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

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-13-2003)
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When roused this beer pours with a frothy light brown head. The beer is an opaque, almost black beer that shows just a hint of deep brown. The aroma is mellow and smooth with notes of dark sweet chocolate, hints of alcohol, a bit of burnt raisins, and a smidge of roasted black express beans. The taste is full and chewy on the tongue with a mouth coating creamy fullness that sticks to my mouth even after the beer has been swallowed. The beer is sweet with a full chocolate flavor. It is quite clean and mellow almost Lager like (did this use a traditional Lager yeast for fermentation?). There are some fruit note here from the rich maltiness; I get notes of raisins, figs and perhaps a hint of cherry all of which have been slightly burnt and concentrated as if roasted over an open flame.

This is spot on for a Baltic style Porter, rich and malty with ample notes of chocolate and roast (but not as much as an Imperial Stout) and a smooth rounded fermentation character typical of a Lager type yeast (or at least a non-descript Ale yeast). This beer is quite enjoyable with enough complexity to keep me entertained yet not so much that I become distracted from over the top flavors, and it is just the perfect beer to enjoy in a 22oz serving.

Photo of watermelonman
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to dark blackness with some hints of brown. The head was small, faded quickly, and left no lace that lasted more than a few seconds.

The smell is very nice, consisting of strong roasted malt along with chocolate, caramel, and light hints of vanilla and alcohol. The taste comes through as well, with these flavors tasted up front before hops clean up the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't seem to measure up, not being nearly as smooth or hearty as expected.

Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby cast. Very faint beige head doesn't stick around for long and leaves zero lace.

Aroma is typical porter. Coffee, dark roasty malts, some dark fruit, and floral hops. I was expecting more from the nose.

Flavoe kicks it up a notch with scorched toffee, chocolate, coffee, raisins, dried fruit, and spicy floral hops. Good, but not outstanding.

Medium bodied with moderatel low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nose filled with promise...the promise of fresh toffee mixed with deeply roasted malt and drizzled with chocolate. Entry is smooth with a wonderous mouthfeel not unlike chocolate velvet. Roasted malts shine through the midtaste until rescued by the toffee/chocolate finish. Vanilla ice cream would bring out the best in this beer.

Many thanks to beerbuddy JiLLian for this one!

Photo of packetknife
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near black pour with a lace at the edges, dark brown, but no head otherwise. The complete lack of head, not even fading head, dissapoints. Toasty malt on the nose, a bit of coffee-like tones but very subtle. A bit too subtle. Very light on taste too; generally porter-ish with nothing imperial about it that I can identify. Very smooth, good density. Drinkable but not remarkable.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a nice brown porter with a half finger head. The head died quickly, and there was no lacing. A little disappointing there.

Aroma was pretty good... rich sweet dark fruits (raisins and figs), a bit of plums, and light roasted malt. It wasn't really that strong, either.

Taste was of bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted barley (almost burnt), and a touch of sweetness, with some alcohol warmth on the way down. A nice change from straight roasted malt... some real complexity and character.

Mouthfeel was chewy and good. Drinkability... pretty dang good. A very nice baltic porter.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep,dark, and rich looking. Ok tan head. Low aroma though what is there is quite nice-somewhat grainy and burnt. Slight sherriness to it. Good roasted malt flaovr. A lot of chocolate in this one. Raisen like with a hint of burnt caramel. Good body-fairly smoothe with a slight alcohol burn to finish. A very enjoyable beer. I wasnt all that impressed when first poured but as the bottle went down and I could sit back and comtemplate it, it really grew on me. Nice job. Thanks a bunch to irishredrock for the bottle.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a solid black color with a very sparse coat over top. Not much head action at all. The nose is a little light for my liking. I get a bit of fig, light chocolate, touch of brown sugary sweetness. Its good, but not as powerful as I would like it to be. Flavor is also not as bold as I would expect. Good roasted, slightly burnt character with a sweet fig character balances with a light molases sweetness. I like it. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is very good. No hint of the alcohol. I enjoy it. Nice beer.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn Kev, thanks for sharin' ho! 22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a dark jet black color with one finger of medium tan head. The smell is just incredible. It has this rich caramel sweetness that no other beer has been able to match. Hints of toffee and alcohol meld in there, and it just seems perfect for me. Even a hint of wood is coming out as it warms. The taste is full of coffee, chocolate, and caramel (aka awesome!). A hint of vanilla bean and alcohol on the finish. Brilliant. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is great for 7.5%. A damn tasty beer, thanks again Kev!

