Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009)
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Photo of sprucetip
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured deep dark brown, but was translucent with red highlights when backlit, with clarity revealed as well. Very little head, even less retention, and no lacing. Some mild activity.

Smells grainy with a little vanilla an malty sweetness. Maybe just a hint of booze. Made me think "brown ale" more than porter.

And again with the taste I'm thinking brown ale. It is lightly grainy, barely roasty, with some sweet malty base. Not much else. Definitely not "imperial."

Some tingly fiz and mild warming, thin side of medium body, and a clean finish.

I'm sorry to say this, but I expected much more, and am glad I only got one. The only thing that was more porter than brown ale was the color. There was certainly nothing about this that implied "imperial," and it was quite thin all around. I'd have rated it a bit higher if it had been called a brown ale, as I'd have gotten something closer to what was advertised.

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biggred1
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darkest rosewood with a thin khaki head that shrinks to a thin, filmy skim with nice fine lacing. Coffee grounds, vanilla and faint maple syrup make up the aroma. Dry, roasty porter flavors with a strong cocoa and java flavor profile in the finish. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. The drinkability score could be higher if you think of this as more of a pairing beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ksimons
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of CHADMC3
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.