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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout

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270 Ratings

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002)
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass. The giant beer arrived at my table with a solid two fingers of mocha colored head. The thick foam slowly receded, leaving behind large tufts of itself on the glass walls. The body is dark, deep and black...no light can be forced through this one.

The nose has lots of coffee and roasted malts up front. Molasses, beef and chocolate dance around in the background.

The first flavor is a massive molasses punch. This turns sweet toward the center where cocoa takes over. The finish finds a roasted flavor...coffee and malt.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel...this one will coat your throat.

Once you get started on this one, it is hard to stop. Very glad to have tried this...one of my new favorite non BA stouts!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 21:09:03 | More by mgbickel
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the release party

Pours a viscous black color with a bubbled toffee brown head which slowly dissolves into some wisps of film and sprinklings of lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of heavily roasted malt, subdued by softer chocolate and sweetness with touches of coffee and molasses.

A mix of roasty malt and caramel with some sweeter flavors. Dark chocolate and molasses balanced with hoppy bitterness. Lighter coffee flairs alongside alcohol warmth. All of the flavors are well balanced and in relative harmony, allowing each one to shine equally. Finishes with a spike of booziness and toasty malt.

Heavier body, mild carbonation, chewy yet smooth and soft on the palate. Pleasant drinking, excellent balance, and one of the better non-bal aged beers I've had in a while. The alcohol is just right, and there's enough hop bitterness to counter the sweetness and roasty malt. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 05:42:59 | More by xnicknj
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the release.

this beer pours an absolute pitch black with a nice thick brown head. no light makes it through this beer

the smell is wonderful roasted malt smell with hints of chocolate

the taste is roasty malt, a little hint of chocolate, nice balance between the roasted bitterness and the malt sweetness. the abv is not even noticeable

the mouthfeel is very full feeling and the drinkablitiy is very high, its a smooth easy drinking ber

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 03:52:40 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to gn0sis for stuffing this into a small box, slapping my address on it, & tossing it into a Minnesota-bound truck. This is one of those rare beers I hate to open, because I'm expecting great things. Oops! Well, too late now. Split with my wife (OK, I might have taken just an extra ounce. Maybe two. Hope she reads this while she's at work & I'm far away. Love you sweetie!)

Bottle 270 of 500, 2010 vintage. Nice clean, attractive label. Pours a rough, heavy black with little to no head or carbonation - fine by me. Even when stone-cold, this smells like the asphalt outside the gates of heaven. Billionaire roasted malts. Deepens & really opens up as it warms.

Southampton IRS was crafted by a master. Roasted malts & chocolate blitz the tongue, along with a graininess more common in a hefe; weird, & weirdly appealing. Feels rough around the edges, like it grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a John Hughes film. Cocoa powder dry, tiny current of dark fruits, with a bitter finish that might be sharp chocolate or hops still fighting for their lives. Horrifically drinkable for a big stout.

Excellent beer. Southampton has succeeded in making a beer that's not terribly complex, but with great depth. This is the hewn-wood equivalent of a cabin in the forest that you want to go back to. Frequently. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:48:47 | More by maximum12
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mac (nimbleprop) for this gem.

A: Heavy pour with huge tan head. Viscous black!

Smells like tons of molasses malt and chocolate. I like what I smell, but it's good not great.

Taste is awesome though. Huge RIS character with smoky charred malt, fudgy molasses and dark fruit. Cinnamon in there with other sugary spices as well. This is a GREAT example of the RIS style.

Mouth is smooth and silky, and viscous. Excellent drinker, especially for the ABV. Went down quick for me! Awesome

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:30:49 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin layer of brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells molasses, chocolate, salt, fig, clean alcohol, mild smoke, coffee astringency, scorched marshmallow.

