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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout - Southampton Publick House

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310 Ratings

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 396
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 bulletrain76
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting. Dark brown head over a black body. Hoppy, piney and dark chocolate aroma. The flavor is an excellent balance of rich chocolatey malt and juicy hops. Full bodied and smooth. There were tons of good stouts opened at the tasting, but this rose to the top of the heap. Lovely stuff

bulletrain76, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a nice mocha colored head the hangs in for the long haul.

S: Chocolate. Reminds me of Choklat in the sense it has a bit of a Nesquik flavor to it.

T: A slight roastiness accentuated by a nice chocolate flavor. Not too much more unfortunately.

M: Full bodied with a nice stout chewiness at the end.

D: Very good. Not the most mind blowing stout but definitely worth the drink.

drgonzo3705, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle courtesy of ??? at the grand tasting. Pours as close to black as possible. Dark brown highlights and a dark tan head. Aromas of fudge, semisweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Fruity chocolate flavor, cherries and dark fruit, big roasted finish. Solid roasted bitterness, great RIS.

illidurit, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #247 of batch 2

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head. Very little retention and just a touch of lace manages to cling.

S: Tons of roasted malt up front, with light coffee notes. Chocolate and mild dark fruit round things out.

T: Nice blast of roasted malt up front. Coffee and chocolate dominate the middle. Dark fruit manages to push its way in as well near the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with good carbonation.

D: It is simple for such a highly touted beer. It is still very tasty though, and dangerously drinkable for the style.

tpd975, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft into tulip, reviewed after trying at two different bars (Barcade and Blind Tiger).

Pours black, no head at all. Utterly opaque, some soapy suds but that's it.

Nose is light, roasty, some espresso, licorice and earthy dark fruits, some alcohol heat.

Taste leans heavily towards an almost earthy vinous dark fruit character, with strong licorice and black-strap molasses notes as well. Some roastiness, but surprisingly lacking in coffee or strong chocolate presence, with an earthy bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is slick, low carbonation, bit viscous but not as thick as I'd like.

JohnQVegas, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy BrooHa. Thanks my friend, and cheers! 2009 Vintage from a 750ml bottle, numbered 112 of 400. Here we go.

Appearance is just perfect for this stout nerd, completely black, extremely thick and pillowy mocha colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is of chocolate, smoke, earthy hops. Good.

Taste is also good, not great..smoke, roasted malts, even a slight hop presence, nothing in the Yeti realm, but more than most. Again good, could use some age.

Mouth is medium bodied and medium in carbonation.

This is a good beer and I am happy to have the opportunity to try this one.

sonicdescent, May 29, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, oilish color with a silky espresso colored head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose has big roasty malts, dark fruit, red wine, molasses, coffee, chocolate brownies, bitter hops, spicy alcohols and anise. Taste is equally complex. Bitter hops and molasses over bready malts, fudge, coffee, plums, cherries, anise, vanilla and subtle alcohol. Thick, creamy body has a delicate carbonation. Great stuff from Southampton.

rye726, May 28, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Appearance: Reminiscent of Dr. Pepper. Pours black with a hint or rust, nice head.

Smell: Toffee, dark grilled fruits (dates, raisins, prunes, figs), caramel, roast, vanilla, heavy malts.

Taste: Rather sweet, like fudge with brown sugar. Some burnt acidity, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee, along with the aromas listed above.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected. Beer made with milk? Seems that way.

Drinkability: Decent, wish I had let it age a few years for the flavors to meld - they all seem to distinct. Felt this was unimpressive and doesn't live up to the hype.

craytonic, May 08, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #800. 2009 bottle, 750mL numbered 230, poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a massive mocha head, at least three inches worth, that hangs on for ages and forms a nice cap that leaves good lacing after each sip.

The aroma is textbook RIS with massive dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice and a bit of citrus hops just to round things out. Some dark fruits come out when it warms, especially raisins and figs.

There's a massive chocolate malt explosion on the palate with the first taste. Just tons of dark malts with a roasted character that lingers through the finish with the alcohol burning ever so slightly between sips. There is a vanilla sweetness that builds as it warms and balances the massive roasted malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things with pretty strong carbonation.

