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 youíll get to the base beer. This light (both abv and color/character) of a beer in a barrel usually doesnít 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!
deyholla (7003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks! Pours a hazy amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong whiskey note with a bit of pine and sweet grain coming through. Flavor has sweet grains and strong whiskey with just a hint of pine hoppiness.
thomashall (160) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle shared at tasting. Pours clear golden amber. Strong boozy and sweet notes...similar to a Barleywine. Tastes the same with a little character. Pretty good stuff.
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Steazyís place - thanks guys. Hazy dark Amber pour. The bottle is a year old. Holy caramel batman, what an unusual beer.
BVery (6972) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Ryan - thanks! 2013 version, has kind of transformed into a barley wine, which is awesome. Sight pine, caramel, rye, wood. Very tasty.
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks Ed. Big coconut note, caramel, soft vanilla. This is very good.
Homer321 (2136) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to a guy from the Midwest. Poured into a snifter. Nose is straight rye whiskey. While Iíve never had Templeton, I do like Crown royal, and this is like smelling straight crown royal. lots of peppery rye character. hard to pick out any hops. Has a slight funkiness to it as it warms. moderate wood tannins. Pour is hazy deep red with a minimal off white head. some notes of dried fruit. taste is immediately peppery with lots of wood, tannins and booze. hardly an IPA by any means. slight floral character, but I think thatís because I am digging and looking for it. a slight alcohol warming. hard to believe this is only 7.2%. overall, itís ok, but the barrel and booze are the focus here. this is like the black Tuesday of IPAs, just 1/3rd the boost.
bytemesis (3518) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber, medium creamy beige head, dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is rye forward, caramel, a bit of pine, vanilla, oak. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, lots of vanilla and oaky rye. Medium body, just a tiny bit of astringence, lingering bitterness that strengthens to the finish. I love templeton rye aged beers, and this is no exception.
DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2014 bomber. Over-the-top boozy aroma of straight-up rye whiskey with the briefest hints of caramel. Pours a clear light copper color. Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by super alcohol heat with minor traces of cinnamon, tobacco, and old leather. The boozy flavor is so strong that is almost tastes like some beer was spilled into a tumbler filled with Irish whiskey. Astringent mouthfeel with a hot, dry conclusion. Just way too much whiskey heat to be anywhere close to enjoyable; Iím not sure that even extended clear time will mellow it out enough.
Camons (6324) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ De Struise Brewery @ The Old School. Courtesy of Jeremy and Urbain, huge fucking thanks! Pours dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma is malty, caramel, wood, vanilla, rich bourbon, some light hop notes. Flavor is maty, wood, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, some light bitter hops. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. 020814
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Struise, thanks to Jeremy! Pours deep amber with a slight light beige head. The nose is incredibly nice: full of bourbon vanilla, nice caramel and oak touches and a bit of a salty touch. The body is then a bit thin compared to the richness of the nose. The taste is bland; no real IPA flavours nor bourbon barrel aged character. The only IPA reference is the dry finish. Yet overall a nice beer.