Southampton Imperial Porter - Southampton Publick House
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3.05/5 rDev -15%
12 oz bottle, there is a bottling code, but too hard to determine what it means.
appears a really dark brown, with ruby highlights. almost black, with white head that fades to a thin covering. smell is of dry roasted malt with some acidic aroma.
taste is also dry, with some slight fruit flavor. I can't put my finger on it, but an odd flavor for a porter. body is a bit thinner than I expected. easy to drink, but the flavor is a little disappointing.
01-18-2011 03:46:44 | More by jmdrpi
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
A: Dark, reddish brown, but not so dark that I couldn't see through it with a prominent light source behind the glass. Fairly clear in its darkness, and with a finger or so head that stayed a fairly thick bubble formation for long after the pour.
S: Not very potent, but a decent bit of chocolate sponge cake, a bit of dark fruit, and quite a bit of malt.
T: Right away, I thought this one would have benefitted greatly from more of that barbecued roastiness that I commonly associate with porters. This one was almost not a porter at all... more like a brown ale without the brown sugar.
M: No real creaminess or texture of any kind actually. The lacing was pretty substantial and my pint glass looked like it went through a car wash.
D: As a porter, I wouldn't drink this one again, but that doesn't mean that this was horrible by any means... just kind of meh...
02-24-2011 20:29:45 | More by Chaney
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
A robust black beer, topped with a bit of cream colored foam. I can smell the roasted malts, along with chocolate, black licorice and toffee. On the palate, I get some more chocolate, and some roastiness, but also a slight sour note. Kind of thin, but certainly quite drinkable, with the alcohol really well hidden. Not bad.
04-07-2010 06:18:11 | More by emmasdad
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Southampton- Imp. Porter
A- Nice brackish brown with a thick chunky head. Good lacing and nice bubbly carbonation.
S- Dusty cocoa powder sprinkled onto a brown sugar/ molasses malt and a light touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet brown sugar/ molasses malt body with a decent amount of semisweet cocoa powder chocolate malt. Malty body gives way to an earthy hop presence and a slight touch of boozy alc.
M- Sweet thick malt dominates with a dry chocolate feel and a sweet sugary boozy finish.
Overall- Nice bold flavors, alc. is slightly overpowering.
02-09-2010 20:22:26 | More by NJpadreFan
3.74/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Nice jet black color with some tan head. Sweet boozey malt crisp aromas. Good roasted malt and sugary sweet flavors. Its a bit watery or thin, but nice flavors. Good value for such a strong porter with good flavor. While not the best, its nice to have another 6-pack solid porter to go to.
01-24-2013 16:43:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Thanks for the extra!
Pours a muted ruddy brown. A surprisingly small off-white foam head. Smells like roasted malts. That's about it.
Taste is mostly roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla, and a kind of weird cereal roastiness to it. Like someone toasted up some cornflakes, or something. Weird.
A bit thin. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.
01-30-2010 09:26:21 | More by Overlord
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
My girlfriend is dieting for a bikini competition so I'm stockpiling the cellar with strong, dark beers to age for a post-competition celebration. Picked up a few of these on our recent road trip to NY.
Pours dark cola brown and sits opaque black in my glass. Chunky brown eggshell head. Glass bottom retention leaves several lace rings. I couldn't ask for a much better looking Baltic porter.
Dense head doesn't let much aroma through but what's there is faint and unimpressive. Cocoa powder and cola caramel.
Flavor is as reserved as the aroma. Chocolate frozen yogurt, a very mild roast character and some dark fruit that emerges more and more as the beer warms. Very smooth and very clean.
For a big beer it doesn't flex any big beer muscles. Hope it ages well.
08-23-2011 00:11:39 | More by donkeyrunner
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.
A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that fades fast down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.
S- Sweet but boozy aroma with notes of molasses, brown sugar and chocolate.
T- Nice even flavor of mildly roasty malt with some syrupy caramel sweetness. Also some vanilla, chocolate and even hints of raisin. Very drinkable and not nearly as boozy as the aroma lets on.
M- Soft, creamy and semi-robust. Medium-low carbonation and a mostly full body. Sticky afterfeel.
O- Easy to drink and one of the more exciting porters I've had since usually they leave me craving the full execution of a stout. This one's in a class all its own.
01-16-2013 00:53:44 | More by Immortale25
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
A – Very dark, almost black, with a reddish-tan head that subsides quickly, no lacing.
S – Smells vaguely of alcohol and German malt. There really is very little olfactory component.
T – It tastes okay, but not especially good in any way. I would compare it to Yuengling Porter, though not as good. Eventually, towards the end of the beer, you finally get a slightly interesting roasted flavor, but it is a case of too little, too late.
M – Thin and oily, I am not the biggest fan.
D – I am not enthusiastic about it; I am in fact quite disappointed.
01-14-2010 23:03:26 | More by ktrillionaire
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Alright SH-Latrobe...this is your first easily accessible beer that I'll have tried to date.
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.
Very faint malt fruit and alcohol bite. Not much in the beer's nose either.
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.
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.
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.
02-07-2012 02:02:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pours dark black with a thick creamy head of mostly white foam. Sticks to the sides.
Light coffee smell with some chocolate maltiness. Strong roasted taste with firm carbonation. Some buried toffee/caramel flavors.
Nicely blended. Very subtle hop that folds into the taste.
Overall - a good porter.
04-22-2011 23:50:34 | More by KTCamm
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
A - A swirling cascading active pour that leads to three fingers worth of mildly fizzy tightly packed off white head comprised of uniform bubbles with an ever so slightly rocky top... The color is a deep dark brown teetering on black... A bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Sleek and still... No carbonation is visible...
S - The aroma is subdued yet effective... Roasted malts and coffee are two of my favorite things, so I have no complaints in this department...
T - The taste is simple and straight forward as well... Roasted malt... Weak coffee... Caramel... Toffee... Perhaps the slightest of hop presence lies beneath the surface...
M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Even and consistent sip after sip...
D - A simplistic and effective porter... The word "imperial" on the label by be a bit misleading, but otherwise this is a well crafted and highly drinkable porter... Excellent example of the style and one I would gladly welcome and buy again...
01-30-2011 23:18:52 | More by philbe311
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
A: This beer pours a thin looking chocolate brown with some mahogany highlights. 1/2 inch of khaki sudsy creamy head and leaves some wispy lacing.
S: Nose is of cream, light chocolate and kind of wet dog...
T: Taste starts with a touch of copperness but is quickly overruled by cream, moving in to a bitter bakers chocolate, some caramel, and burnt malts. There is a slight hop bite in the finish as well.
M: Lighter side of medium body, thin feeling on the tongue and oily in the finish.
D: Ok beer, goes down relatively easily, nothing stands out, and the nose is disappointing. There are better of the style out there.
12-31-2009 15:12:09 | More by Jayli
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
On the pour it has a rich deep brown color and produced a medium sized head. The heads fades to a small frothy coating while leaving a bit of lacing.
Aroma doesn't really appear any different then your standard porter. Hints of roasted malts are dominate with subtle aromas of coffee and cocoa.
The taste has plenty of roasted malts perhaps chocolate and a bit of smoke.
Drinks a bit course and doesn't flow across the palate easily/
The alcohol is the only thing I see thats amped up here, everything else is pretty standard I'm afraid.
03-23-2014 11:28:50 | More by micromaniac129
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
02-13-2012 17:45:18 | More by peensteen
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
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