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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7354) - 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 (391) - 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 (4591) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (10702) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2013
750ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO)
Black, with a tight tan head. Has a real biscotti aroma, some chocolate too. Pretty nice, but a bit sweet. Alas it’s mega-sweet in the mouth - it’s basically pureed chocolate cookies. Slick and smooth body, and too sticky. I nearly gave this "1" for palate it was so slick, but I was feeling generous. Sugars only just restrain the massive alcohol, but it’s a fairly unsophisticated sweet boozy mess. Shame, as it smelt pretty OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
On tap at City Beer poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, almond and light coffee. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, almond and light coffee with a smooth lingering milk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
This beer is uncategorizable and spectacular. Dark, rich and sweet beyond all reason, the Biscotti Imperial is neither a stout nor a porter, but it is just as dark and rich. I swear I taste actual cocoa somewhere in the middle of this beer. Strong and most dangerously smooth drinking. If you see this beer, GET IT. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1488) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a used motor oil black with a very minimal tan head. Aromas of fig, green coffee, some cocoa. Taste is slightly sweet, roasty, full bodied but with very low carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy roasted coffee and moderate nuts (almost peanut butter-ish). It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights with a small beige head. The flavor starts with milk chocolate and lighter caramel. The finish has moderate espresso, vanilla, and hazelnut. It?s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours an opaque brownish-black from the bottle with thin tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is booze, vanilla, roasted malts, and oaky sweetness. Taste is vanilla and chocolate sweetness, with a hint of bready grain and coffee. Thick and bitter finish that leaves a filmy mouth. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, almonds, dark chocolate, & vanilla; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, rich dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, vanilla, and some licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, rich palate - delicious.

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