Imper Ale Nera | Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
Italy
collesi.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lacqueredmouse on 12-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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2
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Photo of acurtis
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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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 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 aasher
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Nice.
The taste is mild sweetness throughout, licorice and milk chocolate.
The texture is soft with a little fizz.
Quite enjoyable.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

RJT

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

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 matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
(I don't know how this beer got entered as "Imper Ale Main Nera". I don't see the word 'Main' on the bottle ANYWHERE. Not sure where that came from. Anyway....mine looks just like the one in the picture, so....off we go.)

This one is a very dark golden brown color. The brown head of beautifully creamy foam is over a finger-width tall. The retention is very good and the lacing is abundant with strands and 'thick' dots, which are very sticky.
So far, this is quite impressive. (It loses half-a-point though, because the on-bottle description refers to it as a stout. The color is way light, for a stout.)

There are lots of dark fruit notes here, which is in line with the BSDA categorization. Also, some nice hints of vanilla and light traces of anise. Light, yeasty, spice notes and some delicious banana scents. Light hints of roasted malts and mild coffee presence. There is a certain 'meaty' quality, which can not be denied.
It's smelling like a Belgian Stout, really. (Then again...I'm not really sure what an 'Unpasteurized Stout' is supposed to be. All I know is that it smells good to me!)

This has a very mild flavor profile...not necessarily a bad thing, either. It has a very light hint of cherries and almost opens up into orchard fruits. Bananas and spice notes from the belgian yeast are nicely handled. A light hint of candi sugar sweetness balances out some hints of roasted malts and dark coffee.

This just barely eeks into 'full-bodied' territory. It has a medium level of carbonation, which has many small, active, bubbles. It is very smooth and has a slight hint of creaminess to it, which is very nice.

This is actually a surprisingly good beer, to me. It's much better than I anticipated it was going to be. It's very smooth and easy-to-drink, mildly creamy, and the 8.0%abv is nowhere to be found, in the taste.
A BSDA session beer...from Italy? Yeah, that's what I'VE got here. How about you?

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Imper Ale Nera from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
3.72 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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