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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Tap at CBC Clerkenwell, Pours brown, deep dark brown almost black, off cream thin head. Nose of biscuits, some fruits, and chocolate. Chocolate cake on the palate, big dark fruits, cherry, prunes, figs and dates, lovely beer, quite simple but not in a bad way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
22oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Coffee vanilla hazel nut aroma. Coffee and sweet malt taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
Tap at CBC Clerkenwell at the Evil Twin meet the brewer event. A seriously good beer. Decadent chocolate and mocha notes which go hand in hand with the ash in this. Well balanced stuff. As amazing as this beer is, it still doesn’t compare to the Decicco version which is simply perfection

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from the Craft webshop. Very dark brown/black colour, thick golden head which fades. Feels oily in the mouth, thick and boozy. Aroma is booze, dark, dark fruits, very roasty, dark chocolate, bit of coffee, the usual I guess. Taste is similar, but high on the fruitiness. Christmas cake elements, but boozy fruit, rather than spices. Nice bitterness at the finish. Dark chocolate, brown sugar. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle: Deep, black center with very small edges of dark ruby & mahogany. A small tan head forms for a moment & quickly fizzles into a modest ring around the edge. Aroma is both robust & complex with notes of deep roasted espresso, coffee beans, nuts, milky sweetness, & some light, ashy char in the back-end. Coffee/espresso is the most prominent aroma; it’s very pure & inviting, very discernible from other coffee beers. Taste has heavy coffee up front; deep & roasty backdrop with a strong overlayer of creamy sweetness & lightly residual brown sugar. Burnt syrup, mild molasses, light vanilla, & even reminders of hazelnut (very nutty in the finish). I get a touch of dark fruit & anise with time, but mild compared to the coffee & brown sugar onslaught. Deep mocha java finish with dark chocolate growing in flavor as it gets warmer. Great beer, just wish it was a little less expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5138) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
I’m not a coffee fan, so didn’t think I’d like this.... I was wrong. Pours dark brown with a burnt orange head. The aroma has coffee, cream, chocolate, heavy roast and licorice. Everything was lush and rich with nothing dominating. It has a medium rich body with a nice amount of gentle carbonation. The flavor begins with dark chocolate, rich caramel, smooth toast, vanilla and earthiness. The finish bring out the coffee, but it’s part of the beer, not overwhelming. There is also some earthy hoppiness. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
poech73 (319) - Braine, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
Draft @Hoppy Loft. Bière d’un noire opaque au col mince persistant offrant un nez herbacé, agrémenté d’effluves de malt fortement torréfié, de mélasse, de poudre de cacao (levure?), avec une pointe de céréales grillées. En bouche, le breuvage est fort moelleux et légèrement onctueux sur des notes sirupeuse moyennes tirant vers le lacté et finissant avec un arrière goût amérisé astringent moyen qui assèche la langue. Palais moyennement gras. Dommage que l’alcool reste prépondérante et tape un peu (dixit le gars au bar), et que tous les arômes arrivent à l’avant et s’estompent assez vite pour rester avec ce goût de café fort légèrement acide, en plus de l’alcool. En fin compte, je reste avec une dégustation en deux temps : mais c’est aussi ça un Porter, je suppose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Brune foncée, col moka laissant un doré sur le verre. Arôme est profond malté, grillé, note de café et un léger rétro-nasal biscuité. Palais est fort sur le côté café et pas mal de note torréfiée. Alcool ressort bien, sorte de note lactose avec un biscuité bien présent. Léger chocolaté, pointe houblonnée en fin de bouche procurant de belles notes épicées. Le tout reste épais et complexe avec une dominance incontestable des malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Delicious dark brown full bodied stout. Sweet aroma and taste of caramel. Dark town brown head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5061) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Aroma is dark chocolate, dark malts, earthy notes and a hint of fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, earthy malts, chocolate/dark chocolate, a hint of citrus, coffee and a big acidic finish. The alcohol was relatively hidden, this was very good.

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