Holgate brewhouse ‘Empress’ imperial mocha porter


imageFrom this ever trustworthy Victorian brewery comes this gorgeous looking mocha porter. Namely the “bigger sister to our temptress chocolate porter”. So any die hard craft beer lover would know what they just stacked this beer up next to.

Served in a tulip glass the jet black pour produced a luscious 2 fingers of brown head that retains and laced well, leaving consistent rings of soapy residue on it’s way down. The aroma does put a lovely emphasis on the mocha and the subtle candy-like sweetness in the background balances out the rich English malts. Hints of coffee beans, creamy vanilla and licorice gives excellent depth on the nose. With a creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation comes a full bodied palate with an intense roasty flavour. Upfront is the gorgeous roasted coffee we were hoping for. Coupling that are hints of malty chocolate and a subtle booze astringency. A rich and malty mid-palate delivers a roasted espresso finish with hints of chocolate and booze. Great length. The 10% ABV is surprisingly buried amongst the brilliant array of rich and complex flavours. Wow, all we can say is this has definitely lived up to it’s name. As the brewers state on the bottle this is the “bigger sister” of a beer that we gave a 9/10 and they are bang on target with that description. Top notch and a definite recommendation from us. Exceptional beer.