Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter

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88
very good

371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 36
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-13-2003

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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 330
Photo of tlema1
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Some coffee notes, medium bodied...very British tasting

Photo of B-may1192
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light for a dark beer

Photo of Ryanm1
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not much in the way of anything for this beer. Indestinct generic taste as if it had the same malty consistency of a Guinness. Although it says it's an imperial the abv of seven plus is disguised well. Not much of a finish but a slight bitterness.

Photo of blckwiteboy
1.39/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is not an imperial beer at all. An imperial ale starts at 9%. The brewery fools people buy naming and saying the beer is stronger than it is. They have other beers named similarly and they don't match style. I drank the beer and was the first craft beer I ever poured down the drain. It was weak in flavor and lacked everything a porter needs. I was more disappointed that the beer deceived me than the taste. But over all its a bad beer.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, dark bread, light coffee, light licorice, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton Imperial Porter has a medium, beige head, a dark, reddish-brown appearance, and some splotchy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malt, some dark cherry, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with a rich, coffee and chocolate undertaste. Bitterness is present but is relatively low. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southampton Imperial Porter finishes semi-dry, easy going, and highly drinkable for a 7.2% alcohol ale. Overall, I think it’s really good.

RJT

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoying out of the bottle as I don't have my proper glassware with me; if I try it again with a glass I will edit this review.
Enjoyed slightly warm, as dark beers lend themselves quite well to. Smell is alcoholic and malty, slightly roasted. Taste follows; I must be used to American Porters, because this Baltic one tastes more like a strong lager than a porter. Mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Still a great beer, just a little different than expected.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very very dark brown that hinges on pitch black. 1 finger slightly yellowed head. Fizzles to a ring in a few minutes. Can see through about an inch of the beer and it is clear and

S: Some coffee and chocolate along with dark fruits. Pretty nice roasted malt to it. Gets more fruit characteristics as it warms. Some alcohol is present.

T: Similar to the smell it has some coffee and chocolate. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Feel some hop in there too.

M: Slightly watery like most porters but a still contains a fairly rich mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking, better as it warms.

Overall a tasty and very drinkable porter that I wouldnt turn down. A little lackluster for a brewery that makes some real good beers.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle allowed to warm for about 15 minutes, then served in a snifter.

A: pours a deep, dark, clear mahogany but is opaque and nearly black in the snifter. The frothy light brown head is mostly short-lived but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: mild-to-moderate strength. Dark malt and fruits, especially prune and raisin, notes of dark sweet chocolate, hints of alcohol, a bit of burnt raisins, and a smidge of roasted black express beans. 4.1

Taste: The beer is sweet with plenty of dark fruit, including notes of prunes, raisins, dates and a hint of cherry. Some dark chocolate and light coffee flavors come to the fore in the finish and aftertaste. Dark roasted grain and well-done toast linger into the finish as well. A bit boozy, but in a nice, brandy-like way. 4.2

M: full bodied, if not quite chewy; creamy smooth; well-chosen low carbonation.

O: This excellent Baltic Porter is rich and malty with ample notes of roasted grains, and dark fruits. This beer is nicely crafted, with enough complexity and depth to maintain interest even if used as a session beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, dark almost pitch black but a bit too thin to be actually black.

Nose has syrupy malts, light chocolate syrup, mocha, malt.

Taste has nice dark malts, chocolate, malted milk ball, cocoa, bakers choc, creamy, hint of bitterness. Finish is still fairly sweet, cocoa and light bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb.

Overall nice, bit lacking on the carb and nose, bit otherwise nice malts and light bitterness, drinkable and tasty.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown, almost black, color with a ¼” light tan head that soon recedes to a ring of foam, a patch of irregular large bubbles off to one side and some very thin patches of foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves irregular patches and small speckles of foam clinging to the sides of the glass for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is filled with roasted malt. There’s dark chocolate here, some coffee, some dark molasses, and a touch of herbal earthiness.

Taste: As predicted by the nose, there’s some dark chocolate and coffee here along with the dark molasses. The alcohol is well concealed and the hop flavors don’t really show because of the roasted, almost burnt, dark malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with some nice light prickly feeling from the carbonation. The finish is fairly long as it fades into dry roasted bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I quite enjoyed sipping my way through this one and will be happy to have it again. My overall impression is that this is an interesting, well-made, beer that is well worth sampling and having once in a while. It also demonstrates quite nicely what a fuzzy boundary separates related styles from each other. In some ways this reminds of a Porter and of a Baltic Porter, and in some ways it reminds of an Imperial Stout.

Photo of CTBeerPope
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this. Glad I tried it.

Pours dense black. Minimal head spotty lacing.

Roasty aroma. Some coffee. Some chocolate.

Taste is mild coffee, chocolate and slight dark fruit flavor. Its quite mild for 7%. Flavors are well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation

This was better than average. If I was in the mood for a darker brew I would give it another go. It got better as time went by.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a expected dark brown very black in color with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Smells of roasty coffee and mild cocoa nibs. Licorice and anise also comes to mind.

T - Roasty and balanced I get mild coffee's, cocoa, and licorice in the finish all are very balanced in flavor. ABV is perfect making this even more drinkable.

M - Medium bodied and chewy as expected.

Overall kind of reminds me a bit of the Hebrew 8 since it's a very roasty balanced porter. In the same boat too since it's no where to be found around me but worth buying again if I got it from Halftime beverage. Good porter.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Nearly black with a thick tan head. There is good retention and a nice lacing. The appearance is probably the most impressive feature of this beer.

S - Big toasty malt, with some oak, licorice, dark fruits. I get a strange grainy smell, almost musty, as well.

