egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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. deyholla (12317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to carolinakevin, thanks! Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light wine note with some light fruit, earthy yeast with a backing sweet. Flavor begins with sweet grains, light fruit and grass with a bit of wine in the finish. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
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. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
750 mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nose is wood, lemon, white wine, vinous fruit, and white grapefruit. Flavor is similar blend of wine, citrus, malt, and wood. Light in body and a nice, complex pils. drewbeerme (3921) - 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.
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
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.
I’m highly impressed with this one and it is one of the better versions of the style I’ve had. The barrel really works with this beer. 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. 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. b3shine (9154) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (2012 vintage). Looks good; a cloudy orange with white lacing. Smells solid; sweet and doughy with nice Chardonnay notes. Tastes like it smells with some hoppiness. Average on the palate. Enjoyable. mattlong56 (3) - Lathrup Village, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2014 does not count
Nice heavy flavor with thicker ale like consistency rather than lager. Chardonnay aroma and taste notes are subtle but very Complimentary.