Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House
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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
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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!
07-01-2011 14:22:02 | More by mocktm
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
A-Poured from a bottle and exhibited very black color with a thin off-white head.
S- The alcohol in this porter came through along hints of coffee.
T- Warming alcohol is evident, almost charred, not roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and coffee bean. I really tasted the alcohol here. Reminded of me of bourbon, just not as smooth.
M- Was not impressed. Had an oily texture.
D- One maybe two but not much more than that.
I usually like and want to like stuff from southampton but this was not my favorite.
10-16-2010 13:05:35 | More by gskitt
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Color is black that fades to a dark brown along the edge of the glass. Pours with a 3/4 inch very light tan head that fades very quickly, leaving just a rim around the edge.
S: Getting a lot of different aromas - dark raisins and prunes, cocoa, some earthy notes, chicory, some herbal hops. Smell is fairly subtle for an imperial beer.
T: Smell held a lot of promise that the taste really doesn't deliver on. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts with some faint notes that carry in from the nose. But this beer lacks intensity and would be better classified as a porter.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.
D: This was easy to drink, relatively smooth, but unremarkable at the same time. Not bad, but not something I would track down again.
07-02-2010 04:13:25 | More by oregonskibum
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
02-24-2011 05:13:17 | More by WeezyBoPeep
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
A - poured into a pint glass. Deep mahogany color with ruddy, brick-red fringes. A tiny head, disappears quickly. Expected more carbonation in a medium-gravity porter.
S - toasty malts, just a bit of chocolate and ethanol
T - quite creamy with a little lactose bite. Might have called it a lightweight milk stout if tasting blind. Some more toffee notes come out to complement the bitter chocolate, but still not very strong on either count. Finishes slightly bitter/hoppy.
M - nice carbonic zip to it despite the appearance of being flat. Combined with the "sharp" character of the lactose, it keeps things interesting. Medium body, not what I'd call imperial, but ok. Nicely oily (though not quite into the "sticky" range).
D - not too strong in any direction. 7% ABV isn't completely hidden, but it's not out to get you either. I could session this, which is an accomplishment in itself. Just not sure there's enough here to draw me back in the first place.
01-19-2010 03:09:27 | More by Richardberg
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
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
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.