Holgate Brewhouse Empress 2022

Style
Imperial Mocha Porter
ABV
10.0%

Beers such as double digit booze imperial stouts or porters would always get the fancy bottle treatment in years gone by. Indeed, they've tended to make the transition into cans later than most other styles made the move. And in releasing their Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2022, Holgate stuck with glitteringly-labelled bottled. Here, however, their Empress – now 11-years-old, believe it or not – goes into cans, and not even 440 or 500ml ones, either. It does, on the other hand, get a fancy new label design to give it some visual heft.

If you've not made her acquaintance yet, the Empress is the elder statesperson to their Temptress chocolate porter: a 10 percent ABV imperial porter featuring cold brewed coffee, cocoa and vanilla. This time around, it reminds me of a mocha as much as ever, with plenty of creamy vanillin nougat character wrapping itself around the dark fruits and darker chocolate. A gentler wintry compatriot to the brewery's aforementioned Imperial Stout.

James Smith

Published June 18, 2022

Name
Holgate Brewhouse
Address

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Phone
Hotel, Bar and Restaurant: (03) 5427 2510 Brewery Sales: (03) 54 273 522
Open Hours

11am to late

Tours

Sat & Sun: 3pm
Book via website

AIBA 2024 entries B2
Frigid Cloud 2 B

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