TungstenGT (34) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a murky copper color with short-lived 2 finger white head.
aroma of orange, lemon, coriander, bread.
medium mouth feel, spices, rock candy, fruit, yeast, banana. warm going down and very low carbonation. a witbier thatís a bit over the top, but thatís what the brewer was going for! very interesting to try.
AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this beer to be very interesting. Looked pretty good, slight haze, had an off white yellowish/orangey colored head to it that fades away pretty quickly. Had some slight lacing to it, not very much. The smell was kind of all over the place. Had a strong citrusy/spicy. The taste was good to, but there was just so much flavor to it. It had one particular taste that I couldnít quite put my finger on. Almost seemed like a orangey type jam flavor. You can taste the alcohol a bit in the aftertaste but not very strong. The mouthfeel and drinkablility were good. No carbonation bite and despite the high alcohol content you couldnít really taste it. I donít regret trying this at all, not normally my cup of tea, but pretty good.
pudds (29) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged roughly 5 months. Color of caramel, no head to speak of. Nose is brandy and alcohol sweetness. Mellow alcohol taste, less intense than I expected from the aroma. Very sweet. The light carbonation leaves a sweet coating on the tongue. I think this would age very nicely.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good belgian from a brewer that doesnít stop reinventing itself. Nice to see a beer with such high gravity and obscure style mass marketed. Beer was sweet, and farly neutral with respect to the effect of the yeast.
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not typically a fan of Sam Adamís beers, but I must say I was surprised. Give it a try if you too are a non-believer.
ndel40 (22) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly, under whelming aroma with an amber and cloudy appearance. The flavor is mildly fruity that lingers on the pallet. Overall, slightly above average and I will likely drink it again.
paleasale (20) - USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very decieving. 10.2% abv. lots of notes of citrus and spice. very smooth after the first sip, not as much aroma as some other witbiers. goes down smooth, but grabs you when u least expect it.
loveamberbock (19) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tastes sweet and high alcohol. Pours red/yellow with light head. Remains sweet on palate. Not bad for a high abv white. To be expected from Sam Adams.
boscoja1 (14) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting, very interesting. Lots of banana in the aroma, very sweet, but smooth and not sharply sweet. Cloudy pour with a light head, mid amount of carbonation. Light lingering palate. Good sweet beer. Impressive for Sam Adams.
Evangelion2014 (13) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A relatively clear dark golden pour, not too much sediment floating around; smells of alcohol and spice. Body is medium-full, taste of mild witbier spice banana and clove phenols, a huge sugary caramel presence shows up with a some sweet alcohol rounded at the very end by a slight twang of herbal hops. Not bad, but it tastes and feels just as much like a weizenbock as it does a witbier, and in general there arenít enough sour citrus, yeast or spice notes to keep this balanced. An interesting effort and worth trying but River horse still gets my vote for best íimperialí witbier.