Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by ommegoose:
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Saw these for $3.99 a sixer at a corner store and have returned to it a few times. When it turned out to not taste stale at all, I was sure they just didn't know what they had. Time for a review.
A vigorous pour didn't yield a whole lot in the way of a head, just a tan and slightly fizzy cap that receded quite quickly, leaving just a ring and some surface bubbles. Color is a dark brown/black. Tan particulates accumulate at the bottom of the glass.
Dark crisp aroma of cocoa powder and black malts at first, and then it sweetens as it warms. Toffee.
The label refers to the Baltic Sea and seven British malts and hops. So I'm not quite sure this is an American porter. Nor am I adamant that it's any other kind. It's sort of a hybrid of styles, and on the low end for an imperial. Chocolate and caramel malts with enough hops to balance sweetness. Medium bitter kick at the end. Has that "robust" character but not the syrupy sweetness I'd expect in a true Baltic porter. Not exactly dry either. Dark baker's chocolate dominates, roastiness is sort of low. Finishes rather clean.
Body seems about right. Full for a regular porter, but maybe too thin for an imperial. That's okay since this is an in-between beer. It's adequately smooth and hefty. Carbonation is about right.
I will try not to let the absurd price markdown skew my score, but I'll probably drink tons of this as long as it remains at well under a dollar a bottle. I wouldn't drink it if was bad, however. Fortunately it is good. A few other porters I've had have more going for them, though. Now that I think of it, it's not among the better ones at all. Yet, porters seem easy enough to get right, and I am not finding flaws. From experience I know I can get about four of these down in a sitting.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2011 05:36:41 | More by ommegoose
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3.41/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 05:15:12 | More by bmwats
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.