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!
JK (4812) - 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 (9992) - , 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 (4222) - 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 (6448) - .....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 (7474) - 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 (211) - 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 (1879) - 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.
BVery (7383) - 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 (2408) - 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 (2437) - 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 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.