HopTsing (399) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle poured a golden brew with a light head. Nice aroma of malt and honey. Full bodied with storng hop flavor and sweet malt and honey.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very rich and full bodied. Thick pour with a fizzy head. Nose is extremely vegetal. Flavor too. Lots of DMS showing up. Very bready/doughy with some wet hay. Warming finish.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color with a small, white head that left lighter lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, vanilla, toasted oak, and some Chardonnay notes. Taste of toast, toffee malts, vanilla, citrus, wood, and a dry chardonnay finish.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma of malts forward totally and some wheat notes. The flavors bring pilsner malts showcased forward with chardonnay spiciness, light sweet notes, and a fairly dry bitter ending.
RmmHronek (169) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Beer is really good, but it changed from the first pour to the last. The first pour obviously has some fruit on it, but it’s quite dry on the tongue with a pleasant oaky complexity. Towards the end of the bottle it’s gets a bit cloudier and sweeter, but not sweet comparatively. I prefer the end of the bottle.
douglas88 (5128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can see why the ratings are mixed on this. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of dusty lemon and barrel. The flavor is vinous with wood, some lemon and zesty oranges, pretty mellow. Easygoing but flavorful. Nice.
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. This pours a golden color with a thin white head. This smells very bready; lots of pils malt here, with caramel, and some oak. The chardonnay is much more noticeable in the flavor. The barrel aging is more pronounced here too as the oak stands out. Sweet bready malt, light fruity notes, and a touch of grass make the rest of the flavors. A little sour twang in there. This is a tough one to figure. It’s not awful but I have to admit that it’s a little odd. Even with the barrel aging, the alcohol is still evident and the wine/oak mixed with Imperial Pils is just strange.
timfoolery (1067) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Justin in trade. Aroma of apple cider and heavy Czech malt. Flavor is much of the same, although it really falls apart as it warms. It seems like the idea for the beer was a good one, but the execution seemed flawed. Fair beer.
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craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Greg at BBCK for cracking this bottle for my table!! Pours a hazy apricot with smallish frothy head. Nose and flavor are really quite nice, with good bready malt, tones of grassy and spicy hop, and really pleasant added sweetness from the chardonnay barrels. Touches of wood and light vinous grape and stonefruit come through. Nice that there is still a bit of dryness and bite with a 7.5% beer. Sweet, but still good. Really nice.
maxwelldeux (2699) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Not what I expected at all. Pours a light and cloudy amber color with almost no head. Subtle hints of fruitiness to the nose. You can actually get the chardonnay taste in there along with some hints of fruit. Extremely easy on the palate - one of the best beers I’ve had in that respect.