ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toppling Goliath, a 7% "IPA" beer aged in Templeton Rye barrels. IPA is a really loose definition, but an English IPA is probably the closest definition you’ll get to the base beer. This light (both abv and color/character) of a beer in a barrel usually doesn’t work, but they put together a pretty interesting package with a restrained hand in the barrel aging. Lots of wood tannins, spicy rye and light vanilla on something slightly dry but with a little bit of sweetness and herbal hop character. Interesting combination that stands out as being fairly unique, though not in the realm of mind blowing. Great label!
ctipping (1349) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 7/1/2013. Clear deep orange. Small white head that doesn’t last. Nice whiskey aroma. Oak. Some hops. Great whiskey flavor. Rye is very prominent. Pale malt. Some hops still, but muted. Boozy finish.
Sharp finish. Medium body.
Good barrel and it’s a very light beer. I’m impressed the beer comes out as much as it does.
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much of an IPA. Since this is a bit old, all of the flavor and aroma hops seem to have vanished leaving only the bittering. What I do get is a whiskeyed sweet ale.
kermis (11038) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Pours slight hazy amber brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of oak barrel notes, American whisky, caramel, vanilla, some light spicy notes, marzipan, toffee and a little overripe dark fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Light full bodied with light fizzy carbonation.
deanso (9019) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
No head. Low carbonation. Not an IPA, more of a barley wine. Clear amber pour. Whiksey and vanilla in the aftertaste. Hard to rate but a lovely beer
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours a super hazy amber with a ring of off white head. Aroma of whisky, vanilla, and caramel. Taste of whiskey, vanilla, hops, caramel.
aleigator (783) - GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Naughty temple ’14 vintage
Pours a mohagony, coppery color, with a small, creamy head.
On the nose, a pungent bourbon oakiness is clearly the most dominant aroma of the beer. The beers more typical ale characteristics are defined by outstandingly wooden malts, revealing a toffeeish sweetness, which blends directly back into the profound Bourbon. Reveals cinnamon spiced marzipan with a warming leathery note to it, creating the most unusual, well smelling ale I have yet experienced.
Has almost no carbonation left, leading to a surprisingly full body, also due to the omnipresent Bourbon foundation, actually revealing a pleasant hot burn during the finish. This is crazy for the beers relatively low abv.
Drinks very soft, with an aqueous, silk beginning, immediately coated up by bready, earthy malts, which then turn suddenly much, much sweeter. This uprising toffee sweetness gets easily balanced by very distinct Bourbon, bringing warming, old wood to the palate, as well as spiced toffee. Even in the finish, the beer doesn’t loose its soft mouthfeel, although the flavors changed, pointing into a caramel sweet direction, pumped up by very present Bourbon woodenness.
The most startling aspect about this is the ales focused Bourbon nose, evoking the impression of an extremely huge, full-bodied beer, which gets partly mirrored by the taste. There are no hops detectable at all, while the beers profound, sticky sweet maltiness blends amazingly well into the decadent Bourbon. A very unique beer, reminding me of an unusual Barleywine with a very distinct Bourbon backbone, going all the way
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with a small white head. This ones got quite a bit of butter. Lots of oak. Some vanilla. No hops at all on it. Almost tart on the finish. Pretty thin, lightly sweet. Interesting by not my thing.
JK (5741) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dominated by whiskey. Medium sweet, like a barleywine or American strong ale. Too much whiskey character for my taste, but it is a well crafted beer. I did not think of this as an ipa when I was drinking it, the hops are mostly lost.
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Bottle. Pours reddish amber white head. Nose/taste of citrus, caramel, rye, whiskey, oak and cherry. Medium body.
vtafro (6679) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby pour with tan head. Dark malts, some active hop aromas. Some earthy herbal hops with sweet malty tones, this has essentially become a barrel aged barley wine.