JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2012
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. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
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. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
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. I’m always a sucker for Chard barrel beers. jrob21 (3663) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
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 (3433) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2012
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.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
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. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
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. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2014
bottle shared, poured a golden yellow with white frothy head. the aroma of malts, hops and sweetness from the chardonnay. the flavor was very good good crisp clean solid malt and hops with that sweetness from the wine I could have sipped on this for awhile. but alas it was on a taster. overall loved the blend and the crispness in the flavor. arkurzynski (2415) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from JCB - thanks! Deep hazy amber to orange pour with frothy white head. Nose is mix of chardonnay, white grape, light oak, and yeasty bread dough. Some plastic-type/soapy hops. Flavor begins mildly sweet with biscuit/graham cracker that fades to a dry oaky chardonnay grape and moderate soapy/pine hopping. Dry, yeasty finish. This one worked fairly well, but was a little rough around the edges. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2012
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.