Catherine's Passion | Swamp Head Brewery

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

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

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap while I was in Key West. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a finger of dark brown head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Bitter cocoa and roast. Full of dark fruit. This isn't a very sweet smelling beer.

Taste: This tastes just like a cop of coffee. Not too sweet. I'm getting dark chocolate, dark fruit, and tons of roasted malt. The finish is bitter and roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a very sweet imperial stout, but I really enjoyed the coffee flavor. Not super balanced, but quite good. I'd have another.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jschott75
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to moose3285, a guy who has been giving me good beer since before I was legal. I kid, I kid, but it’s been a long bloody time. This is the latest in a long line of fantastic-looking hauls. Big old 750ML bomber split with my wife.

The pour is stout black with an afro head that’s never seen a pick; takes a while to jam all that into a pair of 14 oz. glasses. I while away the idle moments watching Loren on Intervention, an alcoholic. Never mind. The nose makes me double-check the description of the beer: sweet sugar & crushed raspberries, fruitier than Merrick…never mind. Smells more like Founder Big Luscious than a coffee/chocolate stout.

Catherine’s Passion has undergone some kind of Transformer-style change since being written about. Sweet malts writ big hold up a solid dose of roast before the raspberry patch kicks in. Mid-palate is more bitter than Newt Gingrich: not hoppy, perhaps fallout from the coffee addition, but it’s more than that, & I can’t quite put my midline groove on it. The finish is pure circus freak, with the slippery fruit mixing with the malt & coffee &, yeah. Uh huh. Despite all the bearded women, I’m having little trouble putting this away.

Swamp Head is so hit & miss for me, ranging from great stuff to, ah, suckage. This is neither, but with no trace of chocolate, weirdly zinging coffee bite, & rampant orchard leavings, I doubt this is what the brewer intended. Still, oddly, pretty good.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not a good beer here must be old

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours pitch black with a big dark brown head on top. Aroma of plenty of roast, bittersweet cocoa nibs, chocolate syrup, lots of earthy coffee, light hop presence. Flavor is big time roasty, some chocolate Hershey's syrup in there with more bitter cocoa powder notes, only light coffee for me here, maybe even a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Lingering dry cocoa powder left on the palate. Medium plus mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A really nice impy stout overall, leaning toward the more bitter roasty side. Could use a bit more body but I say that because I'm spoiled with my CCB stouts around here. Maybe a bit more coffee as well. But a nice base beer to play with for Swamp Head.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 user785335
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Lovely85
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a 2 finger khaki colored head. Head has good retention but leaves minimal lacing behind. A ring of foam settles on the glass and lasts a good while after the head fades.

Aroma is strong dark coffee and equally dark chocolate. Some bitterness to both. Roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. The roasted malt verges on being burnt.

Strong coffee on first taste, dark, bitter, and espresso-like. Dark bitter chocolate. Roasted malt crosses the threshold of burnt, unlike the nose. Dark molasses and tobacco.

Thick, rich mouth feel with a creamy aspect. Moderate carbonation. Bitterness that balances the rich creamy part. Lingering coffee.

Fairly solid stout all-around. Taste has a bit too much bitterness and a unpleasant burnt aspect.

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Catherine's Passion from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 84 ratings