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RATINGS: 763   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 – that’s still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient – keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.


Sleuthdogg's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Appearance: Poured with not head to speak of. Head could be forced by a vigorous swirl of the glass. This is pitch black and as I poured it the guys in the room all said "wow" because of the viscosity and the complete blackness. Smell: Coffee and a dark chocolate with molasses. There is some toasted notes also. There is a bitter coffee ground smell, too. Taste: This is like drinking a chocolate brownie! Coffee and sweet molasses show up and something that makes my pucker. Mouthfeel: This is one chewy beer. I feel like I need to chew instead of just swallow when I drink this one. It coates every corner of my mouth with thickness that lingers between sips. No carbonation on this at all. Overall: This is definitaly a beer that must be shared IMO because of how big it is. Although I did enjoy this it is one that is very bold and a HUGE beer.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4084) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 23, 2016
16 oz can from Tavour. Nose is almond, vanilla, with a sweet milk chocolate and lighter coffee background. Black with a medium lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is a sweet chocolate almond candy bar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5373) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Tallboy can from Spirits Jackson. Poured a super thick pitch black under a large slightly foamy mocha colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla extract, burnt muffins, dark cherry, sherry and biscotti. Flavor mimics the aroma with the dark cherry and biscotti coming out on the end of bother aroma and fkavor. Body is dense and thick with softer carbonation but super strong heat throuhout. The heat is a bit too much or else I would of rated this higher.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (823) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2016
Dark brown colour smallish head on top. Aroma has coffee beans, roasted coffee, chocolate chip cookies, hint vanilla, roasted malts, espresso coffee . Taste is dry with espresso coffee, roasted coffee, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sweetness, vanilla bean. Full oily body and lowish carbonation. Oh boy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9986) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, toffee, taste is similar, vanilla, sweet roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (583) - MEXICO - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle, 650ml. A dark beer with a small brown head. Aromas of biscotti, coffee, alcohol and roasted malt. Taste is medium bitter with some sweetnees. Medium bodied, thin and with fizzy carbonation and moderate astringency. Aftertaste of chocolate and biscotti.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (860) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle, 65cl. Opaque dark brown with a creamy to minimal light brown head. Aromas of biscuits, roasted malts, banana, coffee, alcohol. Full bodied, moderate to fizzy carbonation. Texture is oily. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Earthy roasted flavors into a bitter coffee and alcohol finish. Standard Imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (675) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Batch 001. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Quite outstanding nose of rich cocoa, milk chocolate, light vanilla notes, light coffee and caramel over soft hints of almond. Full bodied with a rich and creamy texture that also has oily aspects. World class carbonation / body balance. Just enough effervescence to open the flavors up yet not disturb the rich body. The finish is just slightly prickly. The flavor profile is borderline world class. The alcohol content becomes subtly uncovered. It begins with a rich sweet mixture of milk chocolate and caramel. As the middle approaches, the chocolate takes on a more bitter bakers chocolate profile with cocoa. Mid-palate bitterness is mild with a slight roast aspect coupled with coffee. It should be noted that the coffee aspect is quite subtle. After the middle, vanilla takes center stage with almond underneath. The finish is a slow, slightly dry and with a touch of heat, fade that has a subtle note of plum.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Can into a shaker showing big black with translucent rims and no head. The nose shows deep intense notes of roasted coffee but with a bright note of vanilla running throughout. The palate is aggressively carbonated with a medium bodied. Vanilla sweetness appears throughout lightening the coffee and placing it in the background. Very vanilla forward with a strong alcoholic spice. The almonds and vanilla seem to bring a slight sweetness similar to lactose but overall, a quaffable fun beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pumpkin87 (222) - - JUL 2, 2016
Pours dark brown with mocha head, dense but brief, which leaves some skim. Nose runs true to form, coffee with biscuit/cookie. Palate takes a bit to sort itself out, coffee with a shot of vanilla liqueur, toast, licorice, almond finally comes through as alcohol, so that shot is now amaretto. Gets progressively sweeter as it warms, with black cherry showing up. Though there is a mildly bitter current as an offset, the end remains sweet. At 11.5 percent ABV, your brunch/snack should be something more substantial than actual biscotti.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1650) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base brew: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Mostly coffee and vanilla; some dark malt. Additives are nice but obscure the base brew. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep black, no highlights. Medium dark tan foam. Plenty of lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Slightly bitter up front with roasted malt flavor and light coffee. Very sweet throughout the second half. Strong vanilla taste with black cherry on the finish. I don’t get almond or biscotti-like flavors, though. No alcohol presence, thankfully. Very tasty overall, but borders on cloying. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Not viscous as expected. More of a medium/full body that’s highly carbonated for the style (which makes it easier to drink). No alcohol heat or burn. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely a delectable beer, though it can get a little cloying. Lack of booziness is impressive. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.


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