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Southampton Porter - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Southampton Porter
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2004)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really winner, at the brewpub. Black, good lace. Nice chocolatey more than coffeeish. Smooth and stoutish. good balance, and a bit more bitter than sweet. Roastiness under good control. Spiciness and good hops make more interesting taste inspiring different tastes per sip. Good stuff,

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2007 00:07:44 | More by Sammy
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ben for sending this one down. Another gem of a beer from Opa Opa. This growler was stored in the fridge and served to the family at a party last night. Consumed on 11/25/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark brown color coming forward effortlessly. Nice opaqueness led to little light coming through at all. Nice inch and a half of tan coming up over the top as well. The aroma was rich and sweet. Deep roasted malts and caramel coming through initially, followed by a more earthy turn as it warmed. Lots of nice touches of brown sugar and an almost peat like smell. The flavor was top notch as well. Rich notes of caramel and smoked malts coming through, and a very sweet nature to it. Smooth follow through with a big malt driven middle and a sweet finish that just added to it all. Nice and even feel with excellent carbonation led this one to be very session able.

Overall a real treat and another excellent beer from Opa. I would try this one again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2008 01:20:36 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of smcolw


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with single-finger beige head. Dies quickly to single layer of fine bubbles that do not coat the top. Leaves light, spotty lace. The color is deep brown with an element garnet. A low lever of light seeps through. Seems clear.

Chalky chocolate aroma; mild.

First impression is regarding the thin body. The flavor is the best aspect of this beer: tastes like a Stout Lite--some coffee with milk flavors. No notable hop. Some oiliness. Overall, a mild offering.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2009 17:22:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2013 02:29:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of ppoitras


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub on Saturday, 12/2/04, consumed on 12/6/04, and maybe a bit will be left for tomorrow...

First imperial pint pours with a dense 3/4" dark tan head, with good retention and lacing. Brew is mahogany in hue, with a light dark malt aroma, tinges of coffee apparent. Taste is upfront smooth dark malts, which slowly sort themselves out into coffee and chocolate aromas on the tongue, amongst others. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent. Get thyself to the Opa Opa!!

Serving type: growler

12-06-2004 22:21:07 | More by ppoitras
Photo of DrJay


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewery sealed growler, purchased locally. Clear, dark brown beer with brilliant ruby highlights. A fine tan cap settled quickly, leaving a trace of spotty lacing. Malty aroma, caramel and toffee along with roasted grains. Mild chocolate with a hint of hops in the background. Moderate bitterness, both from hops and dark grains. Malty flavour, dry cocoa and a hint of cherry. Dry roast and light hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation, very dry and slightly coarse. A pretty good porter overall.

Serving type: growler

09-13-2009 00:49:52 | More by DrJay
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub. 5.0% ABV.

This porter poured an almost opaque, deep garnet color with creamy, light brown foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was very minimal malt. The taste was malty with roasted notes of coffee and carmel together with some cocoa. Moderate hoppiness poked thru the dark malt with a faint hint of sweetness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and dry overall with medium-full body and strong carbonation. The aftertaste left a light maltiness on the tongue. This was a very nice, smooth and enjoyable porter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 17:23:40 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of this beer is really a dark ruby more than a black or a brown, and light gets through it at almost every point. About two fingers of tan head that disappears pretty quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

A bitter chocolate aroma with a good punch of sweetness behind it.

Big chocolate flavors that come through as both sweet and bitter like dark chocolate. A little bit of hop presence adds some hop bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is very light and fairly low on carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, a decent porter overall.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2009 18:06:36 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had never been one for porters prior to trying Southampton's Poerter. The color was a light black, with a smoked taste. It was very smooth going down and did not have the usual heaviness that I associate with porters. By and far my favorite porter!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 02:39:15 | More by Jayli
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 20-oz. imperial pint at the Brewmaster's Tavern adjacent to the Opa-Opa Brewery in Williamsburg, Mass.

