Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
322
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
21.13%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 322
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice toffee scent along with a solid chocolate and roasted malt aroma. It's rich with some sweetness and a slight roasted feel. The taste is great as well. It has a dry roasted malt flavor with some excellent chocolate notes. It goes down easy with a bit of toffee sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good Imperial porter. It's overflowing with malt character and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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 DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity and garnet highlights. The long lasting, creamy medium tan head is a half a finger tall.

S: Roasty caramel and toffee notes with a dark malt aroma somewhere in between molasses and licorice. There is low smokey aroma that seems to fade out as it sits, maybe smoked malt or phenols. No hops, no perceived alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, caramel with smooth malt sweetness. The ester profile is clean like htis was done with a lager yeast. There is a moderately-low hop bitterness and a light citrusy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with an off-dry finish and roasted coffee bean with a bit of smokey flavor in the after taste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light creaminess.

O: A malt rich and complex beer.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of 1nf1n1te
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of ufmj
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mocktm
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easily the pride of Long Island's beer culture, the Publick House has been putting out quality brews for years. From my personal and small experience with the brew-house, it can be said that their specialty lies more within the Belgium realm, judging especially from their stunning 750 series. Never the less, everything I've had from them up to this point has certainty been up to snuff. Hoping this imperial porter from their variety pack is no exception.

Pours a opaque dark brown to black with a noticeably aerated beige head. Seriously, if I didn't just pour this from the bottle myself, I'd be very inclined to think it was a nitrogen pour. Buttery smooth and creamy body with a head to match. Abundant lacing and considerable retention.

Nose has scents of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and caramel from the malt. Aromas aren't quite as robust as I was anticipating/hoping for from an Imperial, but still satisfying. Slight hop citrus way in the back, but certainly not enough fruit presence to kill the style. Seems more complementary than anything, allowing the flavors to mesh quite well without any deep complexities.

Taste matches up well with the nose. Light fruit correlates amiably with the malt toffee and chocolate, with absolutely no trace of alcohol anywhere. My main complaint here again is that I was anticipating bolder and edgier flavors. This just seems a bit to mellow to bare the words imperial on the label. Not that that takes away from the fact that this is indeed a tasty porter style brew.

Mouth feel is silky smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied with very ample carbonation.

Going into this one, I was expecting a bit more, given my previous encounters with SH brews. Not to say I am slamming this beer at all, because I am surly not. It is certainly thoroughly enjoyable, but just a tad bit lighter than what I guessed. Definitely worth a try, cheers!

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Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and slightly tart dark fruit with a hint of perfume.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front segue quickly into indistinct dark fruit flavors with a hint of sugar-coated molasses. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this just isn't a very clean beer and I would prefer to have more crisp roasted flavors. Don't avoid but don't seek out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

A: Pours black with a small head that dissipates quickly to splotches of foam on top. Decent lacing.

S: Light toasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a hint of hops.

T: Not very strong, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses.

M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, but not a lot going on. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton- Imp. Porter

A- Nice brackish brown with a thick chunky head. Good lacing and nice bubbly carbonation.
S- Dusty cocoa powder sprinkled onto a brown sugar/ molasses malt and a light touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet brown sugar/ molasses malt body with a decent amount of semisweet cocoa powder chocolate malt. Malty body gives way to an earthy hop presence and a slight touch of boozy alc.
M- Sweet thick malt dominates with a dry chocolate feel and a sweet sugary boozy finish.

Overall- Nice bold flavors, alc. is slightly overpowering.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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 cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. 

S- The aroma is fainter than expected. There is some roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

T- The taste starts out with a high level of sweetness with some roasted malts sneaking in. The finish has some chocolate and toffee flavors with a lingering sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a little weaker in every category than I was expecting from an imperial porter. However, it isn't bad. I probably wouldn't purchase again though. 

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Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark syrup in the glass (opaque), living under a thick off-white head. Retention is strong.

Smells of roasty malts and some toffee. Chocolate might be hiding in the background, but just makes a cameo appearance.

Your palate will pick up the chocolate and toffee, but neither is overpowering.

Has a nice creaminess to it. Medium bodied, wouldn't hurt it to be a little fuller. Not exactly sweet to start, kind of stoutish, but slight bitterness in the finish.

Has pretty good alcohol (7.2%), but it very drinkable due to the creaminess and nice flavors. Looking forward to another of these.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
2.21/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of gilliegirl
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is discribed as a "robust dark ale" and I will agree with that discription. The head is a fine foam, off white and slightly brown. Even though I tilted the glass for the pour, the head overflowed the glass. This beer definately needs a pilsner glass.

My first thought was of molasses and I enjoyed the taste and the lack of a bitter aftertaste. In the past, I limited my dark ales to Guinness. However, I like this ale.

There is little smell, which surprised me. It's a quiet ale that waits to be sampled with a curious sip. And then a knowledgable taste.

The only thing that is a slight drawback is the encouragement to have another. I like one beer when I indulge. One. So the beer I have shouldn't make me fight the inner cumpulsion to have another. And perhaps another.

But it doesn't lead to snacking and that is a good thing.

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
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