mrclasen (1) - - APR 24, 2012 does not count
This is the first beer that I have reviewed online because this is the first beer that I have felt so compelled to give it the proper praise that it deserves! This beer is fantastic. While I was in Lucan, MN, I decided to swing by and pick up a bottle. I pourded it from the Bottle and into a snifter. The Templeton Rye Whiskey is present and noticable. However, the whiskey flavor blends extremely well and doesn’t overpower the other flavors. In fact, I much perfer this beer over Backwoods Bastard by Founders. Overall, this beer is one of the best Brau Brother Beers that I have ever had and I will definately purchase this beer again if I can find it. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2012
(bottle) Pours out a clear reddish brown pour with just a very thin white head and solid lacing. The aroma is very, very nice, and it reminds me of fall for some reason. This may be due to the fact that the aroma includes apples and cinnamon which closely resembles a cider. Further warming reveals an abundant presence of whiskey, wood, rye, and light smoke. Flavor is pretty sweet, with a lot caramel, spicy rye, cinnamon, wood, smoke, and light ham glaze with pepper further on. Gets bready at times, spicy at others, which is a pretty interesting effect. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and slick, with the carbonation being just a touch too high. For such a high ABV, it is barely detectable. Overall this is a successful endeavor, and is just another example that showcases Brau Brothers’ marked improvement over the years. This beer also served its purpose in piquing my interest in trying a bottle of Templeton Rye, and if it’s available locally, I may need to track some down. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Clear and very dark brown pour, little head, nice lasting lacing on the sides of the glass and good malty/rye whiskey aroma. Flavor is a wonderful blend of caramel and malt initially, then peppery dry wood and some slightly warming whiskey on the finish. Body was a little thin, but that was about my only criticism of this beer. Well done, I’ll be buying a few more of these for sure. BVery (11512) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Amber pour with a smaller head. Nose is whiskey and rye. Moderate palate. Taste is bright whiskey, rye, and a bit of wood. Excellent. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Pour is deep maroon/mahogany with a small khaki head. Fairly clear in the glass. Somewhat muted atone with vanilla, oak, toffee, slight spice. Really nice. Taste is also a bit lighter than anticipated. Toffee, some fruitiness, plenty oak, some vanilla, and a little bit of heat. Medium bodied. Good, but hopefully it gets better with some age.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2012
Very excited to try this one... what a marvelous idea for a brew. Poured from a 750ml to brandy snifter:
Pours a murky oak/ruby with a loose, large-gauge cap of off white, fading out to a thick ring. Perfect lacing. Big bathtub like bubbles are left in the emptied half of the bottle.
The nose is complex - tons of rye, as one might expect, boozy goodness, charred wood, very earthy. Bits of caramel or toffee underneath.
Tastes like no other beer that I can think of. Big smooth whiskey/caramel sweetness up front, then come the waves of rye and toasted bread, then some barrel and booze, and finally a deliciously tart afterburn. Incredible.
The feel is slick and velvety. The burn of the booze is very modest but, with that said, I’d venture to guess that this is in the 11-13% range.
Overall, this is fantastic. Extremely unique, approachable and delicious all at the same time. SDMNguy (14) - Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2012
This beer is aged in used Templeton Rye whiskey barrels and is not overdone. Dark brown yet clear in color. Little head. Rye and whiskey present and nice spice note as well. Presents well in comparison to other whiskey barrel-aged brews I’ve had that take on too much whiskey palate. Would drink again!