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RATINGS: 677   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (3567) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Pete (non-RB) and to some extent GT2. Pours black with a small creamy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with toasted malts, dark roast coffee, quality dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, roasted caramelized almonds, green chili and hints of charred wood. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, caramelized nuts, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, American oak and hints of peat. Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, round and full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, very tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, roasted nuts and American oak. Very nice! Impressively balanced, smooth and good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (13393) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle, thanks to _angst_, st the pretasting to USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice beige head leaving nice lacing in the glass. Roasted cocoa powder, caramel, peat, hay, coffee, almond, vanilla, milk and cream, nutty notes, chocolate, toffee notes, figs, raisins, biscuits, some hop notes, peat, dry, almost smoked. Coffee flavor, vanilla, almond, milky, caramel, almond, hazelnuts, chilli, spicy, heavy roasted, dark roast coffee figs, raisins, spicy, dry, woody, dark chocolate, hoppy bitter, peat, smoked, perfume notes, ash, burnt, tar, toffee, licorice, cocoa powder. Long bitter finish, hay, peat, smoked, dandelions, bitter hops and caramel. World class!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1675) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2012
Bottled, thx _angst_. Pours pitch black with big brown head. Smells smoky roasted and dill and alot of coffee. Tastes creamy roasted smoky malty, abit dill, abit chocolate and alot of coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (636) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Black pour, minimal head, aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is powerful coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. Reminds me a lot of Victory at Sea. Very intested. Very sweet, almost artificially so, and pushing the limits. Like drinking a sweet coffee drink. Complexity helps make the sweetness acceptable. Overall, an impressive beer if you’re in the mood for this type of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1429) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2012
THis oddly named beer pours inky near black brown with no discernable head. Nose is sweet molasses and just a hint of bread. Taste is sweet malt with some mineral on the front. Medium bitters mild roast nut flavor. finishes with some residual sweetness. High alcohol, but not that apparent other than some initial sweetness. body full, satin, fluid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
bottle shared with mathieuc, tom10101 minderbinder and others. thanks david paquet for this one! black pour with a very nice creamy crema-like, dark beige head, excellent retention and lacing. tons of roastiness, but mainly roasted almonds, soy, layered in layers of strong coffee, booze and light vanilla. roasted sweetness, cloying. cocoa, coconut. average to soft carbonation, full body. very complex brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Tons of coffee on the nose with light chocolate sweetness. Tastes more chocolate and roasted nut forward with a nice coffee hint lingering in the background. A bit more gassy and light than most big impy stouts but still very nice. An awesome coffee beer. Highly recommended

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2603) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with low beige head. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, Taste is of chocolate (alot), roasted malt, coffee, bitter. Palate: heavy body. Overall: Very good, complex. A treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3906) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by David, thanks! Black with a medium light brown head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Taste of biscotti (!) and almost the same as aroma. Like someone said at the tasting, they probable named this beer after tasting it. Liquid biscotti. Alcohol is well hidden. Creamy palate. Complex and well balance. Very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Date: September 28, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet rich chocolate aroma, roasted coffee, touch of dark chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich and sweet flavor, chocolate sweetened with rich cream, splash of coffee, dark chocolate sprinkles add a bitter edge, growing roasted character
Overall: much akin to the ST creme brulee
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

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