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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
81
good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 141
Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't think there's a whole lot to it, rather shallow. Was expecting a whole lot more!

Photo of Young_John
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not someone who gets terribly excited over porters this one wasn't bad. It's no old engine oil, which is my favorite porter to date, but it's good. I'm more of a stout drinker and when I saw imperial in the name, my expectations were set for something more robust than this. That said, it was enjoyable, just not my favorite profile.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Has a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: A mix of dark cacao and coffee primarily. Some tobacco, dark roasted malts and roasty bitterness.

T: Rich cacao with a nice bitter component. Less coffee, roasted maltiness, a touch nutty. Light roast and hop bitterness lasts into the hang.

M: The body is a touch on thin side for an "Imperial" porter. Average carbonation sensation and the alcohol presence is nicely integrated.

O: This was pretty good. Very roast-forward porter. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd prefer, but an easy drink.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a light off white head. Great display of lacework, and there is no sediment.
Aroma of coffee and light vanilla.
In the taste, more if the vanilla, coffee and even molasses. Low bitterness but a good balance. Nice roasted malt flavor.
Medium bodied and well carbonated.
Overall, this is a really solid porter. Would have it again.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour it has a rich deep brown color and produced a medium sized head. The heads fades to a small frothy coating while leaving a bit of lacing.
Aroma doesn't really appear any different then your standard porter. Hints of roasted malts are dominate with subtle aromas of coffee and cocoa.
The taste has plenty of roasted malts perhaps chocolate and a bit of smoke.
Drinks a bit course and doesn't flow across the palate easily/
The alcohol is the only thing I see thats amped up here, everything else is pretty standard I'm afraid.

Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly and unevenly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Malt, dark chocolate is the most prominent characteristic.

T: Bitter pecan shell, unsweetened dark chocolate, charred malt.

M: Hearty body, with a bit of a bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Substantial foamy head, and some thick persistent lacing. Nose is malty and chocolatey. Unsweetened dark chocolate with some bitter toasted malt grains. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a large head; excellent retention and some nice lacing action

Smell: Fudgy, with cola-like sweetness; just a little roasty

Taste: Cola and fudge, up front, with a hint of roast underneath; a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives, in the middle, but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style

Overall: Readily drinkable, but more like a combination of a doppelbock and a porter than an Imperial Porter

Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a very dark brown almost black color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: roasted malt and coffee are the most prevelent aromas picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, prune sweetness, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy to drink porter that has nice flavors and hits the spot. Defintely worthy of picking some of this up and giving it a try.

Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bought at Beers of the World, March 2013.

poured from 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, served at cellar temp.

appearance: Midnight Black with a thick cafe au lait head. Decent lacing.

aroma: doesn't smell very 'imperial'! Roasted malt, licorice and a touch of molasses.

mouthfeel: good, if a little thin.

taste: very tasty; rich chocolatey malt, a hint of roasted nuts, black licorice.

notes: This is a tasty beer with a lot going for it.

Photo of vkv822
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz : Teku glass

Near black, with deep red mahogany highlights when held to light. Fairly short lived, foamy light tan head.

Lightly roasty, cocoa notes.

Some basic roasted malt, faint cocoa. Not much going on here.

Thin body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A decent porter, but also fairly forgettable. I was expecting a bit more of a bolder flavor profile and perhaps a bit heavier body.

Photo of silverking
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks pitch black, but it's actually a very dark reddish brown. It has a tan head That leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, but head retention is pretty poor. Within moments the head dissapates to leave a paper thin layer of foam. Lacing is still very nice though. Aromas of alcohol and raisins rise from the surface of the beer, a little molasses as well. The taste carries notes of cocoa and slightly tart dark fruit notes. Lots of toasted malt buried in there. There is a slight smokiness in the finish accompanied by black coffee. It's medium bodied with a light/medium amount of carbonation. Not my favorite, but it's not terrible by any stretch of the imagination.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a very dark brown; nearly black. Actually, the light penetrates this beer quite easily. Very thin head. Light lace.

S-Nose is fairly silent. Far too sheepish. I'm not going to pretend to pull out any specific aromas; its dead!

T-Flavor is a hair better. Light chocolate. Yeast. Soft roast. Flat cola. Burnt.

M-Thin and the carbonation is lively and nearly aggravating.

O/D-Offensive in its blandness. Imperial Porter huh?

Photo of Neorebel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black with a frothy, antique white head. Very thick, creamy lacing buildup in the sides of the glass. Adequate carbonation. Great aroma of sweet cream and toffee, roasted malt, and raisins. Not as robust as I prefer however. Onto the taste: I was pleasantly surprised about the flavor, it's quite bigger than the aroma. Mostly consists of toasted malt and light roast coffee, but there is a sweet and tart aspect, reminding me of figs and twizzlers! This beer gives the mouth a great coating, but the finish is a little thin. Only a slight tingle. Feels warm on its way down, though. Absolutely worth trying.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Nice jet black color with some tan head. Sweet boozey malt crisp aromas. Good roasted malt and sugary sweet flavors. Its a bit watery or thin, but nice flavors. Good value for such a strong porter with good flavor. While not the best, its nice to have another 6-pack solid porter to go to.

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that fades fast down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Sweet but boozy aroma with notes of molasses, brown sugar and chocolate.

