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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 thats still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeahler (46) - USA - DEC 25, 2012
22oz bottle that is definitely labeled "Imperial Stout" so I dont know why its in the Porter category. But anyway it kind of slipped its 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1185) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - 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!

3.8
   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. Thats the stuff I missed in the merely 8.4 version! For me, Id have liked just a bit more presence from the coffee. But still an improvement.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2551) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1452) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap. Pour is black with a medium brown head. Aroma and flavor loaded with roasted coffee malt, light chocolate, faint earth, and a light caramel notes. Big and bold.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (2210) - - DEC 8, 2012
Pours pitch black with almost no head. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Taste is huge chocolate notes, brief coffee appearances, finishing with a little coffee/hop bitterness. Palate is smooth and creamy. Nice alcohol warmth without prominent alcohol taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (2081) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bomber from Discount in Waukesha shared by ck1 and my other brother. Pours an inky black with a brownish head. Aroma has liquid chocolate, sweet malts and licorice. Taste is of super sweet chocolate, caramel, some roast and vanilla. Bourbon gets stronger through the glass. Very smooth. Finishes sweetly smoothly choco/vanilla. Very smooth and nice. A hair less alcohol and it would be wonderful. ck1 says 15.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2012
From the bottle at Cajun Cafe Fall Fest 2012. Pours a mean-looking stout brown with a tan head. Nose is huge chocolate syrup, almond extract, cocoa, roasted malts, and some frappucino. Nose is sweet and chocolatey. Flavor follows suit with chocolate syrup, almond extract, vanilla, and booze. Syrupy and very sweet; reminded me of Black Tuesday a bit. Medium in body and a sipping dessert.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle from 16 Tons, Eugene. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma is thick, rich chocolate, maybe a hint of booze. Body is thick, viscous even. Overall effect is rich, heavy on chocolate with more than a hint of smoked malts in the finish, warming nearly invisible. A really superb beer, but maybe not something Id want to have 22 ounces of. Hmm...


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