alexsdad06 (3864) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small bubbly off white head. The aroma has some yeasty bread, herbal, mild fruits, and definite chardonnay influences. The flavor is fruity, chardonnay notes, old herbal hops, yeasty bread with some dry grass at the finish. I found this to be interesting and worth a try.
DrSilverworm (4109) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 750ml bottle. Imperial pils aged in wine barrels? This certainly must be the most exotic pils Iíve ever had. Hazy golden yellow color. Minimal off-white head, though it leaves good even spread of dotty lace. Malty, old-hop nose. Some ripe fruit. Medium to bigger body. Light, smooth carbonation. Nice sweet taste, kind of musty, little wood evident. Kind of tastes more like an ale than a lager. Very sweet, much less bite than any other imperial pils Iíve had. Kind of like somewhere between a saison, a belgian golden, and an old IPA... Aged in a chardonnay barrel. Interesting, and definitely very unique stuff. Thanks greatly to the group for sharing this
b3shine (3590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (2012 vintage). Looks good; a cloudy orange with white lacing. Smells solid; sweet and doughy with nice Chardonnay notes. Tastes like it smells with some hoppiness. Average on the palate. Enjoyable.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy gold pour, fluffy white head. Lots going on here. I get the chardonnay flavors, I get a nice yeasty, bready note. But there is something odd. Vegetal, herbal almost. This beer is almost fantastic, but almost bad at the same time.
jrob21 (2192) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from bestway. Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head. Looks pretty appetizing. Ends up being a very dry slightly fruity and hoppy crisp smooth drink. Aroma is to toasty grain and grassy hops. Flavor is a little more full bodied. Some candy sweetness. Finish is slight bitter but clean grass hops dominate. Aroma has some grape and apple from the Chardonnay I assume. A decent drink but not my preferred set of flavors.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Richmond 19th. Looked forward to trying this one since I first saw it. Gold, clear. Slightly boozy, honey, floral with citric background. Flavor matches, with a slightly woody note mixed in, rather floral. Interesting. Iím always a sucker for Chard barrel beers.
Butters (3594) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. This is surprisingly good. The chardonnay comes through, and the base is good with a tinny, grassy, honey, sweet, but not too sweet brew. Not syrupy like many other imp pils iíve had. Iím impressed, even though I wouldnít want to drink very much of it.
obguthr (3320) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy cumin, oak, nose, light overripe orange undercurrent. Clear amber, medium head. Rye flavor, bready with an orange accent. Balanced, spicy, wonderful. Excellent
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Kinz at the 19th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, herbal notes, grapes. The taste is stone fruits, bread, grapes, bitter hop finish. Tannic and vinous, slightly astringent. Medium bodied.
tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
RBG 19. Bottle. Golden orange with thin head and light lacing. Smells like caramel, honey, and a citrus note- boozy. Tastes like caramel. Very thick and syrupy.