Imper Ale Nera - Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
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4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Collesi Nera has a medium, cream colored head (which fizzes right away, no lacing, and a murky, deep brown appearance, with some bubbles streams a lots of tiny tan specs suspended throughout. The aroma is of rich, sweet, turned fruit, barley malt, candi sugar, and vegetable matter. Taste is of sweet, somewhat chocolatey malt, a touch of licorice, vegetable matter, bread yeast, and a number of rather strange, unidentifiable things. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Collesi Nera finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and unusual. One detects the alcohol warmth in the chest and head, but not in the flavor. Overall, this is flavorful and interesting.
10-22-2013 13:38:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: After popping the cap revealed a gusher, the beer pours out a coffee brown color with ruby highlights; the head fades quickly, leaving just a few spots behind
Smell: Cocoa, dark fruit (fig, primarily), Belgian yeast and a hint of strawberry (or rhubarb as the label suggests)
Taste: Cocoa and fig, up front, with the hint of strawberry/rhubarb appearing in the middle; cocoa and coffee tones build in the middle along with some red licorice sweetness; fruity and slightly sweet in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: The label says this is a Stout but the beer has won prizes a BSDA, so what in fact is it? I would say that it is a hybrid style that is closer to a Belgian Stout than a BSDA to my palate but I am enjoying it, whatever the category
Thanks, pacent, for the opportunity
09-22-2013 22:43:12 | More by brentk56
3.74/5 rDev 0%
Probably a best before date that I'm reading on here. It's stamped 30 03 13. Have to say this is probably still tasty.
Sleek-looking champagne style bottle with a bottle cap under black plastic. Into the snifter goes a mucky dark brown liquid with a small light brown head. Carbonation really wants to restack upon itself when you shake the glass. All you really get, when it's all said and done with, is a ring of foam.
Dark fruity and nutty aromas permeate from the opening of the glass with a Belgian yeast mustiness. Earthy and a little hairy with booze and light funk. Smells like a cellar full of leaky bottles of stouts and quads. The smell of delicate age comes through with a 'patterned-after-a-quad' Belgian maltiness. Candi sugars dry up almost everything else and leave their flavor behind; along with notes of raisin, prune, date, sherry, and toffee. Along with the obvious Belgian ale notes, I get a little bit of English-style old ale caramelization and a decent amount of roast. I suppose it makes sense, being that Italy is geographically between the two nations aforementioned. Nice complexity here.
Rich plummy flavor with a smooth malty roast and fusel chime. Notes of candi sugar, fig, toffee, and raisin are all here, but succumb to the plum/prune. Alcohol level is appropriate; it's a sipper, but the strength doesn't seem to be that big. It has a light tartness, perhaps I am picking up the rhubarb that the label description lists as a tasting note. Regarding those tasting notes, I get hints of cocoa and maybe a smidge of coffee. But, it's the dark fruits that I really taste. Pretty good, actually.
Criminally thin for the style. Carbonation turned out to be a dud, also. It's really hard to disparage between different flavors when I'm not getting any activity on the tongue. Surprisingly, again, the booze is not really opened-up. I do admit there is an exquisite smoothness to the drink. Attention to some details, duly noted.
This is bordering on quad territory. It's not much like any of the Belgian stouts I've tasted in the past. I suppose BSDA is an appropriate classification. I'd recommend trying this if you can find it on the half-cheap. Paying $14 for this 50 cL Jennie proves to be way too damn much.
07-01-2013 03:04:52 | More by thecheapies
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Finishing my mini-run through the Collesi bottles I could find nearby. This one pours a midnight garnet-sienna topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted malts, light dark fruits, mild biscuit (not plain, but rather with a bit of butter), light clove, a hint of booze, and the slightest possible swath of wet cardboard. The taste holds notes of mild roasted malts, mild dark fruits, brown sugar, light cocoa, clove, light banana, and a hint of coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, it's a bit thin and doesn't have the greatest aroma around, but in terms of flavor this is a better Belgian-style stout than most out there (I'm thinking Allagash Black in particular at the moment, as I just recently tasted that one). Not bad.
05-10-2013 00:15:41 | More by TMoney2591
3.66/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: Near black with a quick-rising frothy off-white head. Sticks around for about 30 seconds-1 minute. Looks pretty good!
Smell: I didn't pick up what others did. The primary smell I get is peppery yeast. A very small amount of dark fruits, almost imperceptible chocolate.
Taste: Primarily dark fruit, very peppery leading into a yeasty nuttiness, with anise at the tail end warping into a metallic brightness which is a little off-putting. A very tiny amount of chocolate (unless my taste buds are ruined by drinking American Stouts all the time).
Mouthfeel: Super sticky. There was a little that went just over the lip of the glass - stopping there. When I put my lips up against that part of the glass they stuck to it.
Overall: Its not a bad beer by any means, but this'll probably be the only time I drink it. Nonetheless, its kind of neat since its relatively hard to find Italian beer imported to my neck of the woods.
03-07-2013 23:03:54 | More by MudDrinker
3.14/5 rDev -16%
A - Pours a very dark, opaque raisin color, light carbonation, and a frothy, billowy toffee colored head which dies down fairly quick.
S - Raisins, figs, a little yeasty, chocolate, light anise, and musty dankness.
T - Raisins, dark chocolate, yeast, and anise - follows the nose. Even and balanced start to finish with a light dark chocolate bitterness at the very end. The malt is a little grainy and harsh at times.
M - Light medium body and very prickly carbonation, slightly grainy, and almost harsh at times.
O - Pricey and for what it is I'll pass next time.
01-18-2013 21:53:36 | More by jzeilinger
4.15/5 rDev +11%
I found this sleek looking champagne style bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. $7.99 for a 1 pint .9oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
The beer poured a dark brown, nearly black color with a huge 4-finger tan head that comes up quickly, so be careful with the pour. Good retention and decent lacing.
Wow, lots of stuff to smell in here! I get tons of cherries and raisins, then some vanilla, chocolate, anise, and coffee, with a whiff of alcohol as well.
Surprisingly it's the bitter coffee flavor that is most dominant , with the cherries and raisins underneath. There's also a good amount of roasted malt, a touch of cocoa powder, and a good dose of warming alcohol.
Creamy, smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.
Good, but definitely a sipper. Not a beer to guzzle down or quench a thirst with. This is one to be savored.
12-15-2012 15:13:42 | More by matjack85
4/5 rDev +7%
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a dense black body that is a slow gusher resulting in a 1/2 glass of foam that is creamy and tan. The head mushrooms above the glass a bit holding its form for a while. There is a wall of microbubbles racing to the surface.
S- The mild aroma of nougat and sherry notes has some dried golden raisin notes but not at all sweet. There is some rhubarb notes in the finish without the tartness.
T- The bright fruity roasted black malt note has some dark fruit and nougat flavors to follow with a soft dry finish. There is some fruit tartness that is very light but grows in the after taste.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz but no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The bottle calls this a stout but I think it has all the great qualities of an old ale. The smooth gentle flavors has some soft roasted notes that blend with hints of tartness and fruit. I really enjoyed this beer but I'm not sure it is worth the high price tag.
06-26-2012 12:46:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Imper Ale Nera from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
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