Thursday, August 5, 2010

Samuel Adams Imperial White

Imperial White poured a hazy, copper color with a finger width, off white head. The nose is huge, tons of malt with the alcohol showing through. The body is extremely thick, smooth, with a huge malt backbone, sweet notes, citrus, spices, and an alcohol warmth. The beer finishes with huge spices and the alcohol warmth really comes alive, taking over.

Overall, this is a very different beer. It drinks much more like a barleywine than any "white" would. It has a monster body, and the alcohol is still a little to hot. It has some potential but could use a little aging and a little bit more restraint despite the "Imperial" label.

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