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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
81
good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
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 dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rkcrozier, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -16.4%

chrispoint, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

erlenmeyer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label but no freshness or bottling date anywhere. Once in the bottle it was almost pitch black with some light penetration along the sides.
One finger off-white to cream colored head that dissipated very quickly.
Aroma is of milk chocolate and dark fruits, almost like a dubbel. The dark fruit aroma, over time, slowly takes over the chocolate.
Taste is also along the lines of a dubbel; unlike any porter I have had. There is a sweet backbone through which subtle notes of bitterness, similar to cocoa/dark chocolate come through towards the middle. This is definitely a different porter.
Drinkability is okay and mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side. Not as full-bodied as I expected or as the label made me expect.
The alcohol however, is very well masked.
Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer worth a try once.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head, light lace left behind. Smell is roasty with some fruity/herbal notes, liquorice, some sweet lightly sugary scents ,some coffee and bakers chocolate round out the nose as well. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, mildly hoppy with nice bitter/bittersweetness running through this. Medium carbonation, medium feel, mildly syrupy at points with some creamy touches. This was really solid, nothing outstanding but super flavourful and very good, I would love to try more stuff from these guys.

peensteen, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of jdeni
5/5  rDev +39.3%

jdeni, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev +11.4%

blange3, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright SH-Latrobe...this is your first easily accessible beer that I'll have tried to date.

Appearance:
Watery, dark brown while pouring/black once stagnant looking beer with no head. There is little lacing and in general, nothing looks too impressive or inviting about this beer.

Smell:
Very faint malt fruit and alcohol bite. Not much in the beer's nose either.

Taste:
So this beer actually tastes decent. It's got a lot more malt character than anticipated followed by a very light roasty-chocolatiness. The thing that surprises me the most is the sweet chocolate at the end, it makes it worth drinking.

Mouthfeel:
For an imperial porter this has a rather thin body and is lacking in carbonation as well. The beer's one redeeming quality is it's excellent aftertaste. The alcohol is a little too strong, possibly out of balance with the weak flavors of this beer...but then it wouldn't be considered imperial if they toned down the alcohol. Paradox.

Overall:
I'd probably drink this again at some point, but I'm not ranting and raving about it. I'd love to try their RIS to compare.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of KornWallace
3/5  rDev -16.4%

KornWallace, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

shigg85, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

claspada, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of caljrjr
4/5  rDev +11.4%

caljrjr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of loupap
3/5  rDev -16.4%

loupap, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside McNeill's Pullman's Porter.

A: Dark brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee like the nose. A little too bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: A pretty average American porter. Nothing pops out as special. I liked the McNeill's Pullman's better.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint glass form a 12oz

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger off white/beige head that sits very pretty atop the beer.

S- Light toffee, caramel sweet bready nuttiness and a touch of black licorice.

T- Very sweet, overwhelming, chocolate and vanilla, coffee bean thrown in the mix, nuts and tofee. Very bitter on the finish

M- Full and heavy, drinks like a milk shake or a syrup, sweet and bitter.

O- Overall this is too sweet for me, tastes artificial. Not a fan don't think i will invest in again.

gabedivision, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bluntedboywonder, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear, extremely deep reddish brown with two fingers of medium tan colored head that has large bubbles and linger for a decent amount of time, leaves a nice amount of thin lacing on the glass
S: chocolate and roasted, almost burnt, coffee malts, really nice warm scent, i feel like i should be drinking this in front of a fire in a log cabin in the middle of the woods on a cold blizardy night
T: begins with the chocolate malts then hits with the nice coffee malts which linger strongly on the palate long after the sip is over, really an incredible porter taste, gotta be up there with my favorites, not even the slightest hint of the imperial character
M: smooth, so incredibly smooth, silky and slightly thick, gentle carbonation, actually leaves the mouth feeling oddly dry and at the same time watering, perhaps my mouth is just watering for the next sip
O: love this beer, love this brewery, they absolutely blow me out of the water, they don't just make a style, the exemplify it and damn near perfect it, well done as always

BigPlay1824, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of EkimGram
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into large snifter. Colour is a dark, rich, and deep brown nearing black. Very thin head fades to almost nothing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter hops, and some alcohol.

Taste: Wow, this was disappointing. Initial flavours are weak in general, pretty much all hops. Malts are the aftertaste primarily. These flavours are not blended together very well. They are nice but so divided.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky, and chewy with a mild amount of carbonation.

Overall: Unfortunately, weak and confused. Not very interesting save for the roasted malt aftertaste.

EkimGram, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -16.4%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of danedelman
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having their Abbot 12, I saw this in a 6 pack and purchased it.

A-deep black with tannish but white head that stays around for a little bit.

S-nice chocolate smell with a hint of black licorice(sp). Smells wonderful to me, slight booze smell still, but I am not against that. Very nice roasted malt smell lingers.

T-This may be my favorite Porter behind Liberty. Chocolate and Malt flavors stand out with a nice roasted oat finish.

M-It is a little thick but the taste and smells will keep me coming back to this one.

Overall a must buy.

danedelman, Jan 03, 2012
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.