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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Pitch black body, decent sized dark khaki head, solid soapy lacing. Nose is robust with espresso, almonds, chocolate, vanilla, peat, roasted malts, and caramel. Flavor is similar, but lacking the same intensity, clarity, and completeness. Full bodied, smooth, creamy carbonation, roasty, lightly bitter finish. Quite interesting.


3.5
bierkoning (13451) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2017
Can. Black. Malt, roast, cinnamon, chocolate, hazelnuts and cacao in the aroma. Malty sweet alcoholic flavor with dark chocolate, hazelnuts and salted licorice. Cacao, roast, coffee. Sticky but decent.

3.4
puren (1183) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 19, 2017
PREZENTACJA: czarne z brązowymi przebłyskami, piana śladowa, sycząca, znika od razu;
AROMAT: pety w wodzie, popiół, po zabełtaniu na krótko migdały z wanilią;
po odstaniu dominuje wanilia z migdałami i nutka coli;
ODCZUCIE: ciało zawiesiste, najpierw średnie, średnio nasycone, zaraz obok dość gęste, syropowate, na długo oblepiające podniebienie, bąbelki drażnią język i przełyk, alkohol od razu rozgrzewa przełyk i lekko znieczula jamę ustną;
SMAK: bardzo słodki - migdały, wanilia, syrop klonowy, czekolada deserowa, cukrowa pianka, słodkie toffi, średnia czekoladowa goryczka ;
OGÓLNIE: dobre piwo, ale po IS, zwłaszcza z taką notą, oczekiwałem znacznie więcej; przeszkadzają mi drażniące zbyt wysokie nasycenie i odrobinę zbyt piekący alkohol - aromat i smak są zbyt zachowawcze, by przechylić szalę na korzyść piwa; poza tym nie prezentuje się ono zbyt ciekawie, jest to szczegół, który wpływa na całą ocenę.

3.9
nudiebear (354) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Shared by Meilby, thanks! Alcohol, biscuit, almonds. Medium sweet, full bodied.

4.2
Maarten1993 (1327) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2017
Drank in "Only good beers" while writing. Nice beer! Reminds me of KBS imperial stout due to the coffee-ness, but this is a very rich beer. Really like it. Alcohol is hidden, but present in the aftertaste, which even reminds me of Amaretto a bit.

3.4
xavras (38) - - SEP 15, 2017
Przewidywalny aromat, głównie czekolada i kawa. Barwa ciemna, nieprzejrzysta, lekka piana. W smaku to, co w aromacie, plus "ciasteczkowośc", smak jednak dość mdły, ciężki do picia większej ilości. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny. Bardzo mnie to piwo zawiodło.

3.6
SimonBlok (673) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2017
1 pint can split with Gyhallmanti. Appearance: pitchblack with medium dark head. Aroma: madame jeanette, paprika, coffee, cacao, earth/geosmin. Taste: high sweetness and high bitterness. Notes of paprika, madame jeanette taste (without the spice), coffee, earthy. Palate: medium bodied, sticky texture and soft carbonation. Expected more of this. No 'biscotti' to be found. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
gyhallmanti (591) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2017
1 pint can split with SimonBlok. Courtesy of SimonBlok. Pours a jetblack colour with a thin foam layer creeping up the glass. Aroma of paprika, coffee, medical supplies, cinnamon, cream, spices. Taste is medium sweet, moderate bitter with a moderate dry finish. Notes of paprika, cooked vegetables, coffee, cream, spices, earthy. Texture is oily to thick, full bodied with moderate carbonation

2.9
SonOfAnarchy (485) - ST HELENA - SEP 10, 2017
Pint-sized can. Pours jet black with a tan head. Aroma of gentle dark roasted malts, hazelnut liquor, marzipan chocolate. Taste is dry with average to high bitterness. Flavors of warm and slightly spicy alcohol, roasted dark malts, slight coffee, slight cocoa, and a touch of almond. Medium body, smooth yet thick texture, average carbonation. Frankly, I expected more from such a renowned brewery while this brew is ONLY fine at best. It has a certain "je ne sais quoi", as the label suggests, though it's not enough.

3.7
PowY (908) - AUSTRIA - SEP 10, 2017
From tap at Mash Craft Beer Festival, Barcelona. Nearly black color red-brown with a light red-brown head. The aroma is full of roasted malt - nuts, caramel, coffee - and some herbal hoppiness. Medium to full body with a medium sweetness and a light to medium bitterness. Flavor of sweetish roasted malt - chocolate, some coffee, nuts, ash - and some earthy, herbal hop notes.

Aroma: 7
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 14

3.7
MikeBeermaster (944) - that shaggy maggot, POLAND - SEP 8, 2017
A touch of solvent in the aroma with notes of chocolate pralines, some liquorice and freshy grinded almond. Deep dark mahone in the glass with minimal tan head. Taste is semi sweet with notes of pralines filled with alcohol, liquorice, drinking chocolate and some nutty touch. Very oily and very complex, with roasty, literally – burned astringent finish. Maybe beer is bit sticky and too sweet, but in the long run is tasty with PERFECTLY hidden alcohol. Good work.


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