I finally got to get a taste of Peacetree Brewing’s Templeton Red. I’ve been wanting to give this a try since I saw that the brewery was jam-packed with used Templeton Rye barrels more than a year ago. What intrigued me was the fact that each barrel is shipped from Templeton with a “slosh” of left-over Templeton Rye still in the barrel. That has got to make it taste a bit different, right? Now, Peacetree is not the only brewery making beer that has spent time in a Templeton Rye barrel (Madhouse Brewing Company’s Templeton Rye Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout is another) but I think it might have been the first.
My Templeton Red had been aged by Peactree for eleven months in the Templeton Rye whiskey barrel. The Templeton Red was poured into a goblet from the tap. It had a fairly thin head of foam, a dense red color, and just the right amount of carbonation. The tart taste of the rye from the barrel was definitely present, though not quite as sharp as the Madhouse version. The beer had a nice malt and flavor. Stout. It also had 6.5% ABV compared to Madhouse’s 9%. I would rank the Templeton Red as a great drinking beer. It is too bad that it can’t be made more widely available.
As far as I can tell, this beer is only available on the tap at Peacetree. There are no bottles and growlers are allowed to deplete the supply. Consequently, you must go to Knoxville and stop by for a taste.