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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 20.85%
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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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 310
Photo of Jayli
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed 12/28

A: This beer pours a thin looking chocolate brown with some mahogany highlights. 1/2 inch of khaki sudsy creamy head and leaves some wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of cream, light chocolate and kind of wet dog...

T: Taste starts with a touch of copperness but is quickly overruled by cream, moving in to a bitter bakers chocolate, some caramel, and burnt malts. There is a slight hop bite in the finish as well.

M: Lighter side of medium body, thin feeling on the tongue and oily in the finish.

D: Ok beer, goes down relatively easily, nothing stands out, and the nose is disappointing. There are better of the style out there.

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Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Light brown color is evident around the edges. Minimal retension and spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is a little smokey with yeast and roasty with coffee blended with a slight metallic twang. Taste is roasty with coffee and minor traces of bitter chocolate. Light feel with a modest amount of carbonation. Lingering taste of minorly bitter citrus hops blended with a grainy bitterness and yeast. For an imperial it is a bit lacking as it seems a little too watered down and lacking more robust character in both taste and aroma. It seems like despite the mild flavor and aroma it has been supplemented with alcohol to attain the 7%.

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Photo of stephens101
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A huge, thick dark tan head tops off a dark brown (bordering on black) brew. Some crimson hues line the bottom of the Sam Adams specialty glass. The head begins to recede fairly quickly, broken apart by some large bubbles, and finally leaving a craggy lace behind. Smells of caramel malts and burnt sugar with some maple syrup in the background. Some malts are noticed on the palate at first, with some cherry sweetness, some vinegar and a few hops in the back. Fairly nondescript with a pure medium-body and airy mouth-feel. Maybe the word "imperial" is used loosely here.

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Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark with ruby highlights. Fine off-white, light tan bubbles coated the surface while a thin collar left spotty lacing on the glass. Decent head retention. Malty and fruity aroma, chocolate and raisins, plums, light roast, faint alcohol. Quite sweet, a lot of fruit up front, bitterness in the finish. Cereal grain and roast. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, some astringency and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra!

Pours a muted ruddy brown. A surprisingly small off-white foam head. Smells like roasted malts. That's about it.

Taste is mostly roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla, and a kind of weird cereal roastiness to it. Like someone toasted up some cornflakes, or something. Weird.

A bit thin. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits a couple days ago and it is time now for me to leave my hotel. It is 9:30AM local time, and this beer is my breakfast today. Woo hoo! Go Beer!

Appearance: Pours black to look at, but is a semi-clear dark brown when held to the light. There was a small head of tan bubbles when first poured, but the head faded back into the beer so quickly that I didn't really get to see the size of the bubbles. What is left are quite small bubbles, so I imagine that was what we had to begin with.

Aroma: I got some evident roast along with some fresh chocolaty notes. Other than this, there are some toasty malts in here and a very reserved floral hop bouquet.

Taste: The beer has a very clean malt profile and the overall balance is decidedly toward the malt the whole time. I get some hops in here, but they are having to coexist with the roast malts for control of the finish. The overall roast presentation is really mild for a Porter, and especially an Imperial Porter. The beer has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is a tad low, so this is almost a saving grace for this beer or it would come across as weak for the style. As it is, I can feel some warming from the alcohol after I have drank about half the beer, but it is not apparent in the flavor.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. I like that it is so drinkable as it currently is, but this fact is what hurts it when compared to the style. This beer comes across to me as more of a Brown Ale than a Porter. For a Brown Ale, it isn't bad, but as a Porter it is rather lame. Take that for what you will. I will certainly drink this beer...there is nothing wrong with the way it was brewed, but just the recipe falls short of what I expect for this style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My girlfriend is dieting for a bikini competition so I'm stockpiling the cellar with strong, dark beers to age for a post-competition celebration. Picked up a few of these on our recent road trip to NY.

Pours dark cola brown and sits opaque black in my glass. Chunky brown eggshell head. Glass bottom retention leaves several lace rings. I couldn't ask for a much better looking Baltic porter.

Dense head doesn't let much aroma through but what's there is faint and unimpressive. Cocoa powder and cola caramel.

Flavor is as reserved as the aroma. Chocolate frozen yogurt, a very mild roast character and some dark fruit that emerges more and more as the beer warms. Very smooth and very clean.

For a big beer it doesn't flex any big beer muscles. Hope it ages well.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into large snifter. Colour is a dark, rich, and deep brown nearing black. Very thin head fades to almost nothing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter hops, and some alcohol.

