Legend has it, Joe Short created this recipe long before Short’s Brewing became a reality. A classic stout with aromas of vanilla and chocolate, enhanced by barrel aging in Two James peated Bourbon barrels. Barrel aging gives this beer new depth and allure, boasting flavors of oak, smoke, vanilla, coffee, and toffee. It finishes thick with a touch of sweetness, like any proper stout should. Optimum temp: 55º. Joe’s Pro Tip: Order 2 and by the time you’re done with your first, this stout will be at optimum temp to enjoy the complexity and richness of Empress Catherine.