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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%


Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009)
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 20:12:58 | More by thecheapies
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Man this smells like and english cask beer up and down. Dirty wood and soft licorice from the yeast. Not much roasted malt or deep caramelization I get in the flavor. This is not an american style porter. Tasty and full up and down, I would love to have this on cask. Its amazing to see an english style perfected so well on american soil. Maybe just a little too high in alcohol though, killing the drinkability. Finish is a little rough with the yeasty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 22:28:21 | More by BearsOnAcid
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jabergess

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Taco Mac Mall of Georgia in a 20 oz mug.

First off, I've read a lot of the reviews on this beer and I disagree with most. I think this is exactly what an imperial porter should taste like. I do taste the alcohol, but I expect it in an imperial style beer. Ok, let's get down to specifics

A- just what I want to see from a beer not on nitro, a nice foamy head that fades into compact bubbles that leave lacing all down the glass as you drink.

S - probably my only gripe about the beer for me - no discernible smell of anything.

T - I taste alcohol almost right away, but in this case that's ok. It's smooth and warming, not in your face. Otherwise you get the melding of background flavors. You expect hints of chocolate, but its really not there. Yet I still like this beer. Maybe I like it for as much as what is there as what isn't.

D - I think I could drink quite a few of these, but I would be sorry.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 23:54:55 | More by jabergess
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Imperial Porter. 5oz taste @ Table in NYC

Appearance:
Poured a deep dark brown with a tan, one finger head.

Aroma:
The smell was a mix of malts and cereal grains and some dark fruit.

Taste:
Straightforward malt, with some dark chocolate, and dark fruits in the background. Ended bitter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
Thin with moderate carbonation. I expected more from an imperial porter. All in all though it wasn't bad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 16:55:10 | More by BeerNemesis
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured full cereal grains, lactose and roasted malts.

The taste was malt forward with some cereal sweetness and a secondary dry roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good malty porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 22:23:42 | More by plaid75
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour it has a rich deep brown color and produced a medium sized head. The heads fades to a small frothy coating while leaving a bit of lacing.
Aroma doesn't really appear any different then your standard porter. Hints of roasted malts are dominate with subtle aromas of coffee and cocoa.
The taste has plenty of roasted malts perhaps chocolate and a bit of smoke.
Drinks a bit course and doesn't flow across the palate easily/
The alcohol is the only thing I see thats amped up here, everything else is pretty standard I'm afraid.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 11:28:50 | More by micromaniac129
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:15:12 | More by bmwats
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a large head; excellent retention and some nice lacing action

Smell: Fudgy, with cola-like sweetness; just a little roasty

Taste: Cola and fudge, up front, with a hint of roast underneath; a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives, in the middle, but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style

Overall: Readily drinkable, but more like a combination of a doppelbock and a porter than an Imperial Porter

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:40:52 | More by brentk56
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:57:58 | More by Gavage
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fx20736

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bought at Beers of the World, March 2013.

poured from 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, served at cellar temp.

appearance: Midnight Black with a thick cafe au lait head. Decent lacing.

aroma: doesn't smell very 'imperial'! Roasted malt, licorice and a touch of molasses.

mouthfeel: good, if a little thin.

taste: very tasty; rich chocolatey malt, a hint of roasted nuts, black licorice.

notes: This is a tasty beer with a lot going for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:27:08 | More by fx20736
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vkv822

Oregon

2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz : Teku glass

Near black, with deep red mahogany highlights when held to light. Fairly short lived, foamy light tan head.

Lightly roasty, cocoa notes.

Some basic roasted malt, faint cocoa. Not much going on here.

Thin body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A decent porter, but also fairly forgettable. I was expecting a bit more of a bolder flavor profile and perhaps a bit heavier body.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 08:15:22 | More by vkv822
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silverking

Florida

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:04:55 | More by silverking
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a very dark brown; nearly black. Actually, the light penetrates this beer quite easily. Very thin head. Light lace.

S-Nose is fairly silent. Far too sheepish. I'm not going to pretend to pull out any specific aromas; its dead!

T-Flavor is a hair better. Light chocolate. Yeast. Soft roast. Flat cola. Burnt.

M-Thin and the carbonation is lively and nearly aggravating.

O/D-Offensive in its blandness. Imperial Porter huh?

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:13:04 | More by VelvetExtract
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Neorebel

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:15:49 | More by Neorebel
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:43:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that fades fast down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Sweet but boozy aroma with notes of molasses, brown sugar and chocolate.

T- Nice even flavor of mildly roasty malt with some syrupy caramel sweetness. Also some vanilla, chocolate and even hints of raisin. Very drinkable and not nearly as boozy as the aroma lets on.

M- Soft, creamy and semi-robust. Medium-low carbonation and a mostly full body. Sticky afterfeel.

O- Easy to drink and one of the more exciting porters I've had since usually they leave me craving the full execution of a stout. This one's in a class all its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:53:44 | More by Immortale25
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 22:18:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:55:03 | More by GPHarris
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pschul4

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown and sits black in the glass. The head betrays it however its quite light and doesnt stick around much

S- Lots of Chocolate and Coffee malts in the nose. Smells creamy if that's possible. I'm very excite!

T- Taste is quite weak however :( Some Chocolate malts and that creaminess again but nothing hits you in the face. The flavors that are there are tasty but just lacking in the umph

M- Nice and smooth, nothing wrong here

O- I like this but for the price it just doesnt cut it. Nice attempt Southampton, but you came just a little short

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:48:30 | More by pschul4
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MadScientist

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:49:28 | More by MadScientist
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

I have recently begun an attempt to find my perfect porter available on the east coast. My choice on the west is Deschutes Black Butte and in the Midwest it is Founders Porter. After a recent move to the east the search is on...

Pours a thin translucent brown with a this off-white head that fades quickly.

Smells very sweet - caramel malts, maybe a bit of vanilla, almost reminiscent of a Dopplebock. Certainly not what I am looking for in a porter.

Tastes similarly sweet with a slight hint of roasted malts, again not what I expect from a porter, but it is an enjoyable drink.

This is a very light porter, a bit thin and watery but nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is not what I am looking for in a porter. A bit thin and overly sweet and just the wrong profile for me. The price was great ($8.49/6-pack) and this was a pleasant drink but in the end, I probably won't be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:00:52 | More by TheBeerologist
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, and very little lace. Nose is of rich dark chocolate, and smokey malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is chocolate and coffee,with a rich creamy finish. Liked it a lot!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:46:59 | More by riversider76
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black (maybe more of a deep brown) with a finger of rich mocha head. This maintains a thin creaminess, leaving back a fairly robust cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty up front, putting off a light acrid character, while mingling with other notes of cocoa, some sweet caramel, and green citrus along the back.

The taste is similar, with a bold combo of roast and hops taking control yet still being fairly well balanced by flavors of chocolate and toffee that keep this from getting too aggressive. The finish is dry roasted with a touch of lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth before giving away to more of a chewy feel underneath. The alcohol is generally pretty well hid here.

This was OK. The added alcohol definitely added a bit more assertiveness to this that paired up nicely with those hops and roasted character. I just wish there was a little more overall pop to the flavors though. It drank pretty well at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 19:28:34 | More by Kegatron
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b3shine

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:18:35 | More by b3shine
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:02:11 | More by jeranbrews
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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.