Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well its interesting i guess. The imperial pilsner is a style that to me is an oxymoron. I want a pilsner to be crisp light and refreshing while this was kind of sweet and syrupy wood. The taste of the barrel is VERY strong with a lot of straight oak flavor. weird.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now I know what Chardonnay barrel aging does cause Its doing it to a nothing beer. Lolerskates
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL shared at Berliner Bash. Low haze deep orange pour with creamy foam and medium lace. Sticky orange nose. Slick bourbon like taste with sharp grassy hops. Tangy and bitter palate. Mild stickiness and bourbon laden toffee. Not too bad. Thick and heavier.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: March 10, 2012
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: hazy gold, fine off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma, candy sweetness, light mustyness
Flavor: sweet pale malt flavor, spicy bitterness, light oak
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
jbeatty (844) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle from Paradiso, Georgetown, 05/05/2012. Golden pour, little head and a few soapy bubbles floating around. Aroma sweeter than your average pilsner, fruity, round white wine/vinous character dominates, vanilla underneath, straw malts in the background. Taste is less sweet, but still strong barrel character, light fruitiness, subtle caramel and light grassy bitter finish. Medium thin, buttery palate, moderately dry finish. Easy drinking, went well with food.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Samís, Durham. Had this on tap and in the bottle from the same joint, and my opinions changed. While I appreciate the draft version a good bit, I found the bottled version a bit less impressive. To me, the wood was just a bit too sharp, and I wasnít getting a whole lot of the grape character. Noble hops and a decently pleasant chardonnay character make the finish a bit more enjoyable but it fell short of greatness.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was pretty good. Olde Hickory has really stepped up their game of late, and this is another good one from them. Lots of chardonnay and oak on the note, as well the flavor. This style, which I usually donít care for that much, seems to really take to the winey flavors from the barrel. Smooth and surprisingly light
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light Chardonnay, oak and floral, citrus hops with fruity esters. Flavor is malt forward with light Chardonnay and oak notes, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Greg at Paradiso Dipont, hauled by truck from NC. Clear golden color, small white head. Aroma of vanilla, lemon, white wine. Taste is slightly funky wood, light spice, spruce. Fascinating and creative flavor combo.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a small bubbly head that recedes to a thin collar.
Aroma is very sweet, like most impy pilsners, with sugary sweet malts but it also has an interesting fruitiness presumably from the barrels. There is also an oaky character as well. Nice nose.
Taste is similar to the nose but has a drying bitterness in the finish, oaky. The rest of taste mirrors the nose with sugary malts and light fruits.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not nearly as syrupy or sweet on the palate as many impy pilsners.
Iím highly impressed with this one and it is one of the better versions of the style Iíve had. The barrel really works with this beer.