Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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: 140 | Hads: 305
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright SH-Latrobe...this is your first easily accessible beer that I'll have tried to date.

Appearance:
Watery, dark brown while pouring/black once stagnant looking beer with no head. There is little lacing and in general, nothing looks too impressive or inviting about this beer.

Smell:
Very faint malt fruit and alcohol bite. Not much in the beer's nose either.

Taste:
So this beer actually tastes decent. It's got a lot more malt character than anticipated followed by a very light roasty-chocolatiness. The thing that surprises me the most is the sweet chocolate at the end, it makes it worth drinking.

Mouthfeel:
For an imperial porter this has a rather thin body and is lacking in carbonation as well. The beer's one redeeming quality is it's excellent aftertaste. The alcohol is a little too strong, possibly out of balance with the weak flavors of this beer...but then it wouldn't be considered imperial if they toned down the alcohol. Paradox.

Overall:
I'd probably drink this again at some point, but I'm not ranting and raving about it. I'd love to try their RIS to compare. (1,093 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.77/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear, extremely deep reddish brown with two fingers of medium tan colored head that has large bubbles and linger for a decent amount of time, leaves a nice amount of thin lacing on the glass
S: chocolate and roasted, almost burnt, coffee malts, really nice warm scent, i feel like i should be drinking this in front of a fire in a log cabin in the middle of the woods on a cold blizardy night
T: begins with the chocolate malts then hits with the nice coffee malts which linger strongly on the palate long after the sip is over, really an incredible porter taste, gotta be up there with my favorites, not even the slightest hint of the imperial character
M: smooth, so incredibly smooth, silky and slightly thick, gentle carbonation, actually leaves the mouth feeling oddly dry and at the same time watering, perhaps my mouth is just watering for the next sip
O: love this beer, love this brewery, they absolutely blow me out of the water, they don't just make a style, the exemplify it and damn near perfect it, well done as always (1,074 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having their Abbot 12, I saw this in a 6 pack and purchased it.

A-deep black with tannish but white head that stays around for a little bit.

S-nice chocolate smell with a hint of black licorice(sp). Smells wonderful to me, slight booze smell still, but I am not against that. Very nice roasted malt smell lingers.

T-This may be my favorite Porter behind Liberty. Chocolate and Malt flavors stand out with a nice roasted oat finish.

M-It is a little thick but the taste and smells will keep me coming back to this one.

Overall a must buy. (548 characters)

Photo of jtingue
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown body with deep ruby hues beneath the foamy, tan head that is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation and patiently leaves a sticky, yet thin lacing behind.

There are some roasted malt aromas atop the beer but it appears to be a bit on the sweet side for a porter, offering milk chocolate and hints of light coffee grounds.

The flavor is slightly roasted, certainly not smoked, with hints of sweetness in there, maybe chocolate malt.

Medium in body, although light for a porter with medium carbonation and lacking the nice smoky finish I would like to see.

A nice beer, but lacking the robust qualities I would expect to see from an Imperial Porter. (681 characters)

Photo of Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: three finger off white head which rapidly dissipates to a half finger head leaving nice lacing. Black without light getting through.

S: yeasty and spicey, with some esters. Almost saison like, interesting.

T: this one is interesting. More like a sweet caramel malt and not very boozy or smokey as I was expecting.

M: light to medium carbonation and medium body, much lighter than I was expecting.

Overall: very drinkable and light for an imperial anything much less a porter. (483 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with huge creamy mocha head that quickly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Predominantly chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and coffee.

T - Slightly sweet to start followed by roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Great porter with ABV well hidden. I highly recommend it. (446 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, almost black in color with one-finger head. There is little retention and only a bit of lacing. The sweetness in the nose overwhelms anything else. There is a some malt taste, but the flavor is sweet more than anything. There is hardly any roasted flavor that is normal in a porter and the finish is pretty weak. If this is the imperial, I definitely don't want to waste my time with their plain old porter. All around, I was not terribly impressed. (467 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam that quickly faded.
aroma was faint, a bit of chocolate and brown sugar
the taste is similar, a bit of chocolate, sweetness and a bit of bitterness. smooth with a bit of a soda type carbonated mouthfeel. Its fairly easy to drink but not one that i'd necessarily look for again. (323 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Darkness goblet on August 12th 2011.

Pour is like diet coke which leads to a solid dark base and a light brown head that dissipates leaving no lacing. Needs more body and lacing.

Smell is of coffee. I wanted more chocolate and malty smell but what I got is nothing.

Mouthfeel is light in the taste but not great. Pallet is nice and smooth but hey what the hell.

Overall this is a solid Brew. (409 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +14%
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 (366 characters)

Photo of vande
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,899 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a nice two finger chocolate head. Nice carbonation and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Smells of chocolate, malt, some fruit, and slight hint of coffee. Not a bad smelling beer. Would like the nose to be a little stronger for a higher score.

T- All the smells come out in the taste, w/ the fruit being more present than in the smell. Not a bad tasting beer. Just a notch less than a 4...

M- Very smooth, w/ a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad. Creamy too, definitely not a dry finish.

O- Nice beer that falls just a little short of a 4 overall score. Glad I got to try this one, as I'm a big fan of Southamton's Abbot 12. (655 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (355 characters)

Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.