Imperial Russian Stout
Southampton Publick House

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros for review #3600. Bottle 350/450 vintage 2013.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin blanket. Great legs.

S - Big aromas of dark fruits, char, black licorice. The alcohol is hidden nicely, slight marshmallow like. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of dark fruits, light char. The black licorice is nice, great fruits. Just solid Russian imperial.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, good alcohol hidden, excellent finish.

O - Overall this was a very solid Russian imperial stout. Great char and stellar dark fruits. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

Serving Type: bottle

Jan 05, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing app I didn't have to crack my old bottle, 2013
Pours a giant foamy black head, great retention, good lacing, great legs, as black as you can get

Nose huge roasted malt and dark chocolate cocoa, mild anise and spices, a little vanilla and caramel, some coffee, roast, some nougat marshmallow candy bar, mild dark fruits

Taste big roast as spicy hops bringing big bitterness, mild fruity esters, dark fruits plum fig like, big anise, some tingly hot alcohol, creamy lush dark malts, hint of caramel and big spicy bitter hop, little char and bitter rind, anise and spice, sticky finish

Mouth is fuller bod, thick lush little creamy, nice creamy carb and mIld alcohol

Overall good but not what I remember it being, could be mind's eye or change of palate, either way good but not incredible

Jan 05, 2019
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KevSal from California

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle 169 of 550 into a perfect stout glass. first from this brewery, although I've had this bottle a few years now.

looks great, the nose is a bit hidden but it's bursting with flavor, layers of different taste hit you hard. reminds me a lot of darkness actually but a bit more sweet. some soy some dark fruit definitly a tasty brew

thanks to nick for the chance!

Aug 21, 2016
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Scarfer_Brad from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Pours smooth no heat. Is jet black. Refreshing cool smell. Slight chocolate smell. A smooth roast malt taste. Is delicious. Feel silky smooth, not much of any carbonation. Oily, leave traces all the way down. Over all a great beer tasty would get again.

Jul 26, 2015
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MissSmisje from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013. Pours black with a mocha head that dissipates into a collar. Roasted malts, black strap molasses, and licorice on the nose. Tasty is predominately the same, with some bakers chocolate and malty sweetness balanced by some background bitterness. Smell and taste are reminiscent of Evil Twins's Even More Jesus. Oily mouthfeel but finishes a bit cleaner. Not my go to, but very good.

Apr 12, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Thick black body. Medium mocha head. Thin collar.

Smell - Licorice. Roasted malt and coffee. A little boozy.

Taste - Fruity. Licorice. Deeply roasted malt. Hefty bitterness. Fudgy in the back end. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

Overall - An intense and delicious stout. Excellent.

Feb 22, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Plan Bee Savage release. '10 vintage.

Pours a very dark black, looks a little thin, though. There's a small mocha colored head, and no real lacing.

Smells like dark fruits, leather, tobacco, caramel, and honey.

This is in an interesting stout, there's a lot more flavors than the typical roasted malt and chocolate, which are there, but in small amounts. I get the impression of honey-covered raisins here, with some vanilla, leather, figs, tobacco, etc. With the age, 4 years at this juncture, the bitter roastiness seems to have all but faded, which is ok. It's a bit sweet, but not cloying.

This is slightly thin bodied, with a oily but creamy mouthfeel, and a very low level of carbonation. Age seems to have diminished the mouthfeel here.

This is excellent, I'm glad to have finally tried this one. At this age, it's become more like an old ale or something like that, rather than a stout, but it tastes really great.

Nov 10, 2014
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This had a black body and came with a thin, short lived tan head.

Lots going on in the nose, tons of rich chocolate plus roasty coffee and a hint of berry. Nothing subtle here, just massively enticing big stout.

Tastes every but as good as it smells, one of the best stouts I've had. Wave after wave of chocolaty coffee with hints of berry and cherry before a lightly charred finish. This had gentle carbonation and a body with medium heft. Just outstanding overall, so glad this was on the board tonight.

Oct 13, 2014
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spicelab from Australia

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition Bottle #431/450. Thanks to Pat for sharing.

Midnight black with an impressive, persistent mocha head. Totally looks the part.

High cocoa dark chocolate, fennel, aniseed, tobacco. Hints at sweetness via fleeting wafts of carmael fudge, but otherwise it's uncompromisingly dry.

Feel is full and even. Booze is well contained.

One of the more impressive and untarnished RIS's around. Unapologetically roasty and ballsy.

Jun 25, 2014
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DanH83 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Poured this 2 year old vintage the night before picking up this years allotment. It poured a deep black with slight tan head that lasted long than I thought. It was terrific. The alcohol was buried and the toasty chocolate flavors were prevalent.

The next day we tried the 2014 release on tap at The Publick House....this beer needs every bit of the 2 years that the 2012 had.

The 2012 was fantastic and I'd bet will age gracefully for more than the 2 years I gave it. I will certainly be giving the 2013 and 2014 vintages the same treatment.

