Empress Catherine | Short's Brewing Company

Empress CatherineEmpress Catherine
BA SCORE
71.1%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 121 ratings
Empress CatherineEmpress Catherine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Empress Catherine is a dark, opaque stout with sweet aromas of molasses and black currants. Rich flavors of dark chocolate and heavy roast provide a malty balance to the pronounced bitterness in the finish.

Added by CMUbrew on 11-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,669
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
121
Liked:
86
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
7.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours brownish/black with a medium sized tan head; some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, earthy hops, sweet lactose, nuts, and molasses. Mellower flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, sweet lactose, nuts, and some earthy hops. Mild bitterness and sweetness. Thin body and medium carbonation for the style. Overall, it's a pretty good beer if you like drinkable and sweeter stouts, but it don't fit well as a RIS.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of maximum12
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Empress Catherine from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.1% out of 100 with 121 ratings
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