Southampton Imperial Russian Stout - Southampton Publick House
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4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
A big thanks to Shane for sharing this at a recent small tasting at sirotan’s up in Ann Arbor. 2010 vintage.
Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a dark black color and about a half finger of mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving some nice lacing.
Smell – Loads of bittersweet cocoa/chocolate and roasted malts. This is always a positive sign to me because it means the initial aromas are not too sweet...which personally is a bit off putting for a RIS. A hint of molasses and caramel, but again it is not the dominant aroma.
Taste – Char, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate up front. A very dry stout. Mixes in with just a hint of sweet molasses (and a touch of toffee).
Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, finishes dry.
Overall – A great RIS. Very glad I was able to try this due to a generous BA. Would seek out in the future.
12-20-2011 02:03:36 | More by SpdKilz
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-24-2011 02:10:21 | More by mentor
2.68/5 rDev -36.8%
Had this at a tasting... Finally getting around to typing up my notes from my iphone.
So stoutfest popped this thing open and called me over to give me the first pour... Thanks man.
Pours a HUGE frothy foam of a giant root-beer-float-like head. It isn't moving, it isn't going anywhere. I need to make up the guest bed for this thing because if I don't make a plan here, I'm gonna have a house-guest... The retention, lacing, and legs are all gorgeous. A dark dark black with some tan hints in the lacing and legs. The head is dark tan. Looks amazing...
The nose has some oak, some earthiness, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, black licorice... not bad at all.
Wow. The beer drinks like espresso... with a GIANT alcohol presence on the finish. I mean like huge boozy character on this. HUGE. This is the booziest beer I've ever had-- and I've had Brandy barrel Alpha Klaus... The taste does not do the nose or looks justice.
Hiding beneath the napalm-attack of the alcohol is some toffee, some bitter cocoa, some anise, and a dry, oaky, boozy bitterness at the finish. This is like rocket fuel. It is HOT. Not even trying to mask or hide it at all.
The mouthfeel is nice-- it is thick, luscious, creamy, and velvety smooth...
Overall-- this is hurt big-time by the alcohol. I like big boozy beers, but this is just too much.
At this point khazaduhm heard me talking about the lack of balance in this beer and came over... He took a sip of my glass and exclaimed, "What the fuck man! Did you add a shot to this thing?! This is NOT the same beer I just drank..."
We took our pours from the same bottle... I am certain I had a clean glass. I don't know what happened-- but this beer was amazing in every way--- except the taste. Which, to be honest, hurts a fucking lot.
08-19-2011 05:11:45 | More by AleWatcher
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
01-30-2010 22:24:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.35/5 rDev -21%
Bottle. 2010 vintage. #5/500. Pours a dark brwon color with a tan head. Roasty, leather, and dark fruit. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Rich and complex aroma. The taste is dominated by an over roast note that I find a little detracting. Roas, dark chocolate, and leather in the flavor as well. Overall, decent but the over roast bittereness to me is offputting and as I said detracts from my overall enjoyment of the beer.
10-23-2011 17:19:59 | More by kbutler1
3.78/5 rDev -10.8%
Cork rockets off, hits the ceiling, and hits Roger in the face from across the room.
Pours a frothy foamy dark dark brown. Nice tan head. Looks pretty solid.
Smells dark chocolatey and roasty. Decent aroma.
Tastes dry and chalky. Roasty and dark chocolatey. A bit blah.
Wll carbonated. Decent mouthfeel. Oversell not impressed.
10-08-2011 18:55:42 | More by Urbancaver
4.03/5 rDev -5%
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.
03-26-2008 20:54:35 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured cola black with a finger of dark tan head. Aroma dominated by cocoa with some roasty coffee and caramel in there as well.
Moderate carbonation and a creamy but slightly thin mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate flavor with coffee, hints of oak, and a touch of caramel. Some roasty bitterness on the finish.
Nice flavors but nothing really stood out beyond the chocolate notes, which were pretty pleasant. Drank easier than the 10% would indicate.
10-17-2011 02:20:36 | More by grittybrews
Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
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