Samuel Adams Imperial White - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.17/5 rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
The head, while snowy white, is not the presence that I expect from a witbier. The cloudy deep orange body is pretty but, once again, I expect something a bit lighter in this style.
Not the corriander/lemon combo I usually get but rather a sort of iced tea with orange peel. Weird but nice. The first sniff actually smells like salt water taffy!
First of all, it's not a bad beer, it just isn' all that close to anything witbier-ish. It actually ends up tasting like a fruitier weizenbock. Unlike the Southampton Double White, though, there just isn't enough groundbreaking to make up for the stylistic deviance. No real spice to speak of and the malt body is so huge that it actually borders on cloyingly sweet. As it warms it becomes peach/mango-like at times and there is a bit of spice that desperately wants to break through but it's bludgeoned by the malt. Nice try.
Mouthfeel borders on syrupy before the carbonation has a chance to cut through it. I'm really glad to have tried this but it's going to be difficult finishing just the one bottle. A good idea, there just had to be a better way of going about it.
EDIT: the warming alcohol and the mouthfeel were both so intense that by the time I neared completion this bottle's contents were nearly undrinkable. Strike what I said earlier about this not being "a bad beer." It is.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2009 02:12:23 | More by malcontent
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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 1,230 ratings.