pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml. Thanks to Derek for sharing... Pours a semi-transparent orangey copper hued elixir and topped a thin soapy white head... Grassy upfront aroma with sweet white grapes to go alongside it. Softer vanilla underneash but definitely more subtle... Flavors are smooth and easy going with earth tea-like sweet grass accents with a lightly semi-bitter finish. Some toasty caramel through the middle with some faint tart dark fruit. Just shy of medium bodied, semi-creamy mouthfeel.
bytemesis (3311) - 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.
Kinz (3307) - 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. Iím always a sucker for Chard barrel beers.
DialSquare (2755) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Olde Hickory Station. Orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is wheat and lemon. Tastes are sweet bready malt, wood, grapey. Even dry finish. Estery. Light wine vibe. Had a sour right before this, so it took a while for this to come around. Decent enough. 7.2
Damico (2612) - 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.
jrob21 (2599) - 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.
Reynolds314 (2349) - 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.
craftycarl21 (2243) - 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.
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.
changeup45 (1717) - 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. Itís not awful but I have to admit that itís a little odd. Even with the barrel aging, the alcohol is still evident and the wine/oak mixed with Imperial Pils is just strange.