JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Deep orange beer with a thick creamy white head. Massive chewy aroma. There is a lot of heavy chewy sweetness. There is a lot of big orange citrus aroma. It smells like unfermented orange juice. Intense wheaty/bubble gum maltiness on the nose that initially reminds me of Smuttynose Wheat Wine. The flavour though is God-awful. Rotted banana and oranges over a heavy chewy sweetness. Underattenuated and candyish with an overly sticky chewy sweetness. Meh, this stuff is awful. Drainpour.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one pours a deep rich apricot color with a tall froth that lingers. Strong sticky sweet aromatics come into play here with a bit of spice. Full nectar weight with creamy carbonation set the stage pushing cloyingly sweet stonefruit essence forefront. Not much left after this sweet malt sludge overfill. This is more like a n English barleywine in style. Very little spice if any. The finish is more acidic than bittered. Ugh! Iím not sure why this rates as high as it does @ 86 for style as of 4-4-2009. I will say the texture on this is outstanding.
19Ei8hty (1132) - Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not sure why the hell someone would decide to make a beer like this. Big, chewy bread backbone. Strong syrup sweetness with big caramel notes. Lots of fruit, namely plum and raisin, but funked orange peel and some sour apples. The spice is there but totally overpowered by the retarded malt backbone.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I knew this was going to be a mess as soon as I poured itÖ a (Double WHITE) that is a medium hue of AMBER in color? Cloyingly sweet with a syrupy palate. All the flavors are muddled and show almost NO resemblance to any relation of a Witbier, literally nothing but the Belgian yeast, and coriander spice. This is really a disaster! DeProef Grande Blanch or Southamption Double White should have been sampled in Boston before this was ever released. 4 sips in and your drain pour. Man, I really wanted to like this, totally bummed!
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours out a dark burnt orange with a light colored head that quickly shrinks. A light aroma with notes of grass and slight citrus. A much lighter aroma than expected. Flavor is surprisingly full for such light aroma. Incredibly bitter first taste with a long lasting slightly sour finish. Flavor reflects the wheat origins of this beer. Mouth feel is sticky. Finish is medium in length and leaves a dry mouth feel afterward. After drinking more of this beer I realized how unpleasant it really was. Rarely do I have trouble finishing a beer, but this was one of those times.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Iíd like to start out by saying that I had to pour like a crazed lunatic to get my 2 fingers of head. Cloudy medium orange color. Head surprisingly has average retention and a good amount of lacing.
3.5 S: Orange peel. Orange zest. Lots of orange going on. A bit lemony as well and a touch of grassy hops.
3.0 T: The first sip almost knocked me on my ass from the huge alcohol punch. Caramel sticks out like a sore thumb. Didnít expect this from a wit. Banana and orange blend together to form a very tasty fruitiness. Still alcohol runs rampant. Tastes kinda like a homebrew gone unchecked.
3.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, but once again the alcohol comes in to crash the party, preventing a smooth finish.
2.0 D: This gives a good argument for why witbiers should not be imperialized. There isnít enough going on to neutralize the alcohol. Simple as that.
This is my second SA Imperial series. The stout had the same ultra alcohol burst problem too. One more to go it appears.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-15-2009 07:32:22
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a cloudy moderate golden color with a white head. Nose brings a lot of booze and some stone fruits, peaches, and a bit of banana and spice. The taste is really dominated by booze with some slight peach flavors in the background. Feel is very poor, nearing on awful, with some cloying sugar and booze. Way too thick, even for an imperial wheat beer. Much thicker and more boozy than the typical wheatwine. Not a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-16-2010
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours amber, surprisingly with a beige head. Smell is buttery with some light spice and alcohol presence. Taste is very sweet from the beginning. Syrupy sweet, creamy wheat beer flavor. Ugh... Too sweet. Syrupy body, and soft creamy carbonation.
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Chewy, spicy, stinky. Orange. Dirty, like they made it imperial by adding a scoop of dirt and a handful of sugar. Icky.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark cloudy yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemon, tangerine heavy spice and slight banana. Flavor is overpowering spice and very citrusy. Sticky short finish. Its tough to get past the over use of spices, frankly I didnít finish this one.