ragesaq (70) - 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!
Dr_MedievAle (106) - USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 Poured from bomber into snifter. This bottle is from the February 2013 release.
Aroma: This beer--at least when it pours clear; some bottles were cloudy--has one of the most delectable aromas I’ve ever encountered in a drink. Rye whiskey, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, all blend together to smell like frosting spread on a hot cake. There are some bready malts in there, too. Appearance: this bottle poured a sparkling golden amber. Nice aerated egg-shell white head that dissipated quickly, though. Taste: Vanilla gives way to whiskey gives way to molasses and burnt sugars. Ends on a too-sweet note. I remember bottles I had back in February that were superior (probably would have rated them a 4.6), so aging isn’t a good idea for this beer, I guess. Palate: Thin but a little creamy.
This bottle of NT tastes eerily similar to Founders’ Old Curmudgeon, actually.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangish pour, white head. Loads of spicy rye, the hops are overshadowed by the malt bill a tad, but still quite tasty.
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown orange with a thin head. Citrus oak wheat wood some creamy bourbon. Sweet wheat bourbon. Sugary citrus. Bourbon bitter finish. 8/4/7/3/14
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shard by Tony. Huge rye whisky nose. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Big rye notes with muted caramel malt undercurrents. Decent mouthfeel and body.
TheHOFF43 (1432) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Toppling Goliath, pours very cloudy, lots of white, light head. Tons of templeton on the nose and tongue, not as much IPA as I would have liked. Aged IPAs are generally not good, this one included.
Theydon_Bois (5318) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to the host with the most. Bottle states 7.2% ABV.
Lightly hazed golden amber with a thin off white head that clears edgeward.
Nose is bourbon forward, toffee, rye, sugars, booze.
Taste intitially lambasts you with a big boozey hit followed by sweet sugars, coconut, wood, bourbon and toffee.
Full bodied - surprisingly so for 7%, slightly cloying and boozey in the finish.
Ok but too boozey, bourbon overload, the balance could be better and the sweetness tempered.
I’d class this as an American strong ale or perhaps speciality grain, certainly not an IPA or to be specific an American IPA.
coharahawk (167) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at TG Assassin Day 2013. Pours copperish and unfiltered with moderate head. Aroma is all whiskey, in a good way. Maybe a tiny bit of hops coming through. Flavor leans heavily towards the Templeton with complex vanilla flavors. Finishes with moderate bitterness from the hops. I wasn’t expecting to like this much (not the biggest fan of barrel-aged IPA’s), but I was a big fan of this one!
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toppling Goliath, cloudy amber/orange color with a frothy white head. Aroma of templeton rye and citrus/pineapple, flavors similar, little hot almost like a rum drink on a beach, interesting beer for sure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks!. Pours a maple syrup hue with an offwhite head. Nose is big booze. Maple syrup notes come across, along with vanilla and faded hops. Distinct plastic note as well. Kind of bad. On tasting, it is about the same. Warming booze, vanilla and maple. No coconut but the plastic is back. Hugely bitter. Thinner body. Wow. Not good.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Brian. Unfiltered brown-orange body, oily beige head. Complex whiskey, barrel aroma. Full bodied, but mellow and relatively easy drinking. Great flavor, lots of woody, barrel tones. Caramel booze tones, but never overwhelming. Unique, quality beer