Tastes wonderful. Overall, it comes across as a very potent brown ale, with much more complexity added on. Cocoa powder, bitter baker's chocolate, molasses, fig, blackberry (from hops), roast acidity, and some vanilla. Dry in the finish is a bit astringent and there is an herbal retronasal.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 02:10:21 | More by mentor
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared by nimbleprop at a small tasting; thanks Mac! Huge want. Bottle 57 of 500, 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Not a lot of lacing or retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, and light toasted malts. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and vanilla. I thought the taste was very balanced; I loved it.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body. Perfect mouthfeel for a RIS in my opinion.

d - I thought this was a great RIS. The smell was enjoyable but the taste and mouthfeel were outstanding. I was also surprised how easy it was to drink considering it was over 10% ABV; didn't feel that strong at all. Glad this one lived up to my expectations, would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:55:00 | More by mdfb79
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a huge medium brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with clear notes of green hops with light floral and bitter notes. Taste was a very nice mix between some roasted malt with dry coffee notes, some rich black chocolate and some green bitter and floral hops. All the ingredient and flavour were well integrated and balanced. Body was full with a smooth creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex imperial stout that I have tasted but I must admit that everything was well balanced while still having some complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 18:14:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle poured in my Darkness glass. Bottle 99 of 500. A birthday present from my girlfriend, what better night to open up then to hopefully celebrate OSU's Sugar Bowl win...Midnight black pour, looks good. No head at all though, looks like a barrel aged beer with only the slightest dark tan head. No lacing. Disappointing look...The aroma is full of fresh cocoa, brownies and dark fruits. At first its sweet, but then its real backbone is lightly bitter with cocoa being the major player...The taste is awesome with extreme balance. Sweet and bitter at the same time, main player again is the cocoa. However, the sweet chocolate brownie note is huge, its almost like drinking a liquified brownie. This is what a RIS should be, best one I've had in a long time that WAS NOT barrel aged...The feel is a little lacking, on the lighter side for a stout, but a nice tannic and warming sensation...Incredibly drinkable, because it taste great and you can't detect the alcohol on the nose or taste at all.

This is a must try. For a pure stout (not barrel aged) this is probably the best I've had besides stormaktsporter. Get this!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:41:00 | More by jrallen34
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a thick, rich deep espresso with a frothy caramel head. Very pretty! Nose is roasty, rich with dark fruits, earth, a little booze. Somewhat bitter flavor with subtle expressions of licorice, anise, a bit of coffee dust, some cocoa. Impressive layering of flavor. Rich and creamy but not all all burdensome and heavy. Finish is a bit long on the roasted bitter element. Very nice brew here.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:53:56 | More by JAXSON
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to slander for sharing this hard to find bottle of joyous liquid. From the 2009 release - bottle #339 of 450.

A - Deep, dark, black with a thin dark tan head that retained as a thin cap and left minimal spots of lace.

S-Deep, rich, roasted malt, fresh tanned leather, 90% cocoa chocolate, espresso with hints of anise and prunes. Quite complex and very nice. Light alcohol burn emerges with warming.

T-Arguably one of the most interesting and complex beers I have ever had the honor of drinking. Deep, dark leather, licorice, oak, black velvet, cocoa, espresso, prune and deliciousness all wrapped up in a refined smoothness with a touch of alcohol burn. Simply memorizing!

M-Medium-heavy bodied, rich and roasty, slick, oily and oh so smooth! LONG lasting flavours and a demand respecting alcohol burn in the drying finish.

D-Bold, complex and refined this is a HELL YEA! brew. Certainly not poundable by any means. This one demands respect and enjoyed slowly in a snifter, embedded in a cushy overstuffed chair, alongside a roaring fireplace, donned in your favorite crushed velvet robe!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 13:47:27 | More by Deuane
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2.33/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Was very grateful to get this bottle as part of a larger trade with Craytonic. This is pretty well respected around BA, so I was pretty excited when we opened it. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Bottle 403 of 500

APPEARANCE: A pitch black pour makes a thinner looking, super fizzy and noisy, one finger, brown head that quickly vanishes almost completely, leaving only a slight ring behind. Black, opaque body with next to zero carbonation. A slight, very faint ring remains but leaves no lacing. Despite the very thick looking pour, it looked a little flat and the head was very disappointing. Not up to par here.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of roasted malts, molasses for sure, some figs and touches of oak. Some cream coffee and charcoaled malts as well, with a good base of booze under the entire thing. Almost smells barrel aged it's so boozy, which is a little alarming.

