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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009)
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Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF. Thanks Cuzco. 12oz bottle served into my Portsmouth tulip...

A: Super pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly fades. Very good.

S: Nice creamy coffee roast scent blended with some nice oakiness and some sweet licorice. Vanilla, cocao, and caramel in the middle with hints of apple on the backend. Very good.

T: Kind of a creamy, watery, bready coffee bean. Hints of caramel roastiness in the middle with some chocolate buried on the backend. Kind of a one dimensional blend with these flavors. This could've been amazing, but the way the flavors blended kind of ruined it. Decent.

M: Medium body with a perfect carbonation. Very good.

D: This goes down easy despite the ABV. Good.

All in all, this is a solid brew that came close to excellence, but missed out because of the taste. If the blend of tastes was better, this brew would've been phenomenal. Good brew to try at least once if you get the chance. Not worth hunting.

steve8robin, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head, light lace left behind. Smell is roasty with some fruity/herbal notes, liquorice, some sweet lightly sugary scents ,some coffee and bakers chocolate round out the nose as well. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, mildly hoppy with nice bitter/bittersweetness running through this. Medium carbonation, medium feel, mildly syrupy at points with some creamy touches. This was really solid, nothing outstanding but super flavourful and very good, I would love to try more stuff from these guys.

peensteen, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southampton Imperial Porter is a black ale that's brown on the edges of the glass when held to the light. It has a smooth, dense, light brown head that leaves excellent lacing. It has a dark, resinous aroma that smells a little charred with a light sweetness... like molasses. It has a medium body that's lively with a mineral quality. A quick, dry finish leaves a mouth a little scratchy. Light sweetness and dark roasted flavors are balanced well with an ample, herbal bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and smokey with a slight hint of licorice. "Imperial porter" is a good way to describe this. It's somewhere between a robust porter, an export stout and a Baltic porter. It's reasonably complex, unique and enjoyable.

yesyouam, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

GPHarris, Nov 26, 2012
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.

Gavage, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
Photo of ufmj
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ufmj, Mar 07, 2013
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tdm168, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +11.4%

beerman999999, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scootny, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

KTCamm, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with short lived head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt some espresso and fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, some espresso with some light hops a bit of cacao. Palate is nice full body with good carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt, some coffee and light sweet fruitiness with some light hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good IP

Samp01, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rkcrozier, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from 3 Sons six packs and I know it is old now since I got it home and it had white sediment and it's must be from last winter. Will review it since it was still good.

A - Looks jet black in appearance with maybe a little brown see through the light. Absolutely no head to speak of since this beer is at least 10 months old.

S - Very slight roasted coffee and chocolate but I can detect some toffee also but again very faint.

T - Pretty typical strong porter. Borderline stout. Flavor is of weak coffee and slight chocolate malt with a semi sweet toffee or caramel in the background. Not really off putting so I happened to enjoy it.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Stood the test of time pretty well.

D - Overall I will have to have this fresh to see if it's better but overall not a bad imperial porter. Nice flavor and balance for an overall good beer.

DrDemento456, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Sweffin, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of CamM
4/5  rDev +11.4%

CamM, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of rbmjr1
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rbmjr1, May 05, 2012
Photo of chooch5
4/5  rDev +11.4%

chooch5, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Paul68, Nov 20, 2011
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
80 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.