Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 142
Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.31/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle gifted to me by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt. I'm always interested in beer I haven't had. Unfortunately, this beer was quite terrible. One of the worst porters I've ever had.

Beer poured into a DFH signature glass, my new favorite glass. Beer is dirty brown and completely hazy with no head, no real carbonation and no lacing. It looks like dirty water at the corners of the glass. Not impressed so far.

The signature glass is a little like a snifter but not as tapered and with a bigger opening, so maybe the fact that I couldn't smell anything is a function of the glass,e xpect I can smell other beers in this same glass. Methinks its the glass. MILD AROMA. mostly roast.

As far as flavor are concerned, its mostly ash. This is a beer right, not a generic cat food made in China that uses old newspapers and ash to fill up the cans right? Aside from the ash there is a mild very very mild sweetness and some roast. Not really bitter, not really sweet, not really roasty, not really....anything. Its boring and I guess there are worse things to be than boring in life but this beer thoroughly fails to execute its function of being beer so universally, its shocking. Sorry, not your best showing SH but you probably know that.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear (when held up to the light) dark brown to black with hints of amber in color and a very thin tan head. The little head there was dissipated immediately. No lacing was observed.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle hints of alcohol. There are some very faint hints of caramel as well. Not a really strong smell.

T: Much stronger flavors than the smell would hint at... dark roasted malts and dark chocolate primarily. The beer starts off sweet (almost caramel like) and then finishes with a nice bittersweet hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation, slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable but maybe not what I was expecting with a beer that calls itself an imperial porter. Could be a sessionable beer during the cold winter months. Flavors were the highlight of this beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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%.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. It poured black with a thin scattered lacing floating on top of the beer.

The aroma has roasted grains and some chocolate coming through with a slight creaminess. The taste also has the roasted malts and chocolate. It's has some bitterness up front and has some sweetness coming through in the finish. Pretty nicely balanced between the two.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a pretty decent imperial porter. It had some nice roasted and chocolate flavors and was pretty tasty overall.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a light off white head. Great display of lacework, and there is no sediment.
Aroma of coffee and light vanilla.
In the taste, more if the vanilla, coffee and even molasses. Low bitterness but a good balance. Nice roasted malt flavor.
Medium bodied and well carbonated.
Overall, this is a really solid porter. Would have it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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. 

Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruit with a hint of perfume.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front segue quickly into indistinct dark fruit flavors with a hint of sugar-coated molasses. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this just isn't a very clean beer and I would prefer to have more crisp roasted flavors. Don't avoid but don't seek out.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from 3 Sons six packs and I know it is old now since I got it home and it had white sediment and it's must be from last winter. Will review it since it was still good.

A - Looks jet black in appearance with maybe a little brown see through the light. Absolutely no head to speak of since this beer is at least 10 months old.

S - Very slight roasted coffee and chocolate but I can detect some toffee also but again very faint.

T - Pretty typical strong porter. Borderline stout. Flavor is of weak coffee and slight chocolate malt with a semi sweet toffee or caramel in the background. Not really off putting so I happened to enjoy it.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Stood the test of time pretty well.

D - Overall I will have to have this fresh to see if it's better but overall not a bad imperial porter. Nice flavor and balance for an overall good beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep, chocolaty, opaque sable with an average light tan head. Aroma is smoky and oily with coffee and toffee hints and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is mainly roast coffee and toffee with a hint of molasses. Texture is pleasingly smooth and a little tingly, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a quarter inch, khaki-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with thin clumps of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not a big nose, but definitely a roasty character, as well as some lactose, caramel and a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose with perhaps a bit of dark fruit somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly aggressive background carbonation - not prickly, but a little bit too much for the style. Quite drinkable with a well-hidden abv. If the mouthfeel was a little more on point, this would be markedly more quaffable - would love to try this on nitro if such an offering exists.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
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?

Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear brown cola colored liquid. It has a very light brown, thinner bubbly head that lingers for a little bit

S-light roasted malts right up front with hints of dark chocolate and a light herbal hop presence in the back.

T-taste is similar to the nose, roasted malts right up front. Light notes of dark chocolate sit in the middle, slightly charred notes following. Herbal hops lie in the back.

M-medium to light body, with a very smooth and creamy feel. Body is held up throughout but a little thin in the first place

D-no signs of alcohol in this but it is a little thin for the abv. Flavors are light but very nice. Fell a little short on an imperial porter but would have been a solid porter.

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.