arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slightly hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of lots of biscuit, bread, hints of grain into some pine, grass, slight spicy, yeasty notes with a very slight touch of fruit. Taste had a mix of biscuit, dough, yeast into some grass, slight earthy notes into a hint of spice, some slight fruit, finishing fairly bitter, dry.
deyholla (7477) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to carolinakevin, thanks! Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light wine note with some light fruit, earthy yeast with a backing sweet. Flavor begins with sweet grains, light fruit and grass with a bit of wine in the finish.
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle via NC trade - thanks again, John! 2012 vintage, acquired in 2013, opened in 2014. Pours a clear gold with a small white, wispy head. Notes of oak, pale and sweet and biscuit malts, corn, straw, grass, mild spice, and dried fruit. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Virtually no chardonnay character (left?) but plenty of oak. Imperial pilsners aren’t my thing to begin with, but this one was not bad. I wish I’d opened it fresher; may have liked a more wine-influenced one better.
douglas88 (6703) - 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.
alexsdad06 (6445) - 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.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, 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.
egajdzis (5487) - Pennsburg, 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.
Suttree (5355) - 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 don’t care for that much, seems to really take to the winey flavors from the barrel. Smooth and surprisingly light
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nose is wood, lemon, white wine, vinous fruit, and white grapefruit. Flavor is similar blend of wine, citrus, malt, and wood. Light in body and a nice, complex pils.
Ernesto987 (4325) - Arizona, 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