Naughty Temple - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
Thanks to redblacks75 for graciously sharing a bottle with me on my Iowa trip.
Pours bright copper/orange with a small spotty white head. Good retention and some legs on the glass.
Big spicy rye aroma with caramel, vanilla and candied grapefruit to back it up.
Flavor is even better than the smell. The interplay between candied citrus and rye spices up front surprisingly works very well together. There is a hefty caramel backbone as well with a good helping of vanilla. A little smoky at times and finishes with a slight alcohol tinge along with some grapefruit pith.
Medium bodied a bit sticky and appropriate medium carbonation. Alcohol is present, but warming and doesn't overpower other elements.
Hands down the best barrel aged (I)PA I've ever had. Usually I detest this style as I find the barrel overwhelms a lot of the delicate characteristics of the base and the hops clash with the overall profile (see Doom). This has a hefty caramel malt backbone leaning heavily toward a barleywine which makes it really work. The hops taste almost like candied citrus which is a great contrast to the spicy whiskey. I wish I would've popped the other bottle of this to take home even at bar prices.
06-18-2013 19:37:22 | More by jmarsh123
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. 2013 Vintage.
Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A huge rye whiskey forward smell with lots of barrel hints. Big barrel presence upfront with hints of rye whiskey, wood, oak chips, and vanilla. Sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit and orange. Also some grassy hints. Big malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, dark roast, grain, and yeast. Its kind of hard to tell that there is a IPA here. A very whiskey barrel forward scent. Smells pretty good.
Taste: As big and whiskey barrel forward as the aroma indicates. Huge barrel presence throughout the taste with notes of rye whiskey, oak chips, wood, and vanilla. Some aged citrus hop notes start to come through with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple. Also some earthy and grassy hop notes. Sweet brown sugar along with some molasses. Big presence of toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, roast chocolate, biscuit, yeast, and grains. One of the most unique "IPA" tastes I've had. Huge with the whiskey and very good.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth for such a whiskey forward beer.
Overall: A very good whiskey aged beer. The barrel presence is huge and pretty much overpowers the IPA hop notes, but the whiskey and malt taste is very good and smooth. A little too pricey for the bottle, but well worth trying.
05-11-2013 07:49:58 | More by MattyG85
3.76/5 rDev -12.8%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Clear deep orange. Small white head that doesn't last.
Smell - Nice whiskey. Oak. Some hops.
Taste - Great whiskey. Rye is very prominent. Pale malt. Some hops still, but muted. Boozy finish.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Sharp finish. Medium body.
Overall - Good barrel and it's a very light beer. I'm impressed it comes out.
07-02-2013 01:15:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
A- It pours kind of a golden straw/light caramel color, a decent amount of head. Very intriguing
S- Smells of rye whiskey, a touch of fruit, and a hint of caramel and vanilla
T/M- Smooth as silk, whiskey flavors and fruit (apricot? light citrus?) mellowed out by oak, neither thin nor sticky, always just right. This is a sipper if you can convince yourself to sip it.
Overall- This was a wonderful surprise, something totally unexpected and exceeding any hopes I had previously had when my buddy and I made the road trip to TG. Just wow.
NOTE It was made in a Templeton Rye barrel and if you thought Templeton couldn't get much better, this beer might have an argument.
08-03-2011 17:17:24 | More by bismarksays
4.61/5 rDev +7%
Served in curved lipped tulip glass at Toppling Goliath Taproom. The head is white and foamy with consistent protein to create a strong lacing. The original lacing from the pours remained the whole time, but preceding drinks did not create a lacing on the side of the glass. Dark golden color like dark honey. Hard to see through with plenty of body as the lacing implies.
Smell is sweet like dark sugar and has a thick hazelnut mocha coffee flavor background.
Medium thick body that holds the flavors on the tongue for a long time.
Smooth mouthfeel without harsh bite from acidic CO2 which makes for a creamy body.
Overall, it's a very easy going sipper that's not too overpowering and harsh with alcohol or body. So it's a sipper that you don't have to nurse because it's so overpowering.
02-23-2013 05:53:41 | More by Erdinger2003
Naughty Temple from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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