arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought nice dark fruits, toffee, molasses into some cocoa powder, went into nice whiskey, a bit of booze, hints of vanilla in there, some oak. Taste was a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, and roast going into whiskey, rye spice, oak, some slight dark fruit into some vanilla, finishing slightly boozy, slightly sweet. Balanced very well, dig this one. bytemesis (8541) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle,not C&C. POurs inky black, medium dark brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, nice residual and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon and vanilla, woody with notes of chocolate. Medium body, perhaps a bit watery for the style. Not harsh, and not particularly hot given ABV. Nsanders (1149) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Tap at brewery. Black with a tan head. Roasted malts, molasses, prunes, leather, powdered sugar and whiskey. Light sugar sweetness with a dry fruit light bitter finish. Heavier body with an oily feel. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 As Minnesota’s number 1 Templeton Rye drinker.... (yes I import one bottle on average every two months....) so I have two ratings for you. First is not compared to the whiskey, second is.
First: Aromatics are HOT, with a little back bone of roast malt (barely...), chocolate, and burnt coffee. Pours jet black with little to no lacing but lacing is caramel in color. first taste is straight malt and roasted coffee with chocolate, followed by heat, finished by more chocolate. Palate is nice and mouthy fills without overwhelming. Overall a solid 3.7.....
Second (paired with actual Templeton): Aromatics of the Templeton do not overwhelm the palate due to heat (like the beer does, where did the heat come from?), it is a subtle secondary, first being caramel followed by light rye. The beer imparts a deep dark roast. Appearance of both are vastly different. Beer looks awesome and whiskey looks awesome, respectful due to what they are. Taste of the whiskey followed by the beer (in true pairing style) is non-complementary.... (I thought they would piggyback each other) the beer kills any whiskey flavor or taste. Palate, each is great at the style. Overall, I do NOT think this beer captures any essence of Templeton Rye. I DO think its a great beer, just dont claim the awesomeness of Templeton if you can’t back it up (Rye Wyne Ale did a FAN-F’in-TASTIC job though).... Sorry, I would rate this beer much higher than a 3.7 if you didnt claim the Templeton Rye part.
I hope Templeton is more select in the choosing of where they sell their barrels next time....
6-Month review - After a solid 6-month cooling off phase for the beer and myself i have an update! A lot of the above stands but the heat cooled down dramatically! Not as good as a fresh BCBS but still a great brew. I still taste no Templeton (must be the heavy roast malt covering it up). Overall I boosted this beer .3! Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Black with no head. Aroma is sweet with toffee and strong alcohol notes. Taste is sweet, toffee, bit of toasted marshmallow. Body is fairly thin, hot, needs a bit more carbonation. Nice beer, had it next to BANE and MOAS, much better than BANE, slightly below MOAS.
jhatlestad (34) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Deep dark brown appearance with caramel head. Aroma is not to strong. Very smooth with low alcohol taste for the high abv. Very thick on the mouth with definite roasting. Burning feeling after flavor leaves. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle for rating #4400:   Black pour, thin light beige head, decent lacing.   Assertive whiskey nose, graham cracker, vanilla, toffee, smells very nice!   Also getting a nice roastiness on the backside.   As it warms toasted coconut comes out.   Gets more and more complex as it warms.   Very warming on the tongue. This is a sipper.   Wished it were a little more chewy, but thankfully its not sticky given its sweetness.   Big roasty toasted coconut on the finish, warming to the max.   This was real impressive.   Thanks Bob for this gem! Zymurgeist2 (2272) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Tasted thanks to some new beer friends met at Gourmet Haus on Eclipse night. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Some flecks of ruby. Taste and aroma are full and deep dark fruit with some nice bitterness to balance it well. Excellent beer. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a coating tan slick. Nose is whiskey, coffee, chocolate liqueur and caramel. Medium to full body with a prickly tang. You can feel the heat but the alcohol is well hidden. Taste is caramel, whiskey, coffee and grapefruit with sweeter chocolate, blackberry and vanilla creeping in. Certainly interesting and a novel concept, though not quite top tier. djd07 (15075) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rob. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong rye, oak, and wood. Slick mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, rye, wood, and light boozy finish. Very good.