Empire Imperial Stout
Cutters Brewing Company

Empire Imperial StoutEmpire Imperial Stout
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From:
Cutters Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 14.25%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
76
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 11, 2015
Added:
Oct 06, 2011
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  9
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Rated: 3.75 by sweemzander from Illinois

Nov 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by chadhester23 from Kentucky

Jun 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Bisco42 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Actually changing my review of this entirely.

I purchased this over a year ago because they were $3.99 for 4. Naturally, I bought a case. Regardless, several of the 4 packs went into the cellar because initially they weren't all that great. Overly alcoholic and bitter, sweet and hoppy. I've recently revisited them after having one 6 months ago that was a bit better and now, they are phenomenal. It is billed as an American Imperial but it has so many qualities of a Russian. If the year old cellared version of this beer was readily available I would make this my staple. Can stack up with the best of them, seriously.

Buy this beer, enjoy one fresh, then wait about 8-12 months and enjoy the shit out of them. Cutter is onto something here!

Turn it into a Russian and maybe add a bourbon barrel version and this could be something fantastic.
Apr 09, 2015
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Reviewed by dmgeng from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Mar 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by mickmanhattan from Indiana

Jan 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by M1A2 from Ohio

Nov 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by cjmccahill from Indiana

Nov 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jeremiahoden from Indiana

Oct 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3.6 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Oct 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Thishops4u from Kansas

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by freewill35 from Indiana

Oct 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by lurfMalderFulder from Indiana

Oct 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by emottram from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by jeep97 from Illinois

Aug 05, 2014
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Reviewed by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.
Jul 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by lilsmizzul1225 from Indiana

Jul 25, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by ohiobeer29 from Ohio

Jun 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ethanmc12 from Illinois

May 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by jadler16 from Indiana

May 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by StoutIrish from Indiana

Apr 28, 2014
Empire Imperial Stout from Cutters Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 76 ratings