Southampton Imperial Russian Stout | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
161
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
407
Gots:
90
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle laid in cellar for a few months. Coca-cola dark colour and strong Southampton carbonation. Mellowed taste, and medium mouthfeel not a thick Russian porter. Easy drink, but its like a Coca-Cola in strong caramel, though some grains of cocoa, I am sorry fans, please don't flame me. Enjoyable but overated.

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Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressively roasted beer that holds all the halmarks of great beers of complexity, power, and body; but could use restraint on burnt qualities, in favor of roundness and delicacy.

The nose is chocked full of roast- Coffee, cocoa, and burnt fruits of currants, grapes, and berries. Other subtleties of dates, figs, plumbs, and raisons come into play but in complimentary fashion.

Flavors favor the burnt qaulities up front with French roast, charred fruits (sames as in the nose), licorice, molassas, toffeees and caramels. A dash of brown sugaras dance about the peripheries. Tasty and delicious although the roast quality dominates in a bullying fashion.

As the beer warms and as the carbonatiohn releases, the beer shows much more of a soft coffee and brownie mix that is much more appetizing than the over-carbonozed and abrasive start to the beer.

Full, creamy, and rich from the on-set, the beer carries the robust quality into a dry-malty alcoholic finish that stops short of the evaporative finish that I prefer. The acrid and nearly ashy finish makes the beer more harsh than I expect.

I know I'm being picky here but were discussing the differences between a great beer and world class beers. The balance here is tilted far toward the roast character, but still doesn't acheive the espresso balance than these beers deserve.

I cannot express the true appreciation that Ding deserves for sharing this beer. For this, I appreciate you my friend!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling; bottle 94 out of 650

Appearance: Pours like a best in class; with a massive mocha-colored head sitting atop the pitch black liquid; doesn't hold its shape as long as some but splashes lace around the chalice

Smell: Sniffs a bit on the sweet side, with dark chocolate and coffee with cream; some hops and alcohol in the aroma as well

Taste: Rich milk chocolate, up front, with a burgeoning coffee and hop element that adds complexity through mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol adds another dimension, but the sweeter flavors edge out the hops in the final analysis, though there are plenty of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: At first, it felt a bit overcarbonated, but after a few minutes the mouthfeel moved in a full-bodied and creamy direction

Overall: This is a first rate, well-balanced RIS; a true contender

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a huge medium brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with clear notes of green hops with light floral and bitter notes. Taste was a very nice mix between some roasted malt with dry coffee notes, some rich black chocolate and some green bitter and floral hops. All the ingredient and flavour were well integrated and balanced. Body was full with a smooth creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex imperial stout that I have tasted but I must admit that everything was well balanced while still having some complexity.

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

'08 bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Black in the glass with a dark tan head. Charred, chocolatey aroma. Undertones of coffee with a light fruitiness. There's a lot of charred bitterness on the palate, bordering on astringent, backed by spicy licorice flavors, espresso and a touch of chocolatey sweetness and dark fruit. Medium-full body, quite rich and flavorful but not necessarily my favorite take on the style. Less burnt bitterness and a touch more sweetness would be more to my liking. Solid stuff all the same.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown nearing on espresso black with a large tan-cream heading and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Strong initial whiff with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of anise in there as well. A little bit of alcohol thrown in there. Fairly full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good drinkability, but not quite up there with the best of the RIS's I've had, although it's certainly a loaded category.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Pours a light brown head. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Rich Belgian chocolate. Roasted malts, dark fruits, and cherries.

Taste: Rich and sweet. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits. It reminds me a bit of Expedition stout with a few years on it. Pretty solid flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and syrupy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and sweet with some coffee in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel reminds me a lot like 08 darkness.

Overall, it reminds me of aged expo meets 08 darkness. Very sweet and syrupy. It is great, but slow drinking. Pretty thick.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Adam at Churchill's yesterday. Thanks. Bottle No. 156 of 650.

Pours a solid black with a fine cocoa colored head which fades to the edges of the glass slowly. Smells of roasted grains, earthy malts, alcohol heat, and some cherry/sherry notes. Tastes similar to the nose with a somewhat chalky and chocolate quality. Quite a pronounced boozyness with a lingering roasted grain finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and dry. Overall, enjoyable and glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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