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Empress Catherine - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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Kramerwtmf

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-17-2014 05:36:45 | More by Kramerwtmf
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-16-2014 22:14:53 | More by iL0VEbeer
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avschmitt

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-15-2014 17:29:23 | More by avschmitt
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-15-2014 02:41:45 | More by DanGeo
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lochef81

Michigan

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
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-09-2014 02:27:54 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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MichPaul

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-06-2014 03:50:13 | More by MichPaul
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jlmathis

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-04-2014 06:10:10 | More by jlmathis
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-03-2014 03:19:36 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/27/2014. Pours pitch black color with brown edges with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, pine, floral, grass, light citrus, light smoke, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of deep roasted malt and a good amount of pine/floral hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, light smoke, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roast, char, toast, floral, grass, pine, light smoke, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of deep roasted malt floral/piney hops flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of deep roasted malt and floral/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

03-27-2014 04:31:19 | More by superspak
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-24-2014 04:00:09 | More by EB1
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ralerwen

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-22-2014 04:20:37 | More by ralerwen
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-20-2014 00:19:44 | More by Syracuse12
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-19-2014 19:13:09 | More by BMart
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azdback

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-18-2014 02:10:33 | More by azdback
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-18-2014 00:31:25 | More by tommy5
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-14-2014 00:58:25 | More by Zach136
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-13-2014 03:10:52 | More by atone315
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rkf1976

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-10-2014 02:10:20 | More by rkf1976
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-09-2014 15:01:44 | More by BEERschlitz
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-09-2014 03:20:37 | More by Stinger80OH
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Sirvis

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-08-2014 05:05:50 | More by Sirvis
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Knutron

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-06-2014 21:43:10 | More by Knutron
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-06-2014 12:22:56 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottling date has rubbed off.

A- Pours black with a slight amount of light coming through on the edges. Has a medium sized light brown head.

S- Some dark roasted malts, slight black currant, and a hop presence that is definitely out of style.

T- Similar to aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, some black currant, finishes with lots of hops.

M- Light for an RIS.

O- You really could label this an Imperial Black IPA if you wanted to, I think it might get better scores as well. Not a bad beer but just less than what I'm expecting for a RIS, especially one from Short's all of their stouts that I've had to this point have exceeded my expectations.

03-06-2014 07:31:55 | More by PaulyB83
Empress Catherine from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.