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Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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 steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF. Thanks Cuzco. 12oz bottle served into my Portsmouth tulip...

A: Super pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly fades. Very good.

S: Nice creamy coffee roast scent blended with some nice oakiness and some sweet licorice. Vanilla, cocao, and caramel in the middle with hints of apple on the backend. Very good.

T: Kind of a creamy, watery, bready coffee bean. Hints of caramel roastiness in the middle with some chocolate buried on the backend. Kind of a one dimensional blend with these flavors. This could've been amazing, but the way the flavors blended kind of ruined it. Decent.

M: Medium body with a perfect carbonation. Very good.

D: This goes down easy despite the ABV. Good.

All in all, this is a solid brew that came close to excellence, but missed out because of the taste. If the blend of tastes was better, this brew would've been phenomenal. Good brew to try at least once if you get the chance. Not worth hunting.

steve8robin, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

POTABLE83, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

hopkrid, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a half-finger thick, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, a hint of dark fruits.
m - medium and creamy.
o - really solid porter that had a lot going on.

GPHarris, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scootny, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

tedho21, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ksimons, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, and very little lace. Nose is of rich dark chocolate, and smokey malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is chocolate and coffee,with a rich creamy finish. Liked it a lot!

riversider76, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1/5  rDev -72.1%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of BrownAleMale
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

BrownAleMale, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

CHADMC3, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jk3, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

BKBassist, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

ninaturner, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Segelstrom
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Segelstrom, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with short lived head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt some espresso and fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, some espresso with some light hops a bit of cacao. Palate is nice full body with good carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt, some coffee and light sweet fruitiness with some light hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good IP

Samp01, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

AndyAvalanche, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of magine
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a black color with quick fading tan head that leaves minimal lace.

Brew smells of slight roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some slight hops. Underwhelming smell.

Brew is smooth and finishes clean and slightly dry. Can taste roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Not a huge taste that I wanted. Much to thin and carbonated.

This brew is a good drinkable brew, just not as bid in the flavor, mouthfeel and scent as I expected. A good sessionable brew especially for 7.2% alcohol.

magine, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity and garnet highlights. The long lasting, creamy medium tan head is a half a finger tall.

S: Roasty caramel and toffee notes with a dark malt aroma somewhere in between molasses and licorice. There is low smokey aroma that seems to fade out as it sits, maybe smoked malt or phenols. No hops, no perceived alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, caramel with smooth malt sweetness. The ester profile is clean like htis was done with a lager yeast. There is a moderately-low hop bitterness and a light citrusy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with an off-dry finish and roasted coffee bean with a bit of smokey flavor in the after taste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light creaminess.

O: A malt rich and complex beer.

MadScientist, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -16.4%

sunofneurot, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

EvanWilliams, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jayhawk73
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a nice two finger chocolate head. Nice carbonation and lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Smells of chocolate, malt, some fruit, and slight hint of coffee. Not a bad smelling beer. Would like the nose to be a little stronger for a higher score.

T- All the smells come out in the taste, w/ the fruit being more present than in the smell. Not a bad tasting beer. Just a notch less than a 4...

M- Very smooth, w/ a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad. Creamy too, definitely not a dry finish.

O- Nice beer that falls just a little short of a 4 overall score. Glad I got to try this one, as I'm a big fan of Southamton's Abbot 12.

jayhawk73, Apr 28, 2011
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.