Southampton Porter | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 29
Reviews by blatherbeard:
Photo of blatherbeard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive been loving opa opa ever since i had the red rock ale and i can get it in growlers!

Now on to the porter..

A bit oily in the mouthfeel but quite watery at the same time. A bit of a bitter aftertaste going down, but not a bad taste. Very dark brown with a nice tan head that dissapears quite quickly. Nice combo of malts and hops, but alas no caramel or chocolate aftertaste that ive gotten from most porters. Carbonation is a bit much.

Overall a good solid porter with a bit of a bite. I would consume again, but i do have other favorite porters that more align with my tastes.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really winner, at the brewpub. Black, good lace. Nice chocolatey more than coffeeish. Smooth and stoutish. good balance, and a bit more bitter than sweet. Roastiness under good control. Spiciness and good hops make more interesting taste inspiring different tastes per sip. Good stuff,

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Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure this is what I sampled at Table and Vine. Sampled from a growler. The drink settled with a dark, creamy lacing. Overall, a spiciness to its mocha, cocoa and chocolate flavors that was really attractive. The taste was malty and creamy, making a kind of bittersweet action going on. Solid body, really desert-like. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of scottg
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light black with dark garnet when held to the light. A 1/2 finger tan head settles very quickly. The smell is the highlight of this beer, coffee up front with milk chocolate, cherry, some nuts with light hints of roasted malt. The taste is a bit of a letdown- coffee, cherry and molasses flavors-very sweet with some subtle hops in the finish. Light carbonation, medium body there is a thin, watered down consistency. An easy drinking beer.
This porter lacks the roasted, smoky malt character I normally associate with porters, the sweetness takes over this one, lacks balance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ben for sending this one down. Another gem of a beer from Opa Opa. This growler was stored in the fridge and served to the family at a party last night. Consumed on 11/25/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark brown color coming forward effortlessly. Nice opaqueness led to little light coming through at all. Nice inch and a half of tan coming up over the top as well. The aroma was rich and sweet. Deep roasted malts and caramel coming through initially, followed by a more earthy turn as it warmed. Lots of nice touches of brown sugar and an almost peat like smell. The flavor was top notch as well. Rich notes of caramel and smoked malts coming through, and a very sweet nature to it. Smooth follow through with a big malt driven middle and a sweet finish that just added to it all. Nice and even feel with excellent carbonation led this one to be very session able.

Overall a real treat and another excellent beer from Opa. I would try this one again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a mocha colored foam head. The nose is light on the olfactory, but is definitely malt dominant. The taste is full of coffee and roasted flavors that makes you say "of course, its a coffee porter." With all of this roastiness and what should be a bit bitter the beer remains fresh and easy in the mouth. Nice drink.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown almost black color with a nice red hue at the bottom of the glass. It has a nice medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and a slight hop bitterness.
T: Follows the nose pretty well with deep roasted malts up front with some lesser roasted ones mixed in, finished by a nice hoppy bitter taste.
M: Very smooth, fresh, and it definately felt lighter than it looked. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable porter, not too light, and not too dark with the right mix of malt and hops. The growler stood no chance.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub on Saturday, 12/2/04, consumed on 12/6/04, and maybe a bit will be left for tomorrow...

First imperial pint pours with a dense 3/4" dark tan head, with good retention and lacing. Brew is mahogany in hue, with a light dark malt aroma, tinges of coffee apparent. Taste is upfront smooth dark malts, which slowly sort themselves out into coffee and chocolate aromas on the tongue, amongst others. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent. Get thyself to the Opa Opa!!

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with single-finger beige head. Dies quickly to single layer of fine bubbles that do not coat the top. Leaves light, spotty lace. The color is deep brown with an element garnet. A low lever of light seeps through. Seems clear.

Chalky chocolate aroma; mild.

First impression is regarding the thin body. The flavor is the best aspect of this beer: tastes like a Stout Lite--some coffee with milk flavors. No notable hop. Some oiliness. Overall, a mild offering.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of circlenine
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass 2/8/11. Reviewed in a notebook on 2/8 and transcribed 2/14/11.

A: Dark brown, lets no light through. Large 2 finger head slowly dissolving into beer leaving nice clean sides on the glass. Remaining head about 1/4 inch.

S: Slight malty aroma but hard to pick up in the nose. Faint chocolate as well, but picked up only after picking it up in taste first.

T: Malty, nothing overpowering in the taste. Nice smokey and sweet profile possibly a cross of roasted malts and chocolate? (see chocolate note in smell)

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

D: Relatively easy to drink. Perhaps even possible to knock off a growler in one sitting!

Comments: It's not the best porter, but it's not the worst either. At the growler price (about $8) it's hard to knock! It was labeled as seasonal, but there was nothing seasonal about it - no spices, odd flavors, etc. If it's year round I will buy again. OPA!

