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RATINGS: 676   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bomber into a snifter. Pours viscous, black as night with a razor-thin brown head that shows up when things start to settle. Big roasty vanilla aroma with a nice cookie sweetness. Smells like fresh biscotti with coffee overall and taste the same. Nice dry finish. No booziness except on the very end. Very warming. Great sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6040) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Growler at the RBWG welcome dinner
Appearance: Black with a small tan head, light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, spices and peppers
Taste: Peppers, roasted malts and smoky
Very tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Kerry! Thick black pour, slight gushing but not bad, dark brown head that fades quickly, aroma brought big notes of dark cherry, chocolate, dark fruits, nice maple syrup, cocoa nibs, nice espresso bean, hints of vanilla, thought it would be infected, it might be slightly but it manifests as dark red fruits, which I dig. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, nice espresso notes, mixing into vanilla, maple syrup, but not in a sweet way, nice dark cherry, hints of nice toffee, caramel, and molasses, finishing fairly bitter, but a nice sweetness. This is delicious, and everything I hoped for. I would love more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
El_Jefe (62) - - FEB 21, 2013
Aroma is chocolate and raspberry. Color is a rich dark brown. Taste is very complex chocolate and cherry. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap. Colour...onyx with no head. Nose... Roasted hazelnuts, strong stale coffee, and coffee Nips. Palate... Very little CO2, but a massive burst of coffee flavour (heavily sweetened coffee), coffee infused chocolate, espresso beans and cafe au lait with a shot of coffee liqueur. I think I taste a pattern here! This’d be a helluva of a breakfast beer (as long as you didn’t have to go to work that day!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1057) - Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours pitch black with a super thin mocha colored fizz. Smells strongly of coffee and vanilla, and hints of almond. Taste is bold coffee and espresso with subtle vanilla notes. Medium-to-full bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break finishes with an explosive amount of sweetness that never becomes cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle; Pour is dark brown with a fine bubbled two finger khaki head in this glass. Retention is average, lacing is quite prevalent here. The nose is cinnamon, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, roast, and graham crackers; The flavor profile is more of the same for me; dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, graham cracker, vanilla, nuttiness, espresso, slight alcohol burn, viscous sweetness, This one lived up to the hype for me; I enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bomber. Poured inky black with a short, but well-retained smoked beige head. The aroma picked up ashy smoked malts, coffee, maple, and vanilla with light, fresh herbal hop accents.. lots of rich, dark sweetness going on, but it worked. The flavor opened with a little tangy green coffee bean and black pepper, with warm, syrupy chocolate, coffee, and a hefty complement of almond behind.. sweet almond, chocolate, and vanilla over roasty coffee on the finish. Heavy-bodied and oily on the palate.. sweeter than I needed, but it was coating and tasty.. and it held the 11.5% very well in check.. this was mighty tasty, but after about 6 ounces it became a chore to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanuta06 (393) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Serving: from tap at The Beer Junction. Aroma: moderate chocolate aroma. Appearance: small, frothy, brown, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark brown/black body. Taste: heavy/harshly sweet, dark-chocolate, initial flavor and finish with long duration. Palate: medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation. Overall: at first it tasted really good--like a dark-chocolate bar--but the overwhelming sweetness quickly got old. By the time I’d finished half the glass, I was getting tired of it and it took a while to finish the second half. Reminded me of the days after Halloween during my childhood when I’d eaten too much candy in one sitting. It would be great in a four ounce sampler, but an entire glass was too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a dark brown color with aromas of almonds, cookie, light vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee. Flavors are the same, mostly light almond cookie with some chocolate added. A nice porter overall.

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