A: Pours a black, cola-like color with a thin head of white foam which reduced to a fine lace atop the brew. Had some legs one it, but not much else.

S: Ah, a very robust whiff of ground coffee, cocoa powder and zesty hops are among the sweet roasted aromas.

T: Flavor mirrors the smell fairly accurately. A blend of fresh ground coffee, some bittersweet cocoa and hints of chicory are among the roasted malt flavors which let off just a bit of smoky coal. Bitterness is low, but present, with a zesty hop flavor to offset the sweet roasted malts.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and perfect as a dessert beer.

D: A growler of this porter would go down quite easily, I'd imagine. As a point of reference, I got into a small debate between Opa-Opa's porter and BBC's Drayman's Porter. Both very solid and interesting ales.

No off flavors and just the right combo of sweet and spice make this American porter one of the most palatable I've had. Good as a dessert beer, but I don't know how adventurous I'd get with it in terms of food combos.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 00:45:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice porter. I will need to review this under more contemplative conditions, but my first take is that this is a fairly low ABV porter that is very sessionable. It pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan slightly foamy and slightly creamy head. The nose is roasted grains, dark malts, a slight bit of chocolate.

The taste follows the nose quite well. There isn't much hop to the beer, it is quite light in consistency, the roasted and sweetish malts are apparent. There is probably some crystal malt in the production of this beer as well. It has a slightly nutty flavor too, but not burnt or charred. It was a solid selection that I will review again in more detail.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2010 02:24:23 | More by albern
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown almost black color with a nice red hue at the bottom of the glass. It has a nice medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and a slight hop bitterness.
T: Follows the nose pretty well with deep roasted malts up front with some lesser roasted ones mixed in, finished by a nice hoppy bitter taste.
M: Very smooth, fresh, and it definately felt lighter than it looked. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable porter, not too light, and not too dark with the right mix of malt and hops. The growler stood no chance.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2008 10:41:00 | More by erosier
Photo of scotorum


3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the brewery's steakhouse with dinner.

a: Black, not enough light in the room to tell if it was clear. No head by the time it reached our table.

t: Dark malt sweetness balanced by significant hop bitterness. Consistent to the end. Prominent smoky aftertaste.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A nice drinkable porter, good flavor and on the light but not watery side for the style. Very pleasant dinner accompaniment.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 01:43:46 | More by scotorum
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3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- deep dark mahogany , generous head that goes away

Smell- malty and roasty, maybe a hint of coffee

Taste- malty, slight hint of molasses and fruit, crisp for a porter. not as much flavor as i was hoping for

Mouthfeel- good ammount of carbonation, too light for a porter for me.

Drinkability- its drinkable as far as not too heavy, but as far as the taste i wouldn't want to drink this all night if i had other beers to drink. not horrible but not great.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2011 01:30:31 | More by Gushue3
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

06-13-2014 12:29:12 | More by Mikeluzzjr
Photo of EPICAC


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Porter pours a dark, opaque black. It's topped by a beige head that fades to ring. The aroma is quite nice. There are notes of roasted malts, coffee, a mild chocolate sweetness, and slight dark fruit.

Initially this porter is sweet. Chocolate notes greet the palate, and move into a roasted, coffee bitterness in the finish. The chocolate notes are good, but the roasted bitterness could be upped. This Porter is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a roasty roughness.

I though this was a fairly tasty porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 00:05:29 | More by EPICAC
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure this is what I sampled at Table and Vine. Sampled from a growler. The drink settled with a dark, creamy lacing. Overall, a spiciness to its mocha, cocoa and chocolate flavors that was really attractive. The taste was malty and creamy, making a kind of bittersweet action going on. Solid body, really desert-like. Overall, pretty darn good.

Serving type: growler

05-23-2008 17:00:24 | More by fitzy84
Photo of waughbrew


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[$6.99 for a regular growler at the brewpub, $4.99 for a refill!]

