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

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Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial StoutAnastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout
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4.08/5
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Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial StoutAnastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
South Street Brewery
Virginia, United States
southstreetbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.52%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 01-15-2004

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Ranking:
#5,860
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
79
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by bluehende:
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Happy Oscars 2016! With the Oscars being so white this year, may as well have something dark.

A: Obsidian black, with possibly one of the darkest heads on a beer I have seen. It's brown.. real brown, bar of hershey's brown. Damn.

S: Rich and malty, with dense caramel aromas. Molasses, light chocolate, and a touch of booze.

T: Rich and malty with a nice caramel flavor and sweet and bitter chocolate carrying through the finish.

M: Thick, with a lovely creamy feel. Very full bodied, and luxurious.

O: Pretty tasty.. looking forward to this opening up as it warms.

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Photo of tummy345
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth. Not as bold as Youngs chocolate stoudt

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Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiserian
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of briancathy
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep dark color with huge tan head and spotty lacing. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste has bitter chocolate with touches of roasty malts and a bit of bourbon taste and feel. Mouthfeel is light and overall, this RIS seems to be missing some complexity and harder flavors that I would expect from a 10.52abv Imp Stout, slightly subdued and a bit watery.

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Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Previously had in July, now bottled and poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Best by Oct 2016.

Deep dark walnut brown to black body, quite opaque with just a hair of see through up in the head, but the body barely even budges. Dark and thick looking. Head creation isn't much but is also quite dark, an espresso to mocha brown, with an excellent fine collar on the edges, and a thin sheen head whispy top.

Aroma isn't as impressive as I remember, but still solid. Good light but husky dark grains. Mild sensing chocolate notes, somewhere between cacao powder and a dark bar. Cake like flour aromas just slightly as well, maybe a hint of char getting out.

Palate still gives the goods. Excellent silky body, rich and full. First sip has a bit of bitter kick but quickly goes into dark chocolate roast and waffery richness. Aftertaste is equally impressive, a fruited red berry component kicks in as well on the finish, with excellent roasty notes to compliment. Roasted and light tobacco notes also come out with some time.

Everything on the brew still delivers, aromas aren't as impressive, but the taste is definitely how I remember it and it has a much better mouthfeel now too.

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with a thick brown head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam on top. Upon pouring there was a strong wave of chocolate smell. After letting it settle, there were also smells of molasses, toasted malts, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Creamy, obviously chocolaty, slight bourbon flavor,, and a little dark roasted coffee. Overall it's a solid stout, not quite as much chocolate as I would have thought from the smell and name but still pleasantly chocolaty.

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Photo of dazedman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy Russian Imperial Stout from South Street Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 79 ratings