bytemesis (4649) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks JCB! Well this is an interesting one! First pour is clear, but hazy to cloudy after that. Nice butterscotch color with some fizzy off white head that leaves good lacing in its wake. Aroma is very grapey, honey, grass, grain. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, very vinaceous. Light bitterness initially, but it grows with drinking. Light astringence from the time in barrel. Medium body, flat carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the far finish. A very interesting beer and one I enjoyed drinking.
Ernesto987 (4625) - 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
obguthr (4599) - Staunton, 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
emacgee (4377) - 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.
unclemattie (4357) - 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)
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, slightly hazy orange with little to no head. Nose is sweet, sugary, light orange, light vinous notes. Flavor is lightly bitter, light sweetness, somewhat dirty finish. Not very good.
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 Sam’s, 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 wasn’t 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.
Butters (3963) - 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 i’ve had. I’m impressed, even though I wouldn’t want to drink very much of it.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Derek. Pours glowing orange with white head. Nose has some bugs, bit buttery chard to it, vanilla and oak. Flavors of Brett, buttery, sweet caramel, some grass and minerals. Good stuff.