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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009)
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Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice toffee scent along with a solid chocolate and roasted malt aroma. It's rich with some sweetness and a slight roasted feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry roasted malt flavor with some excellent chocolate notes. It goes down easy with a bit of toffee sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good Imperial porter. It's overflowing with malt character and is highly drinkable.

01-17-2011 22:34:58 | More by WesWes
Photo of BearsOnAcid


3.95/5  rDev +10%

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.

01-16-2011 22:28:21 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

01-10-2011 05:36:46 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of PorterLambic


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

01-05-2011 01:37:03 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of thecarster1


2.4/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

01-03-2011 22:56:12 | More by thecarster1
Photo of mjaskula

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

12-26-2010 22:57:17 | More by mjaskula
Photo of CJfromPhilly


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-26-2010 03:10:34 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of gks5004


4.38/5  rDev +22%

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.

12-23-2010 00:02:34 | More by gks5004
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

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

12-21-2010 20:55:07 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of goalie33

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

12-19-2010 03:18:38 | More by goalie33
Photo of phishgator


2.4/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

12-15-2010 17:13:23 | More by phishgator
Photo of sbauer


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

12-15-2010 05:24:09 | More by sbauer
Photo of ne0m00re


3.23/5  rDev -10%

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.

12-11-2010 21:53:46 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

12-11-2010 15:34:32 | More by metter98
Photo of scootny

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

12-05-2010 02:33:02 | More by scootny
Photo of jrc64

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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!

12-04-2010 20:02:59 | More by jrc64
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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

12-04-2010 03:49:06 | More by bruachan
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle poured into Delerium Tremens tulip.

Big thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for this one.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a nice one finger head that takes forever to go down and leaves some pretty nice lacing along with it.

S- A big dose of malt and milk chocolate. Some notes of coffee and a hint of cinnamon and alcohol. Just a bit of hops on the tail end.

T- The hops are much more noticeable in the taste than in the nose of this beer. But again there are big amounts of roasted malts and some chocolate. There is no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

M- Medium bodied that has nice bubbly carbonation. I think it may be just a tad light to for the style but good nonetheless. If I close my eyes and think about it, it is like I am drinking a less carbonated coke in terms of mouthfeel.

D- A good beer for one of the first cold days of the year. The alcohol isn't noticeable but warms up the belly. This is a pretty good drinker porter for being an Imperial. I wish Southampton was still sold in WI so I could try some of their other offerings.

11-26-2010 15:25:18 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with ruby edges as well as a very light beige head that leaves a light ring.
S: Faint dark fruits, but not much else.
T: Roasted coffee and a lot of sweet dark fruits. Hints of chocolate on the finish.
M: Thin/light body and medium carbonation, despite the lack of head.
D: Easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have much going on at all, except that the ABV is fully hidden. I'll try this again to see how it is, since I picked up a six-pack, but as of right now, it seems to be pretty run of the mill. I'm not even sure how this can be called a porter, it is VERY thin.

11-22-2010 02:31:22 | More by stimulus
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

11-15-2010 04:32:45 | More by wcintula
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

First off, the bottle that I have in my hand is not the same bottle that is in the picture for this database entry. Its in a style more similar to the Southampton Altiber, IPA, wit, etc is in.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: poured it aggressively so I get a two finger head that's a little tan. The head looks a little light in color considering how dark the beer looks. It retains fairly well but eventually recedes until its a thin layer of off white foam at the top. It leaves a little lacing but not all the much. The beer is pretty much black and when I hold it to the light I can see some dark red at the center and carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: roasted malt, a little chocolate but a lot of dark fruit. It also smells pretty sweet as if some kind of sugar has been added to this beer.

Taste: very malty. It follows the nose well. There's the roasted malt and some dark chocolate and then dark fruit flavors towards the end. No hop bitterness and no alcohol in the taste.

Feel: a bit on the thin side of medium bodied, but otherwise typical of the style. Alcohol warmth is hidden well.

Drink: its ok. I could drink a few of these if I wanted.

Overall, its a good but not great. I enjoyed it but it didn't really stand out to me. I don't think I would have again.

11-12-2010 16:45:10 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black with a beige head that left a good deal of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malt upfront with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough, it's ok.

11-11-2010 00:44:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of jchow79

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Not much in the aroma department. This tastes and feels like a typical porter. I'm not sure what makes this imperial. Typically imperial indicates its extra-ness in ingredients.

Color wise this pours a dark coffee-ish - there is no clarity as you cannot see through it.

Aroma is forgettable or almost non-existant.

The reason i rate this highly is its drinkability. I probably could finish a six pack of this.

I would recommend it as an imperial porter does not cater towards repeated bottles in a single night.

thanks for reading.

11-09-2010 02:36:38 | More by jchow79
Photo of rtepiak


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

10-31-2010 05:08:12 | More by rtepiak
Photo of jabergess


4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

10-17-2010 23:54:55 | More by jabergess
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.