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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of parris
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost stout black but has a cloudy look.

Mild malty aroma, maybe some chocolate, even less hop, just what I'm looking for with an imperial porter.

There is something off about the taste, it's definitely not anything I'd label "imperial," but there's something missing even for a porter. This could pass as more of light brown ale if I was blind folded. Either way, it still tastes good. Forgettable, but good.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some roasted malts. Taste is also mild, coffee, roasted malts, just a touch of chocolate. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but rather light for a porter.

Photo of jtingue
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Dark brown to black in color. Slightly transparent at the edges of the glass. Pours with a finger of head that dissipates to a thin layer on top of the brew.

Smell. Lots of roasted malts with some yeasty esters.

Taste. Starts out with flavors of milk chocolate which is quickly accompanied by some roasty bitterness. Some floral notes start to take over and lead into a fruity, yet roasty finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium to thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Quite peasant.

Surprising flavors in this one. It has a lot of the fuuity and floral notes that I sometimes tastes in the British beers. Quite enjoyable, but not perfect.

Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A robust black beer, topped with a bit of cream colored foam. I can smell the roasted malts, along with chocolate, black licorice and toffee. On the palate, I get some more chocolate, and some roastiness, but also a slight sour note. Kind of thin, but certainly quite drinkable, with the alcohol really well hidden. Not bad.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear brown cola colored liquid. It has a very light brown, thinner bubbly head that lingers for a little bit

S-light roasted malts right up front with hints of dark chocolate and a light herbal hop presence in the back.

T-taste is similar to the nose, roasted malts right up front. Light notes of dark chocolate sit in the middle, slightly charred notes following. Herbal hops lie in the back.

M-medium to light body, with a very smooth and creamy feel. Body is held up throughout but a little thin in the first place

D-no signs of alcohol in this but it is a little thin for the abv. Flavors are light but very nice. Fell a little short on an imperial porter but would have been a solid porter.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside McNeill's Pullman's Porter.

A: Dark brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee like the nose. A little too bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: A pretty average American porter. Nothing pops out as special. I liked the McNeill's Pullman's better.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to steelersxl, appreciate it! Dark black as a porter tends to be with the standard appearance. Smells a little roasty, just ok, nothing special but not bad at all, what I woudl expect from a porter but didn't wow me. The flavor was decent, roasty as I like to describe porters, easy to drink, decent flavors and the alcohol was well hidden until I finished the glass. The smell and the taste were average but for some reason I drank this very quickly. On to the next one.

Photo of magine
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a black color with quick fading tan head that leaves minimal lace.

Brew smells of slight roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some slight hops. Underwhelming smell.

Brew is smooth and finishes clean and slightly dry. Can taste roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Not a huge taste that I wanted. Much to thin and carbonated.

This brew is a good drinkable brew, just not as bid in the flavor, mouthfeel and scent as I expected. A good sessionable brew especially for 7.2% alcohol.

Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 stimulus
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with ruby edges as well as a very light beige head that leaves a light ring.
S: Faint dark fruits, but not much else.
T: Roasted coffee and a lot of sweet dark fruits. Hints of chocolate on the finish.
M: Thin/light body and medium carbonation, despite the lack of head.
D: Easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have much going on at all, except that the ABV is fully hidden. I'll try this again to see how it is, since I picked up a six-pack, but as of right now, it seems to be pretty run of the mill. I'm not even sure how this can be called a porter, it is VERY thin.

Photo of madbrewer9
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, small head.
Just a touch of roasted malt in nose but very faint.
Slight maltiness, some roast flavors.
Pretty middle of the road.
Med low mouthfeel.
It's a decent drinking beer, but lacks the body, flavor and sweetness of an "imperial" or "baltic" porter.

Photo of gilliegirl
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

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. 

Photo of goalie33
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Pitch black with a film of off-white head covering the surface.
S: Black licorice.
T: Licorice flavored water. As it warms I get a little bit of roasted malt and espresso
M: Very light, watery body.

This beer tastes like licorice flavored water with a tough of roasted malt. It looks like a porter but goes downhill from there. I expect a lot more flavor out of an imperial beer.

Photo of jrc64
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of heavy malt and hints of chocoate. Very promising based on the aroma.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and inviting.

Taste starts out not too overwhelming. Hard to find any distinctive flavors in the initial sip. However, it does finish with nice hints of milk chocolate and malt.

Decent porter, but not at the level of Smutynose Robust Porter!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black with a beige head that left a good deal of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malt upfront with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough, it's ok.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Oct. 2010. Acquired in trade a while ago, apologies for forgetting from whom. Served in the (512) One tulip.

Medium sized brown head. Moderately carbonated. Opaque, very dark brown, almost black in color. Aromas of molasses, acrid coffee, ethanol, a touch metallic. Tastes of roasty dark burnt malts. Some molasses and coffee. Just a faint touch of prunes or plums. Molasses in the finish and aftertaste. Medium to light body, light mouthfeel, moderate ethanol.

Just a bit above average for the style IMO.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azurescens
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no bottled on/freshness date poured into my Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/7/11

A: Pours very dark almost black with a dense tan head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing around glass. Can see some reddish-brown hues when held up to the light.

S: Nothing really jumps out at me here, some alcohol and chocolate malt dominate the smell, no real hop aroma to mention.

T: Some toasty dark malts, molasses and toffee are what I'm picking up most, no real robust flavors or complexities to speak of.

M: Medium bodied with a decent balance, not as full or chewy as I would expect from an imperial porter. Not terribly smooth, but not overly sharp either.

O: Pretty average beer here, dancing between being a porter and an imperial. Some robust flavors and fuller body would do wonders.

Photo of wcintula
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duvel tulip.

I enjoyed the beer, pours black/darkest brown with a thick chocolatey colored head that recedes in a bit. The smell is very malty with a strong dark dried fruit smell, and yeast. The taste is all the same with nice estery taste in there. Nice drinking beer, with good body expected of the style.

Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a porter with a decent head and a good carbonation that comes forth into something a bit too lean for the abv. look is just about black with a lighter than mocha head of about 3 fingers. nose of chocolate and carob. palate is that but a bit toasty. complete momentary malt quality that is compromised by the carbonation. its not boozy but it is a bit noticeable.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bruachan
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this some years ago in bombers. now in sixers!

springy head that sags to a hazy film with collar. slight garnet highlights shine through at the edges

grainy malt aroma. i feel like there might be some lager malts in there...most likely munich or continental roasted malts (though i wouldn't think the quantity of such malts would be such that i could identify them as european). woody, green hop aroma. ultimately, too little roast in my nose

smooth roast (and very smooth for 7.2%), though it outweighs sweetness. that said, the roast isn't all that deep: i certainly get zero kiln astringency. assertive bitterness and some woody hops. carbonation makes the brew seem lighter than perhaps it ought. later on i get a distinct honey flavor

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, with a one inch head that leaves a fair amount lacing behind.

S: Slightly sour or lactic, roasted malt. It's a bit odd, and I am for the most part missing the chocolate and roasted malt aromas.

T: I was really hoping this would be an awesome beer, but it's pretty average. There is a slight lactic sourness that I find a bit distracting. SH Imperial Porter lacks depth and complexity. The roasted malt flavors that are present are tasty, I just wish there was a bit more to the beer.

M: Medium bodied with a slight hint of chocolate in the finish.

D: I was ready to move on to something else after one of these. Overall not a bad beer, just mediocre.

Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.