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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

316 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 400
Gots: 95 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A snifter glass served at Capone's.

A: The stout is big and black, bold in ites depth with a tan head that lightly sits atop the ale.

S: The aroma is just as you'd expect, burnt with coffee, baker's chocolate and charred toast throughout. Lactic milkiness manages to break the density up a bit.

T: The taste branches out a bit, showcasing more of the imperial stout flavors with sweeter elements. Toffee and hops are far more prevalent this time around, as is coffee element. Overall, the stout is thick and chewy, a meal on its own.

M: The mouthfeel is dense and easily overwhelms the palate. Nothing within the ale stood out as earth-shaking but there's no denying that the beer is pleasant.

D: At 10%, this beer is a doozy. I limited myself to one and, in hindsight, that was a brilliant decision. I'd still curl up with a glass of this on a cold night.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled during the gala tasting over at Dyan's the other night. This was bottle number 83 from the 2009 release.

The beer pours blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is very unusual in this one, with aromas of dark chocolate, licorise, malt balls, sawdust and manure fertilizer. While certainly not repulsive, needless to say this isn't something I smell every day in a beer. The beer is much better on the palate, with dark chocolate and milk chocolate, licorise, roasty malt and a hint of vanilla. The beer is definitely on the sweet side, probably excessively so (at least to my palate). There's some decent bitterness on the finish, but it's really not enough to counter the sweetness in this beer. The beer is pretty smooth and long, and there's no denying that this beer is an absolute presence on the palate. The beer is otherwise very full bodied and rich, and drinkability is OK for the abv. and style. However, the excessive sweetness and noticeable alcohol make it difficult to drink a whole lot of this.

An interesting beer, but not sure I'd want to drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Thanks Overlord. Consumed on 10/10/2009 with Masterski and Overlord. The beer looks like a Russian Imperial Stout. It's black and viscous. It looks like motor oil flowing out of the 22oz bottle. The head is two fingers and light brown with excellent retention and scattered lacing.

The aroma is of dark chocolate with a strong roasted malt presence. Black coffee is evident (as it tends to be), as are dark fruits. Alcohol is well hidden.

The flavor is dry and roasted with notes of black strap molasses. Coffee adds complexity and moderate astringency. Dark fruits are subtle, and there is a low level of sweetness .The finish is very dry with lingering roast and coffee. Booze makes itself known with some warming in the finish. I don't even get a trace of oxidation.

The beer is medium full bodied with a viscous, sticky, and silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is at an upper low level.

The beer's lack of any detectable trace of oxidation speaks to the importance of proper storage. This has aged remarkably and is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've had recently.

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wanted to get a few reviews in while the beer was fresh on my brain and the notes still made sense.

Big Ole 2009 vintage 750 provided at the Friday the 13th tasting by Jake65... Seriously huge thanks to Jake.. this is one of my biggest white whales... bottle 375 of 450.

Poured into my Delerium goblet... Dark tan head.. good/great lacing and retention.

Nose is a beautiful mix of all traditional RIS aromas.. very dark roastiness.... no astringency really.. some good hoppiness that mixes well with some sweetness from the malts.

Flavor has more dark chocolate and less sweetness... tastes very fresh and is very rich.

The body is not as thick as many of the huge RIS out there.. and I'm happy about that.. This is damn near the perfect example of a RIS that doesn't need all the bells and whistles many brewing companies use.. no barrel aging.. not huge viscosity.. no fruit.. just an awesome RIS.

Thanks Jake... I wish I would have taken better notes... this would be one of my never ending keg dream beers.

4/4.5/4.5/5/5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black beer topped by a dark brown cap. Fine bubbles formed a lasting skim and ring, and a few spots of lace clung to the glass. Great aroma, lots of toffee and caramel, dark chocolate and roast. As it warmed, there was a lactose sweetness and a bit of fruit, slight booze. The flavour was quite sweet with balanced bitterness. Some toffee and roast, lots of dark malt character that really dried things out. Nutty with mild hops, licorice in the finish. Heavy body with creamy carbonation, alcohol warmth. Very dry texture throughout. Seemed a bit unbalanced with dark malts in the flavour and texture, but that was a fairly minor issue for me. The aroma was great and it was a satisfying drink.

Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour, black body with a huge tan head of great retention. Excellent lacing; looks like a stout milkshake. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roast malt, mild earthy hops, subtle anise. Typical but nice.

The flavor matches the aroma. Typical imperial stout but very well made and drinkable, rich and flavorsome, particularly for a non -barrel aged example. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt dominate; again there are hints of anise and verbally, earthy hops. Booze is pretty much hidden and any amount of modest sweetness the beet has dries up almost completely on the finish. A little bit of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth overall feel. This one isn't a monster, it's balanced and exceptionally easy to drink for the style. Not earth shattering, but elegant and enjoyable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.6.13
2012 vintage Bottle 148 of 650

A - Pours a motor oil black with a huge dark brown active head that fades slowly.

S - Malt, a touch of chocolate, overall pretty mild.

T - Creamy milk chocolate and vanilla. So good!

D - Tons of carbonation with a heavy body. Silky smooth.

O - Nose is subtle, but the taste is sublime. Great beer!

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of IPAchris
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, one of the better bottles in the WW2 BIF from tprokop7 (thanks Todd) Opened during a tasting/party at DrGonzo's place in northeastern OH.

This pours a black color with a few fingers of dark tan foam. It looks and smells really solid, I love the dark foam. I get tons of roasted malts in the nose, along with some cocoa. I'm so used to bourbon aged stouts any more that I actually searched for bourbon. But this doesn't need it, a very nise smelling RIS.

The taste matches my memory of Bolshoi, although not as much chocololate in the Southampton. Lots of roast character in the aftertaste, this was really good from start to finish.

I know this bottle is a real pain to get, but I highly recommend it. Definitely a nice RIS, one of the better ones I've had in recent memory.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber(2005) a very dark brown/ with a very large head of foam that shrank slowly leaving just a fine layer.

The smell is hugely sweet..I note caramel and chocolate with a pretty big nose of alcohol. I know it's still summer but the aroma gave me visions of sitting in front of a fireplace with a few feet of snow outside....err... I digress.

The taste is really big on roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and chocolate and is sweet as all heck right up to the finish where there's a bit of hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. After a few sips, I noticed more bitterness from the chocolate and coffee flavours so the over all sweetness of this stout calmed down a bit and I was able to enjoy it more. Good and tasty stuff but I could not drink more than 1 of these at a time for sure. ;^)

Bottom line: This is a very tasty RIS that one should try given the chance. My thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!!

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of xnicknj
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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!!!!

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.