Swamp Head Catherine’s Passion
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Draft at brewery. Pours inky black, tan head. Some retention/lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, roast, dark fruit. Taste is bitter, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolate, some sweetness. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1263) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
759 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3542) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Poured a dark black color with brown lacing left on the glass, at the Brass Tap. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavors are the same as the aroma, with mostly roasted malt, and chocolate being the main focus. A real nice treat to enjoy at a local bar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
On draft at Dunedin Brewery for Stogies and Stouts 2012. Pours a stout brown/ black with an off-tan head. Nose is cocoa, roast, dark fruit, chocolate, and a hint of coffee with some slight vanilla notes in there as well. Flavor is some roasted malts, definite chocolate and dark fruit and hints of coffee. Medium in body, finishing with dark fruit and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4178) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
The aroma has roasted coffee and malt, plus some dark chocolate. The appearance is almost black with a small light beige head. The taste has burnt coffee, toffee, malt, chocolate and hops. The palate is average for the style with a long coffee aftertaste. Overall a good beer but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1228) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Draft and growler at Cigar City during Swamp Head tap takeover. Pours a near pitch black color with a thin tan head. Good lacing. Excellent inviting aroma of dark roasted chocolate and coffee. Delicious flavor with a ton of hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
On draught at Dunedin, served in a goblet. The beer pours black with a minimal light beige head that disappears to an outer ring quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt, plus some dark chocolate. Rich body with flavors of black coffee, dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and hops. The finish is roasty with a long coffee aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Tasted at the Cigar City – Swamp Head tap take-over event. It pours deep dark void with mocha head. The aroma is big with bold levels of roasted malts as well as some meaty dry chocolate notes, vanilla and black strap molasses at the end of the draw. The taste is just as bold with smooth rich maltiness rolling into dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, chocolate brownie and booze infused spicy black strap molasses into the finish. Just plain old yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft at Swamp Head Tap Takeover at CCB. Pours oily jet black with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, ash, and tar. Flavor is semi-sweet bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, ash, raisins, and plums. Medium body with decent heat. Really good flavor.

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