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice porter. I will need to review this under more contemplative conditions, but my first take is that this is a fairly low ABV porter that is very sessionable. It pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan slightly foamy and slightly creamy head. The nose is roasted grains, dark malts, a slight bit of chocolate.

The taste follows the nose quite well. There isn't much hop to the beer, it is quite light in consistency, the roasted and sweetish malts are apparent. There is probably some crystal malt in the production of this beer as well. It has a slightly nutty flavor too, but not burnt or charred. It was a solid selection that I will review again in more detail.

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Photo of Jayli
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had never been one for porters prior to trying Southampton's Poerter. The color was a light black, with a smoked taste. It was very smooth going down and did not have the usual heaviness that I associate with porters. By and far my favorite porter!!!!

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Photo of EatonHops
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thestranger99
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of waughbrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[$6.99 for a regular growler at the brewpub, $4.99 for a refill!]

Light black, beautiful healthy head. Smells a bit of earthen ashes. Tastes chocolaty, smoky, oily. Finishes like a creamed coffee. Could be mistaken for a dryish stout, though the thin body keeps it honest. This is really, really good and drinkable. Hell yes.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- deep dark mahogany , generous head that goes away

Smell- malty and roasty, maybe a hint of coffee

Taste- malty, slight hint of molasses and fruit, crisp for a porter. not as much flavor as i was hoping for

Mouthfeel- good ammount of carbonation, too light for a porter for me.

Drinkability- its drinkable as far as not too heavy, but as far as the taste i wouldn't want to drink this all night if i had other beers to drink. not horrible but not great.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE--July 2, 2007

Had a growler stored in the beer fridge for about 4 months, to see how this one did being "aged" a bit. Wow!! The "aging" really smoothed this one out. It was smooth before, but now tastes almost silky, as if there is oatmeal in it. The bold coffee and choco flavors are a bit more "reserved" but still there. The carbonation is also more subtle, which I think is an improvement, as IMO many of the Opa brews seem a bit too effervescent for my taste. I wonder how the other OPAs would fare with similar aging.

I find that placing a fresh growler (tightly capped) on its side with the air pushed out of the neck space adequately maintains the integrity of the growler's contents.


Overall a very solid porter. Almost black pour with very good head retention and lacing. Surprisingy little malt aroma, but the taste is of choco and coffee tone malts, with a bittersweet aftertaste. I was amazed by how smooth it was for the style, very close to the smoothness of the Hooker stuff, but not quite. I'm not sure what the alcohol content was as I only had one to finish my session yesterday. I think this will be a growler candidate next time I am in Southampton.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of this beer is really a dark ruby more than a black or a brown, and light gets through it at almost every point. About two fingers of tan head that disappears pretty quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

A bitter chocolate aroma with a good punch of sweetness behind it.

Big chocolate flavors that come through as both sweet and bitter like dark chocolate. A little bit of hop presence adds some hop bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is very light and fairly low on carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, a decent porter overall.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very dark brown with faint ruby highlights. A thick coffee head falls quickly to nothing. No lacing. Aroma is moderately strong roasted malt. Taste is malt sweetness balanced well with hop bitterness. Roasted character is present throughout but comes through the most in the aftertaste. Somewhat simple taste. But good flavor without any harshness that sometimes come with roasted malts. Decent medium-light body. Carbonation is a bit low I'll assume that's the serving type.

A simple and easy drinking porter. I intend to sip on this all night.

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewery sealed growler, purchased locally. Clear, dark brown beer with brilliant ruby highlights. A fine tan cap settled quickly, leaving a trace of spotty lacing. Malty aroma, caramel and toffee along with roasted grains. Mild chocolate with a hint of hops in the background. Moderate bitterness, both from hops and dark grains. Malty flavour, dry cocoa and a hint of cherry. Dry roast and light hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation, very dry and slightly coarse. A pretty good porter overall.

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Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the brewery's steakhouse with dinner.

a: Black, not enough light in the room to tell if it was clear. No head by the time it reached our table.

t: Dark malt sweetness balanced by significant hop bitterness. Consistent to the end. Prominent smoky aftertaste.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A nice drinkable porter, good flavor and on the light but not watery side for the style. Very pleasant dinner accompaniment.

UPDATE 8/27/14: Had another pint with dinner at the steakhouse tonight and only things I would change about my previous review are, fruitiness was more prominent than malt, and no significant smoky aftertaste. Which made it a bit different than your average American porter, the roasted malt was far less prominent, more like a black English style pale ale. Also this one did have a thin head and left a little spotty lacing.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub. 5.0% ABV.

This porter poured an almost opaque, deep garnet color with creamy, light brown foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was very minimal malt. The taste was malty with roasted notes of coffee and carmel together with some cocoa. Moderate hoppiness poked thru the dark malt with a faint hint of sweetness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and dry overall with medium-full body and strong carbonation. The aftertaste left a light maltiness on the tongue. This was a very nice, smooth and enjoyable porter.

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