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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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279 Ratings

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 386
Gots: 93 | FT: 8
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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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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2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 05:11:45 | More by AleWatcher
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-17-2011 01:44:21 | More by Photekut
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-06-2013 02:10:36 | More by bum732
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 22:24:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-02-2013 01:37:01 | More by baybum
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2014 12:26:02 | More by mpayne5
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-17-2013 06:29:22 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-13-2012 06:13:45 | More by brystmar
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3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 17:19:59 | More by kbutler1
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-23-2013 14:58:22 | More by Kirk
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-27-2014 22:18:40 | More by dfhhead25
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:55:42 | More by Urbancaver
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

10-30-2012 02:52:14 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 20:54:35 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-28-2013 02:33:18 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-25-2012 05:28:45 | More by bobv
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-16-2014 14:18:51 | More by thebigredone
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2005. Been sitting on this bottle for about a year and a half.


I think my one-word description above hits it all. Midnight black. Only way to descibe the color of this beer. Thick, dark brown head that just recedes ever-so-slowly. Great retention. Nose is dark, coffee malts, but not much else.

Flvaor is overpowering coffee-like. One of the few time I really enjoy such a beer so over-blanced. As if it is meant to be. Also, some incredible chocolate mocha and dark toffee tones going on as well. Little bit of licorice too. Very full body, Lingers throughout. Sticks to the cheeks. Very silky and thick--like velvet drapes. The alcohol is very transparent, but nicely balance with the the malts the the slightly minty hoppniess. Really want to get another bottle of this fantastic beer. So easy and smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 04:45:53 | More by MuddyFeet
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-07-2013 04:37:34 | More by bauermj
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:20:36 | More by grittybrews
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-29-2013 18:45:55 | More by CTJman
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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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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black-brown with some transparency along the edges. Moderate sized khaki head, about a finger high. Holds on briefly before crashing into a fine skim. Spotty lacing towards the beginning before fading off (I presume due to the alcohol content).

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some nicely singed coffee and a nice earthy hoppyness toward the back end

T: Like the nose this beer has a strong roasted complexion, bordering on burnt. I found the beer to have a fair amount of dark chocolate and earthy hops. The coffee characteristics have faded a little here compared to the nose.

M: Surprisingly smooth considering both the ABV and rich roasted malts. Moderate carbonation leaves behind just the slightest tingle on the tongue. The carbonation helped to lighten the beer up and deliver the flavors to the palate. The roasted flavors lingered a bit in the finish, helping to draw out the experience just enough.

D: I don't think I've consumed very many imperial stouts with quite the ease (without sacrificing flavor and body). A very good RIS that demonstrates what the style can do without adding bourbon barrels to the mix. Looking forward to my bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:35:43 | More by callmemickey
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

12-20-2012 06:58:44 | More by claytong
Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.