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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 aasher
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of effixx
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbossman
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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 coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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, 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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Photo of Holland
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +5.1%
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 zoso1967
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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 AmericanGothic
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 laituegonflable
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Imper Ale Nera from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 39 ratings