Southampton Imperial Russian Stout - Southampton Publick House
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4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
Bottle provided by HenrikO as an extra (!) in our most recent trade. Bottle 112 out of 450, from the 2013 release.
Appearance is a very very dark brown. Nice, but not the inky black I like to see in the stout world. The head is the color of lightly creamed coffee, very nice.
Aroma is nice dark fruits, some char and roast, coffee, slight booze.
Taste exceeds the aroma. Just a very well executed traditional imperial stout. Nice low levels of roast. Very nice dark fruits and slight booze. Hops are very background, if noticeable at all.
Mouthfeel is on point. Filling, coating. Very well done stout.
Overall: This is the stout that KtG wanted to be. Well done. I just stumbled into this bottle, thanks to a great trading partner. Wish it wasn't so limited, as I would love some more for the cellar, and fridge. Delicious.
07-28-2013 13:08:31 | More by mikecharley
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
750 ml bottle served in a Southampton oversized snifter. Big thanks to cosmicevan for throwing the guy my way. Bottle #281/450, 2013 vintage.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. Very nice retention as it recedes to a thick head and collar. Sticky lace left down the glass.
S: Nice roasted malts, some char and some dark fruit. Creamy, bready malts with some light cocoa and coffee bean notes as well. Some sweet molasses on the back end as well.
T: Nice roasted malts with a slight hint of char. Coffee grounds with some dark chocolate. Some sweet boozy notes mixes with some molasses and a little bit of dried bitterness on the finish.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a nice drinkability. Medium carbonation trending towards the lower end of the spectrum. Smooth finish.
O: A really nice stout. Lots of char and chocolate with a nice sweetness form the alcohol to cut it. Not the most hidden booze for ~10%, but it doesn't detract from the overall drinkability of the beer.
07-16-2013 00:47:46 | More by Treebs
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Bottle label: 2013 version, bottle #149 out of 450.
Appearance: pours a black chocolate color with a mil chocolate colored 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.
Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and some alcohol come through to the nose.
Taste: big roasted malt, dark bread, and dark chocolate flavors here. Prunes, a bit of molasses, and a hearty bitterness rounds out this big beer. Alcohol provides a bit of warming after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, velvety at the finish with some warmth and a touch of dryness. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: Super RIS. Very slow sipping, but this is a meal in a glass. Expensive at $16 a bottle, but worth the splurge.
06-07-2013 19:59:20 | More by Gavage
4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 62º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a dark chocolate head of a thick frothy consistency. Body color is a near black, moderate viscosity. Head retention is above average despite some bubbly activity. Really pleasing appearance with a great deal of depth in the head and body. 4.5
(Smell) Bitter roasted malts, mild syrupy sweetness. Mild funk and cardboard from moderate oxidation. Potency is high on aroma. Very high potency and sharp tones. 4
(Taste) Cocoa nibs, black malt bitterness, graham crackers, touches of mild fruit character, cherry. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Textures of mild syrup, mellow viscosity and moderate thickness. Carbonation is light and creamy. Alcohol presence is medium. Body is shy of heavy for the style, and heavy overall. 4.25
(Overall) A really deep and complex RIS with a ton of flavor and character. No regrets trying this one. 4.25
Southampton Publick House's
Imperial Russian Stout
05-28-2013 05:18:19 | More by Jadjunk
Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
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