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Southampton Imperial Russian StoutSouthampton Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

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

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161
Ratings:
358
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
15.44%
 
 
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Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared during a small Charlotte BA tasting with marine1975, caSSino, CarolinaKevin, and GehenHerzog. Massive thanks goes out to CarolinaKevin for sharing this tick with the group! Bottle 610 of 650! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a three finger brown head that subsided to one finger massively slow. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation that was almost felt creamy on the palate. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The flavor was both very smooth and nicely complex. Also it had a nice toasty aspect going on too. The aroma was very inviting and pleasant was well. Really glad I got a chance to try this one and I suggest you seek it out as well.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. I've had it multiple times. I like this beer multiple times.

Reviewing 2010 vintage.

A - Black color with a fairly large foamy-brown head that had moderate retention and a fair bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate and roasted malts, which is pretty much a pre-requisite for me in a good RIS. Some bittering coffee, toffee, touch of molasses.

T - Roast, cocoa, coffee, little char, slightly sweet, very roasted. Duh, winning.

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, full bodied.

O - Really like this beer and have gone out of my way to acquire multiple bottles of it. Good stuff, will try to get my hands on more.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #800. 2009 bottle, 750mL numbered 230, poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a massive mocha head, at least three inches worth, that hangs on for ages and forms a nice cap that leaves good lacing after each sip.

The aroma is textbook RIS with massive dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice and a bit of citrus hops just to round things out. Some dark fruits come out when it warms, especially raisins and figs.

There's a massive chocolate malt explosion on the palate with the first taste. Just tons of dark malts with a roasted character that lingers through the finish with the alcohol burning ever so slightly between sips. There is a vanilla sweetness that builds as it warms and balances the massive roasted malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things with pretty strong carbonation.

This is one of the better stouts I've had in recent memory and a fantastic example of an RIS. Despite being a textbook example, it seems to bring bigger versions of the flavors to the table at every turn. Big thanks to the generous trader who got me this bottle.

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Photo of Dope
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 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 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.

Cheers!

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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 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
750ml

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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to slander for sharing this hard to find bottle of joyous liquid. From the 2009 release - bottle #339 of 450.

A - Deep, dark, black with a thin dark tan head that retained as a thin cap and left minimal spots of lace.

S-Deep, rich, roasted malt, fresh tanned leather, 90% cocoa chocolate, espresso with hints of anise and prunes. Quite complex and very nice. Light alcohol burn emerges with warming.

T-Arguably one of the most interesting and complex beers I have ever had the honor of drinking. Deep, dark leather, licorice, oak, black velvet, cocoa, espresso, prune and deliciousness all wrapped up in a refined smoothness with a touch of alcohol burn. Simply memorizing!

M-Medium-heavy bodied, rich and roasty, slick, oily and oh so smooth! LONG lasting flavours and a demand respecting alcohol burn in the drying finish.

D-Bold, complex and refined this is a HELL YEA! brew. Certainly not poundable by any means. This one demands respect and enjoyed slowly in a snifter, embedded in a cushy overstuffed chair, alongside a roaring fireplace, donned in your favorite crushed velvet robe!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.04/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Southampton Mega Tasting! 2011 vintage, bottle #164/650, into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored fluffy head, spotty lacing, thin cap remains on top.

S - Huge amount of char, oak, roast. No chocolate, alcohol, burnt sugars, dark fruits? Meh, no good...

T - Too much char, slight chocolate, oak, and roast. Really though, the off-putting char is all that I'm tasting from this one. Where's the sweetness, even a small amount? No where to be found.

M - Full, over-carbonated, creamy finish.

D - Too much char & carbonation...that pretty much says it all for me. There's no sweetness, no chocolate, not even much alcohol burn. Meh, I'll pass. Perhaps some previous vintages are better? This one is average, at best.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Cory for hooking me up with this brew! 2010 release #59/500.

A- Body is a big, thick, and vicious opaque motor oil black hue. A 1/2 foamy dark tan head emerges after the initial pour- this fades to 1/4 finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Wonderful, complex, and perfect for an RIS. A perfect balance of dark chocolate, anise, a hint of licorice, a hint of sweetness, dark fruit (particularly plum), a hint of alcohol, and a slightly roasted malt background. There is so much going on in the nose and there has to be the perfect balance in order to be able to pick this all up.

