Naughty Temple - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a 22oz bomber
A. This beer poured out a gorgeous carmel hazy orange color slight head, but perfect
S. Smells of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and slight templeton whiskey, the smell of this beer is outstanding!
T. This beer goes down as smooth as any beer I've ever drank, tons of vanilla, toffee, slight templeton taste, the aftertaste is like cocoa or chocolate, could not get enough
M. The mouthful on this beer is great its not overly dark or heavy its super refreshing, I just wish I had more, its just unreal!
O. This is probably the best beer I have ever drank, its unreal if you haven't tried its a must you won't regret it, every drink leaves you wanting more the aftertaste is to die for!
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2013 03:05:18 | More by COWHAWK
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2013 19:37:22 | More by jmarsh123
4.66/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.
The whiskey is all over the place on this one. Right up front it overwhelms the nose. The body is a tad nondescript, but to me it feels like it was built to carry the whiskey barrel aging. The medium malty backbone gives the palate a bit of a reprieve before the whiskey rages back at the end of the mouth and leaves a nice warm lingering flavor. At first I had a hard time believing this beer was only 8.2%, but I was deceived by the whiskey notes. I am glad they didnt go any higher on the ABV because it would have distracted.
This beer was really beautiful and well done. Glad I was able to get a bottle of this stuff and look forward to more bottle drops by Toppling Goliath in Madison.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2013 13:27:35 | More by Gotti311
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle with white wax.
Pours a nice hazy peach color with nice orange hues and some muted darker ambers. There is a nice half inch dense heads that recedes somewhat quickly. The head is slight ecru color.
Aroma is absolutely amazing! Oak notes with vanilla overtones and some nice molasses. The vanilla sweetness and spice is perfectly understated and not cloying at all. The whiskey notes are ever present in the nose. It actually smells like a glass of whiskey. Surprisingly after sticking my nose in the glass more than a couple of times I was able to pick up some slight citrusy and tropical fruit notes. Once again though the barrels really shine here. Molasses and vanilla really dominate the nose.
The flavor is quite interesting and delicious. So complex and lingering. Where as the nose is dominated by the barrel notes and might be indicative of a very strong and almost overwhelming flavor of bourbon the flavor is a bit more relaxed and eases you into the barrel notes. Starts off with some nice mild vanilla mixed in with the woody notes. So smooth. There are then some nice molasses notes and even some dark fruit note sweetness. There are some notes of prunes that also are balanced with some oaky notes. On the back end the flavor really shines. There is some nuttiness to the brew mixed in with the molasses and sweetness lent by the whiskey also some slight butterscotch notes. Some of the IPA notes try to shine through the barrel but are fought back pretty well. Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth and silky. Nearly perfect body for the style.
Very interesting style. The barrel notes really shine in this brew and definitely overtakes any semblance of an IPA except for some faint citrusy and dank notes that can be noted, particularly on the back end. The vanilla and oak notes are delicious and the flavors linger very well even after the sips have past.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 22:49:37 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.61/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2013 05:53:41 | More by Erdinger2003
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz. bottle.
A - Extremely hazy, coppery orange color. 1 finger of fine, white head with decent retention. Little lacing on the glass. Not the prettiest beer, but honestly I could care less about how it looks. Let's get onto the taste!
S - Even while fighting off the last dregs of a cold, I can smell very intense rye whiskey aromas. It's a testament to how long this beer actually rested in the TR barrels and I love it. Not a whole lot beyond the crisp, slightly smoky rye, but I do get undertones of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla and candied fruits.
T - This being the very first barrel-aged IPA/AIPA I have ever tried, I have to admit I was skeptical how this style would play with the whiskey flavors. I am happy to say it works brilliantly. Straightforward rye cereal flavor up front with great citrusy undertones, no doubt from the extra hopping this beer received. Slides smooth and delicate over my palate with increasing complexity. More vanilla, cinnamon, very mild barrel char and smoke. Finish is long and smooth with prominent flavors of sweet orange rind, mild hop bitterness, and more crisp, earthy rye. Truly a special beer.
M - Medium body, with absolutely perfect carbonation. I've had many barrel-aged beers that were very under-carbonated (a side-effect of the extended aging process) but this has just the right amount of sparkling carbonation in the finish to compliment and enhance the flavors.
Overall - Toppling Goliath, you have provided still more proof that you are the best brewery in Iowa (IMO) and that you are willing to go the extra mile to make one of a kind, quality beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2013 01:42:44 | More by rundocrun
Naughty Temple from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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