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Empress Catherine - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
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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3.25/5  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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

lochef81, Apr 10, 2014
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Empress Catherine from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.