Catherine's Passion | Swamp Head Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rachael5
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lasering
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mrsimm
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MrBryson
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for hooking me up with one during the Swamp Head CCB tap take-over during ACBW! Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal dark brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and a subtle hint of vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. If I'm honest, I really wasn't expecting too much from this one but it gave me quite the surprise. Really excellent flavor and aroma going on here. The flavor was toned back a little bit, but in a good way. If all of this would have hit you at once it definitely would have been overwhelming for most. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one, thanks again Jeff!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

generously provided by calton i was very, very happy to be able to try this one, used it as my night cap last night, and poured into a snifter.

Huge big creamy frothy head, colored dark brown that would not fade on me, had to stay around and hang out. Black as night with big lace, looked perfect for an Imperial Stout, had to give it a 5! Smell was complex, albeit not as strong as I would have liked, but Chocolate, caramel, and coffee all were able to come through for me. Hint of alchol, but the taste was ...yummy! Totally coffee and chocolate duking it out to predominate this one. Alcohol definatly there s well, but not bad at all, just enough to let you know to watch out. Hint of chocolate came through as it warmed, big dry hoppy finish, very nice! This is a very thick drink, like a chocolate milkshake, very warming a it goes down, very creamy and great late at night before bed!

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of rbenitez25
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy roast on the nose. Reminds me of a terrible batch of nescafe instant coffee, very watery nescafe, in a good way. Very nostalgic. Great beer. Not too strong like most imperial stouts but packs just as much flavor.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of fmccormi
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.

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Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid imperial stout. Its on the bitter end of the spectrum. That's not bad if you don't care for too much sweetness, and also allows for the addition of all kinds of flavors, which they do regularly. Flavor comes on nicely as the glass warms.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, raw cocoa, and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with cocoa and coffee.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elimav
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Catherine's Passion from Swamp Head Brewery
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