Swamp Head Catherine’s Passion
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

cooplander's rating

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5614) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle: Thanks thrashD: Shaker: Black beer. Brown head. Great aroma of coffee, roast, chalk, some hops, dark chocolate, some funk, light cacoa... Flavour is good roasty with dark chocolate, coffee, bitters, chalk, some hops, malt roast, hints of tobacco, yeast and wood roast... Aftertaste is bitter, roast, chocolate, coffee and light yeasty. Low carbo, oily light viscous mouthfeel, between medium and full bodied. Balanced and very tasty! Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2472) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 13, 2015
I found this to be a pretty amazing imperial stout. Thanks Dchmela!! I got none of the harshness some of the other raters found. Thick black pour with mocha head. Aromas of cream, malted milk, vanilla, chocolate, berries. Thick sweet and creamy. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, a touch of pepper and ash, vanilla, strawberries. Passion indeed. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 1, 2015
Bottle from Homer. Pours opaque black with a large dark brown creamy head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, green pepper, some chili pepper, a bit of coffee. Flavor is light sweet, medium plus bitter, roasty, green peppers, a bit of a chili kick, coffee. Fullish body, a bit hot from ABV. Lingering bitterness. Too much green pepper for me, but not bad otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (911) - 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 (6619) - 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 (5619) - 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
Art (2534) - 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 (2993) - 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 (248) - 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 (6025) - Plymouth, 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.

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