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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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One of our nationís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Pours thick, black, and oily with a cocoa, frothy head and average lacing. Aromas of chocolates, some coffee, and vanilla. Taste is sweet but not overly sweet. A little bitterness on the finish. Nice carbonation, not too flat. Creamy, smooth and sticky. Little alcohol burn, but warming. Finish is long and dry. Overall, I am impressed with this one. Not real complex but sometimes simple is better. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DWestrick (437) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2013
bottle. This is one fantastic Imperial Stout. First Iíd heard of this brewery - but they now have my attention. One of the best imperial stouts Iíve had in a while. Serious taste and remarkable palate. Big fan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7738) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
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 Iím 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 havenít 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 Iíd be happy to drink anytime Iím 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3814) - Coxís 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1049) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. (Not totally sure if this is the right beer, mine said Bourbon barrel aged and black wax) Pours a dead still flat black. Aroma of milk chocolate through and through. Taste is more milk chocolate, slight toffee, barrel and vanilla. Mouth feel is really good for a flat beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
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. Thereís a slight roasty bitter coffee finish, but the sweet flavors linger around longer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and creamy with low carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I wouldnít mind picking up another bottle of this and also trying some of Cutters other brews at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3584) - 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. Thereís some booze noticeable but it doesnít detract from the beer. Itís full bodied and when I had it immediately after some Old Rasputin, I found the Cutterís to be a little more intense. Both are very good, of course. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EamonTheGreat (145) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
Had this on nitro at Yogi's in Bloomington. A smooth smooth imperial stout with great roasted malt flavors. Dark yet smooth and delicious. A pleasant surprise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggirlpanties (186) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
22oz bomber thanks to GT2 and tastybeer. Pours pitch black with medium coffee foam. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted barley, cappuccino, cinnamon, roasted dark chocolate, cream, nutmeg. Hot cocoa drink. Had some metallic notes at first that went away/volatile. Taste is quite metallic, but also some bitter chocolate, cinnamon, roasted coffee. Metallic, lemony twag. Wish it were more robust in mouthfeel. Not sticky sweet, quite light and mildly sour with the creamy coffee. Coffee gets stronger and metallic flavors fade. Needs to sit out for awhile before drinking. Gets a lot better.

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