Southampton Imperial Porter
Southampton Publick House

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #345
Ranked #40,066
3.63 | pDev: 13.77%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 326
Photo of VoxRationis
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served at Crooked Ladder Brewery, recently acquired by Southampton Brewery, into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head which dissipates very rapidly. Little lacing.
S: Aromas of burnt black coffee and unsweetened cocoa.
T: Somewhat sugary, but overwhelmed by charred flavor. Overly bitter without solid offsetting sweetness.
M: Surprisingly light bodied, making it come across as a bit thin. Little effervescence.
O: Not a strong representative of the category. Burnt flavor is off putting, but, even without this, really just misses the mark.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown color with a foamy eggshell white colored head. Nice speckled lace. The aroma had some caramel and roasted malts, touch of sugar. The flavor was basically the same with some burnt toast to it. Sweet malty to almost sugary aftertaste. Quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth along my tongue. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, I can see it as suggested by the brewer, but did it really come together as expected? In my opinion, not as much. It wasn’t bad, it just seemed to lean sweeter than I had hoped for.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This dark-brown, translucent, effervescent porter sports orange highlights and a thin, brief-lived, slightly pebbly light-brown head that leaves thick bands and cavelets of lacing. The aroma is medium-big, leading with milk chocolate and raisin notes, backed by a blend of light-charactered caramel and cola with hints of butterscotch and dark fruit; slight alcohol overtones ride atop it all. The palate is a slightly bitter indeterminate dark malt flavor that touches on dark, bitter chocolate, dark toffee and dark fruit, all over a modest undercurrent of alcohol. The finish is a modest hit of toffee and booze, followed by a mild bitter chocolate flavor that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy, slightly sticky and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Quite crisp and drinkable for how robust the flavor is, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. (12 oz bottle, no date)

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks decent enough, thin lacing around the rim. Not much on the nose, faint malt, not much else. Taste is very good though, everything you want from a porter, dark chocolate, light coffee with some dark fruits mixed in.feel is a bit thin but aside from that it's still a good porter.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought the Southampton Imperial Porter was very good. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had nice roast. The taste was coffee and hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is a good porter and worth a try.

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Photo of mig8713r
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I generally drink dark beers. this was the smoothest beers i have had in many years. I had it directly at the brewery when i was on vacation in Montauk, NY at the end of Sept and begining of Oct 2015. Ended up taking a six pack back to the hotel. Enjoyed the flavor, aroma and taste very much. Definitely a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter.

Pours pitch black with a finger of foam. Aroma is mild, some roasted malts, a hint of plum, licorice, but nothing too strong. First sip is has a nice plum like sweetness. Some toffee notes, a hint of figs and fruitiness. Finishes fairly clean with low bitterness and a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, this is a solid Imperial Porter. Nothing spectacular, but this drinks nice.

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

Not someone who gets terribly excited over porters this one wasn't bad. It's no old engine oil, which is my favorite porter to date, but it's good. I'm more of a stout drinker and when I saw imperial in the name, my expectations were set for something more robust than this. That said, it was enjoyable, just not my favorite profile.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Has a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: A mix of dark cacao and coffee primarily. Some tobacco, dark roasted malts and roasty bitterness.

T: Rich cacao with a nice bitter component. Less coffee, roasted maltiness, a touch nutty. Light roast and hop bitterness lasts into the hang.

M: The body is a touch on thin side for an "Imperial" porter. Average carbonation sensation and the alcohol presence is nicely integrated.

O: This was pretty good. Very roast-forward porter. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd prefer, but an easy drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a light off white head. Great display of lacework, and there is no sediment.
Aroma of coffee and light vanilla.
In the taste, more if the vanilla, coffee and even molasses. Low bitterness but a good balance. Nice roasted malt flavor.
Medium bodied and well carbonated.
Overall, this is a really solid porter. Would have it again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour it has a rich deep brown color and produced a medium sized head. The heads fades to a small frothy coating while leaving a bit of lacing.
Aroma doesn't really appear any different then your standard porter. Hints of roasted malts are dominate with subtle aromas of coffee and cocoa.
The taste has plenty of roasted malts perhaps chocolate and a bit of smoke.
Drinks a bit course and doesn't flow across the palate easily/
The alcohol is the only thing I see thats amped up here, everything else is pretty standard I'm afraid.

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Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly and unevenly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Malt, dark chocolate is the most prominent characteristic.

T: Bitter pecan shell, unsweetened dark chocolate, charred malt.

M: Hearty body, with a bit of a bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Substantial foamy head, and some thick persistent lacing. Nose is malty and chocolatey. Unsweetened dark chocolate with some bitter toasted malt grains. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a large head; excellent retention and some nice lacing action

Smell: Fudgy, with cola-like sweetness; just a little roasty

Taste: Cola and fudge, up front, with a hint of roast underneath; a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives, in the middle, but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style

Overall: Readily drinkable, but more like a combination of a doppelbock and a porter than an Imperial Porter

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Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a very dark brown almost black color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: roasted malt and coffee are the most prevelent aromas picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, prune sweetness, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy to drink porter that has nice flavors and hits the spot. Defintely worthy of picking some of this up and giving it a try.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bought at Beers of the World, March 2013.

poured from 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, served at cellar temp.

appearance: Midnight Black with a thick cafe au lait head. Decent lacing.

aroma: doesn't smell very 'imperial'! Roasted malt, licorice and a touch of molasses.

mouthfeel: good, if a little thin.

taste: very tasty; rich chocolatey malt, a hint of roasted nuts, black licorice.

notes: This is a tasty beer with a lot going for it.

