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

Poured into a pint glass, 3-4 oz sample. Huge thanks to Kapra12 for breaking this out of DLD eve.

4.0 A: Pitch black color with creamy medium brown head. Decent retention and decent lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, sweet creamed coffee, and a touch of alcohol.

3.5 T: Slightly burnt, roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and slight bitterness from burntness. The flavor doesn't wow, but as alcstradamus said, it's a good "blueprint" of an RIS.

5.0 M: Excellent. Cramy and sticky with a heavier medium body. If you ever needed a reason to drink this beer, the mouthfeel would be it.

4.0 D: Tasty brew, but nothing special in terms of taste. The mouthfeel is amazing and makes me want to seek out my own bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle courtesy of ??? at the grand tasting. Pours as close to black as possible. Dark brown highlights and a dark tan head. Aromas of fudge, semisweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Fruity chocolate flavor, cherries and dark fruit, big roasted finish. Solid roasted bitterness, great RIS.

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -5%

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 Bunuelian
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of birchstick
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.34/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Was very grateful to get this bottle as part of a larger trade with Craytonic. This is pretty well respected around BA, so I was pretty excited when we opened it. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Bottle 403 of 500

APPEARANCE: A pitch black pour makes a thinner looking, super fizzy and noisy, one finger, brown head that quickly vanishes almost completely, leaving only a slight ring behind. Black, opaque body with next to zero carbonation. A slight, very faint ring remains but leaves no lacing. Despite the very thick looking pour, it looked a little flat and the head was very disappointing. Not up to par here.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of roasted malts, molasses for sure, some figs and touches of oak. Some cream coffee and charcoaled malts as well, with a good base of booze under the entire thing. Almost smells barrel aged it's so boozy, which is a little alarming.

TASTE: Like the nose, with some nice flavors, but a very strong booze presence. Too strong really. Some roasted malts and lots of sweet molasses. Some sweet caramel malt joins the party through the middle, and some bitter chocolate, charcoal, and burnt espresso on the finish. Some oak and lots of booze after the swallow as well. Lots of booze. Again, this tastes barrel aged, but not in a good way; overly boozy and hot. A roasted, charred, bitter-sweet and boozy aftertaste is bold and long lasting. Very boozy and hot still. Lots of flavor, but too boozy to be enjoyable really.

PALATE: Thinner body, light, with higher levels of carbonation. Goes down rough with an alcohol burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating with lots of heat. Too rough, thin, light, and not creamy enough either. Way too much heat too.

OVERALL: An overly boozy, burnt, thin, mess of an RIS. Granted, there was lots of flavor and plenty to consider, but not everything worth considering was enjoyable. Decently complex and overly boozy means the scores balanced out some. Perhaps another couple years will mellow it out a bit, but that still won't improve the look or thicken up the feel at all. Overrated and far more valuable than the beer in the container. Was grateful to finally get to try this highly acclaimed bad boy, but don't think I'd even buy it if it was readily available at the corner store for $5. Regardless, thanks again for the awesome trade Craytonic!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satchboogie
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a wine glass; thanks to the kind soul who shared this at DLD '11.

A: Black body, brown head. Ok retention and light lace. Not bad at all; I love the color of the foam.

S: Lots of chocolate up front, and a little spice. Further peering shows light smoke, coffee, and pronounced dark chocolate. Enticing.

T: Smooth, soft, and rich. Dark chocolate, coffee, spice, and more coffee. Lovely.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Good.

O: Great stout. It's got some serious individuality to it with the hints of spiciness and smoke, and I love that the emphasis is on the darker, more complex aspects of roastiness instead of big malty sweetness. I'm just going to have to go to the next release to get some bottles of my own.


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Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of canucklehead
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz courtesy of Malto

Pitch black with a smallish but lingering dark tan head. The nose is old prunes and rich chocolate. The taste is like being stroked by cashmere albeit big coffee backed cashmere that is soaked in hops and chocolate. Much like the Heresy or Stone Impy this beer is so good time seems to slow down with every sip. Dry finish just adds to the sublime drinkability.
Mucho Bueno!

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #247 of batch 2

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head. Very little retention and just a touch of lace manages to cling.

S: Tons of roasted malt up front, with light coffee notes. Chocolate and mild dark fruit round things out.

T: Nice blast of roasted malt up front. Coffee and chocolate dominate the middle. Dark fruit manages to push its way in as well near the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with good carbonation.

D: It is simple for such a highly touted beer. It is still very tasty though, and dangerously drinkable for the style.

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

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours black with a huge, thick dark chocolate head. One of the prettiest imperial stouts I've seen. Aroma of rich chocolate malt and roasted malt. Flavor is smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. Not rich per se, but super smooth and mellow. I prefer it to a lot of a heavier RISes. A top notch imperial stout and one of my favorites.
8/5/9/5/17 (4.4/5)

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Photo of hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1st bottling tasted courtesy of egajdzis. I've also had the 2nd bottling and on tap at the Southampton Brew Pub.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and I was getting some grapes in there.

Light alcohol in the end. Very easy to drink for such a big beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slander for sharing this rare bottle with our group at Brass Rail Deli on 12/14/09. 2009 release - bottle #339 of 450.

A - Deep, virtually black body with a small burnt tan head that retained as a creamy cap, leaving sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma blends leather and licorice notes with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Malt character is slightly toasted and rice-like. A warm waft of alcohol also emerges as the liquid reaches room temperature.

T - After each sip, the flavor changes. At any given time, notes of licorice, leather, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops and dark fruit dance across the palate. However, the woody character of this RIS is steadfast and unwaivering. The complexity of this beer is simply amazing.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick, oily texture. Quite a chewy mouthfeel overall. Hop bitterness really clings to the palate. finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - This RIS is deep, complex and refined. Many thanks to slander for sharing such a rarity with us!

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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
4.21 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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