T-Taste follows suit and has the same wonderful balance and complexity of the nose. There is a lot going on up front but I am able to pick up anise, dark chocolate, licorice, and plum. The overall impression of the initial flavor is slightly sweet, slightly fruity, yet there is a dry and bitter component that keeps the perfect balance. As these initial flavors intensify for the finish a moderate roasted malt flavor and slight accompanying bitterness come through to give this brew a slight roasted component that compliments the other flavors well. The flavors fade slowly as a mild to moderate alcohol heat arises and fades with them.

M-Carbonation is medium to high. Body is thick an viscous with a wonderful, exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel and no alcohol consistency comes through.

D- I was expecting this brew to be very good-but it goes above and beyond the call of duty. It's exceptional and my favorite stout so far (I don't foresee it being topped anytime soon). It has all the components of a typical RIS but the balance and complexity of this brew are exceptional. The flavors here are really big but its so smooth. The alcohol is not hidden but it adds to the complexity of it all. Its too bad this was consumed on a beautiful day in April because it would be perfect on a snowy day.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 495 of 500

Appearance: Pours a nice murky brown black with garnet slivers and an attractive deep dark brown crown that shows medium retention and lace. The color of the crown is super nice.

Smell: Chocolate malt, medium roastyness, lots of coffee, and a hint of anise.

Taste: Loads of cocoa, some bitter coffee, creme, dark fruits, and a touch of anise. I hint of alcohol booze/heat actually adds to the flavor nicely! Oh wow this is tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of heavy with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: The abv is the only thing holding this one back.

Great Brew.

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Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Carlos, thanks for bringing this great stout Carlos, this version is 10.5%, 2008 vintage, consumed 3/28/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Pretty much black, huge 1 1/2 inch tan head, fantastic retention, ring still after fifteen minutes, really good lacing too
S-Mild coffee, chocolate, charred accents, raisins, dates, roasted malts, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, and black licorice
T-Get mostly roasted malts at the beginning, coffee and dark cocoa in the middle, more malts and burned sugar in the finish, charred flavors can be aggressive but they are balanced with sweetness from chocolate and vanilla, lots of different flavors by the end, this gets more complex as it opens up
M-Roasty, burned, slightly sweet, and dry mouthfeel, full bodied without being syrupy, dark chocolate lingers a long time in the finish
D-Alcohol is hidden very well, stuff is just thick and heavy after a few sips, certainly a sipper but a great one in that, nice and smooth

Medium carbonation which comes across a bit harsh at first. Very tasty imperial stout that I hope to try again someday

I have been wanting to try this forever and finally got the chance, definitely deserves to be in the Top 100, one of my favorite beers from this brewer, look forward to having again, this probably does wonders in the cellar, recommended

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Photo of DIM
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage. Beer pours a dark as dark black color with a finger of deep tan head that falls to a near complete cover over top of the brew. Solid looking beer. Lively and enticing. Nose is very chocolatey with lighter roastedness hanging out behind it with a puff of alcohol when I take a deep breath. There is a touch of coffee in there as well. I am excited to taste it. Flavor is even more complex than the nose. It hits hard with chocolate, almost burnt roasted malt and a touch of dark figgy fruit. It moves to a moderate hop bitter and coffee, turning around to a mocha finish. A superbly tasty brew. I had a sip of this one once in the past and I remember it being thin. That must have been an oversight on my part. This is as thick as any stout should be with a light-moderate carbonation that keeps it from being too thick. I don't think I would want this beer to be much more drinkable. At over 10%, this one does little to let me know its that big. Even a big sip doesn't hit me hard. I am going to have to find another bottle of this beer. Just awesome.

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

Had this at the source, Southampton release party 1/30. Poured into a gin and tonic glass because they ran out of all the other glassware.

A: Served a 1.5 finger semi-fine deep chocolate head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black though a bit thin. Lacing is stringy and sticky.

S: Bitter chocolate, smokey, burnt malts, hop aroma is well-hidden in the background. Coffee is prominent upfront but not overwhelming and not sour.

T: Burnt malt backbone makes this RIS truly unique. Coffee is present but layered thin over hints of bitter and dark chocolate. Hoppiness is mixed with a coffee bean bitterness. Dark fruit is lightly present with a smattering here and there but otherwise barely detectable. Finish is that burnt malt backbone that lingers through the entire experience.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, and just the smoothest beer I have ever had. Silky and slightly oily but not sticky. Finish is clean, quick, and just right. Absolutely perfect.

D: Highly complex but that's expected from an RIS. Feel here is really the selling point for me. This beer goes down unbelievably easily. How it can be 10.2% abv. is beyond me. Worth seeking out.

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Southampton Imperial Russian Stout from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.
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