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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

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
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 plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured full cereal grains, lactose and roasted malts.

The taste was malt forward with some cereal sweetness and a secondary dry roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good malty porter.

plaid75, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tdm168, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. It poured black with a thin scattered lacing floating on top of the beer.

The aroma has roasted grains and some chocolate coming through with a slight creaminess. The taste also has the roasted malts and chocolate. It's has some bitterness up front and has some sweetness coming through in the finish. Pretty nicely balanced between the two.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a pretty decent imperial porter. It had some nice roasted and chocolate flavors and was pretty tasty overall.

billab914, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dmorgan310, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark with ruby highlights. Fine off-white, light tan bubbles coated the surface while a thin collar left spotty lacing on the glass. Decent head retention. Malty and fruity aroma, chocolate and raisins, plums, light roast, faint alcohol. Quite sweet, a lot of fruit up front, bitterness in the finish. Cereal grain and roast. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, some astringency and alcohol warmth.

DrJay, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruit with a hint of perfume.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front segue quickly into indistinct dark fruit flavors with a hint of sugar-coated molasses. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this just isn't a very clean beer and I would prefer to have more crisp roasted flavors. Don't avoid but don't seek out.

glid02, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

tone77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

vfgccp, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from 3 Sons six packs and I know it is old now since I got it home and it had white sediment and it's must be from last winter. Will review it since it was still good.

A - Looks jet black in appearance with maybe a little brown see through the light. Absolutely no head to speak of since this beer is at least 10 months old.

S - Very slight roasted coffee and chocolate but I can detect some toffee also but again very faint.

T - Pretty typical strong porter. Borderline stout. Flavor is of weak coffee and slight chocolate malt with a semi sweet toffee or caramel in the background. Not really off putting so I happened to enjoy it.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Stood the test of time pretty well.

D - Overall I will have to have this fresh to see if it's better but overall not a bad imperial porter. Nice flavor and balance for an overall good beer.

DrDemento456, Sep 10, 2010
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 Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep, chocolaty, opaque sable with an average light tan head. Aroma is smoky and oily with coffee and toffee hints and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is mainly roast coffee and toffee with a hint of molasses. Texture is pleasingly smooth and a little tingly, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +11.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. 

S- The aroma is fainter than expected. There is some roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

T- The taste starts out with a high level of sweetness with some roasted malts sneaking in. The finish has some chocolate and toffee flavors with a lingering sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a little weaker in every category than I was expecting from an imperial porter. However, it isn't bad. I probably wouldn't purchase again though. 

cjgator3, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

KevinGordon, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a quarter inch, khaki-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with thin clumps of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not a big nose, but definitely a roasty character, as well as some lactose, caramel and a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose with perhaps a bit of dark fruit somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly aggressive background carbonation - not prickly, but a little bit too much for the style. Quite drinkable with a well-hidden abv. If the mouthfeel was a little more on point, this would be markedly more quaffable - would love to try this on nitro if such an offering exists.

Jwale73, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to steelersxl, appreciate it! Dark black as a porter tends to be with the standard appearance. Smells a little roasty, just ok, nothing special but not bad at all, what I woudl expect from a porter but didn't wow me. The flavor was decent, roasty as I like to describe porters, easy to drink, decent flavors and the alcohol was well hidden until I finished the glass. The smell and the taste were average but for some reason I drank this very quickly. On to the next one.

ArrogantB, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear brown cola colored liquid. It has a very light brown, thinner bubbly head that lingers for a little bit

S-light roasted malts right up front with hints of dark chocolate and a light herbal hop presence in the back.

T-taste is similar to the nose, roasted malts right up front. Light notes of dark chocolate sit in the middle, slightly charred notes following. Herbal hops lie in the back.

M-medium to light body, with a very smooth and creamy feel. Body is held up throughout but a little thin in the first place

D-no signs of alcohol in this but it is a little thin for the abv. Flavors are light but very nice. Fell a little short on an imperial porter but would have been a solid porter.

cpetrone84, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

outoffocus, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a very dark brown; nearly black. Actually, the light penetrates this beer quite easily. Very thin head. Light lace.

S-Nose is fairly silent. Far too sheepish. I'm not going to pretend to pull out any specific aromas; its dead!

T-Flavor is a hair better. Light chocolate. Yeast. Soft roast. Flat cola. Burnt.

M-Thin and the carbonation is lively and nearly aggravating.

O/D-Offensive in its blandness. Imperial Porter huh?

VelvetExtract, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black with a beige head that left a good deal of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malt upfront with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough, it's ok.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

st9647v3, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery black with a cream colored head that built after the pour. Lively carbonation and the head hung out for a bit and had sticky lacing.

S - Malty, vanilla, caramel, milk-like.

T - Subtle flavor...a touch watery for my tastes, but an easy drinker. Taste follows the nose. Nice balance of flavors. Very creamy tasting.

M - Little watery, but lots of carbonation. Silky on the way down with a bit of a bready pretzel-like aftertaste.

D - VERY drinkable porter. Being a bit on the watery side this one goes down easily.

EDIT (just had one from a bottle) - the bottle didn't seem as watery as from the growler, but overall, same impression. Nice brew, great flavor.

cosmicevan, Feb 07, 2010
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.