ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Okay… here goes. Dark garnet/ruby in color with an off-white head. The aroma is stiff of alcohol, deep, dark caramel and hops. Lovely. In the mouth, wow. It’s really… wow. Did I say wow? Alcohol ultimately wins over everything else, but the best of the rest follows closely behind. It’s really an incredible beer. It tastes aged. Hops, malts… everything is just so indescribable. The flavor (and especially the finish) really reeks of a whisky barrel. It’s not obnoxious, and perfectly balanced in all respects. I’m in love. Please, can I have this every day of the week? Beyond my expectations. jtclockwork (17770) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle shared at small gathering at my house. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Nose and taste of oak, rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and honey. Very smooth. Lighter medium body still masks the alcohol well. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Aroma of praline, caramel, and glazed figs. Pours clear brown with heavy carbonation. taste is very nice and sweet. Notes of honey, Pecan, and vanilla. Very light mouthfeel. Sweet and delicious. mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Poured into a snifter. Little head, ruby color. scattered lacing. Strong booze smell and taste. johnnnniee (4459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Received in trade form MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet dark sugary malts with hints of plum and prune. Light vinous grape skin aroma, a touch of alcohol and a nice vanilla and woody touch. The flavor starts off sweet sugary malts but that is whisked away by oak and spirits as well as the fruit from the aroma. Ligth spicy tartness rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carboantion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged brew that I’d never heard of until the bottle arrived at my doorstep.
CanIHave4Beers (4273) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small well retained head. flatmatt (1635) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
The aroma is all sorts of oak, red apple, and mild caramel. Rich smelling and well rounded, very inviting.
The flavor has layers of rich caramel & vanilla, it’s very sweet upfront, but has a sort of spicy bracing finish that I wouldn’t call dry, but most of the sweetness is finished by that point. Plenty of oaky and bright cherry notes, red apple, fig, candied raisins, mild spice.
The palate is big and mouth coating
This is great, and the time it’s spent in the bottle has been very kind to it. This is not quite King Henry level of greatness, but it’s close & it’s a pretty similar beer in many aspects... cool beer bros.
750 mL bottle for my 900th rating. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel, whiskey, brown sugar aroma with dark fruit. Flavor also whiskey, caramel and brown sugar, toffee, slight raisin. Damn tasty. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, mint, light oak, and a touch of smoke. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange transparent highlights when held to the light. It has a one finger beige head that eventually settles to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There’s a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and fruit. The finish has some chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, a touch of mint, and oak. It’s medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it leans a little whiskey heavy, but it works and it’s damn tasty. dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2013
shit aint no joke. real thick, almost syrupy, lots of alcohol taste, heavy whiskey, very sweet too. pretty good, kind of overpowering tho. big buzzz sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2013
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small beige head. Aroma is really big on alcohol, with some caramel and barrel as well. Taste is also fairly boozy and definitely barrel heavy, but enjoyable nonetheless. Quite sweet, but not out of control, with lots of coconut and dark chocolate. The Templeton really shines, and this ends up being very dessert-like. Decent mouthfeel, quite smooth with a good finish length where the malt and barrel battle for dominance. Being in Iowa, I see Templeton Rye barrels used for aging fairly often, most notably by Rock Bottom, and I think it really works out nicely. This beer is no exception, and was a very solid offering from Brau Brothers, even if it was a little too hot and lacked the complexity to bump it into the 4’s (although I did love the coconut and dark chocolate character). Really great to see this brewery turning out solid products like this though, and I hope they keep it up.