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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Oaked imperial wit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of banana, gum, coriander, wood, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Another "blah" entry in the River North line up, like J. Marie. These two recipes clearly need revamping, whereas recent bottle samples of Avarice, Quandary, and Tripel are all solid (esp. the latter two). A strange choice to oak-age this sort of beer, as it seemingly has lost much of its aroma in doing so (but perhaps it had little to begin with). Tiny fizzy head all but disappears, so it’s not much look at, and the mouthfeel is pretty watery-syrupy and fizzy. A very dull, uninteresting, clunky beer. Pretty surprising considering how great the tripel and quad are nowadays, but oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EcnarM (112) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
It was a good oak aged imperial wit, but wasn't up to what I really expected. Just fell slightly short of great in all areas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
M82 (362) - Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Hazed, sunny amber body beneath a slowly fading smooth head with frothy accents, which creates dots and a few connected islands of lace

A sluggish, somewhat muted aroma opens up with traditional whit esters overlaid with slightly spicy, alcoholic oak barrel, ramped up flavors follow suit with a creamy, subdued grain sweetness accented with melon and light fruit, flowers, and light pepper, spice, and herb on a creamy-smooth, somewhat buttery, lightly carbonated, medium body finishing with a building sweet tact and clearing white pepper, some light earthy notes

22oz bottle from KC roll-out, served at 50º and warming into 21oz Stölzle Grandezza snifter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
interesting wit. heavier body than is normal but it works. not overly sweet but has a fruity sweetness to it that the light belgian yeast doesn’t quite cut through. I’d love to have a non-oaked version to see what exactly the oak imparts. good brew."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3966) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2014
On draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy orange copper with an off white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of mandarin orange. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11979) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bomber shared by the folks at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy gold with a slight white head. Aroma of subdued citrus zest. Flavor is like a zesty imperial alt. Very smooth and tasty. Oak flows lightly through it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (13154) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
Hazy very pale, a bit yeasty nose, touch of alcohol. A mess of alcohol, limey-fruity esters and yeastiness. Not getting into this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18541) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy aroma. Fruity wheat malty spicy woody flavor. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy weak woody finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
On tap @ River North. Cloudy golden straw pour with a white head. Aromas of orange juice, banana, and sweet sugar. Some golden raisins and yeast notes. Mild oak and spice. Flavor is sweet sugar, banana, and orange. Mild twang, some oak, and coriander. Perhaps a hint of white pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brouwerij (956) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2013
On tap at Brewery. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with thin white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, honey, candy, sweet, hint of oak and alcohol. Flavor is fruity, banana, wheat, cereal, honey, floral, and citrus finish. Slight coriander, finish with a hint of oak. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a mildly dry finish. A tasty brew, though I didn’t realize it was supposed to be witbier until I looked it up.

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