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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2013
22oz bottle: pour is like crude. Pitch black and oil. Dark brown head. Amazing aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and hints of hazelnuts. Sweet milk chocolate and burnt caramel flavors up front transitioning to mocha, dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of sweet smokey vanilla. Thick, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (188) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 On tap at Bittercreek Alehouse. Have already consumed Ivan the Terrible, Even More Jesus, and Lil’ B. Like dessert in a glass. Hope I’m still able to be objective.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with thick head. Aromas is vanilla, coffee. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, the coffee fades to a background note. Nicely balanced sweetness (marzipan?) in a heavy stout. Can’t wait to try the BA version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2013
Rich tan head dark pour mild carbonation aromas rich chocolate dark fruit mocha coffee cocoa milo vanilla chocolate as well the flavours biscuit taste very malty dryness crisp nutty almond peanut superb touches a bitter of medium noted mocha coffee dark fruit chocolate the finish wonderful tastes rich biscuit tastes the coffee and dark fruit and malt sweet and bitter finish cracking imperial

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a dense black color with a small brown head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is medium in strength with mocha, dark chocolates and blackened grains. The taste is a big blast of dark bitter chocolate, chocolate liqueur, mocha, vanilla, light anise, biscuit and bitter walnuts. The palate is thick and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter-sweet. Overall: First rate RIS-- I loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. A black beer topped by a small, dense, tan head. The aroma is really pleasant and complex, with vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some licorice and dried fruits. A hint of something liqouer like too. Sweet flavor with all the goodness from the aroma, mocha and roasted malts pulling most of the load. It’s full-bodied and faintly warming, with a very soft carbonation. Really lasting finish with a lot of heavy caramel sauce. Not an easy drinkable beer, but damn it’s tasteful and pleasant. Especially the aroma is fine. 131214

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, bread and cacao. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, cacao and malty finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, biscuits, malt and coco. Flavor is sweet chocolateand malt with some caramel, biscuits, warming alcohol and coffee. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Binnys Southloop. Poured black with thin rim of dark tan. Aroma of vanilla and coffee with dark choc. Very light carb with med heavy body. Slight bittersweet taste. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Black pour. Solid dark tan head. Fantastic nose. Chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee hints, and roasted malt. Taste is just as terrific. A little doughy. Thick chocolate bitterness, more vanilla, smoked dark fruit. Chewy and thick. Totally whips.

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