Photo of ejquin
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Dark black with think brown head.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy and bready with a slight coffee tinge.

Taste: Coffee undertone with the slightest amount of hop spiciness up front. Some chocolate as well, but really not a whole lot of flavor.

Mouth: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drink: Good

Overall I thought this was an alright porter, it was good in a lot of ways, but was lacking in the taste department.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a tan head; retention wasn't that great but there was some lacing

Smell: Dried dark fruit scents dominate along with some toffee and chocolate

Taste: Starts with a plum and dark fruit flavor that develops with chocolate and toffee notes by mid-palate; after the swallow the chocolate comes to the fore with a tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation

Drinkability: A flavorful Baltic Porter that is balanced between the fruit and the chocolate

Photo of scooter231
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color- dark chocolate color, opaque- can't see through it at all. Smells... fruity. Raisins, prunes, plums, cherries. Lots of fruity yummyness. Also a hint of coffee, roasted coffee even. Very tasty.

Taste is... delicious. Fruityness comes to play certainly, but I get more of a coffee and chocolate feel, along with more roasted flavors. A bare hint of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is lovely- a hint of bubblyness, followed by a creamy, smooth, almost full-bodied feel- silky. Chewy. Wonderful. Drinkable? I can see myself having several in one night. A really, really lovely porter. I'd pick this up almost any time I saw it. Yum.

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black, with just a tinge of dark brown highlights at the edges of my glass. Its creamy, tan head fell quickly into just a swirl atop the dark, viscous pool beneath it.
Smelled majorly of milk chocolate and toffee, dark roasted coffee, burnt malt, raisins, and therefore chocolate-covered raisins. Extremely fruity as well. Even some blueberries in the aroma. This one reminded me much of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Very, very similar in smell.
Taste. Wow. Deep, dark and decadent. Dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt raisins, toffee came through big time as it warmed. Bittering is solid and thoroughly dries the mouth, just begging you to take another swig. Really delicious stuff.
Mouth is full and thick; especially creamy, silky and smooth. The higher ABV tingles the tongue just a bit. Nice!
A killer version of one of my favorite styles.

Photo of fdrich29
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston. Nick informed me that this brew is contracted out of Saratoga, New York.

Dark body, not light passing through this beer. Minimal tan head and some fine lacing.

Strong yeasty smell with chocolate undertones. Taste is dry, yeast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like rubbing a sock on your tongue, but thankful not as unpleasant as that actually might be (depending on who's foot it may have housed).

Drinkable yes, a nice brew and worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a 22 oz bottle contract brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY. No freshness date.

It pours an opaque mahogany body with clear, glowing chestnut-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The head is a short but creamy layer of slightly-yellowed tan that holds well and leaves remarkable lace about the glass.
In the nose, dark chocolate; dark caramel; yeasty fruitiness; and a hint of roastiness combine to welcome you.
The mouthfeel is smooth and lush. It's medium-full bodied, and has a delicate, restrained carbonation that lends a gentle caress to the palate before sliding effortlessly away.
In the flavor, dark-caramelized sugars dominate upfront, followed by some fruitiness and then chocolate. The bitterness is somewhat restrained considering it's size (as is to style); and it finishes dry but chocolately with a dull touch of roastiness - kind of like a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

The alcohol barely makes and appearance, and that's only in the finish towards the end of the serving. Very nicely done.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy very dark brown with lace. Smooth.Good but have had better, more drinkable for style.More coffee and roasted malt than I would like. Alcohol drying mouthfeel.Anise in nose, initial sip and some bitterness. Hop numbing of tongue. Medium-full mouth. Thanks JoeyC. Had more 1.5 years later and not as enjoyable.

