Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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: 305 | Reviews: 142
Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 patreely12
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours near black. ruby red hues when held up to the light, more so than other porters which isn't a bad thing. one inch frothy tan head and soapy lacing.

S - faint, but what I can make of it is roasted malts and very slight toffee.

T/M - creamy roasted malts up front. semi-sweet but also slightly bitter with the finish. moderate to full bodied, with some carbonation on the tongue worth noting. not too dry, the thickness seems to coat my tongue.

D - a very drinkable porter. goes down easy.
I bought an individual bottle of this, next time I'll get a sixer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Coffee color, tan head, nice lacing

Smell: Coffee color, tan head, nice lacing

Taste: Up Front: coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, burnt toast. Finish: chocolate, dark bread

Mouthfeel: Dry, slight carbonation

Drinkability: The 7.2% ABV is well hidden. About 2 and out for me

Overall Impression: This is a solid porter. If you like the style, you won't be disappointed!

Photo of silverking
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ommegoose
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery black with a cream colored head that built after the pour. Lively carbonation and the head hung out for a bit and had sticky lacing.

S - Malty, vanilla, caramel, milk-like.

T - Subtle flavor...a touch watery for my tastes, but an easy drinker. Taste follows the nose. Nice balance of flavors. Very creamy tasting.

M - Little watery, but lots of carbonation. Silky on the way down with a bit of a bready pretzel-like aftertaste.

D - VERY drinkable porter. Being a bit on the watery side this one goes down easily.

EDIT (just had one from a bottle) - the bottle didn't seem as watery as from the growler, but overall, same impression. Nice brew, great flavor.

Photo of b3shine
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 philbe311
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A swirling cascading active pour that leads to three fingers worth of mildly fizzy tightly packed off white head comprised of uniform bubbles with an ever so slightly rocky top... The color is a deep dark brown teetering on black... A bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Sleek and still... No carbonation is visible...

S - The aroma is subdued yet effective... Roasted malts and coffee are two of my favorite things, so I have no complaints in this department...

T - The taste is simple and straight forward as well... Roasted malt... Weak coffee... Caramel... Toffee... Perhaps the slightest of hop presence lies beneath the surface...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - A simplistic and effective porter... The word "imperial" on the label by be a bit misleading, but otherwise this is a well crafted and highly drinkable porter... Excellent example of the style and one I would gladly welcome and buy again...

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label but no freshness or bottling date anywhere. Once in the bottle it was almost pitch black with some light penetration along the sides.
One finger off-white to cream colored head that dissipated very quickly.
Aroma is of milk chocolate and dark fruits, almost like a dubbel. The dark fruit aroma, over time, slowly takes over the chocolate.
Taste is also along the lines of a dubbel; unlike any porter I have had. There is a sweet backbone through which subtle notes of bitterness, similar to cocoa/dark chocolate come through towards the middle. This is definitely a different porter.
Drinkability is okay and mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side. Not as full-bodied as I expected or as the label made me expect.
The alcohol however, is very well masked.
Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer worth a try once.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a quarter inch, khaki-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with thin clumps of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not a big nose, but definitely a roasty character, as well as some lactose, caramel and a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose with perhaps a bit of dark fruit somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly aggressive background carbonation - not prickly, but a little bit too much for the style. Quite drinkable with a well-hidden abv. If the mouthfeel was a little more on point, this would be markedly more quaffable - would love to try this on nitro if such an offering exists.

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. It poured black with a thin scattered lacing floating on top of the beer.

The aroma has roasted grains and some chocolate coming through with a slight creaminess. The taste also has the roasted malts and chocolate. It's has some bitterness up front and has some sweetness coming through in the finish. Pretty nicely balanced between the two.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a pretty decent imperial porter. It had some nice roasted and chocolate flavors and was pretty tasty overall.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Neorebel
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle fresh on 12/9/11

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black but typical porter look. Small head, very light, that doesn't last too long. Decent lacing in this one.

Smell is nothing outstanding but still nice. Roasty smell coming from this one with slight hints of chocolate and coffee also present.