Light black, beautiful healthy head. Smells a bit of earthen ashes. Tastes chocolaty, smoky, oily. Finishes like a creamed coffee. Could be mistaken for a dryish stout, though the thin body keeps it honest. This is really, really good and drinkable. Hell yes.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2006 18:53:54 | More by waughbrew
Photo of Ragingbull


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a mocha colored foam head. The nose is light on the olfactory, but is definitely malt dominant. The taste is full of coffee and roasted flavors that makes you say "of course, its a coffee porter." With all of this roastiness and what should be a bit bitter the beer remains fresh and easy in the mouth. Nice drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 17:11:30 | More by Ragingbull
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-09-2014 01:54:24 | More by EatonHops
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light black with dark garnet when held to the light. A 1/2 finger tan head settles very quickly. The smell is the highlight of this beer, coffee up front with milk chocolate, cherry, some nuts with light hints of roasted malt. The taste is a bit of a letdown- coffee, cherry and molasses flavors-very sweet with some subtle hops in the finish. Light carbonation, medium body there is a thin, watered down consistency. An easy drinking beer.
This porter lacks the roasted, smoky malt character I normally associate with porters, the sweetness takes over this one, lacks balance.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2009 00:11:12 | More by scottg
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Week old growler courtesy of ppoitras - thanks.

Poured into my Imp pint dark and lovely yielding a mild 1 inch mocha head. Head falls in a short time to just a light layer on top of this brew. Aromas are dark and deep with hints of roasted nuts - earthy and lightly hoppy - wafts of lightly roasted coffee - yet nothing outstanding.

Hits the palate moderately thin with hints of chocolate and caramel creeping up the tongue and gently washed away with a roll of carbonation and some far off coffee. Finshes creamy with a gentle dryness and very light hoppy bitterness, egging on another sip.

This one is quite nice and would make a terrific porter for everyday drinking. Wish this was local to me.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2007 01:25:21 | More by gpcollen1
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very dark brown with faint ruby highlights. A thick coffee head falls quickly to nothing. No lacing. Aroma is moderately strong roasted malt. Taste is malt sweetness balanced well with hop bitterness. Roasted character is present throughout but comes through the most in the aftertaste. Somewhat simple taste. But good flavor without any harshness that sometimes come with roasted malts. Decent medium-light body. Carbonation is a bit low I'll assume that's the serving type.

A simple and easy drinking porter. I intend to sip on this all night.

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the brew.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2009 23:30:23 | More by goatgoat
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE--July 2, 2007

Had a growler stored in the beer fridge for about 4 months, to see how this one did being "aged" a bit. Wow!! The "aging" really smoothed this one out. It was smooth before, but now tastes almost silky, as if there is oatmeal in it. The bold coffee and choco flavors are a bit more "reserved" but still there. The carbonation is also more subtle, which I think is an improvement, as IMO many of the Opa brews seem a bit too effervescent for my taste. I wonder how the other OPAs would fare with similar aging.

I find that placing a fresh growler (tightly capped) on its side with the air pushed out of the neck space adequately maintains the integrity of the growler's contents.


Overall a very solid porter. Almost black pour with very good head retention and lacing. Surprisingy little malt aroma, but the taste is of choco and coffee tone malts, with a bittersweet aftertaste. I was amazed by how smooth it was for the style, very close to the smoothness of the Hooker stuff, but not quite. I'm not sure what the alcohol content was as I only had one to finish my session yesterday. I think this will be a growler candidate next time I am in Southampton.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2005 21:03:52 | More by sraimondi
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive been loving opa opa ever since i had the red rock ale and i can get it in growlers!

Now on to the porter..

A bit oily in the mouthfeel but quite watery at the same time. A bit of a bitter aftertaste going down, but not a bad taste. Very dark brown with a nice tan head that dissapears quite quickly. Nice combo of malts and hops, but alas no caramel or chocolate aftertaste that ive gotten from most porters. Carbonation is a bit much.

Overall a good solid porter with a bit of a bite. I would consume again, but i do have other favorite porters that more align with my tastes.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2008 23:06:18 | More by blatherbeard
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