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Holgate Brewhouse The Empress

Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Imperial Porter
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Mocha Porter
A luscious warming mouthfeel, with coffee induced bitter notes contrasting with sweet chocolate and vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink, liqueuresque in flavour with a kahlua like finish. Like The Goddess Europa on her Bull, its’s easy to get carried away by this little dark number.
Available from 11th Feb 2011 in kegs as Limited Release, and sometime after Easter 2011 in 750mL bottles, approx. 120 only. Very limited and very special!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1506) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2015
500mL Champagne bottle from Slowbeer Proper looking dark beer - jet black body, holds dense brown head. Seriously intense aroma; lots of treacle/molasses/candy sugar thing going on, dark roast coffee, bitter cocoa, licorice & dried fruit/liqueur dessert wine undertones. Thick oil, viscous texture, low carbonation, warming, once again, liqueur-like. Big flavours explode on the palate - dark candy sugar, cocoa, black coffee, charred nuts, dried fruits. Big bitterness, warming finish, not particularly sweet - at all really! Full on stuff - proper after dinner beer - doesn’t sugar coat chocolate/coffee thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2833) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
Wow, smooth and chocolaty. Dark brown with medium airy beige head. Aroma is equal parts chocolate and roast grains. Taste is more so with a little smoke and wood. velvety smooth body, nice subtle bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle tasted at Mane. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nose is loaded with vanilla, some brown sugar, smooth espresso and dark chocolate. Very decadent stuff with a heavy cocoa powder feel to the beer. Loads of mocha notes swinging towards a chocolate driven style. Not overly sweet which is pleasing. Very tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1555) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is malt, roasty, dried fruit and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet leading to a roasty and caramel leading to a dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4256) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from The Wine Emporium September 2013. Nice big head of foam atop a thick looking black beer that Is actually a lot thinner than it looks. Vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 2, 2014
My first one from holgate and damn, Such a fine beer from Australia. A good job there ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (270) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2014
500 ml bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with little head. aroma of coffee, with sweet coffee taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (127) - AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2014
Bitter cacao aroma and warm alcohol notes. What a looker this is, super fine dark tan head. Dark brown colour and a touch of ruby. Dark berries and alcohol are at the front of the taste. Some bitter chocolate but I dont get any coffee. Good body for a porter. Needs more balancing of the alcohol to be great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 2, 2014
Small beige head. Barely translucent deep dark red body. Roasty chocolatey sherry aroma with honey and vanilla fudge notes. Dry-sweet honey vanilla fudge and sherry taste with earthy chocolatey notes. Mid-to-full body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish roasty wooden chocolatey aftertaste with licorice spice and vanilla fudge notes. Nice, drinkable, full of flavour, quite delicate, complex. (0.65l bottle, from ?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
Nice choc aroma. Jet black colour with nice head. Bitter choc flavour with sharp coffee like finish. Medium body and carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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