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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes. A: Pours a pitch black color. There isnít much head, just a small tan-colored film. This has some nice alcohol legs, it must be said. S: This is really chocolaty, with a pleasant backing of black coffee. I really love all the chocolate in the aroma - while itís simplistic, the way the two notes coalesce is really great. A simple but very effective aroma. T: There is a ton of strong dark chocolate to open the flavor profile up. This sensation gradually builds up a coffee tone on the back end. Between the two flavors is a notable cookies íní cream flavor to balance. Tons of flavor help make this a winner, though it could be a tad more complex. Who cares, though?! M: This isnít quite as creamy as Iíd expect a sweet-ish stout to be. Having said that, it features a good body and some nice viscosity. Poor carbonation means the sweetness sticks around for a while on the palate. Despite that, thereís no hint of the 11.5% on either the flavor or feel, and it goes down quite easily. O: I love how chocolaty this is, and how balanced the coffee come across. Having said that, I donít know if itís quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. Certainly, itís an excellent coffee brew, but Iím not sure itís worth its exorbitant price. Even if this were just $10/bottle, I would consume this like water. Iíd still buy it again at $18 a bottle, though.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ulrikolsen (27) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 Tap@Taphouse. Pours black with thick creamy brown head, that quickly reclines to the sides of the glass. In the nose complex coffee, roasted malt with rich dark chocolates. Taste is coffee and biscotti! Rich, deep coffee with chocolate, almonds, vanilla, biscuit with some sweetness but ends dry. East to drink, tough high alcohol, that hides well, but is notable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1021) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bomber purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway a little over two years ago in March 2014 ($18.99). "Best before 2015"...oops (though that seems odd for an impy stout). POURS a basic pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam that soon recedes into almost nothing. AROMA of dark hard roasted malts, roasted nuts, black-ish coffee, and creamy vanilla. FLAVOR of lightly creamed coffee, rich artisanal chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, a certain almond / nutty characteristic, light molasses, and a bit of dark stewed fruits. Also has a slightly strange small bit of sourness into the finish. Very nice balanced sweetness that is well tempered by the roastiness. Lovely soft mouthfeel and quite smooth from start to finish. Somehow the almost 12% is really completely hidden here. Not sure if this would really remind me of biscotti in a blind tasting, but itís a great quaff regardless. (731, 1019)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (533) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
2016/04/17 - Pours a motor oil black with a thick, frothy, tan head that lingers. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, licorice, molasses and light figs. Taste is figs up front, chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses and moderate booze. Mouthfeel is full and slick, with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet, warming finish. Doesn't hide the 11.5%. A delicious, straightforward Imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (510) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2016
Pours shiny and almost-black brown with a brown sugar head that starts foamy and slowly fades to a rim and coating with some native legs. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts and a touch of coffee and nut. Taste is rich, complex and delightful. Mainly sweet. Medium bodied but cloying. Taste is chocolate, mild coffee, and vanilla over a lightly roasted nutty malt backbone. Slight booze and charred wood in the aftertaste. Dessert.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2354) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2016
Aged 3 years. Unreal and smooth. Vanilla, coffee and big licorice. Robust and a touch sweet up front. Light vanilla and espresso. Oh my.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (73) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: APR 14, 2016 Wonderfully dark in color with caramel, coffee, and chocolate rising from the glass. Slightly aggressive pour yielded a smattering of bubbles only and no lace left behind either. Dark fruits like figs and raisins hit the taste buds first followed quickly by a caramel, molasses sweetness. Coffee/roast join in as well as some baker?s chocolate. Moderately full bodied with the perfect amount of sweetness and bitterness blended together on the palate hiding the 11.5 abv quite nicely, plus a pleasant aftertaste as well. I?ve always found myself enjoying Evil Twin Imperial stouts and this is no exception. A bit pricey for me but well worth the try! Amazing!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dambor (327) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2016
Pours dark as hell with no head. Aroma: super complex aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark malt (the usual ris stuff) followed by a pleasant touch of liquor and vanilla. Taste: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate but in a balanced and at the same time bold mix. I taste some marshmallow. Absolutely no sign of the 12 ABV. World-class.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bellco33 (627) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Poured from a bomber into a tulip: Pours greasy jet black with a small tan head. Aroma of sugar, molasses, little bit of cocoa. Taste is cloyingly sweet, glad I split it 4 ways. Nice roasted flavors, cookies, cocoa. Full body, just too sweet for my liking.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle from Belmont Station
Pitch black color with brown head, compact but not persistent. The aroma is wonderful; there are dark malts and dark chocolate, coffee truffle, fresh, floral. Good body strength, with very moderate residual sweetness; it has a very good flavor of dark chocolate, hints of coffee, and a strong dry liquorice presence that brings back memories of Danish beers such as Limfjords Porter; and then a touch of chili peppers.
Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5559) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Black. Smooth palate. Not as sweet as I expected, but some sugar. Roasted malt solid beer, not nearly as sweet or rich as creme brulee.


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