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Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout - South Street Brewery

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Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout
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87
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Street Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 01-15-2004

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Photo of Kiserian
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good flavor, smooth to drink. No bitter chocolate flavor also not overpoweringly sweet.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is three fingers high, and tan in shade. Its texture is fluffy yet loaded with big bubbles, while the retention is downright excellent. Some webs of lacing are left on the glass. (4)

Smell: This is very heavy on dark chocolate notes. In a way, it's almost like a big fudge brownie. Some piny hops seem to punch through, giving the additional roasted notes a nice ballast. Does a good job of what it sets out to do; could use more complexity, though. (3.5)

Taste: The flavors starts off roasty, with subtle chocolate. Its chocolate notes get a little stronger as this opens up. I'm getting a decent amount of alcohol on the finish, but this version is over 10% in fairness. It's not drinking great right now; this one needs about a year on it. That, and it isn't very deep. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly dry for an imperial stout - this certainly feels well attenuated. The initial creaminess is nice, but it bites a little too harshly on the swallow. Carbonation is mild. (3.25)

Overall: Not a bad chocolate stout, it just seems rather unrefined. The finish is dry but slightly harsh, and the chocolate character is muted. I think this will improve with age, though. Those who buy a bottle of this would be well served to put it down in the cellar for a year. (3.25)

3.36/5: She just isn't ready yet, brother

Photo of gopens44
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this, so I'm not sure if the BMB guys reformulated this beer or what. It was a tasty, and very chocolately stout though. I'm looking forward to seeing what South Street does in the next year or two under the new ownership.

Photo of Camjmorton
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very, very good. I would put it up against the best stouts in Virginia and I think it would stand out. I think it's important to note that since the change in ownership this fall (owned by the couple who own Blue Mountain Brewery now), their beers have greatly improved overall.

Photo of hopluvaboom
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of spiffylubes
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout from South Street Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.