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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 750ml bottle) Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, some bittersweet chocolate, Bourbon/vanilla, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, wood, vanilla, some vinous, light coffee/roast. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2009
@Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-750ml bottle–pours a brown head that goes to a ring and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/chocolate, roasty. Taste is dark malt-anise/wood/ashy. Not my taste. Thanks yobdoog for sharing.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a beautiful black with a medium tanned head. Nice complex aroma with bourbon, wood, roast, vanilla. Medium bodied and with a very clear roast character. Chocolate, plums, and other dark fruit come out in the body. Finishes a tad boozy, with a bit of plum and some more nice roast bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9380) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Deep brown beer with a light brown head. Wow… aroma is incredible. Rich sweet milk chocolate, soft fruity and a bit of sweet cocoa as well. Rich, silken palate with a very intense cocoa/chocolate sweetness. A kiss of herbal licorice comes through on the back of the palate. Rich and intense and totally awesome. Damn, this stuff is delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9256) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5784) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2009
First of all, let me give many thanks to erway for sending some bottles of this out to Peter’s NY gathering - I have not encountered a new imperial stout that I thought was deserving of top 50 status in many years...until now - if this doesn’t make it, I will cry - rich aroma of espresso, oak, vanilla, cocoa, light tannic character - smooth body, low carbonation - alcohol lends a pleasant warming sensation throughout, but never burns - very light sweetness - actually quite dry for an IS - strong oak and red wine flavors work well with this quality - light bitterness on the back end, with some interesting herbal/wildflower flavor that was so subtle it may well have been an invention of my imagination - incredibly smooth, with every component integrated extremely well - this beer was so good, I stopped rating for about a half an hour, just to experience the afterglow - bravo!

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