Taste was very enjoyable, couldn't expect anything different from Southampton. Light coffee and chocolate in the taste. I have to say the most notable taste here is vanilla. Vanilla is noticeable throughout and definitely there in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Decent amount of carbonation throughout this beer.

Overall this is definitely a solid porter!

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

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a dark, cola colored black with a slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a mediuim collar. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and dark fruit. First sip is malty and sweet...more raisins, dark fruit, and coffee. There's also a hint of syrup, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is full bodied and robust, with some tingle on the tongue and slight hop/alcohol bitterness on the swallow. It's full bodied, but very easy drinking. All in all, a very nice, full beer for those cold winter nights.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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 thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Wisconsinality
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Delerium Tremens tulip.

Big thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for this one.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a nice one finger head that takes forever to go down and leaves some pretty nice lacing along with it.

S- A big dose of malt and milk chocolate. Some notes of coffee and a hint of cinnamon and alcohol. Just a bit of hops on the tail end.

T- The hops are much more noticeable in the taste than in the nose of this beer. But again there are big amounts of roasted malts and some chocolate. There is no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

M- Medium bodied that has nice bubbly carbonation. I think it may be just a tad light to for the style but good nonetheless. If I close my eyes and think about it, it is like I am drinking a less carbonated coke in terms of mouthfeel.

D- A good beer for one of the first cold days of the year. The alcohol isn't noticeable but warms up the belly. This is a pretty good drinker porter for being an Imperial. I wish Southampton was still sold in WI so I could try some of their other offerings.

Photo of droomyster
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with one finger of tan head with decent retention. Aromas of children's chocolate milk powder with a bit of alcohol detectable. The taste is a big step up, bringing in a complex array of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, and espresso. From front palate to finish, this beer offers an interesting flavor profile. Good stuff.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark chocolate, dark caramels, fruity yeast and a hint of roastiness combine, I was expecting a little more as all the above are a bit mellowed.
The tastes begin with burnt dark caramels and a lighter sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly the coffee/bitterness is retrained which is usually a major characteristic of this style. It finishes dry with dark chocolate flavors and a touch more roastiness as it warms.
The mouthfeel is smooth and lush. It's medium-full bodied. It has a delicate yet restrained carbonation that leaves a clean finish/flavor on the palate. Overall a good example of the style, restrained definitely compared to other verions, but that is acceptable considering the lower ABV level in the category. Recommended for the quality/pricepoint alone.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, i can faintly see some light towards the bottom of the glass, revealing a rich syrurrupy brown color. not much of a head.

In the smell i get coffee notes, a smokey, roasted malt aroma also arises. It's nice.

The coffee definitely carries over into the taste. the smokiness is there, also getting toffee. I was expecting it to be quite dry, but that is not the case. some mild bittering in the tail end of the taste. pretty good, but just a little lacking, not quite as strong in flavor as I had hoped, however it completely masks the higher ABV of this beer. not too much of an alcoholic taste.

mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. not much carbonation, some warming in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable beer, there is nothing offensive about it that is off putting.

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black and quite opaque. A large tan head with pretty good retention that leaves curtains of lacing.

S: Not loudly pungent, but complex enough. The back of the label mentions "Baltic," and the nose does seem to have the restrained character that a period of cold aging can give. That said it does have a fair bit going on. Dark roasted malts with dark cacao and hints of coffee, a touch of lactose sweetness and a faint burntness.

T: Opens with dark semi-sweet cocoa & coffee standing out in deeply, darkly roast malts. There is a quick rise of a burnt note that briefly contributes a sharp almost stoutesque character. This fades and the cocoa and coffee are mellowed by a mix of darkly caramelized sugars - lots of lactose sweetness, but also toffee, hints of dark fruit, and a faint touch or licorice. There is also a hint of biscuit and toastiness in the background. Bitterness is firm yet restrained, and seems to come as much from dark roast malts as much as hops.

M: Smooth with a medium body, tight medium carbonation that contributes to the lush creaminess. Barely notice abv as a slight warming in the throat. Semi-sweet finish with a long fade to slightly drying.

D: Very well balanced, reasonably complex & robust, and yet smooth, creamy and easy drinking. A bit dangerous because of how exceedingly well it hides its abv.

Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.