TASTE: Like the nose, with some nice flavors, but a very strong booze presence. Too strong really. Some roasted malts and lots of sweet molasses. Some sweet caramel malt joins the party through the middle, and some bitter chocolate, charcoal, and burnt espresso on the finish. Some oak and lots of booze after the swallow as well. Lots of booze. Again, this tastes barrel aged, but not in a good way; overly boozy and hot. A roasted, charred, bitter-sweet and boozy aftertaste is bold and long lasting. Very boozy and hot still. Lots of flavor, but too boozy to be enjoyable really.

PALATE: Thinner body, light, with higher levels of carbonation. Goes down rough with an alcohol burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating with lots of heat. Too rough, thin, light, and not creamy enough either. Way too much heat too.

OVERALL: An overly boozy, burnt, thin, mess of an RIS. Granted, there was lots of flavor and plenty to consider, but not everything worth considering was enjoyable. Decently complex and overly boozy means the scores balanced out some. Perhaps another couple years will mellow it out a bit, but that still won't improve the look or thicken up the feel at all. Overrated and far more valuable than the beer in the container. Was grateful to finally get to try this highly acclaimed bad boy, but don't think I'd even buy it if it was readily available at the corner store for $5. Regardless, thanks again for the awesome trade Craytonic!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 15:21:10 | More by Jeffo
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for braving the cold and sharing this one at our last tasting. Bottle 401/500. Pours black with a thin, quarter inch, khaki-colored head that quickly dispersed into a swirl. Nose reveals dark malts, roast, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is roasty and chocolatey with some brewer's licorice and some light bittering hops at the finish. Sweet, but not cloying so. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight viscosity. An excellent example of the style. No bells and whistles, but a fair amount of complexity and drinks extremely easy. Hard to believe it has a 10.2% abv. A really top notch RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:30:39 | More by Jwale73
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Pours a light brown head. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Rich Belgian chocolate. Roasted malts, dark fruits, and cherries.

Taste: Rich and sweet. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits. It reminds me a bit of Expedition stout with a few years on it. Pretty solid flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and syrupy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and sweet with some coffee in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel reminds me a lot like 08 darkness.

Overall, it reminds me of aged expo meets 08 darkness. Very sweet and syrupy. It is great, but slow drinking. Pretty thick.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:58:38 | More by mothman
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:17:48 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 750 mL/1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle
2010 vintage
Bottle Number 18 of 500
Served in a stemmed glass

The beer poured a thick, oily, near pitch black with a small, coffee-colored head that quickly faded to a stiff ring of froth.

The aroma was rich and complex. Lots of smooth, dark roast coffee, vanilla and bakers chocolate notes. Brown sugar and molasses came through as well. Slightly oaky.

As with the aroma, the taste was an interesting blend of sweet and roasty. Brown sugar and French roast coffee were immediately noticeable. Dark chocolate notes were also apparent. Sweet and raisiny in the center. The finish was bitter and intense. Super roasty with lots of piney hops and a touch of bourbon-like booziness.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet rather overcarbonated initially. Even though the body was quite viscous, the carbonation made it feel light and frothy (almost a touch airy) on the palate. As the beer sat, the liquid lost a bit of fizz and became much more palatable.

Drinkability was decent. This is an interesting beer but it could benefit from more ageing. Give this another year or two in the cellar and it should turn into a real gem.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 05:06:50 | More by Damian
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, shared by Brad at the tasting on Saturday.

