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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie likes. Smooth. Hop bitterness is mellowed by good malt. Nice malty. And likes. Said yum. She gives 3.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle from a trade extra from Cbok. Thanks! Pours a very dark, opaque motor oil with a small mocha head that ringed and laced some in a snifter at home. The aroma is cocoa nibs, Nesquick, vanilla, graham cracker pie crust, roasted malts, and butter. The taste is cocoa nibs, pie crust, butter, vanilla, light coffee, and heavy malts. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. The mouth is a little dry on the finish and the cocoa lingers. Pretty good. Lower booze level for an Imp Stout but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3745) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing an opaque, black/brown hue, with a rather persistent layer of bubbly, brownish tan head foam, and dots & dashes of clingy lacing, The nose was extremely roasted, with bakerís chocolate, maybe a touch of treacle, but mainly dry. Medium bodied, the taste continued the presentable malt, adding a moderate hop bitterness that was earthy & dry, and finished in like fashion. After sampling so many sweetened versions, this was a nice, no nonsense, crisp change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Thanks to Eric S. on gifting this to me after his trip to Michigan. 12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with dark crimson highlights around the edges. Almost no head at all in the snifter. Aroma is light roasted malts, bitter coffee bean and light chocolate.

The flavor is mostly a mirror image of the aromas. Light roast up front, caramelized sugars, bitter coffee grounds and light blackberry notes. Burnt sugar with an ashy texture. The body is very light. Way to light for the style with low carbonation. The flavor here is good for a base stout. If the brewer could beef up the body, this would improve the stout immensely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle pour at NHC. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and a ton of hops - pine and grass. Medium light body, slightly watery. Sharp bitter finish with pungent hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (671) - Peopleís Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
On tap...real easy drinking Imperial Stout that is both complex and well balanced. The roastiness of the malt is married nicely to the hoppy flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1442) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a foamy off-white head, which dissipates quickly. Has a spruce hops aroma, with some hints of roasted malts. Flavor is very unique for an imperial stout. Up front is the hops, with a small dose of bitterness. Finishes with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Has a medium body feel, much lighter than most imperial stouts. This is a pretty unusual stout, but itís very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
$2 single poured into a shaker pint. No bottling date. Appearance: Pours black with ruby on the sides of the glass. Looks to have good clarity. Half finger beige head. (4.25/5) Smell: Smells like a black IPA. A lot of hops overlying the roasty base. Bold. Just a lot of earthy hops with coffee and roasted malts. I like it, but not so much in an Imperial Stout. (3.75/5) Taste/feel: Super silky mouth feel is what I notice first. Moderate carbonation. A little thin, but nice. The taste is like the smell indicates. Loads of earthy hops, but plenty of coffee flavors to bring this beer back down to earth as an Imperial Stout, and not a Black IPA. The hops are mostly present before the swallow, as the aftertaste is bitter black coffee. (3.75/5, 3.75/5) Itís a tasty beer. Quite different, as I havenít had too many hoppy Imperial Stouts. This is a beer Iíd return to if I wanted something like a Black IPA rather than an Imperial Stout, just because Iím generally not a HUGE fan of hoppy stouts. 4/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2014
12oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and hints of coffee, hints of dark fruits, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smoother texture. A solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of tan foam. Nose is bitter citrus, pine, roasted malts, chocolate, and faint tobacco. Flavor is bitter hops and chocolate with a really light but nice orange finish. Itís fruity but remains roasty and dark. Aftertaste isnít great, kinda ashy and bitter. A really good RIS that is pretty hop forward but keeps it balanced with the chocolate and roast. Creamy mouth feel. One of the better Shortís beers Iíve tried.

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