T - Follows the nose with some chocolate and alcohol thrown in there. No real bitterness or acidic nature. None of the flavors are fully developed and it lacks complexity in my opinion.

M - Very thin with light to medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

O - I find this baltic porter to be underwhelming and a tad watery. It is very easy drinking, and not at all harsh, but leaves me wanting more. It isn't terrible but I probably won't get it again on purpose.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

S: Soft earthy hops and light maltiness. There is a slightly unpleasant metallic aroma to this.

T: Fortunately, the flavour picks up. Its rich, but clean. Hop presence is very minimal and roasty, cocoa notes dominate.

D: Mouthfeel is thin, but this goes down smooth and easy. Very well balanced.

Overall: I know the brewmaster at Southampton has a habit of exploring the historical roots of beers; it appears that this is the result of such an experiment. It falls somewhere between foreign extra stout and strong dark lager, which is what these beers most likely tasted like back in the day. As opposed to today, where Baltic porter has become synonymous with imperial stout.

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Purchased as part of a 6-pack at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $10.49.

A: Not quite black but very attractive dark brown with ruby highlights crowned with a light beige 1-2 finger head with good retention but a disappointing few bubbles of lacing.

S: A well-integrated mix of caramel, roast, chocolate, licorice, cherries, and coffee finished with a light touch of smokiness and earthy hops.

T: The flavor is solid with robust dark maltiness with just the right amount of musty character to go with the caramel and dark fruit raisin and black cherry notes. The coffee and chocolate come through more with warming. Hops are not the focus but provide pretty substantial bitterness with some earthy features.

M: Prickly carbonation is a bit odd for the style but does help to keep this from being overly heavy.

O: Southampton's stabs at these core beers are generally well-crafted and occasionally outstanding (see Double White), and this one falls in the well-craft and very good camp. Will be a good call for those that like a sweet note to their porter.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tan foam head. Not much retention, no lace.

Good dark roasted malt. Some coffee, bitter chocolate, maybe some molasses, but I'm reaching a bit here. No aroma of alcohol.

This drinks alot like a standard porter, but just a bit richer. Decent coffee and some chocolate notes. Leads in with a little richness, some sweetness, but it is pushed out by the bitterness of the malt. Not over hopped, and actually hard to detect any. No real alcohol on the tongue either. Long coffee bitterness in the finish. Good.

Medium to fuller bodied. Some prickly carbonation.

Overall, not quite the Baltic I'd want, but not a substandard beer. Worth trying.

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours a very dark brown, almost black. Two-inch off-white head settles after a short time. Lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Caramel, toffee, molasses, and powdery chocolate. Grape and cherry esters. Mild alcohol. Hops seem floral and spicy in an earthy/herbal way.

T: Roasted grains, toffee, molasses. Faint hint of coco powder. Grape esters and a subtle hint of tart cherry. Hops are floral and grassy. Finishes with mild alcohol, syrupy molasses, and the faintest kiss of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the style.

Notes: Has a very Old-World feel to it. Nice to see a brewery willing to offer something like this, rather than the typical too-big-for-its-britches RIS. A good solid beer that drinks very well.

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque blackish mahogany, with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like milk chocolate and dry earthy coffee, with roasted barley and sweet molasses.
T: It tasted like dry chocolate and roasted coffee, with some sweet caramel and brown sugar. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, but a bit too fizzy.
D: This was very nice and tasty, with good balance and nice body. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was easy to drink. This was one of the sweeter imperial porters I've tried, which was favorable given my sweet tooth. Given the flavor profile, this beer might be best fresh, but who knows what might happen in the cellar. Recommended either way.

Photo of rye726
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending me this as an extra. Always love trying new beers. Pours a dark color, tan head. Not much going on here. Some roasty malts and hops. Light body a bit over carbonated. Average at best. Southampton makes such a variety of quality of brews.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to try this twice when I was in BK last week since it was on tap at a couple different places. Pours dark brown with amber highlights and a tiny little head. roast and coffee and a little sweetness. Thin body, thin mouthfeel, nothing lingers, nothing exciting really. It's too sweet for how thin it is, and it's overall just not very enjoyable. Had to try it again on a different tap line just in case. Not really too happy with this beer.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful pour in a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown to black with a creamy head that fades to a crema-like coating.

Smells of smoke, dark malts and maybe some chocolate. I noticed the mouthfeel right away. It's medium to full and layers the palate in a good way. The taste is decent. Different too. It's smokey and bittersweet. The bitterness doesn't seem to come from hops and it's not a burnt flavor either. It's really not very sweet, and that sets it apart from other porters that I've had. This is a unique and pleasant porter.

I wouldn't want to drink two in a row, but you could if that was your fancy. I rate the drinkability as average.

Southampton Imperial Porter is worth a try for anyone who likes porters that are less sweet than average with a smokey quality.

Photo of tronester
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, but not quite black. Thin tan head. Smells strongly of freshly ground espresso beans. Taste is some vinous wine qualities up front, with a pumpernickel bread middle, and a woody, earthy hop finish. Finishes quite clean for a higher alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, good carbonation. Good drinkability. A nice Baltic Porter that I would get again.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown that appears black in the glass. One finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light, spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Nice rich malty aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, licorice, and the slightest hint of smoke.

The malt also gives the beer a rich taste. Not overly sweet which I liked. Flavor is mostly chocolate with a hint of cherries and licorice. There is a subtle smokiness in the finish. Alcohol is barely detectable.

I would of liked a little bigger body but it is very nicely carbonated giving the beer a soft texture.

A good example of a Baltic Porter. Not to the elite level of the style but has some good qualities.

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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
88 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.