Feb 10, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Dec 26, 2013
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mikecharley from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jul 28, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Jul 16, 2013
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Gavage from Nevada

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jun 07, 2013
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 edition.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 62ยบ 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

May 28, 2013
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birchstick from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 376 of 650. Pours a beautiful black color with a gorgeous chocolaty 2 finger head on it. Nose starts off with grainy malts with a nice chocolaty mix in the air. Taste starts with milk chocolates that move into a roasted coffee flavor, almost a bit ashy at time, akin to eating some chocolate and taking a drag off of a cigar. Finishes with a nice roasted and chocolate mix. Mouthfeel is full and luxurious. Overall, this is a nice RIS. Definitely not worth the hype that the bottle count rarity demands, but it is a good RIS comparable to other easily obtainable RIS's.

Oct 29, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Oct 15, 2012
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dtmets84 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade and I am forgetting who I traded this with so thanks!

Poured a whole lot of head about 2inches of it and looks like a giant chocolate milk shake.

Smell was toffee and some malt. Did not get anything to write home about.

Taste was the same old stout. Good but not great . Was hoping the bottle would be the BRL so I could get to dabble in the BRL and the RIS but it was RIS straight up.

Sep 08, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Black throughout with a small dark brown head. This looks thick and menacing, leaving spots of lace down the glass.

Big, full aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, a bit of bready sweetness, and some alcohol heat. Straightforward, though mightily expressive.

The taste follows the aroma, with huge notes of roast and coffee, very mild chocolate, and just a hint of dark fruit. There's a bit of an alcohol presence also, but it's not distracting and even complementary.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice. I'd tried a 2008 bottle a few weeks prior to opening this 2012 bottle fresh. I prefer it aged, though it's good either way.

Jul 15, 2012
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FosterJM from California

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

1297th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2010-- Bottle #425

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to ?? for this one. I think Callmecoon, but maybe DJFartyFresh??

App- A basic dark brown stout with a few bubbles that fall to a bit of a pond layer as it warms. No real cling or lace to it.

Smell- Nice rich stout. Had a good amount of chocolate and cream behind it with a nice backing malt backbone.

Taste- A nice stout. Wasnt mind blowing. Up there with some of the better ones in style. Nice malts and chocolate balanace with a touch of cream behind it.

Mouth- Body was the best part. Lush and creamy with a nice balance of malt/chocolate. Medium and a medium carbonation.

Drink- A nice stout, but not a great stout. For the low bottle count I can see how some wanna chase it. I wouldnt mind a bottle. Was very tasty.

May 21, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

2008 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, and slight roast aromas. Taste is the same with a mild roasty bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS but it seems pretty subtle in my opinion.

Apr 09, 2012
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2012 bottle.

A: Bottle uncorks with just a whisper of carbonation. Absolutey pitch black pour, like used oil. Tiny 1/4" dark brown head that fades almost immediately. Tiny ring of head that's left does leaving decent spots of lacing everywhere at least.

S: Wonderful strong roasted malt aroma. Decent bit of coffee with some really nice dark chocolate.

T: Thick and heavenly roasted malt everywhere. Wonderful char but not overpowering, quickly backed up with some mild coffee and lots of bitter baker's chocolate. Hint of vanilla throughout. Maybe just a touch of licorice in there as well. As it warms there are hints of dark fruit. No evidence of booze at all despite how fresh this is.

M: Super heavy. One of the thickest, creamiest beers I've ever had. Very low carbonation (hence, no head). Like drinking brownie batter. Coats the mouth wonderfully. I rarely give 5s, this beer is stunning in this category.

O: Wow, this is a special one. I was a little concerned when the beer poured almost still with no head, but boy did it make up for it once I started sipping. Goes to show you that a beer doesn't need all kinds of extra flavors or barrel aging to be good. Not humongously complex, just well balanced and perfectly executed, with one of the best mouthfeels of any beer ever.

Apr 06, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2012 release.

A - Pours pitch black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some fresh cream. Good balance of sweetness to roast.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast slowly giving way to a good amount of sweetness - mostly from the vanilla, chocolate and cream - and some day old coffee grounds. Finish is best described as sweet roast, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption.

M - Big body and lots of roasty flavor with a good amount of carbonation, growing a little thin as it sits in the glass.

O - Not my first time having this one. I think this particular one is still kinda raw, some of the aged versions I have had have been much better. Still one of my favorites.

Apr 03, 2012
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a CBS snifter.

This is THE sexiest looking beer I've ever poured. Onyx black with the thickest, stiffest, richest looking mocha foam crown EVER. You could float a quarter on this. The smell is roasty but sweet. Perhaps bittersweet. Vanilla, mocha and coffee notes. A tad of toffee too. The taste is out of this world. Complex and bold, this is a tremendous meld of coffee, malt, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of booze. The mouthfeel is so goddam smooth. This is thick, rich, and velvety. It lays heavily upon the tongue, coating it with a lush texture that lasts long after you smooth. Small touch of heat is easy to deal with. Overall...this is just amazing. Great beer. I want another. NOW.

Apr 01, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a finger of brown head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Roasty and sweet with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Quite smooth but still rather roasty. I'm picking up some dark chocolate along with bitter hops. Warming alcohol shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with way too much carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: The only problem I had with this one was the carbonation. I thought it took away from everything else. Didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it.

Mar 09, 2012
Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 368 ratings