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Empire Imperial Stout - Cutters Brewing Company

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cutters Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jmarsh123 on 10-06-2011

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 18
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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cutters just announced that they were closing down their operation immediately and I still hadn't tried this beer from them. I had to scourer liquor stores looking for the last of this Imperial Stout.

A - Pours very dark brown and settles into a clear black color. Mild tan colored head with light lacing.

S - First aroma I get is from the molasses. I've brewed several beers with it and molasses gives stouts this signature smell that I enjoy. The strong roasty aroma is also there with chocolate and some coffee. There is also an alcohol smell but seems to blend into the fermented molasses aromas.

T - Initially has the roasted malt character from the smell first. The secondary flavors are the molasses, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee flavors blended together. It has some subtle complexities with some acrid bitterness to let you know it is a stout and not a sweeter porter.

M - Full mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The flavors only linger for little while and the bitterness and the ABV quench the sweetness. A little more carbonation would be helpful but the beer isn't the thickest so it isn't bad.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. This is not the best RIS I've had but it does have that more novel molasses flavor that I really enjoyed. I am surprised that the brewery couldn't keep it up so I bid this beer a good bye and I hope that next time you try a stout homebrew to add some molasses to the end of the boil to get that signature flavor.

Glass- Snifter

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

4 oz pour at tasting from a growler

A- Deep black holding all the light and goodness inside
S- Coco, vanilla, molassas, wood
T- WOW. This is on par with some well distributed and well reguarded Imperial Stouts. Coco and vanilla ice cream.
M- Silky smooth. Just like I like my stouts!

O- Hugely impressed with this offering from Cutters. I drank a bottle of Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher a few days ago and Cutters edges that out. Very solid brew!

Updated review. Bought a 4 pack of bottles and was hugely disappointed. Tasted of burnt malt. Bitter and strange.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Howard for this one!
Quick review from notes.

Brownish black body, fluffy tan foam forms a substantial head that lasts for a few minutes. Spotty lace around the edges.

Woody tobacco and trace bourbon in the aroma.

Taste is similarly woody with a considerable whiskey booziness, some bitter roast malt there underneath. Feel is somewhat astringent, not overly harsh but it's not subtle. Fairly rich, bitter, woody, and dry in the aftertaste with some residual char. Overall it was alright though I wonder if something went wrong here.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Empire Imperial Stout from Cutters Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.