Southampton Imperial Russian Stout | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2002

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Ratings: 363 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a simple black body with a bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with supporting notes of prune juice, licorice, fudge, and French Roast coffee.

Taste: Sweet, roasty maltiness. Light taste of dark fruitiness. Rich chocolate fudge and a robust cup of coffee. Hint of licorice and toffee. Some earthy bitterness. Finishes sweetish and decidedly creamy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's good, damn good, even.

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Photo of duceswild
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ZEB89
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2005 on the cap.

A- Used motor oil black color, nearly poured like it as well. Slow moving brown head holds its ground for a while.

S- Wet acrid burnt malt, underlying burnt sugar sweetness and some ripe dark berries make up the aroma.

T&M- Big sweetness, a higher sweetness of unfermentables. A bit too sweet as the burnt grain rides higher with a sharpness rather than complexity. Small complexity of estery dark berries and burnt coffee drive at the palate with a further sharpness. Smooth with a viscous creamy heavy body.

D- Couldn't finish the bottle ... I even let it warm up and tried again later to no avail. Not horrible but just misses the mark, I did not mind sipping about 6oz of it ... paired well with some dark Belgian Chocolate.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, I hunted and looked and finally was able to get my hands on one of these. I had heard mixed things about this one, but really wanted to judge for myself what this one was all about. I decided last night to unwrap the black foil and pop the cap on this beauty. Bottled on 2/16/08, this was going to be nice. The pour was huge, and absolutely perfect. Pitch black with absolutely no light shining through; it was like looking into a dark windowless room. A huge tan head formed on top that almost came out of the over sized wine glass it was in. Insanely good looking, I was foaming at the mouth when I looked at this one. A slight settling left behind a nice two finger head that lasted through the night, along with copious amounts of dripping chocolate colored lace all over the glass. Really just, perfect looking for the style, really hard not to be impressed with this one.

The aroma was just as huge as the appearance. Deep rich notes of sweet lactose sugar, with loads of cocoa mixed in. A very nice mingling of bitter dark coffee as well as a touch of vanilla. Really quite nice. There was a touch of some alcohol in there, but it mostly blended out by the time this one warmed up to the right temperature. Really a very solid score going for this one. The flavor was very nice, with a lighter feel then I would have expected. It was nicely carbonated, with even the last few drops a couple hours later still having a good deal of life left in them. Smooth across the palate, though a little thinner then expected, but this only added to its Drinkability. The flavor of cocoa dominated this one, with the rich bitter taste. Very nice coffee tones throughout, were really well blended. As it warmed, there was a touch of some earthy, woody type of hint that started to come through with hints of vanilla and sweet sugary notes coming in and out. The finish was perfect, with a nice little bit of a grassy hoppiness to it, but then shut down with a deep bitter chocolate taste and a gorgeous hint of vanilla lingering on forever. The alcohol was very well hidden in here, with it clocking in at over 10% I was amazed at how smooth it was. You really could barely taste anything in this one, and I had all I could do from drinking it too fast, and not giving it the time needed to really pick up some steam and show off what it could do. Really just a fantastic beer that they have made here.

Overall, I would have to say that this one more then lived up to the hype for me. It was just completely wonderful with a huge flavorful profile, a lightness that was rather unexpected, a beautiful finish and really just outstanding on all sides. I was more then impressed with this, and actually thought it over performed to my expectations. I would love to get more of this one as it was just that good, really just an enormously good beer and something I would have to recommend to anyone. Definitely up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of gratitude to unclejedi for sharing this tasty brew at Deuane's 40th birthday bash, poured chilled into a 1/2 pint

A - Pitch black color w/ head that gradually decompresses to a ring. The clarity is almost opaque with some head reviving as it is swirled. The bead is tiny and smatterings of lace stick and hold

S - The aroma is ultimatetly roasted w/ coffee scent emanating from the glass. The odor of blackberry and brown sugar w/ cocoa essence much like very dark chocolate and mild spice notes w/ toasted nuts and hints of vanilla intermingled in aromatic complexity. The nose has a slight hazelnut effect w/ light coconut tinged aroma the yeast is giving a lot of curious scents to this ale

M - Rich sweet dark sugar effect w/ moderately effervescent w/ a spiced texture medium high body w/ mild sweetness and subtle alcohol influence on the palate

