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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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The Roman Empire had a certain ďje ne sais quoiĒ 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 Ė thatís still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient Ė keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scooter520 (185) - - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 Bottle. Appearance: very thick black pour war with minimal dark tan head. Aroma: huge dark chocolate and coffee liqueur with some dark dried fruit. Taste: exact same as taste with that liqueur taste the only hint of alcohol but not out of place but adds that extra sweetness that is sometimes off putting to me; very liqueurish. Mouthfeel: very thick, syrupy with very little to no carbonation. Overall: toeing the line with being a little to sweet for me but very good from a chocolate/coffee imperial porter angle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Bottle. Pours a thick black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is coffee liqueur, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, graham crackers, roasted coffee, and fig, and almond. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, coffee liqueur, vanilla, brown sugar, fig, almond, and caramel. On the palate the beer is thick, very syrup like and full bodied. Light carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, unfortunately the beer is a bit too sweet which with the alcohol makes it too much like a liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Thanks to Mike, Matt, and Michael for sharing the Evil Twin Biscotti and Imperial Biscotti beers with me. I heart you guys. The beer appears dark brown, approaching black, with a beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, oak, bread, biscuits. Lots of coffee, with a delicious almond / hazelnut flavor. Wow, fantastic tasting brew. Lightly sweet, with a superb vanilla, coffee, oak. Beautifully balanced. A terrific beer I would love to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-07-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
demmbonz (618) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bomber to snifter. Dark brown pour. Pretty thick. Head comes up quick and goes away quicker. Aroma is bitter coffee. Tastes very sweet like chocolate syrup with a bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Rich dark black pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of slightly sweet chocolate. Flavor is nice rich/malty chocolate, biscuit, silky meld of chocolate syrup and mild peat. Decent enough beer, but I donít think itís worth the high asking price of $18/bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeahler (45) - USA - DEC 25, 2012
22oz bottle that is definitely labeled "Imperial Stout" so I donít know why itís in the Porter category. But anyway it kind of slipped itís way into my glass. Thick and sticky with a finger of dark brown head, quickly faded to a small ring. Aromas are rich and extremely complex, bitter baking chocolate, roasty malts, dark fruits like figs and dates, raisins, brown sugar and molasses, almost no hops present. A little alcohol present in the smell. Taste is amazing, tons of cocoa, coffee, toffee, caramel, molasses, burnt sugar and cookie vanilla malt, all roasted and toasted in a beautiful warming finish. Glad I saved it for 12/25. Lovely mouthfeel, thick and creamy, a subtle carbonation helps lighten the heavy body. This is an excellent stout, to be savored and enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (977) - USA - DEC 24, 2012
Deep black with a thin lacing of brown head. Aroma is almond and cocoa with strong black coffee. Almost smells like baked goods in the oven. Flavor is intensely sweet cocoa, coffee and slight almond. Almost a little overly sticky sweet, finish gets a little viscous. However, very interesting and I would definitely try it again. Just fails a little at being nicely balanced, it could use a little more bitter, roasted coffee to even out the sticky sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5408) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, dark brown head. Aroma is strong chocolate notes, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, chocolate candy, coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Body is full with a moderate, dense carbonation and mild alcoholic warmth. Very sticky as well. Ends with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses and brown sugar. Damn tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! I had been none too impressed with the base beer, finding it to lack most of the ingredients I craved in favor of a sweet, syrupy dessert beer. The big boy here interestingly ended up being a bit more complex and complete. Thick, sludgy dark chocolate body. Minimal carbonation but potent, lasting. Strong coffee and vanilla in the nose, with a touch of almond. Thatís the stuff I missed in the merely 8.4 version! For me, Iíd have liked just a bit more presence from the coffee. But still an improvement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1829) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2012
What a beautiful beer. Pours midnight black with a smattering of tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with some coffee in the background. The taste is lovely roasted malts and coffee with a big booze presence.

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