adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 2005 bomber. Pours a motor oil black color with an immense brownish beige head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, malt,dark chocolate,prunes and smoke. Flavor is rich dark chocolate,roasted coffee,cocoa, and liquid smoke. Excellent taste and flavor for this hard to find gem.
On draft at the Southampton Publick House. Pours a pitch black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and oats. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Leaves a charcoal aftertaste. Excellent !!
total 4.1 SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
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.
P-Carbonation is medium to high. Body is thick an viscous with a wonderful, exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel and no alcohol consistency comes through.
O- 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.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-22-2010 14:57:28 ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 22, 2013
Pours a viscous looking midnight black in color w/ a 2 finger medium brown head that left heavy, sticky lacing on the glass for days. Aromas of charred malts, burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, smokiness, and that unique vanilla marshmallow note. The taste starts off w/ sweet molasses, vanilla , and charred malts up front, leading into peated smokiness, and finishing w/ a good amount of herbal hop bitterness. Full bodied and creamy w/ adequate carbonation. Definately a sipper, but that’s what it was designed for.Overall, fantastic as usual by Phil Markowski. Regrefully, he is no longer the head brewer at Southampton. They should retire this beer. Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 This stuff is amazing. I had this at a tasting with a bunch of other Russian imperial stouts and this one stood out for sure. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
On tap at the Publick House: This one is extremely black and very thick. Lots of chocolate malt but the big dominant ingredient is Roasted barley. THis one has so much roasted and coffee like flavors. It was exceptionally smooth as well, with jsut enough bittering hops to balance the rediculous amounts of malt but not so much as to make it harsh, or too bitter. This one is a beast. Sooo much better than Storm King. I’d even go as far as saying this is quite a bit better than Stone IRS. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Finally got a hold of this one. Beautiful and elegant 22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a great white head a long the side of the glass. Nose has roasted chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark fruits, hops, caramel and wine. Great taste with a lot of wine on the palate. A wonderful rich vanilla comes through in the taste. The bitterness works beautifully here. This was an absolute pleasure to try. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2006
This is one incredible beer! So thick, rich and creamy - heavy and very warming. The alcohol is well-hidden, but one can sure feel it after drinking this beer. I love it! Espresso, large dose of roastiness and very well-balanced. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Courtesy Phil Markowski. This beer could not be any more beautiful. Stunning appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, taste. After much debate about whether or not to start rating, I have chosen my favorite beer, EVER, to begin this journey. Consistency is so velvety and luxurious, I wish I could access this masterpiece regularly. Pours very dark brown with Arby’s Jamocha shake head, good retention. Moderately sweet with ultra-satisfying bitterness. Lingering flavors of chocolate, very good Venezuelan coffee, toffee and earthy herbal hoppiness. I love Southampton. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Big ups and a happy b-day to boboski for sharing this special beer with me. Your generosity is unmatched. Pours pitch oil black with a thick, lacey, well retained brown head. Extremely thick and rich looking. The head stuck around for a very long time, I couldnt believe it. Unusual for an imperial stout. Big, rich chocolate in the aroma, with a touch of coffee which blends nicely, with just a speck of some hops too. Pretty big roasted malts as well. Taste is pretty big coffee, but nothing overpowering, Rich chocolatey goodness surrounds my taste buds and dances on the tongue. Wow, is all I can say with the flavor in this beer. The mouthfeel is incredible as the finish keeps getting bigger and bigger. The roastiness is incredibly blended wth the chocolate, the balance is incredible. Once again thanks boboski for sharing this with me, it has the honor of taking over my top rated beer!