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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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very good

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

chinchill, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jlindros, May 28, 2012
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

drtth, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

MrVonzipper, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jtuttle
4/5  rDev +1%

jtuttle, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of CTBeerPope
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

CTBeerPope, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

spark3148857, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +1%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1%

acurtis, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  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.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +1%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +1%

jak, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Hoagie1973, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +1%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Paul68, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +26.3%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +1%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +1%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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.

argock, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

claspada, Jun 01, 2011
Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.