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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
The Roman Empire had a certain “je ne sais quoi” festive food culture, extravagant architecture and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen – that’s still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient – keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oliodnb (655) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2014
Pours pitch black with a thick, foamy brown head. Smells of ripe dark fruits, light roasted malts, burnt sugar, some coffee. Very good rich taste of roasted malts, lots of coffee and chocolate, ripe fruits again. Full bodied, thick creamy mouthfeel. Some milky sweetness well balanced by the final bitterness. Finishes with a strong coffee aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2014
23/V/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: 1/V/15 or I/5/15 (2014-527) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Pitch black beer, creamy beige to brown head, bit stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of chocolate upon opening the bottle, not really that much in the glass. Then mocha, lots of coffee, charcoal, caramel, bit sweet, vanilla, sugary, on warming up the chocolate is coming back. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, then very bitter coffee, some caramel, vanilla, sugary, milk chocolate, little hoppy. Aftertaste: bitter chocolate, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, bit of vanilla, caramel, slightly hoppy, bit fruity, red berries, alcohol, bitter dry hoppy ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1460) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Aroma is chocolate, mocha, coffee, and sweet pastry. Taste is a deep malt profile with flavors similar to the aromas. The sweet chocolate character is dominant here. Not much hop character observed. Body is jet black with a brown bubbly head that retains fairly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4020) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Draft. Strong nose of sugar and biscuit and toast. Pour is pitch black and minimal light brown head. Taste is very much like a sugary doughnut. With some light toast. Slightly sweet. Lots of boost through the finish. Pretty jive. Sticky on the lips.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2010) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
It’s a high ABV coffee stout/porter that is well made, which gives you a general idea of what it tastes like. Kind has a cafe mocha quality, not too sweet though, a bit of a spicy coffee note. Not as luscious as my absolute favorites in the style but pretty damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, espresso beans, roasted malt, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bomber. Deep deep brown nice khaki head. Taste is incredible roasted coffee, brown sugar, chocolate. Smooth. Great body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bomber thanks to respertFTW. Near black with a dark, beige head. Dark fruit and sugars. Exactly as described.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xlts (76) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Great brown head, pristine bubbles. Pitch black body. Aroma of dark malts, yet roastiness is not overpowering (like in most imperial stouts). Not really hoppy, very sweet and even vanilla-like overall. Taste is primarily sweet, ballanced by pleasant hoppy bittnerness. Very drinkable. First-class imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7432) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2014
Courtesy of and thanks to tderoeck. 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Procrastinated Spontaneity /…………/ 2 Boekjes” tasting @ Gent. Darker brown blackish with little head. Smells like chocolate syrup, sweet, simple syrupy with some sweetened coffee, touch nuts, melted milk chocolate. Tastes like cold coffee, chocolate syrup, hint anis, dash molasses, sweet sugary, cacao powder, melted milkchocolate, sweetish, touch hazelnuts. Little carbonation, syrup feel to it. Nice beer but a bit simple, quite reminiscent of chocolate syrup which makes me wonder a bit about the whole hype behind. I did enjoy blending this beer with about 6 different Mikkeller Spontan beers. My favourite was SpontanElderflower, worked really, delicious stuff.

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