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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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India pale ale aged in a Templeton Rye barrel.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
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!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to a guy from the Midwest. Poured into a snifter. Nose is straight rye whiskey. While I’ve 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 that’s because I am digging and looking for it. a slight alcohol warming. hard to believe this is only 7.2%. overall, it’s ok, but the barrel and booze are the focus here. this is like the black Tuesday of IPAs, just 1/3rd the boost.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3321) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2014
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; I’m not sure that even extended clear time will mellow it out enough.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (6102) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2014
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

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1171) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6805) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
66cl bottle courtesy of Jeremy shared at Struise Schooltje. De couleur cuivrée, col fin beige. Arôme offre de suite un bouquet énorme de whisky et de résiduel boisé chêne. Le bouquet houblonné reste de ce fait en retrait. Palais est assez boozy, même pour une bière de 7.2%. On note fortement le Whisky avec un rétro de vanille. Le houblon perce assez pour y ajouter des notes herbacées avec une note épicée venant probablement du seigle. La barrique domine, et l’effet IPA s’en retrouve diminué. La personne qui cherchait à boire une IPA risque d’être déçue, par contre l’amateur de barrel aging sera ravi.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3470) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
Thnx to jeremy ! Pours clear brown , caramelly . Good white head . Smell is intense , buttery whiskey . Some vanilla and oak . Taste is rye , grain, vanilla . Oak . Very pure taste . Not that hoppy though , bit bitter . All the wood-related tastes of a bourbon , but not the boozyness . Very nice and unique ! Nice mouthfeel and perfect carbo .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Hot sharp and full aroma pepper vanilla tiny bits of acetone. Nutmeg and nut spice. Medium to medium full body. Sweet aromas however dry off dry. Light whiskey aromas. Woody.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5555) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2014
65cl, Vintage 2014, new exclusive American brew, thx alot to Hans for sharing!, very complex brew, alcoholic/woody/sweet and slightly spicy/bitter, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Botte shared @ Woodshed 3.0! Thanks to the generous soul who brought it! Burnt tangerine pour with a deeper mahogany core and golden edges. Really interesting beer. Loads of maple, caramel, and gooey toffee, along with wood, spicy rye, candied oranges. Complex and not overly sweet. Not always a fan of the style but this is a hit.


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