Imper Ale Nera | Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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Imper Ale NeraImper Ale Nera

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Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 12-25-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of acurtis
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of AmericanGothic
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Somewhat unpleasant pale chocolate color. Two finger, over-carbonated head dies quickly. Lace is pretty good.

S: Faint roasted malts and a bit of yeast. Perhaps some chocolate. A vinous quality emerges as the beer warms.

T: Again, roasted malts, a little chocolate. Nothing very Belgian. As the beer warms, alcohol comes closer to the front, also some sweet malt. The flavors don't blend especially well-- they seem kind of lumped together, sort of unfinished.

M: Pretty light mouthfeel-- again, the carbonation is too much and getting in the way. Some creaminess saves it from being below average.

O: Okay, not bad, but not really good, either. Just average.

Kind of confused about this one. Seems the name used to be "Maior" (but the cursive made it look like "Main"). Now it's just "Nera." John's Grocery had it listed as a stout, and honestly, this is tasting more like a stout, but not a really interesting stout, either. At $12.99 a pint, I would not recommend. Get Gulden Draak instead.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dbossman
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint; a steady, one inch head and okay lacing

S: Some sour, wet, musty grains; some roasted malts but a bit subdued and underwhelming; some dark fruits and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast

T: Some dark fruits and roasted malts: figs, raisins, and plums mingle; something a bit musty and stale here too

F: Quite thin with a slightly odd carbonation

O: This is an okay dark Belgian but nothing that wows here and frankly just a bit thin and slightly off tasting

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown, only colour is visible around the edges up to the light. Head is beige, thin but retaining a bare crown. Lace is speckled but nice and sticky. Would like more head, more lace, but not bad.

Smells quite English actually. Noticeable grain notes with barley and that slight sour note from weaker dark ales. Hint of cola and darker spice. Some brown sugar notes and cherry are very subtle, barely noticeable. Fairly nice blend though.

Taste is alright at first, but finish is oddly sour, almost distastefully. Has nice roastiness on front that then gets a bit musty. A touch of coconut flesh with some fig and peach notes that don't quite have big fruitiness but more a weak roastiness giving oddly sour notes reminiscent of fruit. Touch of wood on the back, with a slight maraschino cherry note as well, and a slight aspirin character (possibly my least favourite flavour in beer). Touch of bubblegum as well (hold the phone, I think we have a tie here), all of which makes me a bit lukewarm towards this. It's a bit mish-mashed and not quite good, either for a dark beer or for a pretending-to-be-dark beer.

Too much sizzle on the mouthfeel. Good body at first, quite full-textured, but developed a brashness on the mid-to-back.

Not overall bad; there are aspects here that I like and that I don't like. Not too intense that I can't drink, but flavours are not wonderful so I don't love it.

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Photo of effixx
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of xungmound98
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of djeyez
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MudDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Holland
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with a large head and tons of very fine bubbles.

S: sweet malt, cherry, spicy yeast, fruit

T: cherry, roasted malt, sweetness, tartness

M: very smooth with the fine carbonation, medium body

O: more impressed than I thought I would be, it was a solid brew. No idea what it cost, but it was fairly unique. Almost a cherry stout with a belgian yeast.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasantly deep brown colour, quite dark, but certainly without the opacity to make it truly black. Head is thin, but fine bubbled; a decent beige colour. Looks pleasant, although the lack of retention in the head is a bit disappointing.

Nose has big banana esters, and a big whiff of sweet Belgian yeast character. Slight darkness to back it up, but not a whole lot. The Belgian character is very true and full, but there's not a lot otherwise. That being said, it's a pleasant nose.

Taste is rather smooth and light. The esters dominate, giving a banana character throughout, although it has a pleasant lightness on the back, that leaves the palate light. If the sweet esters continued, it would be quite cloying, but as it is, it leaves it pleasant and drinkable.

A decent beer, and a good crack at the Belgian style, but certainly missing some depth and complexity. It's a good beer, smooth and drinkable, especially for 8% ABV, but there are far better examples of the style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lgmol
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It’s 12:23 am on a rainy Friday night. My wife is at work and all my friends in town are busy or sleeping. I have just completed a task on my honey-do list and decided to reward myself with “Imper Ale Main Nera,” my first ever Italian beer.

The packaging is simple and elegant with a heat shrink black plastic sleeve over the cap. I cut the plastic as best I can with a pair of scissors and attempt to pop of the cap. It seems to be resisting my attempts. I try a bit harder and while I am bending the cap, I still have not heard any hiss of escaping CO2. Suddenly a shotgun bang rings out and I feel the brush of air as the cap flies past my face before bouncing off the ceiling, knocking a rolled up newspaper off the shelf and coming to rest on the center of the floor.

The dog barks twice and all is silent. I am ready with a glass, thinking it’s a gusher, but all seems normal on the beer front. I can only guess it was the result of their odd cap which has a plastic insert that goes down into the mouth of the bottle. You may want to wear eye protection before opening one of these brews.

The beer itself pours a dark and muddy brown color. I am not seeing much light penetrate the liquid when I hold it up to the light, but it is not quite opaque. The head is a lovely medium tan and has a nice smooth look to it. Retention is pretty nuts, but the lacing is only average.

The aroma is extremely fruity. Inhaling the aromas makes my brain think more of Belgium than Italy, with plenty of orchard fruit character and some spicy yeast esters. Swirling does not yield any more aromas, only some alcoholic heat.

The flavor is more intriguing in that it is sort of like a blend between a Belgian ale and a stout. It is pleasantly fruity up front with some pear, cherry and raisin, but transitions to a slightly roasty and bitter cocoa finish. There is definitely a bit of spice present from the yeast, as well as a bit of chalkiness. It also has a slight sourness to it. While not packed with flavor, it is a very tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty wonderful. It has a lightish medium body with plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles feel fine. The texture is smooth and yet bustling with activity. The finish is nice and fruity with a bit of sourness blended in.

Despite this bottle scaring the crap out of me and possibly taking out an eye, I really enjoyed this beer. It was not quite as in your face as a lot of American or Belgian brews, but it had very nice flavors that worked well together. I will surely try another one of Collesi’s beers in the future.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle chalice.

A - Pours a dark Brown mahogany colour with a nice off white tanned head that fades real quick

S - Plenty of stewed sweet fruits and malts

T - Nice Belgian qualities of stewed dark fruits. The yeast strains are spot on for this brew and you would think that it was brewed in Belgium. Nice soft boozyness as well

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - This beer is Authentically Belgian. If you didn't know that it was brewed in Italy then you would no know, that is very rare for any beer brewed in the belgian style. Only a little sickly sweetness lets it down.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy, very dark brown liquid, bordering on black. The creamy light brown head settles to a thin covering that has some nice retention.

S- Cocoa, anise, and coffee. The roasty character is very nice and finishes clean.

T- Sweet coffee, cocoa, and anise. A bit different, but tasty. There is a bit of noticeable alcohol and nuttiness.

M- Creamy body with abundant carbonation. There is some lasting sweetness and roastiness.

O- A tasty beer but not something I would go out of my way for. The alcohol is well hidden.

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