Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by riversider76:
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
08-21-2012 23:46:59 | More by riversider76
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3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-20-2012 00:49:28 | More by MadScientist
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Easily the pride of Long Island's beer culture, the Publick House has been putting out quality brews for years. From my personal and small experience with the brew-house, it can be said that their specialty lies more within the Belgium realm, judging especially from their stunning 750 series. Never the less, everything I've had from them up to this point has certainty been up to snuff. Hoping this imperial porter from their variety pack is no exception.
Pours a opaque dark brown to black with a noticeably aerated beige head. Seriously, if I didn't just pour this from the bottle myself, I'd be very inclined to think it was a nitrogen pour. Buttery smooth and creamy body with a head to match. Abundant lacing and considerable retention.
Nose has scents of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and caramel from the malt. Aromas aren't quite as robust as I was anticipating/hoping for from an Imperial, but still satisfying. Slight hop citrus way in the back, but certainly not enough fruit presence to kill the style. Seems more complementary than anything, allowing the flavors to mesh quite well without any deep complexities.
Taste matches up well with the nose. Light fruit correlates amiably with the malt toffee and chocolate, with absolutely no trace of alcohol anywhere. My main complaint here again is that I was anticipating bolder and edgier flavors. This just seems a bit to mellow to bare the words imperial on the label. Not that that takes away from the fact that this is indeed a tasty porter style brew.
Mouth feel is silky smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied with very ample carbonation.
Going into this one, I was expecting a bit more, given my previous encounters with SH brews. Not to say I am slamming this beer at all, because I am surly not. It is certainly thoroughly enjoyable, but just a tad bit lighter than what I guessed. Definitely worth a try, cheers!
07-01-2011 14:22:02 | More by mocktm
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruit with a hint of perfume.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front segue quickly into indistinct dark fruit flavors with a hint of sugar-coated molasses. The ending is mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.
Overall this just isn't a very clean beer and I would prefer to have more crisp roasted flavors. Don't avoid but don't seek out.
01-18-2010 02:31:31 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +11.4%
(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.
11-26-2012 22:18:00 | More by rhoadsrage
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!
A: Pours black with a small head that dissipates quickly to splotches of foam on top. Decent lacing.
S: Light toasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a hint of hops.
T: Not very strong, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses.
M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, but not a lot going on. Alcohol is hidden well.
03-03-2011 03:36:46 | More by mdaschaf
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Southampton- Imp. Porter
A- Nice brackish brown with a thick chunky head. Good lacing and nice bubbly carbonation.
S- Dusty cocoa powder sprinkled onto a brown sugar/ molasses malt and a light touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet brown sugar/ molasses malt body with a decent amount of semisweet cocoa powder chocolate malt. Malty body gives way to an earthy hop presence and a slight touch of boozy alc.
M- Sweet thick malt dominates with a dry chocolate feel and a sweet sugary boozy finish.
Overall- Nice bold flavors, alc. is slightly overpowering.
02-09-2010 20:22:26 | More by NJpadreFan
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.
S- The aroma is fainter than expected. There is some roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel.
T- The taste starts out with a high level of sweetness with some roasted malts sneaking in. The finish has some chocolate and toffee flavors with a lingering sweetness.
M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is a little weaker in every category than I was expecting from an imperial porter. However, it isn't bad. I probably wouldn't purchase again though.
02-25-2011 04:16:06 | More by cjgator3
4.13/5 rDev +15%
A nice dark syrup in the glass (opaque), living under a thick off-white head. Retention is strong.
Smells of roasty malts and some toffee. Chocolate might be hiding in the background, but just makes a cameo appearance.
Your palate will pick up the chocolate and toffee, but neither is overpowering.
Has a nice creaminess to it. Medium bodied, wouldn't hurt it to be a little fuller. Not exactly sweet to start, kind of stoutish, but slight bitterness in the finish.
Has pretty good alcohol (7.2%), but it very drinkable due to the creaminess and nice flavors. Looking forward to another of these.
09-04-2010 03:01:16 | More by RickS95
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
This is discribed as a "robust dark ale" and I will agree with that discription. The head is a fine foam, off white and slightly brown. Even though I tilted the glass for the pour, the head overflowed the glass. This beer definately needs a pilsner glass.
My first thought was of molasses and I enjoyed the taste and the lack of a bitter aftertaste. In the past, I limited my dark ales to Guinness. However, I like this ale.
There is little smell, which surprised me. It's a quiet ale that waits to be sampled with a curious sip. And then a knowledgable taste.
The only thing that is a slight drawback is the encouragement to have another. I like one beer when I indulge. One. So the beer I have shouldn't make me fight the inner cumpulsion to have another. And perhaps another.
But it doesn't lead to snacking and that is a good thing.
02-25-2011 22:41:08 | More by gilliegirl
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-02-2012 19:28:34 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A thick, light brown tightly carbonated head atop a clear and super dark brown fluid. Retention is not a problem and a healthy amount of lace on the glass while the brew remains covered. Smell is a bit light but what is there is very good. Faint chocolate and coffee rest on a bed of sweet caramel malt. Vanilla. Dark roasted grains and bread with fruity yeast esters. Taste is much like the nose with an even bigger malt presence. Kinda like a mocha malted milk. Mild hops create a surprisingly clean finish with a nice touch of dryness. A bit of a metallic/mineral edge. I noted this in the Beer De Mars so maybe it is a water or other house staple signature. Feel is full and somewhat creamy as the gentle carbonation nonetheless swells the beer in your mouth nicely. Surprisingly drinkable. This is a neat and tidy imperial. There is no trace of alcohol and a the feel while full is still light and quaffable. This is a great winter staple. It will not knock you out with bold brash flavors and scents. It will not tickle your Extreme Beer ribs. It will however prove to be a satisfying friend when you just want a good porter or a little stronger.
12-05-2010 02:33:02 | More by scootny
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pours dark black with a thick creamy head of mostly white foam. Sticks to the sides.
Light coffee smell with some chocolate maltiness. Strong roasted taste with firm carbonation. Some buried toffee/caramel flavors.
Nicely blended. Very subtle hop that folds into the taste.
Overall - a good porter.
04-22-2011 23:50:34 | More by KTCamm
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
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