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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

299 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 393
Gots: 94 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002)
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Reviews by RandomBattle:
Photo of RandomBattle
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black, tan head. Thick body. Very stout-like.

Smell - Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and some earthy hops.

Taste - Sweet and roasty. Great RIS taste, notes of chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, and licorice. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Thick full body. Just right.

Overall - A great beer, has everything I look for in a non bourbon barrel aged stout. I enjoy the fact that its a seasonal beer as well, it makes me look forward to having it again and fills me with memories of the last time I had it.

RandomBattle, May 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05 vintage consumed just over a year ago. Review from old notes. What a beer and what a brewery. I continue to be blown away by South Hampton. Dark brown, almost black body with a thick tan head that quickly diminishes to rest as a thin but pretty lace over the beer. Aroma is heavy on chocolate followed by well roasted malts. Some alcohol elements. Flavor is an exquisite blend of cocoa powder, burnt to the point of blackness malts, and figgy/plumy dark fruit booze. Minimal oxidization. Bitterness seems more coffee/chocolate in nature than hops. Light carbonation, thick body, but very drinkable. Outstanding.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2005 on the cap.

A- Used motor oil black color, nearly poured like it as well. Slow moving brown head holds its ground for a while.

S- Wet acrid burnt malt, underlying burnt sugar sweetness and some ripe dark berries make up the aroma.

T&M- Big sweetness, a higher sweetness of unfermentables. A bit too sweet as the burnt grain rides higher with a sharpness rather than complexity. Small complexity of estery dark berries and burnt coffee drive at the palate with a further sharpness. Smooth with a viscous creamy heavy body.

D- Couldn't finish the bottle ... I even let it warm up and tried again later to no avail. Not horrible but just misses the mark, I did not mind sipping about 6oz of it ... paired well with some dark Belgian Chocolate.

Jason, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle form 2007 and I drank it shortly after its release. Pours black with a big brown head. Thick lace. Smoke, tobacco, licorice, and a lot of hops in the nose. Chocolaty with truck loads of hop flavor. Warm and bitter. Full body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Should have let this bear age.

tjthresh, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the venerable Blind Tiger ale house in my home town, NYC. What can be added about this fine brew? Its black, strong,rich, flavorful,.malty,roasty, complex, chewy. Just an all around fine product. If you see it available in your local drinking establishment, do yourself a favor and order one. You cannot go wrong with this one, especially if you are a stout lover. I wouldnt start with this one however, it makes a much better last brew then a first. Sante..

Billolick, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005...Snagged one of these at Shoreline Beverage while visiting the island...
Pours a viscous black ink color with less than 1/4 finger of cocoa head...a thin layer sticks around for the duration.
Beautiful aroma...packed with dark chocolate, raisins, mild coffee, and sweet malt. Not much hop in the nose, but this has been sitting in the cellar for almost a year.
The taste is glorious...masterfully blended. Huge chocolate profile with a nice addition of espresso...mild sweetness and a decent hop addition to bitter up the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and there is not much heat in the last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and not cloying...semi-dry, but sweet enough to make this offering highly drinkable. One of the easiest drinking RIS I have had to date...very glad I sat on this one for a special occasion.

warriorsoul, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottling:

Black with a tan head leaving excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly of dark chocolate, licorice, and roastiness, also some alcohol is noticeable. Taste is of sweet caramel, toffee, roasty coffee flavors, and some licorice. Medium carbonation and body. A real good beer, and one I'd expect to age quite well.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The label says bottle 459 of 500. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is pretty basic Russian Imperial Stout with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and some dark fruit. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate malt with some burnt/heavily roasted malt and smoke mixed in. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very good imperial stout but a tad bit of a let down overall.

Mora2000, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. This looks thick and menacing, leaving spots of lace down the glass.

Big, full aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, a bit of bready sweetness, and some alcohol heat. Straightforward, though mightily expressive.

The taste follows the aroma, with huge notes of roast and coffee, very mild chocolate, and just a hint of dark fruit. There's a bit of an alcohol presence also, but it's not distracting and even complementary.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice. I'd tried a 2008 bottle a few weeks prior to opening this 2012 bottle fresh. I prefer it aged, though it's good either way.

ehammond1, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Soonami, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to eyebrews for bringing this 2009 bottle to a recent tasting.

A luscious, dark pour yields a beautiful head.

Huge amounts of cocoa, malts, coffee and dark fruit in the nose. This is a wonderful smelling stout! Very complex.

All that and then some in the taste... but there's something unique here too... some marshmallow fluff likeness perhaps? Medium-bodied and finishes rather dry for an RIS.

This was the standout of the night for me. I'm glad to have another bottle for a future tasting to enjoy!

rudylaw, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jtladner, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

acurtis, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of roostor07
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

roostor07, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of b2611
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

b2611, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle laid in cellar for a few months. Coca-cola dark colour and strong Southampton carbonation. Mellowed taste, and medium mouthfeel not a thick Russian porter. Easy drink, but its like a Coca-Cola in strong caramel, though some grains of cocoa, I am sorry fans, please don't flame me. Enjoyable but overated.

Sammy, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jh1982, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the source, Southampton release party 1/30. Poured into a gin and tonic glass because they ran out of all the other glassware.

A: Served a 1.5 finger semi-fine deep chocolate head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black though a bit thin. Lacing is stringy and sticky.

S: Bitter chocolate, smokey, burnt malts, hop aroma is well-hidden in the background. Coffee is prominent upfront but not overwhelming and not sour.

T: Burnt malt backbone makes this RIS truly unique. Coffee is present but layered thin over hints of bitter and dark chocolate. Hoppiness is mixed with a coffee bean bitterness. Dark fruit is lightly present with a smattering here and there but otherwise barely detectable. Finish is that burnt malt backbone that lingers through the entire experience.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, and just the smoothest beer I have ever had. Silky and slightly oily but not sticky. Finish is clean, quick, and just right. Absolutely perfect.

D: Highly complex but that's expected from an RIS. Feel here is really the selling point for me. This beer goes down unbelievably easily. How it can be 10.2% abv. is beyond me. Worth seeking out.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle via trade thanks to badbeer. I met the brewer from Southampton, Phil Markowski, at GABF recently, and I've been impressed with everything I've tried from them so far. This was no exception. Copied from notes again after earlier rating was deleted.

A - Pours jet black and fairly thick with a small tan head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is roast, coffee, licorice, and some dark fruit. Smells very good.

T - Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a little anise. Very good and well-balanced, if not too intense. A little on the less sweet side for an imperial stout.

M - Silky smooth on the palate with medium full body and a little alcohol warmth.

D - Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of mobius387
4/5  rDev -5.4%

mobius387, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared during a small Charlotte BA tasting with marine1975, caSSino, CarolinaKevin, and GehenHerzog. Massive thanks goes out to CarolinaKevin for sharing this tick with the group! Bottle 610 of 650! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a three finger brown head that subsided to one finger massively slow. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation that was almost felt creamy on the palate. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The flavor was both very smooth and nicely complex. Also it had a nice toasty aspect going on too. The aroma was very inviting and pleasant was well. Really glad I got a chance to try this one and I suggest you seek it out as well.

thagr81us, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bum732, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.