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Catherine's Passion - Swamp Head Brewery

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very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Catherine II, the 18th century Empress of Russia, is said to have been the inspiration behind the creation of the Imperial Russian Stout, an intensely flavored, robust, dark ale with a noticeable alcohol presence. Legend has it that Catherine also had a voracious sexual appetite; she was known to have many lovers, but the story about the stallion was probably a myth.
We infused our Russian Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs and fair trade coffee, to create a sensual stout with an extra kick. We think Catherine’s Passion would be aroused by this stout…ale.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 01-02-2011)
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2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really did not enjoy this. Mostly because it smells like green peppers and stale, used Folger's coffee grounds. That being said, it was drinkable... just not very pleasant at all. I love some roast, but the char flavor was not enjoyable... Shame. I enjoyed Resentment, but this iteration did not vibe with me.

jbwimer, Nov 04, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz pry-off bottle to a short, stubby tulip. There’s no freshness or bottling dating on this bottle, but this is from this year’s batch, which was released on July 2, which now was about six and a half weeks ago. So the beer is six and a half weeks old. Using simple subtraction. And calender conversion. It’s 45 days old. Yum!

Appearance (4.5): Whoa, hell of a pour on this beer: nearly two fingers of very dense, tight foam the color of hot chocolate. Foamy, frothy, thick, rich. The body is pitch black, of course, and the head shows much better than average retention, taking a decent amount of time to die down, leaving a nearly unbroken collar at the top, thick, scattered legs, and a dense film on the surface.

Smell (4.0): Rich, chocolatey, and very malty, showing rich toffee, overcooked caramel, caramelized nuts, and a rich, dark, fruity aroma—raisins, a little date, and prunes. Raw dark chocolate, the kind that’s got a lot of cocoa and is only lightly sweetened, a little cocoa powder, and a modest dose of French or Italian roast coffee. Rich, and fruitier than I would’ve guessed, but really nice stuff.

Taste (4.5): Absolutely delivers, but with bigger balls and quite a bit more edge. The caramel and toffee are turned way down here, but the dark fruit component—raisins, dates, and prunes, just like in the nose—acts as a solid base for the coffee and chocolate aspects of this beer. The chocolate is the subtle one of these two, boasting rich, 60-70%+ cocoa dark chocolate and cocoa powder, while the coffee shines. Medium-dark roast brew, with moderate tannins, a solid floral tone, light citrus, a bit of leather, light tobacco, baker’s chocolate, and a long, tangy finish: grapefruit peel, a little alcohol heat, and a tannic snap, and it all hangs for a minute before dying out. Man this is good stuff. Alcohol’s there, but it’s pleasant and partially blends in.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A little light for a beer of this style and this size, with a body on the dry side, but it’s smooth, fuller than medium weight but not extremely heavy, and quite tannic feeling, all of which makes up some for the lightness of body. It’s pleasantly oily at first, but it finishes surprisingly dry, thanks to some alcohol heat and that tannic character.

Overall (4.25): It’s a very solid imperial stout, generally speaking, but there are a couple of aspects that really set it apart. First, that rich, dark fruit character in the smell and the flavor offer a really solid, hearty base that you don’t find in all beers like this—a lot of them relay on heavy roast and sweetness, but this has a thicker, more interesting backbone. Second, the coffee is just extremely good coffee, it seems. It comes off subtle at first, but then you find its layers spread out in the flavor in a more integrated, dynamic way. And, it’s a lesser joy, but the tannic character of this beer makes it edgier and more complete, in a way. Overall, it just works, extremely well, and offers a more dynamic character than a lot of others. Absolutely worth it.

fmccormi, Aug 27, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours pitch black with a big dark brown head on top. Aroma of plenty of roast, bittersweet cocoa nibs, chocolate syrup, lots of earthy coffee, light hop presence. Flavor is big time roasty, some chocolate Hershey's syrup in there with more bitter cocoa powder notes, only light coffee for me here, maybe even a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Lingering dry cocoa powder left on the palate. Medium plus mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A really nice impy stout overall, leaning toward the more bitter roasty side. Could use a bit more body but I say that because I'm spoiled with my CCB stouts around here. Maybe a bit more coffee as well. But a nice base beer to play with for Swamp Head.

BMMillsy, Jul 18, 2014
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Catherine's Passion from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.