decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Hazy orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Bready, light resin, vanilla, and a hinto abv. Bourbon barrell, bready, caramel malt, and a light sour. Medium boded with a bito fizz. lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth, and yes, I AM counting David Bowie, too.
Incredible caramel-apricot color, hazy and gold laced. Three fingers of slightly off-white tightly carbonated head. Great retention and rocky dissipation.
Aroma screams of chardonnay, green apples, apricot, tangy yeast, and some moderate hops. Oak and grapes are prevalent.
Taste follows aroma, but much more oaky-butteriness and slight grape acidity. I can’t tell you how lively this flavor is. Finishes with a serious hop dryness and bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. Dry hop flavor, not citrussy.
One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Top 3, hands down. My first Nebraska, and definitely not to be the last. WORTH EVERY GOD-DAMNED RED CENT! POSSIBLY THE BEST BEER IN AMERICA. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a thick white head. Malty and estery nose with bitter grassy hop notes and some white wine character. Winey flavor before banana Belgian esters take over, then grassy hops show up for a bit before a boozy finish. Interesting beer, but nowhere near worth the asking price. GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
750ml bottle. pours a nice murky golden color. nice aroma but nothing that stood out as a big IPA. interesting taste of citrusy hops and slightly sour on the finish. I’m told this is from the chard barrel aging. Good beer but hard to justify the price tag. obguthr (6358) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Nice blend of cherry, apple, and pear aromas. Cloudy amber, little head. Flavor is triple sec up front with oak and maraschino cherry notes also present. There is also an impression of brett, but my glass may have just needed a rinse. This is a big beer with quite a bit of heat. Tasty, but I’m beginning to tire of these big sorts of beers and wouldn’t want more than one.
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours an orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter aroma with weak yeasty hints. Fruity malty hoppy yeasty barrel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
They do indeed have this on tap very rarely. Ridiculously expensive 4 oz pour. It is pretty tasty, notes of wine, oak, yeasty spice, and a hint of hops. scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Poor is hazy yellow with small head. Aroma is tart lemon rind with honey taste is kind all over the place a little tart up front. Then vanilla and white pepper followed by oak leather and finish is slightly bitter good beer. Thx tally beer. drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
8/5/11. 750mL bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Very cloudy orangeish pour with a small off-white head. Complex aroma with oak, sour, vanilla, wine, and more... awesome flavor that contains big oak, vanilla, a touch of sour, hops, wine, and more. Ths is good shit! illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a hazy brass color with a light-tan head. Aroma is pretty much pure chardonnay, not getting a lot of IPA or even beer character out of it. Big apple/pear, perfume and alcohol. Flavor is buttery oak up front, then a winey fruitiness, some round esters and yeastiness and a tannic, bitter finish. Comes together pretty nicely but it’s not very recognizable as an IPA of any sort.