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Catherine's Inspiration - Swamp Head Brewery

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Catherine's Inspiration
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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 12-21-2010)
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Photo of mullenite
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, thick and viscous pour from the tap with a tall dark tan/light brown head. Not very much lacing though this is something I've come to expect from bigger imperial stouts. Retention was good, not great, with the head falling some what quickly to about a quarter it's original size and then staying there for another minute or so.

Smell is strong on the dark chocolate but was not overly bitter dark chocolate. There is some very light dark fruit in the background as well as a very light touch of alcohol.

Taste was also strong in chocolate flavor without a lot of the typical dark chocolate bitterness. There is, again, a touch of dark fruit in the background that matches the flavor of the chocolate well.

Medium body, on the thicker side of medium, with lower carbonation than most.

Overall I would put this stout up there with the best of them. I tend to prefer my stouts a little dryer and roastier but if I'm going to have a sweeter one this is how I want it to taste. I can't wait for the coffee and chocolate infused version.


3/13/11 Moved my review since no one would merge the two listings.

mullenite, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of twizzbeatz
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

twizzbeatz, May 22, 2012
Photo of SauceBoss
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: It was a super dark beer with an espresso colored foamy head.

smell: smell of heavy malt and coffee from beginning to end.

taste: Nice coffee flavor with hint of sweetness to it. While being 10% I did not feel it was overbearing.

mouthfeel: more of a medium-full bodied beer

drinkability: I had this for the first time yesterday at the Shipyard Emporium in Winter Park Florida and it was good. I wanted to try stuff that I couldnt readily get and It was a treat. While I am not big on Imperial Stouts, this one's flavor and mouth feel made it quite enjoyable. I would drink it again :)

Serving type: on-tap

SauceBoss, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of BastionShaw
4/5  rDev -0.2%

BastionShaw, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -0.2%

jsurfs82, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev -0.2%

djtomain, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Jefe73
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BrewDocBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

BrewDocBrew, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of jme015
4.25/5  rDev +6%

jme015, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives looking great; with a midnight color and a tan head; sporadic lacing

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit (prune) elements

Taste: Opens with the chocolate and dark fruit flavors and the big, sweet malt dominates through the finish, though there is some hop balance at the end which adds a nice counterpoint

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit boozy but, otherwise, a first class effort

brentk56, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of ediaz
4/5  rDev -0.2%

ediaz, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of jbear68
3.25/5  rDev -19%

jbear68, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black. No light comes through except in the very periphery of the glass. Rich chocolate (dark) and coffee comes through with notes of raisins, caramel, and toast. Flavor is pretty well balanced with the aforementioned characters, with just a hint of dark, ripe fruit in the finish. Finish is long, toasty, and an astringent bitterness too. A rich, full bodied beer that is carbonated to the point of velvet. Rather smooth and delicious. My only critique is that the aromas and flavors should be more pronounced, as they seem a touch washed away.

DmanGTR, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pitch black with a solid head retention

smell: loads of coffee aromas

taste: a decent impy stout with heavy coffee flavor, chocolate and dark fruit flavor. lots of alcohol kick though

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

CampusCrew, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of cubanbeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

cubanbeerguy, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of kwkurdziel
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

kwkurdziel, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mrsimm
4.25/5  rDev +6%

mrsimm, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hunaphu.. This looks about as good as a dark black beer can look in a plastic cup. Deep black with a big tan head, retention and lace could be better... This is a sweeter ris, lots of dark fruits on the front with a chocolate finish. Its enticing but needs more balance, some roast or coffee would elevate this a lot... The taste again is pretty sweet, milk chocolate and more dark fruits throughout, too one noted. A slight bitter finish doesn't accomplish enough.

An average stout, wouldn't track this down again.

jrallen34, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown / black in the glass, thin ring of brown lace. Smell: a bit alcoholic, anise, a little molasses, vanilla, raisin-esque dark fruit. Taste: moderately roasty, pumpernickel-ish, dark chocolate, anise. Medium bodied with creamy feel, not as syrupy as many RIS. Nice, though alcohol, while not boozy for the style, is also not particularly disguised, and the body could be boosted a little.

babaracas, May 14, 2011
Catherine's Inspiration from Swamp Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.