Royal Impy Stout
Portsmouth Brewery

Royal Impy StoutRoyal Impy Stout
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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #66
Ranked #1,204
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
Jan 12, 2024
Feb 25, 2013
A super dark, fulll-bodied Russian Imperial Stout with flavors of dark chocolate, raisins and sweet coffee that takes over the mouth. As it warms hints of aged oak help balance the alcohol in the finish. Layers of flavors in this beer is proof that great things do come in small packages.

50 IBU

2013 - Capped.
2014 - Corked & Caged. 984 numbered bottles.
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Ratings by atlbravsrno1:
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Rated by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Life after Kate hasn't been great. ...until now. The Portsmouth Brewery dusts off their old stout recipe and gives it new life to show that great things can sometimes come in smaller packages.

Pouring jet black and with a rich mocha lather, Royal Impy Stout carries a creamy viscosity with a nose chocked full of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and hints of cream and kahlua-like spice. As its taste ensues, the rich nougat-like consistency carries a malty sweet collection of toffee, chocolate, cream and malted milk candies.

As the complementing flavors of raisin, dark berry and red grape rise to meet the sweetness so does the coffee flavors and its own smoky chocolate flare. Remaining malt dominant and creamy, the taste dries just enough toward finish to allow a broad and woodsy bitterness to balance the sweetness and keep the finish squarely focused on the dark roast influence.

Full bodied, creamy and pillowy on the tongue, the session closes malty-sweet and roasty with a whisky-like spice to keep things warm and satisfying. A bitter-sweet finish of cocoa and coffee linger well into the next savory sip.
Jan 12, 2024
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tried a bottle from 2014 in 2023. This was bottle number 420. Sadly the carbonation had seeped out, so the fullness of the beer was not enjoyed or experienced. Color was dark as crude oil. Nose was charred oak. Taste was charred but faded to a tobacco flavor. Not horrible without the carbonation, however I can imagine how great it would have been.
Dec 25, 2023
Rated: 4.45 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Dec 14, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 12, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour into a tulip glass.
Batch 1.
L: dark brown color with minimal light beige head
S: molasses, raisin, tobacco, caramel, coffee, bitter cocoa, complex
T: follows the nose
F: moderate to light body
O: held up impressively well for its age
Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the brewery. A big, bitter, malty RIS with an impressively luscious mouthfeel that is mouth coating and velvety without being cloying. Warming and filling. I figure this is roughly the same recipe as for Kate the Great, and they just changed the name after Tod Mott left in 2012.

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 vintage. 16oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Classic look. Pours pitch black with a 1 finger light mocha colored head with moderate to low carbonation. Thin legs with stringy lace. Nose is liquorice, roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate. Aromatic and rich. Beer opens chocolate, roasted malt, and liquorice. A light tartness in the middle with cocoa powder, light coffee, and semi-sweet baker's chocolate. End is more layers of liquorice, sweet cream, and a light coffee. Body is medium with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and goes down warm, slightly chewy, and slightly oily. Messy, lingering finish.

A very classic representation of the style. I'd expect nothing less from the makers of Kate.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into pint glass in August 2020. Bought it (and some other of their beers) during a trip to Portsmouth, NH. There was a bottled on date of February 2020, so the beer was about 6 months old.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick dark brown head. Head was about 2 fingers high, and lasted a minute. It leaves only a little lacing on the glass, and ended with a thin tan head still on the beer.

Smell: Nice aroma mix of coffee, chocolate, and also a sweet alcohol. There is also some caramel, and some other sweet aroma like black licorice, but overall the coffee and chocolate dominate the others.

Taste: This is a tart tasting beer, with a nice balance between the coffee, roasted malts, and sweetness like chocolate and licorice flavors. There is some vanilla flavors, and a little amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 9.2% on the label, but it is balanced nicely by the other flavors. The taste is a good mix.

Mouth-feel: Thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body. Not overly smooth like a Milk Stout.

This is an good, complex, Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This chocolate sweetness nicely contrasts the tart roasted malt flavor, and is a nice balance to the high alcohol content. This is my favorite Portsmouth Brewery stouts.
Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by morebeergood from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased a Feb 2020 vintage while visiting the the brewery last month. Has a nice chocolate/coffee flavor, with some underlying notes of barrel aging in there. Very well built.
Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 4 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Finally get to try this one. Happened to be in Portsmouth during its release but missed out on bottles. This is everything it's cracked up to be.

Super aromatic nose of maple, barrel, chocolate, roasted malt. A more bitter but stronger taste of dark chocolate, espresso, and some robust maple syrup. Deliciously creamy feel and finish. A sweet but heavy treat that I'm really happy to have tried. A proper Imperial Stout!
Mar 02, 2018
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 375ml bottle dated 2017 into the test glass
A - Black saddle leather in color, hides the steady stream of tiny spheres that collect at the surface to form a mocha cream colored cap.
S - Dark fruits are up front, then equally strong is the bakers chocolate and dark roast malts, woven in the mix is a thread of blackberry jam, finally the slightest hint of mint ,and tawny port.
T - A bit of coffee, Madagascar 80% cocoa, some wonderful lightly smoked malt, cigar wrap, a kiss of molasses, and dark brown sugar.
M - Exceptional, soft and creamy while hiding the 9+% very well, the fell is rich, with carbonation ushering in the semi dry close, Lingering on the palate is cocoa powder and the slightest dark berries.
O - A wonderful offering, excellent body, head retention, feel and aromatics, I am thrilled to have had this experince
Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by RichD from Rhode Island

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On draft at the brewery. Black as night. Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate and black cherry skin. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat bitter in the mid-palate, but ends up being balance in finish. Pretty solid non-barrel aged stout. Worth the hype? Probably not, but it is good.
Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Didier from New Hampshire

Mar 05, 2017