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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Oaked imperial wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2257) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
"Oaked imperial wit"? Not a style you see every day. Hazy gold. Grain, fruit and spice with a soft woody finish. Wait, is "soft woody" an oxymoron?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2547) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Hazy straw yellow color, white head. Sweet, yeast, Belgian, sugary, some phenoles taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, sugary, phenoles scent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMurph72 (22) - - MAY 24, 2015
Aroma - Not much on the nose. fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Slight honey/sweet aromas. No aromas from the oak barrel. Appearance -pours from bomber a clear golden with a lingering white head Taste - upfront acidity with a sweet flavor afterward. Traditional wit flavors - citrusy and crisp. Seems to lose a lot of its oak flavors from what you get on draft. Lingering acidity. Mouthfeel - light bodied and crisp. Very carbonated. Slightly tart finish. Overall - it loses a lot of its oak flavor if you've ever had it on draft. For an imperial wit, it's very good. But gets a slightly lower score because of the lack of barrel flavor. Recommended to have on draft

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6729) - 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 (401) - 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 (7100) - 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 (4490) - 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 (12455) - 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 (13538) - 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.

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