madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours deep hazy amber with a big foamy off-white head. Lots of honey, bready caramel, and a little orange juice concentrate. Taste is syrupy apricot with yeast, intense breadiness, and a bit of muted orange. Syrupy and well-carbonated. Expected this to be a drain pour, but it wasn’t. Obviously past it’s prime, but interesting nonetheless.
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy coriander aroma. Sweetish malty spicy coriander flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy coriander finish.
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A slightly oily, clear golden beer with a minimal head. White sugars and hints of spices in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with white sugar, spices and hoppy hints. Full-bodied, with some bitterness to finish it. A quite nice one, but a bit anonymous. Wouldn’t shy away from having more of it though. 100212
gunnfryd (14053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, sweet, orange, malt. Flavour is alcohol, malt, hop, orange, fruit, caramel. Nice beer.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Sean! Poured cloudy orange gold with sediment visible. There was minimal head as well. Aroma was full of sweet grains with some caramel and citrus. The citrus (orange) was more present on the tongue combining with the caramel and sweet grains.
Slipstream (2444) - USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to Adrian for a bottle of this! I am sure there are fewer and fewer of these around, since it will probably not be brewed again, and the label says to drink it up fresh and not cellar it. A lightly tangy, honey and floral aroma, with a little yeast too. Amber pour without much head. Very robust for a witbier. I tasted honey bread, yeast, a little citrus, ginger, and even something like broth. There was also a yeasty undertone. The spices were not too powerful - maybe they faded a bit. Interesting tingle on the palate and a fresh finish. Very nice.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in May 2010 after finding on the shelves of a liquor store with a great selection but prices so ridiculous that stuff stays on the shelves for a while. Bought a single bottle to test out; the label says best consumed fresh but unfortunately I don’t have a baseline for comparison. All I can say is whether almost 3 years on the shelf has left us with a bad beer or a good beer.
Pours a hazy light brown with a yellow tone. Head is thin and short-lived, lacing is thin. Aroma of honey, spices, and rich fruits. Gorgeous bouquet. Slightly sweet on the tongue, noticeable wheat character, and the honey and orange presence really comes through on the finish, which lingers for a few swallows. Slight notes of raisin and I think even soy. I can’t make out the spices individually but their influence is a nice part of the experience.
I think at the very least it would behoove me to go back and buy a sixer so I can share this with some people and cellar a bottle or two to see if it handles another year.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a muddy/dirty blonde with a sizeable yellowish head that has fair retention and not much lace. Aroma is buttery, a bit diacetyl, caramel, creme brulee. Taste is rich, buttery: some warming alcohol, spices, but mostly bland graininess. Some good warming alcohol. Imperial Wit is a tough style to nail down.
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle via trade with BA gratefulbeerhead) clear golden pour with little to no head. Nose of celery, candi sugar, and citrus hops. Taste of candi sugar, celery and spicy yeast.
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, golden pour with short foam, aroma of fruity malts and some potpourri, flavors of caramel, mango, citrus