Samuel Adams Imperial White - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by cjacobsen:
2.48/5 rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
(A) Pours a hazy, non-clear dark brown color with some ruby and maroon hues in some areas. Almost looks like an outside of a mango. Had a decent head on it but that went away rather quickly to just a slight coating on top of the brew. Not what I expected.
(S) Smell is sweet. Coriander and a bouquet of other spices. Malt, and some alcohol.
(T) Someone went to the spice rack and dumped everything they could find into this beer. Very sweet and very spicy. Almost tastes like an English barleywine. Coriander and citric orange peel is big, followed up by light and pale malts. It gets a bit better after a few sips, but man that's something. You get a bit more of an apricot and lighter berry fruits after it opens up. The alcohol is present and lingers in the aftertaste.
(M) Creamy and surprisingly smooth. Has some over carbonation bite at first but it gives way to almost a chewy, malty mass.
(O) Not what I expected out of a witbier, even an imperialized one. This thing drinks more like a barleywine and doesn't have that nice, cloudy light body to it. Kind of a spicy mess that is either too spiced, too fresh, or too much put into a simple beer. I have two bottles left and I plan to age them and see how they do with some time. I'd like to think it can't get much worse.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2011 01:15:19 | More by cjacobsen
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2.5/5 rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
IMHO... This beer is very out of balance. Way to much sweetness that is not offset by the hop additions. Mouthfeel is chewy and luxurious. Smell was all alcohol and cloying sweetness. Taste was just like the smell to much of both alcohol and malt. Apperance was nice. About a finger of head and good lace on the glass. Overall the overpowering sweetness in both the smell and taste was just too much.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 03:01:35 | More by Robcson
Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.