elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber, leaving no head and practically no lacing. Aroma a bit restrained, but citrus, hops, and yeast are noticeable. Flavor of alcohol is overwhelming, with a citrus sourness dominant. Some hop bitterness is discernible. Mouthfeel is incredibly robust and thick. In sum, this really isn’t much of a white ale and hardly complex. But it’s "imperial" nature makes it an interesting beer in it’s own right.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange-amber color. Very small head, particularly for the style. Light spotty lace on the glass.
Fresh raw wheat aroma with a strong dose of yeast. Notable alcohol in the background.
Starts off smooth and alcohol oily. The flavors of wheat are muted. In fact, the most distinctive aspect is sour, citrus flavor. The aftertaste is all alcohol. Overall, not my cup of tea (or beer that is).
AndyReynolds (804) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by the nice mouthfeeled Chudwick. What an interesting Wit. Floral fo shizzel. Talk of cystic fibrous is kinda dampering the mood and maybe the rating, sorry Jim, blame Pocket or even Boomer’s bad genes. Who the fuck knows? Maybe blame the Creator or a Spaghetti Monster. Such is life I suppse, unless we are in the simulation theory, then we’re all fucked, especially if they format their hard drive.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/1/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, bread, honey, caramel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, honey, wheat, bread, caramel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, honey, caramel, wheat, bread, coriander, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial witbier. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
drico133 (5) - long beach, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of fruits mostly banana and a slight alcohol smell as well. Poured a dark hazy orange color little to no head. Taste keeping in mind its a big boy beer has a hit of alcohol vanilla a bit of sweetness taste like a good rum. Extremely warming good for a cold winter day by the fire. At 10.3 watch out it has a kick. Awesome beer loved it recommend it to people that like the heavy drinks. Solid 9 in my book
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of the usual banana and clove belgian yeast flavor. Some decent citrus flavor and a slick mouthfeel.
Itzjerm (985) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice thick head taffy and hay aroma. Good body on the tongue. Very sweet. Taste is pretty bland with I stickiness of straw and grain.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Strong sweet notes with some citrus notes also coming through.
A: Pours a nice dark golden color body with some head that disappears quickly.
T: Bold up front with very sweet flavors and strong banana taste. The spiceness is hidden behind the bold sweetness.
P: Thick bodied and minimal carbonation.
O: A little too sweet and boozy.
GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 28th, 2012 - The term “Imperial White" is a confusing at first. The White conjures memories of my first Hoegaarden enjoyed on a hot day, light and delicate, while the Imperial recollects big, burly, almost clumsy flavors. Boston Beer Company’s attempt to reconcile these two conflicting profiles is noble in its pursuit of scientific progress, but sometimes scientific progress goes “Boink!” The pour is a dark bronze, cloudy and filled with carbonation. Immediately an overpowering aroma of overripe bananas, grape, grade school glue, white chocolate, wet cement and chardonnay hits my nose. Granted, the aroma is a study unto itself, but it’s not especially attractive, just thought provoking. The palate is likewise overbearing, tumbling out and down with a heavy, sudsy weight. The noses quirks appear in the palate too, with the squishy, gray-black banana notes turned into a cloying, saccharine aftertaste. The extra booze thrown in at the end is too much too, and is a final, almost comedically sour note at the end of a jumbled mess of instruments trying to play together.
Chadski4 (60) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 22oz bottle, summer of 2013. Great aroma with adequate flavors, but probably would not seek out again.
toml219 (202) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle into a tulip. This feels like a 10%+ beer. Pours a yellow orange white frothy white head. Smell of alchohole and citrus. Taste is sumwhat sweet with hints of spice. I picked this up at Costco in a variety 4 pack labled as small batch. Would get this again if I could find it by itself.