arkurzynski (1459) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JCB - thanks! Deep hazy amber to orange pour with frothy white head. Nose is mix of chardonnay, white grape, light oak, and yeasty bread dough. Some plastic-type/soapy hops. Flavor begins mildly sweet with biscuit/graham cracker that fades to a dry oaky chardonnay grape and moderate soapy/pine hopping. Dry, yeasty finish. This one worked fairly well, but was a little rough around the edges.
unclemattie (4114) - Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, capped. $16, Brusin. Orange- golden color, yellow foam, thick head. Aroma of grapes, white oak, sweet flowers, and light peach puree. Tastes of sweet malt, honey, vanilla, bitter straw. Lingering bitterness makes me realize this is a beer, although it smells like a malted wine. Great nose! Flavor is very well balanced, nice amount of hops. It is truely worth the cash, it is a very well made barrel-aged brew. (3685)
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
It looked good in the glass, nice yellow orange color with a small white head but that was about it. Tasted like a weak pale ale and nothing else. Terrible.
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good moderate wood, hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer and good of style.
alexsdad06 (5234) - 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 (5898) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 (5121) - 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 (8851) - 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 (2462) - 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 (3251) - 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. I’m always a sucker for Chard barrel beers.