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.
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.
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.
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.
vicg12 (17) - - FEB 21, 2013
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
The smell was interesting, I was initially intrigued. Really is a beautiful beer, loved watching it while it filled up my glass, like bubbly golden straw. Right when it enters your mouth you are just struck with a strong pungent burst, it discourages you from taking a large sip, I powered through and was not rewarded. It is really just disgusting. Too many flavors buying for your attention, and they are like steam rollers on your taste buds, they donít get along. Save your money and donít buy this beer, itís only good to look at. I ended up using 75% of the 24 oz bottle for cooking because I couldnít handle anymore awfulness.
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.
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber color with a solid white head. There was n aroma of spices such as coriander and orange peel. The flavor was sweet with an obvious high alcohol content. This was a very good beer considering I am not typically a fan of White beers.
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.