This beer appears a jet black with a gargantuan, beautiful, tan head. The aroma gives away the age of the beer to some extent, as there is a very slight mustiness in the nose. Scents of chocolates and roasted malt. There is a slight musty, been in the cellar a while taste (in the best way), along with robust roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is still slightly detectable in the finish, even after five years. This is a great beer that I'd really enjoy having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:38:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, again from Brad.

Beer is served in a tulip. Beer is black and forms a dark brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass but the overall carbonation is low.

Aroma is great, lots of chocolate, some alcohol, sweetness from the malt and roast from the roasted malt. Almost a liquor like quality to the whole thing.

Beer is smooth and medium bodied. There is some alcohol and sweetness up front and a lot of roast in the back. The flavors rest on the palate as I wait between sips. There isn't much of an aftertaste, just flavors that linger. It kind of coats the back of my mouth and the bitterness from the roasted malts rests there. Its a good beer, much anticipated by myself, very excited to get to try some. Thanks again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 19:23:51 | More by drabmuh
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, 3-4 oz sample. Huge thanks to Kapra12 for breaking this out of DLD eve.

4.0 A: Pitch black color with creamy medium brown head. Decent retention and decent lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, sweet creamed coffee, and a touch of alcohol.

3.5 T: Slightly burnt, roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and slight bitterness from burntness. The flavor doesn't wow, but as alcstradamus said, it's a good "blueprint" of an RIS.

5.0 M: Excellent. Cramy and sticky with a heavier medium body. If you ever needed a reason to drink this beer, the mouthfeel would be it.

4.0 D: Tasty brew, but nothing special in terms of taste. The mouthfeel is amazing and makes me want to seek out my own bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:08:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had again July of 2012 (2012 vintage). pour is black with tight full dark chestnut brown. The nose has roast, marsh mellow, dry bakers chocolate and a touch chalky. Taste is roasty, very roasty with an interesting balance of dark berry sweetness. Loads of creamy chocolate and marshmallow. Dry finish, thick creamy body, delicate carbonation.

Thanks to Pittbeergirl for sharing this one. 2010 vintage.

A-completely opque black in color and thick in viscous looking. The head is a dark caramel color that appears pretty thick and creamy. It has some retention with a thick slow falling head

S-roasted malts hit right up front with a touch of roasted barley. Molasses and some sweeter anise fade in. This gives way to to a light malt sweetness of plums, cherries, figs, raisins and some notes of fusel alcohol.

T-similar to the nose the roasted malts kick in from the start. Chocolate that wasn't really there in the nose takes hold and has a strong grip. Sweetness picks up with notes of anise fading into dark fruits. Plums raisins, and a hint of alcohol and heat towards the finish; but just enough to let you know this is a big stout.

M-this has a huge full chewy body that is extremely smooth and creamy on the palate. It is soft with low carbonation to let it slip down the throat but none of the body falls off.

D-this is an awesome imperial stout. It is huge and size and flavor yet well rounded and complex allowing the flavors to blend with each other. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:08:21 | More by cpetrone84
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one.

A: The pour is nearly black with some visible carbonation and a fluffy tan head on top.

S: This one relies heavily on the roasted malts. The coffee and dark chocolate aromas are there, but the nose is just very roasty.

T: As the nose would indicate, the roast and coffee flavors dominate with perhaps just a touch of char. Some bitter dark chocolate smooths things out a bit.

M: The body is fine, but the problem is the beer is quite overcarbonated and really detracts from the drinking experience.

D: A pretty easy drinking RIS, especially for 10+%, but the mouthfeel was just a bit off-putting to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 05:52:26 | More by womencantsail
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4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Cory for hooking me up with this brew! 2010 release #59/500.

A- Body is a big, thick, and vicious opaque motor oil black hue. A 1/2 foamy dark tan head emerges after the initial pour- this fades to 1/4 finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Wonderful, complex, and perfect for an RIS. A perfect balance of dark chocolate, anise, a hint of licorice, a hint of sweetness, dark fruit (particularly plum), a hint of alcohol, and a slightly roasted malt background. There is so much going on in the nose and there has to be the perfect balance in order to be able to pick this all up.