Taste: Wow, this was disappointing. Initial flavours are weak in general, pretty much all hops. Malts are the aftertaste primarily. These flavours are not blended together very well. They are nice but so divided.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky, and chewy with a mild amount of carbonation.

Overall: Unfortunately, weak and confused. Not very interesting save for the roasted malt aftertaste.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint glass form a 12oz

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger off white/beige head that sits very pretty atop the beer.

S- Light toffee, caramel sweet bready nuttiness and a touch of black licorice.

T- Very sweet, overwhelming, chocolate and vanilla, coffee bean thrown in the mix, nuts and tofee. Very bitter on the finish

M- Full and heavy, drinks like a milk shake or a syrup, sweet and bitter.

O- Overall this is too sweet for me, tastes artificial. Not a fan don't think i will invest in again.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle I picked up a weekend ago.
A: Clear dark brown with ruby hues, it poured with a one-finger cream head that died fast to a thin collar and film with lacing.
S: Toasted biscuit, nutty, but weird nutty, like pistachios, some banana and dark fruits, and a distinguishable smoked aroma. All right.
T: Hops are strong, with grapefruit citrus and pine, it starts out nutty and them moves towards a mild dark chocolate espresso with an early cleansing lack of creaminess. Mild raspberries, strawberries and pork linger. It's fruitier than expected, but the lack of that creamy mouthfeel is kind of a let down.
M: Too thin, but it has a frothiness that accents the fruit.
D: Pretty good for an imperial porter, mostly because of its lighter body.

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Photo of ms11781
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger light brown head. Head dissipates after a bit and leaves a half finger off white cap.

Nose is initially of dark fruit, cherries maybe. Also some dark malt detected, along with some sweetness.

Taste is more on the malt side than the fruit side, although there is still a hint of the dark fruit. Malt has more of a roasted flavor than the nose. Black licorice towards the end as it finishes with a decent amount of bitterness.

Low carbonation with a a medium/full body gives way to a creamy mouthfeel. Decent bitterness at the finish but it doesn't linger.

Drinkability is ok. Usually with a beer that leans toward a heavier body I'd like it to be a bit more complex with richer flavors. A beer I wouldn't mind having again but I'd reach for a different brew right now if I was to have another.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown with a goodly sized head, tan in color. Good retention and decent lace.
Smell is wet cardboard, roasted malt and a metallic note. Not a really encouraging start.
Taste is roasted malt, hops, hints of dark fruits, peat and smoke.
Medium in body, with a slightly watery finish. Warming late. Pretty good though I wish the nose was more indicative of what is delivered to the palate.

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Photo of Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, reddish brown, but not so dark that I couldn't see through it with a prominent light source behind the glass. Fairly clear in its darkness, and with a finger or so head that stayed a fairly thick bubble formation for long after the pour.

S: Not very potent, but a decent bit of chocolate sponge cake, a bit of dark fruit, and quite a bit of malt.

T: Right away, I thought this one would have benefitted greatly from more of that barbecued roastiness that I commonly associate with porters. This one was almost not a porter at all... more like a brown ale without the brown sugar.

M: No real creaminess or texture of any kind actually. The lacing was pretty substantial and my pint glass looked like it went through a car wash.

D: As a porter, I wouldn't drink this one again, but that doesn't mean that this was horrible by any means... just kind of meh...

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Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; a little bit of amber color is visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste isn't very strong and has notes of roasted malts and hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste so I'm not sure if I would try this one again. The alcohol is well hidden so it goes down rather quickly.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Black nothing to colorful with this beer, no head at all

S-Strong hints of licorice, and dark malts and caramel

T-Brown sugar and caramel, somewhat bitter on the tail end

M-Low carbonation, very smooth.

D-Easy beer to drink but not something I enjoyed to much.Generic

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Photo of vande
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ looks very similar to a cola....brownish-black in color with a faint hint of head along the rim of the glass

S ~ hints of coffee...light roasted malts.. touch of chocolate...but all aromatics is on the lighter side...

T ~ somewhat like the smell on this beer... coffee, roasted coco, malty...but thinner that I'd have guessed...

M ~ thinner, but carbonated...reminds me of something like a java monster in regards to carbonated, coffee flavored beverage..

O ~ decent porter

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of wcintula
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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. 

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Photo of goalie33
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of jrc64
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.