obguthr (3767) - 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
unclemattie (4165) - 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)
AppVin (2) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed at cellar temp, any cooler and this beer loses some of its charm IMO. Big white grape skin and citrus, star fruit, honey, some grain, mineral tinged chardonnay and yeast backed by Hallertau hops with dusty oak in the nose. When its freshly opened there is a greater amount of oak tannin pushing through the hop profile, this subsides as the beer warms and the alcohol comes into play along with a high level of acidity, its brisk and cleansing as opposed to sharp and astringent. Another truly world class brew from Stephen and the gang.
Travlr (11078) - 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.
Suttree (5130) - 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
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, 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.
craftycarl21 (2220) - 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.
RmmHronek (170) - 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.
Damico (2561) - 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.
egajdzis (5305) - 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.