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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

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 thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark brown with an inch of light beige-colored head. A smear of foam wants to stick to the glass. 3.0

Peat smoke, sea salt, cocoa nibs, black malt char, and mineral water. 4.0

Rich and surly. Has a minerally and salty character that outshines the hint of bitter chocolate. More peat with great bitter maltiness, but it's not smoky, nor meaty. Booze is pretty quiet, but a warmth is felt after each sip, so I have a good feel for the speed of this beer. Salinity reminds me of some oyster stouts. 4.0

Has some bursting carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit. No coating, as the body is a little too thin. No stick, matching the dry flavor. Whole lotta grain and a whole lotta kilning. 3.0

Decent. A fun rainy midday porter, my favorite time of day to drink one. 3.5

thecheapies, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jmdrpi, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

smithj4, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +11.4%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Chaney, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

emmasdad, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NJpadreFan, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Immortale25, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

shelby415, May 02, 2013
Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Overlord, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +11.4%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

mdillon86, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

donkeyrunner, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Morey, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright SH-Latrobe...this is your first easily accessible beer that I'll have tried to date.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
Very faint malt fruit and alcohol bite. Not much in the beer's nose either.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Chugs13, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

ktrillionaire, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

KTCamm, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bigfnjoe, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

philbe311, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

peensteen, Feb 13, 2012
Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.