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!
JHeath99 (1468) - 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 (491) - 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 (1532) - @ $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 (5028) - 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 (11028) - , 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 (4926) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (6923) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
and there they saw a rock .. . shared by scott, with hinkle .. . dark honey orange .. . lots of barrel and rye, also disappointed dreams and slag.. . very warming and mucky .. not all that enjoyable, too much .. . . I don’t care what your dog’s name is, I’m calling him Biscuit and you can just deal with it.
deyholla (8335) - 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 (336) - 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 (2281) - 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 Steazy’s place - thanks guys. Hazy dark Amber pour. The bottle is a year old. Holy caramel batman, what an unusual beer.