T-Taste follows suit and has the same wonderful balance and complexity of the nose. There is a lot going on up front but I am able to pick up anise, dark chocolate, licorice, and plum. The overall impression of the initial flavor is slightly sweet, slightly fruity, yet there is a dry and bitter component that keeps the perfect balance. As these initial flavors intensify for the finish a moderate roasted malt flavor and slight accompanying bitterness come through to give this brew a slight roasted component that compliments the other flavors well. The flavors fade slowly as a mild to moderate alcohol heat arises and fades with them.

M-Carbonation is medium to high. Body is thick an viscous with a wonderful, exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel and no alcohol consistency comes through.

D- I was expecting this brew to be very good-but it goes above and beyond the call of duty. It's exceptional and my favorite stout so far (I don't foresee it being topped anytime soon). It has all the components of a typical RIS but the balance and complexity of this brew are exceptional. The flavors here are really big but its so smooth. The alcohol is not hidden but it adds to the complexity of it all. Its too bad this was consumed on a beautiful day in April because it would be perfect on a snowy day.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 14:57:28 | More by PittBeerGirl
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drseamus for the share. 2009 bottling. Bottle 293 of 450.

A: Jet black with a finger of coffee colored head. I was surprised at the amount of head on this beer. It was a nice looking beer with decent head retention which again is unusual for a RIS.

S: Little bit of chocolate. This was a really tight nose. I really did not get much else.

T:Chocolate and roast. Someone at our tasting described this by saying the beer displayed "a narrow band of flavors" and I think that really nailed it. Quite bitter in the finish. This was one of the most hop forward beers of this style I have had.

M: Very sharp carbonation. Very well carbonated.

D: Easy drinking but it was just missing something for me. I was really looking forward to this one and it was a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 22:37:27 | More by aerozeppl
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the generosity of Knifestyles, I shared this one with Sparklepants and thecaptain073 last night. 2010 Bottle 448/500. Pitch black body, enormous creamed coffee head that fell very slowly leaving a few wisps of lacing. Deep roastiness in the nose, some earthiness, chocolate, and a generous amount of floral hoppiness. Taste goes right along with the aroma. First thing that comes through is a very deep roasted barley flavor, almost to the point of being too much, but smooths out as it rolls around the tongue, backed up by a solid bitter hoppiness. Some interesting dark fruit and chocolate flavor starts to come out as it warms. It's not overly sweet, but there is some brown sugar/molasses-like qualities going on in the background. Nice boozy warmth as it comes to room temp. Great stuff we've got here. Lovely, silky mouthfeel, carbonation is right on. Overall, pretty well balanced and tasty. I honestly thought the hops were a little too much and would probably love this beer with a year on it. Excellent beer, worthy of any hype that comes it's way.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:33:18 | More by KeefD
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to BeerWorld for sending me this treat. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #193/500

Served at room temperature.

2010 vintage

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown. Produced a fingers width of tan colored head. Dissipated into a thin ring throughout consumption. Minor lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Rich chocolate aroma. Slight bitterness with light coffee bean scent. Also noticing some noticing an undertone of brown sugar and molasses.

T- Much like the aroma, except much more developed. Plenty of chocolate upfront. Transitions into a malty, coffee bean, molasses, brown sugar finish. Really enjoy how balanced the sweetness is in this one, unlike Black Tuesday, Darkness, Dark Lord, etc. There is a little bit of alcohol heat at the end.

M- Heavy bodied with perfect combination. Leaves the palate pretty neutral.

D- Really easy going except for the alcohol that becomes more and more pronounced as it's consumed.

Overall, a very solid RIS. Why can't all of their beers be this good? Very impressed with this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:42:33 | More by rhinos00
Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.