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Chama River Anastasia Wine Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Named in honor of the lost daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, this is Chama River Brewing Company’s first bottled offering. Using the finest British malts and American hops, our Russian Imperial Stout is the very largest beer ever brewed in our 5 barrel brewhouse We put this beer in Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese barrels in September and let it age for 5 months on the oak. We then bottle conditioned this blackest of all beers and offer it to you, our loyal customers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
bottle graciously shared by phaleslu at DLD. notes of plums, dark chocolate, with a pleasant oaky red wine backing. nice body. tasty. dry. like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle shared by Phaleslu at DLD. Thanks Peter!. Pours very dark with a dark tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, wine, a little coffee, oak and caramel. Taste has hints of chocolate, oak, red wine and coffee. Has light carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
750 ml bottle from erway- thanks a ton, Jeff, for this rarity! Shared it at Dark Lord Day 2011 with some fellow Ratebeerians. Bottle 49/586. Pours an oily, dark, almost opaque brown out of the bottle with a small dark tan head. Aroma of rich chocolate, roasted malts, oak, red wine notes, and some sweet caramel and brown sugar notes. Flavor of chocolate, oak, red wine, plums, coffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel with just a little grape tartness on the sides. This beer really delivers what it describes on the bottle in great balance. Very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD ’11, bottle huge thanks to Peter. Aroma has notes of chocolate, grape skin, wine, some coffee, roast and sweet caramel notes. Taste is chocolate, grapes, some slight oak and wine notes, slight vinegar with coffee and roast balancing out. Pretty good, not my favorite style but the sour takes a backseat and actually compliments the roast and chocolate notes well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Poured a deep brown almost opaque color with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate with nice roasted malt as a base. Light notes of alcohol. The flavor was very nice. Notes of roasted malt and bourbon. Vanilla taste with a light tartness from the bourbon. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Warming in the chest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 25/09/2009 Roast and hop aromas. Black strong in alcohol and hoppy. A little sweet on the palate with a crisp and bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours black with a small, frothy dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, toasted grain), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of prune, plum, wine, wood, and charcoal. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2584) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring. Chocolate coffee wood aroma. Woody chocolate coffee with mild fruit. Nice and rich. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bomber from yobdoog at PPRBSG-. Pours a deep dark oily viscous black with almost a violet highlight as it pours and a thin lasting deep tan head. Aroma is bourbon, sharp toasted malts, roasty and good fresh chocolate malt- big on the fruitiness as well, aloing with a red wine like tannic hint- oak and vanilla come out a bit more as it warms as does the burny bourbon. Flavor is a bit bigger in the vanilla, and oak- also more wine and fruit- big nutty roasty coffee like burnt malts as well- slight licorice spicy kick and tarry and tannic in the end with a bourbon alcohol kick. Big BA imperial stout with lots of tannins all the way through- nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark brown pour with off white/tan head and lace. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aroma. Medium sweet chocolate with what I thought was BB but it appears not to be the case. A medium full bodied beer. Very nice.

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