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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
82
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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

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Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of jtingue
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Dark brown to black in color. Slightly transparent at the edges of the glass. Pours with a finger of head that dissipates to a thin layer on top of the brew.

Smell. Lots of roasted malts with some yeasty esters.

Taste. Starts out with flavors of milk chocolate which is quickly accompanied by some roasty bitterness. Some floral notes start to take over and lead into a fruity, yet roasty finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium to thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Quite peasant.

Surprising flavors in this one. It has a lot of the fuuity and floral notes that I sometimes tastes in the British beers. Quite enjoyable, but not perfect.

Photo of prolixist
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MouldyCrow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 jpd7374
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown body with deep ruby hues beneath the foamy, tan head that is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation and patiently leaves a sticky, yet thin lacing behind.

There are some roasted malt aromas atop the beer but it appears to be a bit on the sweet side for a porter, offering milk chocolate and hints of light coffee grounds.

The flavor is slightly roasted, certainly not smoked, with hints of sweetness in there, maybe chocolate malt.

Medium in body, although light for a porter with medium carbonation and lacking the nice smoky finish I would like to see.

A nice beer, but lacking the robust qualities I would expect to see from an Imperial Porter.

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle fresh on 12/9/11

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black but typical porter look. Small head, very light, that doesn't last too long. Decent lacing in this one.

Smell is nothing outstanding but still nice. Roasty smell coming from this one with slight hints of chocolate and coffee also present.

Taste was very enjoyable, couldn't expect anything different from Southampton. Light coffee and chocolate in the taste. I have to say the most notable taste here is vanilla. Vanilla is noticeable throughout and definitely there in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Decent amount of carbonation throughout this beer.

Overall this is definitely a solid porter!

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with huge creamy mocha head that quickly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Predominantly chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and coffee.

T - Slightly sweet to start followed by roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Great porter with ABV well hidden. I highly recommend it.

Photo of 57md
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, almost black in color with one-finger head. There is little retention and only a bit of lacing. The sweetness in the nose overwhelms anything else. There is a some malt taste, but the flavor is sweet more than anything. There is hardly any roasted flavor that is normal in a porter and the finish is pretty weak. If this is the imperial, I definitely don't want to waste my time with their plain old porter. All around, I was not terribly impressed.

Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.