Swamp Head Catherine’s Passion
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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, big, 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. At Swamp Head we have a passion for the creation of great craft beers, so we infused our Imperial Russian Stout with organic 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
black color, aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, same flavors, lots of pomegranate, milk chocolate, good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (805) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from homer 321, thanks man! Apperance is thick motor oil with a nice layer of chocolate head. Aroma is green peppers, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is coffee roast and chocolate syrup, followed by a bitter roasty finish, full bodied, lost of carbonatioin. Pretty solid impy with a nice balance of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to Team Florida. Pours a very dark brown with beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, cocoa, dark chocolate, wood. Medium mouthfeel with nice roast, chocolate, wood, light dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4995) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
This poured a jet black with a tan head. Aroma was fudge, ash, light smoke, and mild coffee. Flavor was mild old coffee and vanilla, fudge and a bit of a harsh ashy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a deep blackish brown with a brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder, smokey bacon, ash. Taste is slightly acrid, ashy, sweet up front with a bitter finish. Pretty similar to expedition. Good stuff but harsher than I usually like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to urielxvi. Shared at gathering. Dark black pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is a nice mix of dark roasted coffee and cocoa. Tastes like chocolate syrup, dark roasted coffee, and light ash. Medium body with a nice creaminess. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (223) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Aromas of malted milk and licorice. Taste is bitter chocolate and raisins. Not much coffee but a silky smooth mouthfeel with a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate/cocoa nibs, light vanilla, and espresso. It pours pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate/cocoa nibs, light molasses, and a touch of dark fruits. He finish has moderate-heavy roasted coffee, burnt notes, light anise, and a touch of smoke. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel. Overall, it’s solid, but a little too burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Oily black, thick looking pour. Head forms for only a small second, immediately reducing to a thin collar, light-tan in color. Aroma of oily, dark roasted coffee beans, faint green pepper spiciness, roasted malts, a small hint of vanilla, with just a touch of sweetness towards the back-end. Heavy coffee bean flavor; very roasted, almost charred. Touch of burnt brown sugar, highly roasted malt, bitter dark cocoa, a strong earthy & ashy hop presence. Pretty noticeable alcohol middle to end. A little black licorice in the aftertaste with bitter, unsweet cocoa dust & overloaded roast lingering. Silky, lightly creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bomber shared. Poured deep dark brown to slmost black. Mocha colored head. Nice lacing on the glass, aroma is deep roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is amazing strong roasted malts cocia nibs predominate and coffee in the end. You do get done alcohol burn on the back end. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Nose is full of chocolate with a light coffee, almost vegetal. Taste is bitter chocolate. Like bakers chocolate. A light Hershey flavor. Pretty good.

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