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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
89
very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-13-2003)
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a watershed beer for me for a couple reasons. One, it's the first time I've really understood beer advocacy, namely respecting and rating highly a beer that is an excellent reflection of its style, even though that style is not one I enjoy.

The "Imperial Baltic Porter" also crystalizes in my head the need for two different categories of "big" porters; just as we have American Double Stout"for those stouts that, while self-described Imperial Stouts, don't really fit the (R)IS bill, we should have both Baltic Porter and Imperial Porter categories. The former would be typified by beers like Black Boss: lots of alcohol-soaked plums and anise in the forefront, sometimes overwhelming the roasted body. The latter would be more along the lines of Alpha Klaus or Gonzo: big hoppiness.

Anyway, based on that, Southampton's Imperial Baltic Porter is definitely a Baltic Porter (though, ironically enough, my bottle differs from the picture and says only "Imperial Porter"). Do I like Baltic Porters? Not really. Is this a great example of a Baltic Porter? Definitely. It immediately hits you in the nose with tons of fruitiness, backed by subtle notes of chocolate. The taste is similar, with the chocolate perhaps a bit more prominent. The mouthfeel is luxuriant.

My only gripe with this beer is the description on the label, which says "Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel & toffee." Those notes are certainly in the beer, but in relatively small quantities. If you brew a fruity, true Baltic Porter, why not hype that?

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 01:49:22 | More by battlekow
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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.

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4/5  rDev +1%
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
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