Photo of canucklehead
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one big beer with the usual complexity found in Southhampton beers. Jet black with a big tan head , this beer is all about old fruit, chocolate and hops. Smooth to the finish with little notice of the alcohol, I found this paired up well with cheese and cake. I want to thank Malto for this great beer.

Photo of OldSock
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – Brown bomber with a crown on the label, a rare metal cap from Southampton. Deep stout brown/black with a creamy tan head that slowly falls to nothing. Bright red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell – Roast with a bit of wet cardboard. There is also a hint of the alcohol beneath. Not too much going on, and the hints of oxidation are a little unnerving.

Taste – Roasty chocolate, with a warming alcoholic finish. The is a good bitterness from the malts, but not much going on from the hops. The flavor is pretty subdued, its pleasant, but nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full bodied with a smooth finish. Dancing carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability and Notes – Good drinkability because it lacks the sharpness of many other Baltic porters. This is a pretty good beer, drinkable, but not overly exciting or interesting.

Photo of MrSeth
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a flat black color with a small coffee brown head that fizzes out quickly. A lacey cloud and ring of suds remain on the surface.

In the nose, ripe grapes, roasted coffee, cotton candy.

The taste is also very candyish. Sugar! rolls over the tongue along with a watery mouthfeel. Something of a rubbing alcohol aftertaste haunts the palate.. This is a crash and burn attempt at making a porter. I can't get into the rest of the profile because the watery mouth and bizarre alcoholic aftertaste throw me off completely.

Yikes!

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black, good sized light tan head and lacing. Smells very malty and roasty. Tastes like malt, roasty and bitter and the alcohol is present. Kind of sweet. Very smooth though, creamy mouthfeel, it was okay, not sure I would buy one though. Thanks JoeyC.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems to be the first of their XXII series (according to their website).
Looks like a porter; pours a deep brown into chalice and has a dark cola color when held to the light. Smells nice with some mild malt and roasted smells.
The taste on this one is really quite exceptional. Very, very smooth. Nothing over powering; all those caramel and toffee tastes (as well as a depth of other flavors) are all in amazing balance. It has got some hops bite in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel could stand to be a slight bit more bubbly in my mind but this is one beer I'd be happy to drink all night.
I hope I can find this creation again.

Photo of redmosquito
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deep dark magenta/brown in color clear with a thin beige head. Smooth malty aroma with hints of roasted coffee, oak, and alcohol. The flavor is somewhat sweet, with chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitter finish. The beer itself is a little thin, but overall this is a really good beer and extremely drinkable for a 7.5% porter.

Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled by Southampton Bottling, Saratoga Springs, NY. Appearance is almost jet black with some choclate hints. Decent head with some lacing. Smell is light smoky, malt, hop undertones..very inviting. Taste is rich chocolate and malt throughout....hop taste on the finish. Mouthfeel is superb...smooth...rich. Unbelievable drinkability for a 7.5 abv....almost too easy to quaff. Highly recommended.

Photo of Stingray5
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with a light brown head, big ol' bubbles. Short lived. Hint of smoke in the aroma, prunes, chocolate malts, red wine. Low carbonation, medium to thin mouthful, but vevetly smooth. Taste is more chocolate malt notes, dark fruit, caramel, a bit more smokiness ,and a nice touch of hop bitterness in the finish to round things out.

This one was the 22oz brewed in Saratoga Springs. I could care less, as it's an excellent porter.

Photo of twelvsies
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, red highlights, quickly disappearing head. Smells of roasted malts, alcohol hints, and I've smelled this in a few other beers, so I'm not crazy, but I smell fresh paint. Yep. Nice rich taste, almost stout-like. I'm picking up on some dark cherries and other fruit, some chocolaty malts, carmel, and that odd taste of the way paint smells, which is the most interesting thing about this beer. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability, I'll have no problems finishing off this bomber. Overall a good beer. I've never had anything from Southampton before and was surprised to see some stuff in my local store, but, maybe I was anticipating it too much, as it's often talked up on this site and their beers get great reviews, but I didn't find this to be as exceptional as I was expecting. Don't take that the wrong way though, it's still a great beer. I'd like to try more from this place.

Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
88 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.