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Empress Catherine - Short's Brewing Company

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very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CMUbrew on 11-13-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jamesod, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Swettenham_Shire, Oct 31, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

heavydetour, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Thanks to tectactoe for this bottle, a hardy survivor of a summertime trade. 12 oz. bottle hoarded for me, myself, & I. Split three ways.

The pour is Microsoft Mouse black with fleeting carbonation: you blink, you miss. Black licorice flows out of the aroma like a dark lava flow, & I wasn’t even sniffing yet. On closer inspection, there’s black licorice & the vague outline of blackberries. Or maybe that was just the muffin I had this morning repeating on me. Interesting, if overpowering.

Empress Catherine might be overstating her station by a good ways. The taste fits oddly on a big stout. It reminds me most of a nut brown ale, very acorn-forward. Underneath the squirrel feed is harsh bitterness, which might come from the prominent roast or accompanying hops, with bits of chocolate & grainy earthiness. The finish finally catches up to the nose, with a long trail of dark fruit, anise & black licorice lingering into forever. Thin. A bottle for myself will be enough.

Very strange take on an imperial stout that almost works, but ultimately is too schizophrenic for its own good. Decent enough.

maximum12, Oct 17, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

vetteaz89, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HarmonMW, Sep 29, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Vogt52, Sep 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

markgugs, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Evango, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

domfreego, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mikejonze, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MacStinson, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

c-rum, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

a_beckman25, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

nate-henry, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

webmanspidey, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

KevinL, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sparty55, Jun 08, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle poured into a Stone RIS snifter

A- A normal pour created a very short-lived, 1-finger, tan head. Near jet black body shows dark brown edges when held to the light. Decent lacing, though much of it slides down the glass back into the body.

S- Very rich and a little sweet at first. Medium roast coffee with a couple packets of sugar in the raw. Hints of raisin and just a little smoke. Some dark chocolate.

T- Mmm, that's good. As aroma suggests, bold, sweetened coffee. Some dark chocolate. Lots of dark roasted grains. Hints of higher ABV and some leafy/tobacco-like hops, especially in the finish leading to a clean aftertaste.

M- Full body. Slightly chalky with a little alcohol warmth. Slight hop bite as well.

O- A very solid imperial stout. I know it's spent a good month or more in the fridge and it seems to be drinking really well. I'd buy this one again, especially at the $2.19 pricing point for a 12oz. bottle.

GRPunk, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

emottram, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jiggidy, May 22, 2014
Photo of CMUbrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, of course. A darkish head sits on top for a spell and looks good while it is there.

S: Roast qualities and alcohol. Smells like an enjoyable stout.

T: Nice roasty char character with a minimal alcohol presence that only increases slightly with warming.

M: A little too thin for style and my preference, though the ABV didn't have me expecting anything overly viscous.

O: Just a little bit lacking overall. Everything could have been better, though I couldn't score it lower in the other categories. A very nice value though, as I have come to expect from Short's.

CMUbrew, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

TheSevenDuffs, May 10, 2014
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Empress Catherine from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.