Samuel Adams Imperial White

12 oz bottle from Total Wine at Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. A little pricey @ $2.99 methinks, but we’ll see.
Poured into the Southampton Weizen glass, the beer is much darker than I was expecting. Dark golden. Very fine carbonation, not much of it but it is consistent. Better than expected for a 9.00% beer. Dark gold, a touch of lace and some creamy, small head.
HUGE, HUGE bubble-gum nose. Not sure if I like it, because the alcohol that’s in there starts to take on a very astringent, solvent like note against the background of the gum.
Viscous body (as expected) and the bubble gum and pear drop notes come through. It’s alcohol soaked (again as expected) but it doesn’t seem to meld all that well.
I dunno, I was really looking forward to this, but it’s just too hot and more importantly, solvent like. It burns a little. Seems unbalanced in terms of the alcohol and perhaps a beer that could have been produced at 7.5% instead and would still have achieved the same effect and been a better beer.

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04/15/2009
Style:
Witbier
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.3 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3
Total: 3.4
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