ryanfolty (2659) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Date: May 20, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: AV3 Description: Opaque dark brown pour with quickly fading head and lacing. Aroma was sweet malty, whiskey and rye. Taste was as expected malty caramel, spicy and a splash of alcohol in the finish. Very well done. Had ST Lunker not that long ago and this is same style just done with a better balance of the heat. BigBeer45 (1593) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle from Champanes in Warren,
this ale looked dark red in the glass, it had a clear red-bronze when held up to a lamp, and the pour made a one finger off-white-light tan colored head that receded to a thin cover with a ring, the effervescence in the glass was plentiful with bubbly streamers that filled the glass, and it left nice spots and small rings of lacing on the sides of the glass, the was a layer of dark sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
the aromas were spicy alcohol, whiskey barrel – whiskey alcohol & wood with faint caramel and bread in the background,
some brown sugar like sweetness with faint grass hops,
it had flavors of caramel and malt, a little bread, pepper spice with a touch of ginger spice or similar,
the alcohol in this drink gave a little tingle in the nostrils with each sip,
the mouth feel was a little more than medium, this drink offered a little creaminess on the palate,
at room temperature it had a little alcohol warming on the throat,
the whiskey nuances were stronger on the nose than on the mouth,
like many Bourbon Barrel beers I‘ve had, the whiskey was a little more than I would prefer but it was not over the top,
it was nice to taste whiskey instead of bourbon,
I have never tasted rye whisky but I thought it added a nice touch to this beer.
Ratman197 (15750) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of rye whiskey, toffee, oak and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of rye whiskey, oak, toffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering rye whiskey finish. zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle, pours a clear, dark red body with reddish light brown head. Aroma & taste of prune/dark fruit, rye, whiskey barrel, vanilla, and oak. Tastes much sweeter than the aroma might suggest. Smooth, medium-bodied. Light tartness on the finish with a lingering alcohol burn. It’s easily apparent that this is barrel aged, as the whiskey and oak flavors tend to dominate, especially as this warms. This would be interesting to try again after a few years of cellaring. DasBierChef (1081) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with thin white head. Aroma is boozy, whiskey, and rye. Flavor is complex and malty with a nice bit of burn in the finish.
jhatlestad (34) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
Surprisingly tasty beer, upon first sip, Belgian style came to mind. Aroma is not overpowering. Quite smooth. burgy (460) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
Aromatics do not smell of Templeton at all! Kind of a bummer lots of rye notes, subtle notes of caramel and sweetness. Appearance is red-brown with a little reddish head. The taste is rye forward. Tastes as if they used rye in the brewing process the Templeton barrels impart the whiskey back taste and lingers pleasantly. Overall, a great brew to share. SirPip (17) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
Aroma is spicy and alcoholic, with a lot of rye coming through. Weak coffee color with a light non-persistent head. Very malty, with most of the bitterness coming from the alcohol. Finishes long with molasses and apricots. Very cellarable. Lightly carbonated giving it a rather heavy and persistent mouthfeel. Whiskey!, that’s what;s dominating the finish. I love it, but then again I like rye whiskey. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pours clear copper color with a nice soapy khaki head that settles to a soapy film. Aroma is bitter tart fruit and whiskey with a subtle vanilla caramel scent that hits you in the finish. Taste starts bitter bread (rye) and some more fruit then rolls in the vanilla and caramel with the whiskey all around. Palate is full yet slightly thin with a smooth sticky drying finish. This is very nice! I want to see how this is in 6 to 12 months! milewide (2352) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2012
Excellent oak Bourbon aroma and taste. Rye contribution was minor. Clear reddish amber color with average head. 11% ABV wasn’t evident in taste. Body was medium.