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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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One of our nation’s most regal structures, the Empire State Building features 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone and granite. For this historic construction project the Empire Quarry in Lawrence County was specially chosen to be the sole source of the stately stone.

In tribute we present our bold Empire Imperial Stout, black as night and pouring with a thick tan head. It starts with an espresso-like, malt flavor and finishes smooth and slightly sweet from the addition of molasses in the brewing processs. Like standing at the top of a 102-story skyscraper, Empire is rewarding but not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, ash, raisins, caramel, molasses, and light oxidation. Flavor of ash, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and dark fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours black in color with a small off-white head. Really roasty and smokey nose. A bit savory/meaty. Some earthy hops, a lot of licorice, and a bit of soy sauce. Not much in the way of sweetness. The flavor is quite heavy on the roast, ash, and smoke. A touch of molasses sweetness, licorice, some char, and a bit of earth. Moderately bitter and slightly acidic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
650mL thanks to tastybeer! Pours a clear, deep, near inky black. Larger, deep mocha, coffee foam. Insane retention, sheen, rocky. Excellent aesthetics. Nose is a bit detergent/soapy, dish water, black olives. Taste is very lemon sour, tea tannic, and dusty/woody. Not a lot of chocolate, coffee, or rich dessert character. Palate is thin, papery, dusty, tannic. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7982) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, oak and alcohol aroma. Dark brown with moderate tan head. Smoky chocolate/molasses malt flavor with a moderately bitter herbal finish. A tad rough but damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5856) - Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Nitro draft to taster. Looks good for the style; settles into a dark cola with creamy light beige nitro lacing. Smells solid; dark malt, dark chocolate, and some roast. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2014
12oz bottle scooped up in Columbus. Classic espresso, oily chocolate, sweet aroma. Really balanced. I’m pretty happy to have a well crafted Imperial Stout these days, and not some wacky variation of. This finishes slighty warm, the hops and alcohol have an interesting interplay. Rich sweetness, a lot of malt depth. Vanilla touches. Nice molasses tones. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4120) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours black with dark tan head. Scent is spiced...molasses and vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate and wood..... Coffee bitter and alcohol burn in back. A little harsh, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3611) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
tap - Pours black with a small tan head. It smells of chocolate malt, roasted coffee, and alcohol. The taste is sweet and full of roast chocolate malt. There’s some booze noticeable but it doesn’t detract from the beer. It’s full bodied and when I had it immediately after some Old Rasputin, I found the Cutter’s to be a little more intense. Both are very good, of course. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650 ml bottle
Imperial stouts are always a gamble because most of the time they cost more than other styles (probably due to the expense of the brewer). This one though is a gem that should be better known. On par with beers like NABC Thunderfoot, this is perhaps even better than Upland’s Teddy Bear Kisses. Pick up a bottle next time you can.

Aroma / Appearance - Oily black with long spindly legs this is just what you would expect from a well crafted imperial stout. The head takes quite a while to settle down. Chocolate, malt, smoke, plums, oil, and anise balance well with nothing in particular taking center stage the whole time.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is like sucking down a glass of half melted Hershey’s kisses blended with cold coffee. Anise, plums, and smoke complete a rich texture that refreshes the palate. Deceptively smooth it doesn’t fatigue even after almost a full bomber. I can’t wait to see what the bourbon barrel aged version is like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3019) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee, oaky, vanilla, peat, alcohol aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Smoky chocolate, coffee, molasses, prune, vanilla, and alcohol flavor. Smooth, creamy full body with a bit of an alcohol burn.

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