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Brewed by Maltus Faber
Style: Imperial Stout
Genova, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Imperial is inspired to the dark and strong ales once brewed in England and exported to Russia to warm the Zars’ cold winters. It is a very dark beer, almost black, with a full body and notes of coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Long, bitter finish. Can be paired with dark chocolate, best paired with a good cigar and a quiet conversation with friends


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (738) - Samarate, - JUN 17, 2013
On tap @ Il Giusto Gusto. Profuma di malto tostato, di caffè e di torbato. Colore scuro impenetrabile, con bella caduta e deposito. Schiuma tonaca di frate cremosa. Gusto un po’ sciapo. Non colpisce per nessuna predominanza, ma in generale è gustosa e piena. Sul finale ricorda un po’ la salamoia delle olive in barattolo. Manca di tenore alcolico. assomiglia più ad una standard stout che ad una imperial. Ad ogni modo si lascia bere.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinte (353) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some lacing though. Heavy malty (caramel, roasted, coffee) aroma with notes of dark fruits, chocolate and some licorice. Heavy sweet flavour with moderate-to-heavy bitter character that grows towards the finish; salty notes of licorice in the finish. Full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Generous roastiness and dark chocolate morphs into leafy hoppiness and fruity yeast esters in this sizeable Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the pure black .
-Coffee and chicory also appear in the first half.
-Malt character is dense.
-This one’s a tad too fruity yeasty for my tastes in the style.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6249) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
Bottle @ Hotel, Rome. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of malt, coffee, licorice, caramel, dark fruits, raisin. Flavor is rather sweet with malt, caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruits plums, raisin. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. 090414

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3015) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2013
Black colour, tan head. Sour aroma, chocolate, coffee, mocha, somewhat vinous. Sweet flavour, light sour notes, malts, milk chocolate and cacao. Medium to full body, sweet finish, chocolate, malts and sugar. Don’t know if the sour notes are supposed to be there, but they really add some depth to the flavour profile. Love this beer, especially considering the ABV.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Thanks for sharing, Tim!!)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2013
10/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle from Gradi Plato (Rome) @ RBBSG II, my place - BB: III/2012 (2013-751)

Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: chloride, sourish, weird and soapy, some cleaning product, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: mocha, dark chocolate, bit sourish, coffee, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: pretty sour, coffee, sugary touch, overripe fruits, bit dirty, burnt toast. Probably aged it for too long. Have to admit, I didn’t check the alcohol % on this one, and just assumed it was a 10% imperial stout. My bad.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Ale & Hop, Barcelona. Black with a thin beige head. Fruity with coffee and chocolate in abundance, hints of pears. Some roasted dryness balances the sweeter fruit. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2110) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
Bottled 0,33L. Very dark brown color, good and bulky creamy nut head of long duration. Roasty and bitter chocolate nose, aroma is sweet coffee, braced malt, roast wood. Sweetish start mouth, mellow taste, very round palate with decided aroma of dark chocolate, smoked wood and little coffee final.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8765) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque dark brown to black color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, a slight touch of sourness but also a hint of sweetness, some light to moderate roastyness and some coffee. Medium body and carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4215) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
Courtesy of tderoeck. Thx! 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. BBF March/2012. Pours very dark brown, blackish, mocha head. Smell is sweet vinous, mocha, sour red fruit, berries, light chocolate, cocoa, very nice and unexpected. Taste is a wonderful sour RIS, I really do not think that, that was the intention but never the less this is a really good sour RIS. Not sure what is the cause, age, infection,…? Taste is a wonderful blend of sour berries, chocolate, sweet spices, coffee, chocolate cereal, light tang, fruits, med. tang, coffee, very light roast,… Med. grainy chocolate. I am a bit weirded out but this is really good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7193) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Colin. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, meatiness, toasted sesame, honeysuckle, salted caramel and light soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, meatiness, light tang and a touch of alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit meaty.... drinkable enough mind you.


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