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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Blind Tiger. Deep black, the thick 1/2 deep tan head lasted for 10 minutes, and then went down to 1/4 inch, where it stayed. Initial aroma came across as milk chocolate, but if you waited, some hints of hazelnut was waiting in the wings. Alcohol made itself known. Thinner than expected mouthfeel. Tastewise, fruits like raisins, stonefruits like plums, dash of alcohol...made for a pretty warming experience.

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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 gotbeer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is dark and black. The head is thin, and it dissapates quickly, leaving only a very light lacing on the glass. The smell has hints of malt and caramel.

The taste is great. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee come to mind. Deep and complex. There is a little taste of alcohol at the nose, but it is buried by the malt and complexity of this beer. It hides it well, but gives a warming feeling.

Overall, a very good Imperial Stout. I will enjoy it again, but I don't think it is at the same level of Stone's IRS or Samuel Smith's Imp Stout. Almost world class in my book, and I would reccomend it to others.

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Photo of amherstdrew
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a truly great RIS... incredible nose... sensational thick dark taste.... there's not too much to say about this one other than the fact that it puts many other russian imperials to shame... very thick, strong coffee flavor, but at the same time, complex under currents. it's a beautiful beer, and i hope you all get to enjoy it.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black like tar, massive very dark bron head, still leaving an honest 1cm sheet of foam after half an hour. Not mindblowing, but efficient aroma, typical for a quality imperial stout. Highly roasted malt, burnt even reminds of roasted pumpernickel, anise seeds and cocoa. Complex flavor profile, it has pretty much what you want from an impy and I can see many people sitting on a table and shooting any rare or not textbook imperials flavors out. Intense tar reminiscent taste with very understated dark berries, dates and various fruit notes. Roastiness comes out really strong and procures a heavy dryness. After having quite a few impies, I still don’t know if I prefer a sweet or a dry one, but this one is dry all the way yet the high level of hops are displayed on the tongue sparingly, with a vegetal, peppery subtlety rather than citric harshness. Finishes almost ashes like, long. Texture is rather atypical in that it is strongly carbonated while at the same time creamy and full bodied with a sensuous velvet feel. A winner among a winner lienup. This is the kind of beer to which I could give a 3.8 today and a 4.5 tomorrow. Though I still prefer some of their belgians, consider this as good a representation of its style as the baltic porter is. Rich yet right on. (I drank it alone Loren)

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Barcade. Served in a chalice-style glass. Not much head, but some around the edge of the glass. Nice color in the head for what is there. Slight lacing later. Dark as night.

The smell gives away what's in the taste later: coffee. Taste has a complexity typical for an Imperial Stout, but has smoky overtones.

10.2%? Didn't really notice it. Very drinkable. Maybe because it was 7-8pm on an all-day pubcrawl, but I don't think so.

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Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the venerable Blind Tiger ale house in my home town, NYC. What can be added about this fine brew? Its black, strong,rich, flavorful,.malty,roasty, complex, chewy. Just an all around fine product. If you see it available in your local drinking establishment, do yourself a favor and order one. You cannot go wrong with this one, especially if you are a stout lover. I wouldnt start with this one however, it makes a much better last brew then a first. Sante..

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Photo of francisweizen
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Cask @ David Copperfields Cask Fest. I travelled 2 hours on a bus to drink some of this brew, and I have to say that it was worth the trip. Dark, dark nearly opaque black with a head of strong Italian espresso coloured foam. Looking down at this beer is like staring into a black hole. The aromas are very enticing. Dark belgian chocolate, deeply roasted strong coffee, hints of currant and licorice, burnt sugar/caramel aromas, and maybe just a whiff of a Vanilla/alcohol like scent. Whilst these aromas are excellent, they are all a bit subdued, and not "in your face" enough for me to warrant a 5 rating for smell. The taste is exceptional. Roasted malts, Espresso beans/grinds, DARK Belgian chocolate, and leafy green hops struggling to be noticed somewhere in the background of this intense flavor combination. This really is an excellent Imperial stout, but what makes it so good is its finesse. Sure, it has a lot of extreme aromas and flavors, but it never really gets over-the-top. It goes right up to the line, but does not cross it. Superb. The mouthfeel is awesome. On cask this is almost like melted down chocolate/coffee cake. This is so smooth and warming going down the throat. In fact my dry/sore throat was gone, after I took my first swig of this brew. Impressive. Drinkability is also insane for such a high-octane brew. I had three pints of this, and I could have had more if I didn't have to catch a bus back to Bethlehem from Port Authority. Oh well... I have heard people comment on this as Southamptons finest brew. Well, it just may be that. I've also heard that it takes a while to integrate, and it gets better with age. Well, i'm not sure about that. I've never had this on tap yet, but on cask it was kickin' ass young. God only knows what aged bottles are like. A superb creation from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark chocolate color completely covering any possibility of light passing through. Light, fluffy head of tan foam. Roasty smell of coffee, chocolates and anise. Smooth, creamy and decently carbonated, this brew starts off with a flourish and keeps going. Remarkably easy to drink, the aocohol well hidden. Really, really great.

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

servered out of a growler, thanks to walleye and his friend from nyc.

Imperial Stout is my favorite style so i judge them hard.

this was a little flat but it was the tail end of a growler that had been opened twice before my serving. so it had little to no carbonation and no head.

the aroma is coffee, vanillia, malt, alochol. what a buetiful thing.
the flavor is rich with dark roasted barley, coffee, vanillia, little hops, and a slight zing of spice maybe ginger.

the mouthfeel is very full the beer has enough residual sweetness to make it a heavy beer.

imo this beer is very well ballanced malt, aroma, sweetness, bitterness. i was told they are going to bottle it and i can not wait.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured opaque black as night with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, cherries, raspberries, smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate and roast, more vinous qualities, certainly a little bit of tar, with a superb mouthfeel. Finishes with light, dry, alcohol. Phenomenal!

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