This is one of the better stouts I've had in recent memory and a fantastic example of an RIS. Despite being a textbook example, it seems to bring bigger versions of the flavors to the table at every turn. Big thanks to the generous trader who got me this bottle.

gford217, May 04, 2009
Photo of raverjames
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I finally got a chance to try this hyped up beer from a brewery that I enjoy.
This brew poured thick and black with a nice brown creamy head. It smelled pretty good with a load of roast. The taste was not quite as good. For some reason, after you get past the nice chocolate initial flavor, a bit of wet dog flavor follows. It also has a slightly metallic flavor which is disappointing. I don't want to just point out flaws. It has the proper mouth feel for an IRS and the carbonation was low just like it should be. Overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer. I did feel privileged to get the chance to try this brew. Thanks for sharing Scott!

raverjames, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage from a trade last year (need to look up who I got this one from!).

Rich dark brown/black with a creamy tan head that sticks around for a bit.

Roast, chocolate, wood and dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is definitely quite roasty - not as roasty and ashy as Abyss, but definitely roasty with touches of ash. Dry, dark chocolate, tobacco, blackberries, bitter hops all come together in this brew. Finishes a bit too ashy dry for my taste. But, I am being picky, as the ashy character of some imperial stouts is starting to become a pet peeve of mine. This is actually quite good - just, personally, I could use a bit less ash. World class, regardless.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Despite my nitpickings, this is a very nice imperial stout and worth seeking out. If you don't mind the ashy characteristics of Abyss and enjoy imperial stouts, I do believe you will love this one. Recommended.

rallison, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Carlos, thanks for bringing this great stout Carlos, this version is 10.5%, 2008 vintage, consumed 3/28/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Pretty much black, huge 1 1/2 inch tan head, fantastic retention, ring still after fifteen minutes, really good lacing too
S-Mild coffee, chocolate, charred accents, raisins, dates, roasted malts, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, and black licorice
T-Get mostly roasted malts at the beginning, coffee and dark cocoa in the middle, more malts and burned sugar in the finish, charred flavors can be aggressive but they are balanced with sweetness from chocolate and vanilla, lots of different flavors by the end, this gets more complex as it opens up
M-Roasty, burned, slightly sweet, and dry mouthfeel, full bodied without being syrupy, dark chocolate lingers a long time in the finish
D-Alcohol is hidden very well, stuff is just thick and heavy after a few sips, certainly a sipper but a great one in that, nice and smooth

Medium carbonation which comes across a bit harsh at first. Very tasty imperial stout that I hope to try again someday

I have been wanting to try this forever and finally got the chance, definitely deserves to be in the Top 100, one of my favorite beers from this brewer, look forward to having again, this probably does wonders in the cellar, recommended

Floydster, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for trading me this beer a while back. I took this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I believe this was the last beer I reviewed and tried...it was a long night! This bottle was a 2008 vintage.

Like any other stout, dark with an attractive inch of head and some great retention and lacing.

The aroma was good. Some semi-sweet chocolate covered raisins, cocoa, roasted malts, dates, and light brown sugar. Very roasty but not burnt.

Roasted malts upfront with some chocolate following soon after, then some coffee, espresso, vanilla, and brown sugar in the finish. Some semi-dry cocoa flavor also in the finish. Medium carbonation which comes across a bit harsh at first. Very tasty imperial stout that I hope to try again someday.

seaoflament, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's for Philly Beer Week. I missed the bottle release so i'm glad this showed up to my area, again!! Review #150.

A- SH IRS came to me in a small serving absolutely black. Just black. No head on the surface just more blackness, I guess that sums it up.

S- Deep roasted chocolate malts as well as other varieties. A huge roasty aroma, a hint of smoke. Sweet and roast with just a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T- mmmm, this is good. Along with a deep roast with dark chocolate i'm getting just a touch of roasted coffee, again just a touch. Alot of sweetness fromn the malt and some licorice comes out in spurts. A top notch IRS that does not stray far from the style.

M- Deep with the liquid's contents coating the tounge. This goes down quite smooth with no real intrusion from the alcohol. Not that hot either, I wonder what year this is from. Not much lively activity on the tounge but the flavors melding nicely.