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Photo of vkv822
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz : Teku glass

Near black, with deep red mahogany highlights when held to light. Fairly short lived, foamy light tan head.

Lightly roasty, cocoa notes.

Some basic roasted malt, faint cocoa. Not much going on here.

Thin body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A decent porter, but also fairly forgettable. I was expecting a bit more of a bolder flavor profile and perhaps a bit heavier body.

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Photo of silverking
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks pitch black, but it's actually a very dark reddish brown. It has a tan head That leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, but head retention is pretty poor. Within moments the head dissapates to leave a paper thin layer of foam. Lacing is still very nice though. Aromas of alcohol and raisins rise from the surface of the beer, a little molasses as well. The taste carries notes of cocoa and slightly tart dark fruit notes. Lots of toasted malt buried in there. There is a slight smokiness in the finish accompanied by black coffee. It's medium bodied with a light/medium amount of carbonation. Not my favorite, but it's not terrible by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a very dark brown; nearly black. Actually, the light penetrates this beer quite easily. Very thin head. Light lace.

S-Nose is fairly silent. Far too sheepish. I'm not going to pretend to pull out any specific aromas; its dead!

T-Flavor is a hair better. Light chocolate. Yeast. Soft roast. Flat cola. Burnt.

M-Thin and the carbonation is lively and nearly aggravating.

O/D-Offensive in its blandness. Imperial Porter huh?

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Photo of Neorebel
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black with a frothy, antique white head. Very thick, creamy lacing buildup in the sides of the glass. Adequate carbonation. Great aroma of sweet cream and toffee, roasted malt, and raisins. Not as robust as I prefer however. Onto the taste: I was pleasantly surprised about the flavor, it's quite bigger than the aroma. Mostly consists of toasted malt and light roast coffee, but there is a sweet and tart aspect, reminding me of figs and twizzlers! This beer gives the mouth a great coating, but the finish is a little thin. Only a slight tingle. Feels warm on its way down, though. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Nice jet black color with some tan head. Sweet boozey malt crisp aromas. Good roasted malt and sugary sweet flavors. Its a bit watery or thin, but nice flavors. Good value for such a strong porter with good flavor. While not the best, its nice to have another 6-pack solid porter to go to.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that fades fast down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Sweet but boozy aroma with notes of molasses, brown sugar and chocolate.

T- Nice even flavor of mildly roasty malt with some syrupy caramel sweetness. Also some vanilla, chocolate and even hints of raisin. Very drinkable and not nearly as boozy as the aroma lets on.

M- Soft, creamy and semi-robust. Medium-low carbonation and a mostly full body. Sticky afterfeel.

O- Easy to drink and one of the more exciting porters I've had since usually they leave me craving the full execution of a stout. This one's in a class all its own.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark brown with an inch of light beige-colored head. A smear of foam wants to stick to the glass. 3.0

Peat smoke, sea salt, cocoa nibs, black malt char, and mineral water. 4.0

Rich and surly. Has a minerally and salty character that outshines the hint of bitter chocolate. More peat with great bitter maltiness, but it's not smoky, nor meaty. Booze is pretty quiet, but a warmth is felt after each sip, so I have a good feel for the speed of this beer. Salinity reminds me of some oyster stouts. 4.0

Has some bursting carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit. No coating, as the body is a little too thin. No stick, matching the dry flavor. Whole lotta grain and a whole lotta kilning. 3.0

Decent. A fun rainy midday porter, my favorite time of day to drink one. 3.5

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a light tan head that fades to a thick ring. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation.

S- The chocolate nougat dark malt flavor is well blended with notes of raisins and a slight vinous and husky hint in the finish. There is a faint smoke char character that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The mellow dark nougat flavor has chocolate malt and dark roasted malt flavors with a finish that is more dark with hints of smoke and dry prunes.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a creamy texture in the finish and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- I can't really decided on this beer. After I drank the whole 6-pack (not in one sitting), It is smooth but just a bit odd and everything is very well blended and soft. I think there is no single flavor that sticks out enough to anchor the taste.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a half-finger thick, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, a hint of dark fruits.
m - medium and creamy.
o - really solid porter that had a lot going on.

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Photo of pschul4
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown and sits black in the glass. The head betrays it however its quite light and doesnt stick around much

S- Lots of Chocolate and Coffee malts in the nose. Smells creamy if that's possible. I'm very excite!

T- Taste is quite weak however :( Some Chocolate malts and that creaminess again but nothing hits you in the face. The flavors that are there are tasty but just lacking in the umph

M- Nice and smooth, nothing wrong here

O- I like this but for the price it just doesnt cut it. Nice attempt Southampton, but you came just a little short

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 326 ratings