Empire Imperial Stout - Cutters Brewing Company
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3.66/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-12-2014 04:28:31 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: dense black body with some dark brown highlights around the edges. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam with a nice lace left on the glass as it dissipates. Attractive!
Smell: rich, malty aroma with hints of dates and a bit of chocolate. I feel like it is a little low in intensity, but the composition, while not especially complex for the style, really appeals to me. Quite dessert-ey.
Taste: roasty up-front with a pretty mild flavor profile, considering its alcoholic strength. It is smooth and rested, and not hot at all, which I really like. Some of that nice date character remains, and it finishes a little bit sharp, but overall it's quite sweet and mild. I think it has a great flavor composition, but I would love a little more oomph.
Mouthfeel: hugely rich body with a good level of carbonation and a super silky smooth creaminess. I love it!
Overall: this is a good beer; one which is especially smooth for its ABV. It's not strongly flavored for the style, but it is so well-rounded, balanced and clean that this can be overlooked.
07-13-2013 05:14:08 | More by flagmantho
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with maybe a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. However, there is a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, molasses, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is sweeter than I expected since the aroma was more roasty and bitter, it tastes like molasses, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and espresso. There's a slight roasty bitter coffee finish, but the sweet flavors linger around longer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and creamy with low carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle of this and also trying some of Cutters other brews at some point.
03-30-2013 22:36:45 | More by bluejacket74
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Pours syrupy black and leaves and very thick and creamy toffee colored ring, very sticky on the sides of the glass...this beer has some serious legs.
S - Expresso, molasses, dark roasted chocolate and light charcoal.
T - Follows the nose with sweet espresso and molasses dominating throughout, finishes with some char before giving way to a bitter dark roasted chocolate finish.
M - Thin medium body upfront with a really thick heavy bottom on the back end (hard to describe), velvet and viscous on the tongue with no carbonation at all. Lip smacking sticky and lightly syrupy.
O - A decent stout that feels more like a cask beer on the tongue and the $13.99 I paid for this bomber in Indiana is a little steep for what it is.
03-24-2013 19:38:38 | More by jzeilinger
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Bomber courtesy of Khumbard.
Served in my Founders snifter.
Dark, thick, stouty. Deep tan head. Nice legs, but no lacing. Good retention.
Smells roasty and chocolatey. The flavor is much the same with a dry roasty character and a surprising amount of bitterness.
Feels pretty good. Medium-full body, good carbonation, oily feel.
VERY boozy finish. Like just way too much so. Especially as this warmed up.
07-04-2012 05:07:48 | More by AleWatcher
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours an opaque black with almost no head. A bit of lacing down the glass.
Smells heavily of chocolate with a little bit of sweetness from the molasses I'm presuming. Not a whole lot of complexity in the nose, but nothing bad here either.
Very thick and syrupy initial sweetness rounding into a profile heavily featuring roasty malts. Very chocolately throughout with a little bit of a coffee/roast finish along with a little bit of booze. Good balance between the roast and malt overall.
Nice and creamy. Carbonation level is a tad high for the style, but not a detriment. Medium-thick without being cloying. Alcohol burn is slightly present, but pretty well masked for the ABV.
I haven't especially liked anything from this brewery before, but I can say this is a very solid beer. Not world class, but a very good smooth and creamy stout I'd be happy to drink anytime I'm the mood for something heavier. The price point is a bit high for a new brewery trying to establish itself, but this a flagship beer so get these out to the masses.
10-06-2011 22:47:56 | More by jmarsh123
3.58/5 rDev -7%
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip. Big thanks to cpmichael for the share.
A: Pours a dark black with mocha colored head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and leave some splotches of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, some oats and a little coffee bean fill the nose.
T: The taste matches the nose to a T. Nice combination of roasted malts, some oaty flavors, chocolate and coffee.
M: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation with a dry roasty finish.
o: This was a very solid brew that I would love to revisit when my palate isn't full of Apple Brandy Zhukov, Brandy Barrel Dark Apparition, Hunahpu...you get the idea.
05-04-2012 13:42:15 | More by Treebs
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
This is my first time ever picking up anything from Cutters Brewing; I’ve had their Scottish ale, but that was shared from some cool guy’s growler. Pretty tasty. This brewery’s about 10 minutes or so from my house, so here’s hoping this one’s good – I’d certainly welcome fresh, delicious beer within short driving distance.
A: Mirrored black body with almost no head; what’s there looks like soda fizz, light brown and dissipating quickly. A quick twirl of the glass brings up a bit of soft beige foam and leaves some globs of lacing, though.
S: The rich, gooey aroma of brownie batter and molasses is the centerpiece – dark and authentic, the chocolate here has a depth that’s simply intoxicating. Toasted coconut and warm, oaky booze come out as it warms, though, stopping this nose just short of pure residual sugariness.
T: A bold palate that’s packing a lot of complexity. Immediate tastes are a soft combination of sweets, the vanilla ice cream, caramel, and chocolate fudge of the profile, along with a tangible raisin and molasses tone. The dark fruit hints at a transition to an earthy, bitter back end, slowly tightening the palate with tastes of bittersweet cocoa, tangy sassafras, mellow bourbon, and a small amount of char. It peaks with a hoppy pine bitterness that I’d expect would be quite oily if the dark malt tastes weren’t in the way. The aftertaste is just that: moderately dry, with hop resins more brisk and sustained than expected.
M: Limited carbonation and a silky body make this go down a bit like the molasses it’s sporting – or maybe that’s a consequence of adding that stuff to your beer. I guess I should clarify that that’s actually a good thing, as it means this beer has a drinkable heft to it.
O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but I paid way too much for it: upwards of $5 for a 12-oz. bottle. At that price, I’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to pick it up again; however, it did pique my interest in Avon’s own Cutters Brewing. Hopefully I’ll be sampling more of their offerings sometime soon.
11-09-2013 03:07:34 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.29/5 rDev -14.5%
a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that settled to a thin ring.
s - dark fruits and syrupy sweetness.
t - dark fruits and molasses.
m - creamy and medium.
o - not a huge fan of this beer. the fruit and molasses don't meld well here and there was something else going on that i couldn't quite put my finger on.
08-18-2013 23:20:47 | More by GPHarris
Empire Imperial Stout from Cutters Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.