T- Nice even flavor of mildly roasty malt with some syrupy caramel sweetness. Also some vanilla, chocolate and even hints of raisin. Very drinkable and not nearly as boozy as the aroma lets on.

M- Soft, creamy and semi-robust. Medium-low carbonation and a mostly full body. Sticky afterfeel.

O- Easy to drink and one of the more exciting porters I've had since usually they leave me craving the full execution of a stout. This one's in a class all its own.

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark brown with an inch of light beige-colored head. A smear of foam wants to stick to the glass. 3.0

Peat smoke, sea salt, cocoa nibs, black malt char, and mineral water. 4.0

Rich and surly. Has a minerally and salty character that outshines the hint of bitter chocolate. More peat with great bitter maltiness, but it's not smoky, nor meaty. Booze is pretty quiet, but a warmth is felt after each sip, so I have a good feel for the speed of this beer. Salinity reminds me of some oyster stouts. 4.0

Has some bursting carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit. No coating, as the body is a little too thin. No stick, matching the dry flavor. Whole lotta grain and a whole lotta kilning. 3.0

Decent. A fun rainy midday porter, my favorite time of day to drink one. 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a light tan head that fades to a thick ring. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation.

S- The chocolate nougat dark malt flavor is well blended with notes of raisins and a slight vinous and husky hint in the finish. There is a faint smoke char character that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The mellow dark nougat flavor has chocolate malt and dark roasted malt flavors with a finish that is more dark with hints of smoke and dry prunes.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a creamy texture in the finish and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- I can't really decided on this beer. After I drank the whole 6-pack (not in one sitting), It is smooth but just a bit odd and everything is very well blended and soft. I think there is no single flavor that sticks out enough to anchor the taste.

Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a half-finger thick, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, a hint of dark fruits.
m - medium and creamy.
o - really solid porter that had a lot going on.

Photo of pschul4
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown and sits black in the glass. The head betrays it however its quite light and doesnt stick around much

S- Lots of Chocolate and Coffee malts in the nose. Smells creamy if that's possible. I'm very excite!

T- Taste is quite weak however :( Some Chocolate malts and that creaminess again but nothing hits you in the face. The flavors that are there are tasty but just lacking in the umph

M- Nice and smooth, nothing wrong here

O- I like this but for the price it just doesnt cut it. Nice attempt Southampton, but you came just a little short

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity and garnet highlights. The long lasting, creamy medium tan head is a half a finger tall.

S: Roasty caramel and toffee notes with a dark malt aroma somewhere in between molasses and licorice. There is low smokey aroma that seems to fade out as it sits, maybe smoked malt or phenols. No hops, no perceived alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, caramel with smooth malt sweetness. The ester profile is clean like htis was done with a lager yeast. There is a moderately-low hop bitterness and a light citrusy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with an off-dry finish and roasted coffee bean with a bit of smokey flavor in the after taste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light creaminess.

O: A malt rich and complex beer.

Photo of TheBeerologist
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

I have recently begun an attempt to find my perfect porter available on the east coast. My choice on the west is Deschutes Black Butte and in the Midwest it is Founders Porter. After a recent move to the east the search is on...

Pours a thin translucent brown with a this off-white head that fades quickly.

Smells very sweet - caramel malts, maybe a bit of vanilla, almost reminiscent of a Dopplebock. Certainly not what I am looking for in a porter.

Tastes similarly sweet with a slight hint of roasted malts, again not what I expect from a porter, but it is an enjoyable drink.

This is a very light porter, a bit thin and watery but nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is not what I am looking for in a porter. A bit thin and overly sweet and just the wrong profile for me. The price was great ($8.49/6-pack) and this was a pleasant drink but in the end, I probably won't be picking this up again.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, and very little lace. Nose is of rich dark chocolate, and smokey malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is chocolate and coffee,with a rich creamy finish. Liked it a lot!

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black (maybe more of a deep brown) with a finger of rich mocha head. This maintains a thin creaminess, leaving back a fairly robust cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty up front, putting off a light acrid character, while mingling with other notes of cocoa, some sweet caramel, and green citrus along the back.

The taste is similar, with a bold combo of roast and hops taking control yet still being fairly well balanced by flavors of chocolate and toffee that keep this from getting too aggressive. The finish is dry roasted with a touch of lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth before giving away to more of a chewy feel underneath. The alcohol is generally pretty well hid here.

This was OK. The added alcohol definitely added a bit more assertiveness to this that paired up nicely with those hops and roasted character. I just wish there was a little more overall pop to the flavors though. It drank pretty well at least.

Photo of b3shine
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks decent; pitch plack with no head or lacing. Smells okay; very mild, but malty. Tastes good; the flavor comes through much better when imbibed. Palate is good too. Overall, a good beer that I would definitely have again.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - little to no head. Slight lacing. High clarity but dark soy sauce color.

S - very subdued smells. But what I could detect was brown sugar and toast crumbs

T - smooth refreshing wheat muffin granola and smoky hops. A slight fusil aftertaste.

M - smooth less watery than I initially feared. Abv burn is present. The only negative.

D - not bad, rich toasty chocolate flavors compliment a smooth experience. I can't forgive the excessive fusil burn.

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.