trancecyclist (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz draft in a tulip at Flaniganís Boathouse in Conshohocken. I didnít order this in order to beat on the Sam Adams Brewing Corp. But.... The end result is a beer that in no way resembles a wit, EVEN if does have wheat grains, coriander, and orange peel. It arrives as a dark orange, with a decent head. The taste is essentially as if someone blended a Belgian golden ale with a dubbel. If it was made with a similar proportion of wheat and barley that wits are, well, the wheat characteristics of the flavor of a 10.5% alcohol "wit" are long gone. The sweetness is very pronounced. Again, "Imperial White", even if factually true in its brewing, is misleading in the end. Not a bad beer as such, but it doesnít put one in the mind of a wit by any stretch of the imagination.
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with lacy head that is tenacious. Fruitcake and alcohol on the nose. Starts hoppy fading into characteristic Belgian taste. Average carbonation, incredibly full body.
OTownKnight (38) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a white foamy head. Thick lacing though the finish. Alcohol is definitely the strongest first impression, it takes awhile to get used to it. If you donít consume high abv beers frequently it will take awhile to be able to enjoy this beer without being overwhelmed by the high alcohol content. Has a champagne-like taste, I personally could not detect any citrus/orange flavor, although certain fruits can be slightly detected in the aroma and taste. 10.3% ABV is nothing to mess around with, one of these beers can give you a buzz. Only one of these is equivalent to three light beers in terms of abv.
Although the alcohol is overpowering at first, halfway through it becomes enjoyable and it does live up to its description as an interesting brew. Very tasty and memorable. I am now anxious to try the rest of the Sam Adams imperial series after this white ale.
Only problem I have with this beer is that it does not taste anything like a witbier. Just had my last Hoegaarden yesterday and the two donít even compare. They may be brewed in the same fashion with the same hops, wheat, etc. but taste is not similar at all. Donít expect a typical white beer taste from this one (note the copper color in the first place). Final score: 16/20
For fans of: Champagne
High ABV beers
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark tan, looks like a barleywine, not a witbeer; I was initially concerned I got a mislabeled bottle. But the aroma smells like a sweet wit, fruity and almost bubble gum. Taste is amazing, very sweet for a wit with a strong coconut flavor. If you told me this was a coconut beer, Iíd believe you. Very thick, which I am looking for in these "imperial" versions of regular styles. Not hot at all, the alcohol is barely there. There is a bit of wit beer still in this beer, but Iím glad to see Sam Adams take this over the top and make something that defies classification. Though I am giving it the slightest deduction in points for not really tatsing like a wit...I loved it.
Yatesed (37) - Blacklick, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured golden haze, one finger head, taste of carmel hits right away with several other flavors overwhelming the palate. Too busty for my taste.
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Dark, hazy copper color with minimal head. Unique in that it retains some hefeweizen-like properties (banana, orange, coriander falvors) while having the thick body and mouthfeel of a doppelbock or strong ale. Slightly sour flavor with a distinct alcohol taste. A good "winterized" version of hefeweizen.
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into the glass it produced a very nice, opaque, golden-hued beer. It had a nice film around the edge after the head settled. The aroma consisted of a lot of hops. It was also pretty sweet - reminded me a little of traditional Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Aside from this, it was a pretty complex scent and I couldnít pick everything out. As for the taste, there wasnít much to say at the start of it but at the end there was a hit of everything. There was a nice combination of barley and spices and a slight bite from the aforementioned barley and alcohol content. This was a pretty smooth beer but it was a little unbalanced in terms of taste-flow. It started with not much of anything, kicks you with a spice and it ends bitter. It reminded me a little of Chimay White in terms of overall flow.
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was not anticipating how smooth, velvety, and strong this beer would taste. Pours an orange amber and thicker than most Wits. Does not go down as light as a true Wit. Contains a strange blend of the lighter Wit with the heavier stronger Imperial taste. Did not work for me.
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.