D- A easily drinkable IRS, one of the best i've had recently. The high alcohol could lead to trouble down the line. Hopefully this comes around again next year.

BARFLYB, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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 LilBeerDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours black with a huge, thick dark chocolate head. One of the prettiest imperial stouts I've seen. Aroma of rich chocolate malt and roasted malt. Flavor is smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. Not rich per se, but super smooth and mellow. I prefer it to a lot of a heavier RISes. A top notch imperial stout and one of my favorites.
8/5/9/5/17 (4.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a deep black hue with a half finger dark caramel head.
There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light coffee aroma with elements of molasses and smoke.

The taste consisted of a robust burnt grain, some caramel, dry coffee and a hop bitterness at the finish. Traces of ginger as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a superior RIS and relatively user friendly.

plaid75, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of badbeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 corby112
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: on-tap at Brigids in Philadelphia, PA during a Southampton event at the 2007 Philly Beer Week.

Pours pitch blaack with a coffe colored head. Aroma is dominated by roasty malts. Also, oatmeal some coffee, chocolate and caramel. A lot of oatmeal up front followed by rich creamy chocolate maltiness, roasted coffe flavor, chocolate and toast. Dry finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This super rare treat was graciously provided by the extremely generous Aprilluvsbeer. Thank you so much!!

750 ml black foiled top bottle poured into a snifter. Served at around 50 degerees. 2008 vintage.

Pours as dark as the midnight sky with a frothy one finger mocha colored head that slowly dies down to a creamy layer of foam. A solid wall of lacing remains on the sides of the glass throughout. Very powerful aroma consisting of fig, roasted malts, licorice, and oak. A good amount of dark chocolate, French Roast coffee, elderberries, and booze. So much going on in the nose, very strong and enticing. Taste begins with charred malts, burned sugars, and coffee beans. The dark fruits really become noticable midway with very ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries. Aftertaste is very warm and boozy with bitter earthy hop flavors, wheat bread, and cocoa powder. Big and chewy body with a harsh mouthfeel and an aggressive carbonation. This is definitely a sipper, but it's cold as hell and we're supposed to get a foot of snow in Syracuse tonight so I have no problem taking my time with this monster. I could see this being sublime with a year or two of aging. Thanks again April!

BeerTruth, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1st bottling tasted courtesy of egajdzis. I've also had the 2nd bottling and on tap at the Southampton Brew Pub.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and I was getting some grapes in there.

Light alcohol in the end. Very easy to drink for such a big beer.

hopdog, Nov 05, 2008
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to Los for this gem.

2008 Vintage

Almost three fingers of thick rocky foamy carmel brown head leaves a crown of lace as it slowly fades. Body is jet used oil blackness. Nose is lovely with tons of over ripe cherries, roasted malts, leather, dark fruits and even hints of oak. Dark fruits are nicely spicey as you take first sip. The balance and richness almost seems as if it were oak aged. Vanilla and carmalized malts come in layers of balanced sweetness. Zesty on the back of the palate shows you can use hops to balance a beer rather than over hop it like some other well rated big stouts. A bit of bourbon and chocolate on the mouthfeel turns a bit boozy. Warms the belly well. A joy to drink now, but would age well.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew.

2008 Bottle/Vintage

Pours a very nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tan head, with some islands and sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, very nice touch of coffee/toffee/chocolate, vanilla, nice note of roastyness, with some caramel. The taste if very nice, malty, with some sweetness, very nice tones of the big three. Full-Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, what can I say another awesome brew from Southampton, thanks Steve.

Wasatch, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous dark brown black with a cascading dark brown head. Surprisingly long lasting foam. Nicely carbonated.

Smells enticing, with sweet chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. THe flavor adds more complexity, with lingering vanilla, an awesome hoppy/burnt bitter aftertaste that isn't too overpowering, and some truly stunning roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso backgrounds.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick. I wouldn't say the alcohol is well hidden, but it's very drinkable none the less.

Now one of my faves. Thanks for the trade!

Overlord, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a near black with a 1 finger tan cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, rich caramel, black grapes, fudge, tobacco, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but a bit more tamed with the rich cocoa and caramel being left in the background.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, roasty, sweet, and balanced.
This is one tasty stout.

weeare138, Jun 25, 2008
Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.