47. Samuel Adams Imperial White

Sam Adams goal with their Imperial Series was to push the limits of classic beer styles and “create a new drinking experience”. Well they certainly did that with this beer but I am not sure they were successful. The description from Samuel Adams website (see below) says “you’ll be amazed by the flavors” however I could not taste anything more than the significant amounts of alcohol. Samuel Adams White Ale is one of my favorites so I was hoping the Imperial White would draw on that same flavor but it does not. I would not recommend this beer.
Pros: Color
Cons: Significant alcohol taste and burn
Alcohol Content: 10.3% ABV
Calories: 321
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: A new perspective on the classic witbier style.
Samuel Adams® Imperial White represents a new perspective on the classic witbier style.  Witbiers are normally light and refreshing with a fruity finish.  We wanted to see how these characteristics would stand up when we amped up the recipe and we were totally blown away by the flavors that were created in this beer.This is not just a more intense version of Samuel Adams® White Ale. Samuel Adams Imperial White is a new recipe that stands on its own.  In fact, it is more of a wine substitute than just another refreshing witbier. This is a beer that should be sipped and savored and you’ll be amazed at the flavors you’ll discover as the beer warms and opens up.

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