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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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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009)
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Photo of Chaney
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

Chaney, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks almost like a Pepsi. Deep, dark, clear amber with a black hue. Tan, foamy head that fades into a thin, lacy layer of islands. Looks pretty good.

S: Hard to detect much here. Smells toasty and roasty. Some coffee detectable, but rather mild for an "imperial" anything.

T: Decent taste. Again, I wonder what makes this an "imperial" porter. Tastes weaker than Sierra Nevada porter. I'm no expert on these, but it seems a little bland. I get some coffee malt, a little white sugar and a faint trace of black cherries. A little popcorn on the finish is hinted. Watery mouthfeel for the style. Not thick enough.

D: Maybe a good introductory porter. An easy drinker.

Value: For the real price, it's beaten by Anchor Steam porter and SN, which are easy to find and equally priced. But for what I paid, $3.99, I cannot complain.

WeezyBoPeep, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ommegoose
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

ommegoose, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

droomyster, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

philbe311, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Ambiorix
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown pour, thin tan head. Okay lacing, but the head faded quickly.

S: Roast coffee, hoarshound candy, molasses, caramel.

T: Roasted malt, molasses, hoarshound candy, brown bread.

M: Medium-full. Nice.

D: Highly drinkable. Very flavorful. Doesn't seem big enough to consider as a Baltic Porter. Very tasty, though.

Ambiorix, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of patreely12
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

patreely12, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

ms11781, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of timobkg
1.78/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle label reads "Brewed in Latrobe PA", poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer looked good, a nice dark color with a thick white head.

The aroma was very faint, slightly sour, and slightly... metallic? I couldn't smell any roasted grains, or chocolate, or anything else I expect to smell in an imperial porter.

This beer deceived me. I expected a robust ale, with chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavours. Instead it was thin, no chocolate, toffee, or caramel, and tasted like a standard lager. Not a black lager, mind you, as I love those. No, this was a cross between Yuengling Lager and Sam Adams Black. If Yuengling made a black lager, this is what it might taste like.

The alcohol was hidden to be nonexistent. You could drink this all night, if you wanted a stronger, more flavourful, black version of Yuengling Lager. I, however, wanted an imperial porter, and dislike the taste of Yuengling. I would be happy to never drink this again.

timobkg, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, there is a bottling code, but too hard to determine what it means.

appears a really dark brown, with ruby highlights. almost black, with white head that fades to a thin covering. smell is of dry roasted malt with some acidic aroma.

taste is also dry, with some slight fruit flavor. I can't put my finger on it, but an odd flavor for a porter. body is a bit thinner than I expected. easy to drink, but the flavor is a little disappointing.

jmdrpi, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Brown in color with amber highlights on the side. Tan colored head probably about 2 inches that goes away after 5-10 minutes, decent lacing.

Smell is ok, not like any porter I've had before. I mostly smell dark dehydrated fruits, and a little musty with a slight hop finish. I read a couple of other reviews, but I'm just not picking up chocolate malts that a few others picked up.

Taste is a little better. Malts are much more easily detected here. Some chocolate notes finally arrive here. Still picking up the dark dehydrated fruit notes. Hops are present, very earthy.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, close to full bodied, not too smooth, but not too gritty either. Bitter and a little earthy. It will suffice for the style. Drinkability is overall pretty good.

I was a little disappointed with this one overall. Not too bad for your run of the mill porter, but this beer is not worth of having the term "Imperial" on it in my humble opinion. Not really big on any flavors.

AndyAvalanche, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

PorterLambic, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger fades to nice lace and trailing, deep brown with highlights of burnt ruby.

s- interesting, clean smelling - a bit dry, some alcohol, some dark belgian fruity esters, not sure i want to be smelling them in a imperial porter.

t- echos nose, i'm getting a bunch of belgian yeast in here, tasted just out of place and off putting, i want more of the roast and coffee, i get a little bit of fruity flowery notes as well.

m- medium.

d- this one misses the style mark for me, i've had much better, and wouldn't seek this one out.

thecarster1, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of mjaskula
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark black with a thin soapy brown head that leaves some thin lacing.

The aroma isn't strong, but it is sweet, carmely and roasty. The flavor continues the nose nicely and is very typical of a porter. It starts with sweet carmel, the middle has some roasted malts and dark chocolate and it finishes with a smooth nuttiness. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick for an imperial, and the alcohol is well hidden.

I like this porter a lot, it has plenty of great qualities and not much holding it back.

mjaskula, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

CJfromPhilly, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of gks5004
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black mahogany, Red hint when held to light. Moderate head slight brown/tan color, looks pleasant. Not much lacing.

S: Chocolate toffee, sweet bitterness. Sugary milk chocolate.

T: Very tasty, nice balance. Has a great porter taste. Good strong dark roasty maltyness with touch of sweetness. Tastes like burnt chocolate with a great porter roasty bitterness. Touch of hops.

M: Very good, thick but not syrupy. Light enough to still be smooth.

D: I'm almost done my first already. Very tasty porter. I really enjoy this beer. Will drink again. Good balance of malty sweetness with a touch of bitter roast and hops.

gks5004, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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

thedoubler55, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of goalie33
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

goalie33, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of phishgator
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Dark deep brown hue, but light visible around the edges. The head was two fingers, but not much lacing. The smell was of dark fruit candy and licorie. Thinner body for a baltic porter and the flavor was bothered by what was proceived to be over carbonation (but I'm not that is was). It just felt filling even though it didn't have a full body. Not one of their best offerings.

phishgator, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of sbauer
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Black, deep, dark brown.
S: Surprisingly weak aroma. Light caramel, chocolate, but mostly kerosene and alcohol.
T: Immediate sour cherry and chocolate (see chocolate rum cordials), fruit esters prominent with underlying bitter cocoa, tart finish.
M: Light and minearly.
D: A good session beer, despite being an imperial porter. Flavorful and light for the style. Expect more (taste and kick) out of an imperial.

sbauer, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

ne0m00re, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

metter98, Dec 11, 2010
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 jrc64
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

jrc64, Dec 04, 2010
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.