses. Dark ruby red pour with nips of white head. Smells of whiskey and grain on the nose. Drinks like a standard barley wine with the obvious addition of spice not only from the beer but the barrel as well, really cool take on this style. Hotness is not present only that crazy spiciness, full mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Perfect beer for a cold last night of winter.