Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout - South Street Brewery
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Served on-tap in a 10.5oz goblet.
A: Nearly black with thin tan cap of head with a thin but persistent line of lace.
S: Light coffee, bitter chocolate is there but not potent, some roasted malt with herbal, tobacco hops
T: Even flavor with roasted malt combined with some black coffee and dark chocolate finished with herbal, earthy hops. All of the desired components are there, but they don't have a lot of life.
M: Feel is average to above-average with mediun carbonation and decent coating quality.
D: Drinkable but uninspired overall. I like several of their other beers better (Saison, JP Ale, Absolution Ale) but there is nothing wrong with this one. It could use some more spirit.
02-15-2010 04:01:52 | More by argock
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
On tap at the brewpub, 01/12/09, served in a tumbler of sorts.
Appearance: Comes in a 12 oz. tumbler, a dark chocolate brown, nearly black, with only the sheen of tan, cocoa head remaining. The streaky, finger-like lacing is faint at first and fades quickly. Not an auspicious beginning.
Aroma: Cocoa and dark fruits dominate, though it takes far too much examination (sniffxamination?) to detect the cocoa. This one's decently pleasant, with some lighter hop and yeasty, fruity esters emerging upon closer inspection. Best aspect of this beer.
Taste: Surprisingly light, though very heavily hopped with lots of bitterness (for the style), as well as hints of citrus and mint that blend reasonably well with the aforementioned dark fruits and only a sad, faint malt presence. Way more chocolate in the nose, unfortunately, and that's not saying too terribly much. As it gets down to the very, very bottom, some roasted, earthy barley comes through. Average at best.
Mouthfeel: Relatively thick and sticky, though with enough carbonation to cut through, and perhaps too much, given the relative unevenness of it all.
Drinkability: This is South Street's highest rated brew on BA, but I can't say it's my favorite - JP beats this one hands down. There just isn't a lot going on here, and though I know it's only a 7.somethingish% abv brew (the 9.4% is no longer accurate - perhaps they changed the recipe?), they should be able to squeeze some more flavor out of whatever ingredients they used to make this one.
01-19-2009 03:46:16 | More by CrellMoset
4.7/5 rDev +23%
As expected, came out in the glass as an fairly oblique brown/black, but actually not quite as dark as some other imperial stouts I've had. Good tan head that lasted a fairly long time though not very thick, lots and lots of lacing. Tasted very much like dark roasted malt and VERY strongly of chocolate, but a considerable amount of hops. Despite what the menu said, the hops were not as strong as I expected, which is not a bad thing, maybe it just means I'm getting used to them and they don't stand out in a bad way as much as they used to. Anyway, the taste was EXTREMELY well balanced between the chocolate, roasted malt, and hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was very smooth, alcohol did not overpower the balanced taste, and didn't even result in a slightly burning aftertaste as many high alcohol brews do. Aftertaste was mostly of dark dark chocolate. I easily finished one glass, but I think any more would be too much.
01-11-2006 04:32:06 | More by spiffylubes
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
The beer arrived at the table black with ruby highlights. The head was low, but lasting and laced the glass.
The aroma was fruity, mainly dark fruits, and alcohol. There was also a sweet malt aroma and chocolate.
The flavor was sweet malt, chocolate, roasted and an excellent bitterness to balance the sweetness.
The finish was dry and alcoholic. The body was a bit light and only medium full.
On tap at the brewery. 9.4% ABV, 90 IBU.
01-15-2004 03:09:33 | More by GCBrewingCo
Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout from South Street Brewery
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.