Empress Catherine - Short's Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Another in a long line of RIS that I've been tasting before the heat of summer hits. Ah, Shorts my long hated nemesis. The last few things I've tasted from you(hopstache, superfluid, publican porter) have made me reconsider, I hope this one keeps me doubting my opinion. This stout pours a near black mahogany color with a light tan head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The nose is overwhelmed by coffee notes but also carries an abundance of hops not normally found in an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is rather light for a RIS more that of a porter or a black ipa. The flavor is that of burnt coffee and bitter hops. There is a slight roasted malt sweetness and vanilla flavor that somewhat balance the beer but overall it is brutally bitter and not in a good way. It's not the delicious bitterness of hops or burnt malt but that of a beer that does not know what it is meant to be; black ipa or imperial stout. This is definitely a good beer but not what it bills itself to be.
04-10-2014 04:15:05 | More by lochef81
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. 8% ABV and 55 IBU's per the website. Imperial stout?
Pours out to a very dark brown, not quite black, forming a small head with poor retention and no lacing. Thin layer of sediment in the bottle. Mild carbonation, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose immediately reminds me of Founders Porter or the Old version of Kalmazoo stout when it was brewed in Kzoo way back when. Plenty of roast, burnt marshmallows, lots of black walnut, a hint of dark chocolate, and I'm guessing Willamette hops. Very nice nose. Mouthfeel is full, a little chalky and charred, moderately strong hop and roast malt acidity. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of black walnut. The acidity of the hops and roast interferes with it's potential smoothness. Moderate hop flavor in addition to it's moderate bitterness. Green leafy hop in the finish. Moderately astringent as well.
As other reviewers here have noted, this is an aggressively hopped (slightly bigger, but not Imperial) stout. It doesn't have many of the characteristics of other quality Imperial stouts in that it's not as full bodied, is a bit lighter in color, is more burnt/charred, is lower in ABV and OG, more aggressively hopped, and has no dark fruit character. Still, it's a decent refrain from other stouts if you're in the mood for something like this, but I think it's a misnomer.
03-02-2014 04:54:53 | More by Mitchster
Empress Catherine from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.