T - A flavor similar to dark cocoa dusted truffles w/ fresh baked cookie taste, mild roasted and biscuit tasting malt w/ pepper and subtle pine hop accents. The taste has a dark stone fruit and mild toffee essence w/ slightly strong and balanced finish. The intense dark brown sugar with a nice bit of residual sweetness and subtle molasses in the background. the fruit accent is bitter but subtle blackberry tinged with mild coffee

D - The drinkability is very impressive to say the least, very possibly one of the best Imperial stouts I have had, nuanced and still strong without coming off as too alcholic, the complexity is there keeping you coming back for each additional sip. It is a shame it is not available year round- great example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared by nimbleprop at a small tasting; thanks Mac! Huge want. Bottle 57 of 500, 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Not a lot of lacing or retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, and light toasted malts. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and vanilla. I thought the taste was very balanced; I loved it.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body. Perfect mouthfeel for a RIS in my opinion.

d - I thought this was a great RIS. The smell was enjoyable but the taste and mouthfeel were outstanding. I was also surprised how easy it was to drink considering it was over 10% ABV; didn't feel that strong at all. Glad this one lived up to my expectations, would love to have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one.

A: The pour is nearly black with some visible carbonation and a fluffy tan head on top.

S: This one relies heavily on the roasted malts. The coffee and dark chocolate aromas are there, but the nose is just very roasty.

T: As the nose would indicate, the roast and coffee flavors dominate with perhaps just a touch of char. Some bitter dark chocolate smooths things out a bit.

M: The body is fine, but the problem is the beer is quite overcarbonated and really detracts from the drinking experience.

D: A pretty easy drinking RIS, especially for 10+%, but the mouthfeel was just a bit off-putting to me.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, shared by Brad at the tasting on Saturday.

This beer appears a jet black with a gargantuan, beautiful, tan head. The aroma gives away the age of the beer to some extent, as there is a very slight mustiness in the nose. Scents of chocolates and roasted malt. There is a slight musty, been in the cellar a while taste (in the best way), along with robust roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is still slightly detectable in the finish, even after five years. This is a great beer that I'd really enjoy having again.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2011 bottle I picked up at the release. Bottle #617/650 with a listed abv of 10.5%. What a bastard of a cork, I worked it out most of the way and the last quarter of an inch broke off in the neck. A corkscrew was the salvation setting this brew free with a nice pop. Poured into the matching Southampton RIS release party fishbowl goblet at just under 50 degrees. This brew appears deep black in color with no light penetrating except for the thinnest line around the edge. The coloration that shines through the edge is a deep reddish brown. Atop the brew sits a quick dissolving brown cap that holds in a lace across the top and spots of lacing stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of dark brown head that coats the glass with patches of lace that glide back down to the solution.

The smell of this brew is deep and roasty. Woodsy tannins initially come to mind coupled with dark roasted coffee and grain charred to the level of being burnt that imparts a light amount of smoke as well. When I had this brew on tap at the release I remember being taken back by the sheer amount of hops present. Even now, 6 months later the hops are still running amuck in the nose imparting a mixture of fruit aspects that blend well with some fruity alcohol esters. As the brew warms up, more smells reveal notes of dark grain that are reminiscent of chocolate and a hint of molasses. Also, the warmer this brew gets, the more the alcohol starts to get fusel and tingle the nose.

The taste of this brew is quite roasted imparting a very strong bitterness that I really enjoy in this style when it comes from the level of char to the grain instead of oily and resinous from hops. The dark roast of the grains imparts a flavor of bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, leather and lightly woodsy elements that are very earthy. The alcohol is bold enough that it comes through the dark grain flavoring and produces some fruity elements that are accented by the hops that are still lively in this brew. There is a very mild fruited flavor of raisins present which brings out more flavor of dark smoked molasses. While initially this brew seemed excessively roasted, drying and bitter the longer I enjoy this the more some residual sweetness seems to come out. The aftertaste is all char with a light citrus element. I dig this brew a lot.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Thick and viscous enough to coat the inside of your mouth but carbonated enough that it isn't distracting. Having a full glass of this is absolutely vital to my level of enjoyment. Upon first sip I was a bit let down, the flavors seemed to be disjointed and a bit of a mess. But the warmer the brew gets and the more sips I take, I really start to enjoy this. This is a full on assault of roasted goodness, a must try for those who enjoy the RIS style and a benchmark at that. You bet your ass I will be there again next year to secure more of this treat.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of chippo33
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 363 ratings
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