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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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314 Ratings

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 398
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1297th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2010-- Bottle #425

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to ?? for this one. I think Callmecoon, but maybe DJFartyFresh??

App- A basic dark brown stout with a few bubbles that fall to a bit of a pond layer as it warms. No real cling or lace to it.

Smell- Nice rich stout. Had a good amount of chocolate and cream behind it with a nice backing malt backbone.

Taste- A nice stout. Wasnt mind blowing. Up there with some of the better ones in style. Nice malts and chocolate balanace with a touch of cream behind it.

Mouth- Body was the best part. Lush and creamy with a nice balance of malt/chocolate. Medium and a medium carbonation.

Drink- A nice stout, but not a great stout. For the low bottle count I can see how some wanna chase it. I wouldnt mind a bottle. Was very tasty.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JMRSN
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

2008 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, and slight roast aromas. Taste is the same with a mild roasty bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS but it seems pretty subtle in my opinion.

Photo of Dope
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2012 bottle.

A: Bottle uncorks with just a whisper of carbonation. Absolutey pitch black pour, like used oil. Tiny 1/4" dark brown head that fades almost immediately. Tiny ring of head that's left does leaving decent spots of lacing everywhere at least.

S: Wonderful strong roasted malt aroma. Decent bit of coffee with some really nice dark chocolate.

T: Thick and heavenly roasted malt everywhere. Wonderful char but not overpowering, quickly backed up with some mild coffee and lots of bitter baker's chocolate. Hint of vanilla throughout. Maybe just a touch of licorice in there as well. As it warms there are hints of dark fruit. No evidence of booze at all despite how fresh this is.

M: Super heavy. One of the thickest, creamiest beers I've ever had. Very low carbonation (hence, no head). Like drinking brownie batter. Coats the mouth wonderfully. I rarely give 5s, this beer is stunning in this category.

O: Wow, this is a special one. I was a little concerned when the beer poured almost still with no head, but boy did it make up for it once I started sipping. Goes to show you that a beer doesn't need all kinds of extra flavors or barrel aging to be good. Not humongously complex, just well balanced and perfectly executed, with one of the best mouthfeels of any beer ever.

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

Bottle from the 2012 release.

A - Pours pitch black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some fresh cream. Good balance of sweetness to roast.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast slowly giving way to a good amount of sweetness - mostly from the vanilla, chocolate and cream - and some day old coffee grounds. Finish is best described as sweet roast, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption.

M - Big body and lots of roasty flavor with a good amount of carbonation, growing a little thin as it sits in the glass.

O - Not my first time having this one. I think this particular one is still kinda raw, some of the aged versions I have had have been much better. Still one of my favorites.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a CBS snifter.

This is THE sexiest looking beer I've ever poured. Onyx black with the thickest, stiffest, richest looking mocha foam crown EVER. You could float a quarter on this. The smell is roasty but sweet. Perhaps bittersweet. Vanilla, mocha and coffee notes. A tad of toffee too. The taste is out of this world. Complex and bold, this is a tremendous meld of coffee, malt, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of booze. The mouthfeel is so goddam smooth. This is thick, rich, and velvety. It lays heavily upon the tongue, coating it with a lush texture that lasts long after you smooth. Small touch of heat is easy to deal with. Overall...this is just amazing. Great beer. I want another. NOW.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a finger of brown head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Quite smooth but still rather roasty. I'm picking up some dark chocolate along with bitter hops. Warming alcohol shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with way too much carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: The only problem I had with this one was the carbonation. I thought it took away from everything else. Didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of M27
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of DrewZ926
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black body with about three fingers of cocoa head. Surprisingly highly carbonated, appears fairly thick.

Wonderful aromas of bitter espresso beans, inviting milk chocolate, plenty of caramel and chocolate covered raisins. Also a hint of piney hoppiness.

Fantastic balance here. Starts with sweet vanilla, baker's chocolate, molasses. Evolves into wonderfully roasted coffee, a tinge of hop resin, and bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and a bit too carbonated for the style. Highly drinkable however, does not wear on the palate or belly.

Overall this beer lived up to the hype in my mind. Found it to be an excellent representation of the style and an extremely well crafted ale. The balance was superb and should improve with time as some of the sweetness mellows. Not boozy at all might I add. I would seek this out again (next year's release) and recommend anyone in the area to do the same. Found the IRS highly comparable with Marshall Zhukhov in many dimensions.

Photo of drowland
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12/17/10. 750 thanks to Keith (fata2683) for his leaving Florida party! Solid opaque black pour with a small brown head. Nice roasted aroma with hints of sour American stout. Hugely complex stout flavors with sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, roast, sour, fruits, molasses, and anything you can think of! Very nice!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ixodus
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into the South Hampton release snifter.

A: Pours a thick black in color with a beautiful coffee colored head with good head retention and lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, plums, dark roasted malts, faint earthy hops. The aroma has a bit of smokiness to it as well.

T: Burnt malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, plums, figs, molasses, smoke, bitter dark coffee, slight hop bitterness. Impressively smooth.

M: Full bodied smooth, viscous, soft carbonation with a pretty dry finish.

O: Overall a fantastic RIS. For such a big beer it's so smooth, alcohol is barely present. Glad I picked up 4 bottles of this beast.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 01/28/2012
Type: On Tap @ Release
Glass: Commemorative SH Release Snifter
Vintage: 2012

Have been going to this release every year since 2008, have sampled numerous times, but never took the time to enter in a review.

Pours a viscous looking midnight black in color w/ a 11/2 finger medium brown head that left heavy, sticky lacing on the glass for days. Aromas of charred malts, burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, smokiness, and that unique vanilla marshmallow note. The taste starts off w/ sweet molasses, vanilla marshmallow, and charred malts up front, leading into peated smokiness, and finishing w/ a good amount of herbal hop bitterness. Full bodied and creamy w/ adequate carbonation. Definately a sipper, but that's what it was designed for.

Overall, fantastic as usual! Phil Markowski and SH strike again, but do they ever miss!?

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release thisyear. Poured this into the release day commemorative snifters. Deep chocolate mud jusr like last year. Roasted chocolate malts on the nose. Deep dark chocolate roastiness. Much like last year, nut not nearly as hot. Drinking great from the tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.