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RATINGS: 799   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BLADT (698) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 20, 2014
From bottle. Dark, dark brown. Almoat no head. Nose is liquorice, mocha and hazelnut. Taste is high percent cacao, espresso, mild cherry, and an unplacable nuttiness. Bitter. Oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see. Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it’s ridiculous. I don’t get the alcohol one bit. Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can’t be tasted at all, but certainly felt. Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it’s also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that’s well worth trying. One of the best beers I’ve ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that’s to be expected from this beer, I think... but that’s just a nitpick. Buy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2014
sample at Classic City Beer Fest. Thick dark brown pour with mocha head. Dark cocoa and thick coffee, with some dark fruits, nutty. Thick velvet mouth. Lovely and bold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3505) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottled. Pours black in color with a tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnuts and vanilla in aroma. Rich and strong. Very smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate with roasted coffee and vanilla in taste. Really nice tasting, the drinkability is really on a high level and no sign of the abv here. More on the bitter cocoa side towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1621) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 13, 2014
Bue à la pression. Couleur noir profond. Amande et vanille au nez, qu’on retrouve au palais. Puis finale sur le café avec une légère amertume. Le tout superbement équilibré.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (2307) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2014
Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is Huge on the chocolate. Also some nice dried dark fruits, lovely vanilla notes, roasted coffee, cocoa and some chocolate fudge. Taste has some nice rich chocolate notes as well. Also some roasted coffee, vanilla, dark dried fruits, cocoa and a bit savory overall.Balance is just spot on. Never gets cloying. Really big and drinkable beer. I understand the hype of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1693) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 11, 2014
Oh jeez. Pours pitch black with very little, dark brown oily head. Aroma has soooo much nice, dark chocolate, a nice roast, a slight smoke and some vanilla. The taste is very pleasing with sweet notes of dried plums, chocolate and vanilla. Along follows a nice roasted, dry coffee. If i didn’t know, i would have guessed that this beer contains around 8-9% alcohol. Slight fizzy carbonation, and very full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4263) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
Near chewy body with carbonation that struggles to keep up but is not obviously too low. Rich flavor, even for style. A bit too sweet up until the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluffy (2357) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
not sure why this exists, as the barrel aged is far superior. on its own, this is just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - APR 4, 2014
65cl bottle at Schouskjelleren. Best before 2015. No other date or batch info. Pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with alcohol, oak, sherry and syrup. Flavour is sweet at first but gets really bitter after a while. Lots of alcohol, raisins, syrup, sherry, oak and cocoa. Long, lingering aftertaste. I was disappointed by this. I heard so much good about it and I feel it didn’t deliver.

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