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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
320
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 320
Photo of mig8713r
4.77/5  rDev +34.4%
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 BigPlay1824
4.77/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear, extremely deep reddish brown with two fingers of medium tan colored head that has large bubbles and linger for a decent amount of time, leaves a nice amount of thin lacing on the glass
S: chocolate and roasted, almost burnt, coffee malts, really nice warm scent, i feel like i should be drinking this in front of a fire in a log cabin in the middle of the woods on a cold blizardy night
T: begins with the chocolate malts then hits with the nice coffee malts which linger strongly on the palate long after the sip is over, really an incredible porter taste, gotta be up there with my favorites, not even the slightest hint of the imperial character
M: smooth, so incredibly smooth, silky and slightly thick, gentle carbonation, actually leaves the mouth feeling oddly dry and at the same time watering, perhaps my mouth is just watering for the next sip
O: love this beer, love this brewery, they absolutely blow me out of the water, they don't just make a style, the exemplify it and damn near perfect it, well done as always

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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 gks5004
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black mahogany, Red hint when held to light. Moderate head slight brown/tan color, looks pleasant. Not much lacing.

S: Chocolate toffee, sweet bitterness. Sugary milk chocolate.

T: Very tasty, nice balance. Has a great porter taste. Good strong dark roasty maltyness with touch of sweetness. Tastes like burnt chocolate with a great porter roasty bitterness. Touch of hops.

M: Very good, thick but not syrupy. Light enough to still be smooth.

D: I'm almost done my first already. Very tasty porter. I really enjoy this beer. Will drink again. Good balance of malty sweetness with a touch of bitter roast and hops.

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Photo of mjaskula
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark black with a thin soapy brown head that leaves some thin lacing.

The aroma isn't strong, but it is sweet, carmely and roasty. The flavor continues the nose nicely and is very typical of a porter. It starts with sweet carmel, the middle has some roasted malts and dark chocolate and it finishes with a smooth nuttiness. The mouthfeel isn't overly thick for an imperial, and the alcohol is well hidden.

I like this porter a lot, it has plenty of great qualities and not much holding it back.

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Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having their Abbot 12, I saw this in a 6 pack and purchased it.

A-deep black with tannish but white head that stays around for a little bit.

S-nice chocolate smell with a hint of black licorice(sp). Smells wonderful to me, slight booze smell still, but I am not against that. Very nice roasted malt smell lingers.

T-This may be my favorite Porter behind Liberty. Chocolate and Malt flavors stand out with a nice roasted oat finish.

M-It is a little thick but the taste and smells will keep me coming back to this one.

Overall a must buy.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
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 beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown pour with hints of red on the edges. Dense tan head. Big hit of chocolate and dark fruit in the nose with a light smokey note underneath. Rich and silky. Big malty body...almost chewy. Lots of dark malts and some Dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a light touch of earthy roast. Very nice Baltic/Imperial porter.
I need to get more from these guys.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown pour, thin tan head. Okay lacing, but the head faded quickly.

S: Roast coffee, hoarshound candy, molasses, caramel.

T: Roasted malt, molasses, hoarshound candy, brown bread.

M: Medium-full. Nice.

D: Highly drinkable. Very flavorful. Doesn't seem big enough to consider as a Baltic Porter. Very tasty, though.

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Photo of jabergess
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Taco Mac Mall of Georgia in a 20 oz mug.

First off, I've read a lot of the reviews on this beer and I disagree with most. I think this is exactly what an imperial porter should taste like. I do taste the alcohol, but I expect it in an imperial style beer. Ok, let's get down to specifics

A- just what I want to see from a beer not on nitro, a nice foamy head that fades into compact bubbles that leave lacing all down the glass as you drink.

S - probably my only gripe about the beer for me - no discernible smell of anything.

T - I taste alcohol almost right away, but in this case that's ok. It's smooth and warming, not in your face. Otherwise you get the melding of background flavors. You expect hints of chocolate, but its really not there. Yet I still like this beer. Maybe I like it for as much as what is there as what isn't.

D - I think I could drink quite a few of these, but I would be sorry.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a deep, chocolaty, opaque sable with an average light tan head. Aroma is smoky and oily with coffee and toffee hints and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is mainly roast coffee and toffee with a hint of molasses. Texture is pleasingly smooth and a little tingly, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

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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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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 KTCamm
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours dark black with a thick creamy head of mostly white foam. Sticks to the sides.

Light coffee smell with some chocolate maltiness. Strong roasted taste with firm carbonation. Some buried toffee/caramel flavors.

Nicely blended. Very subtle hop that folds into the taste.

Overall - a good porter.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with short lived head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt some espresso and fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, some espresso with some light hops a bit of cacao. Palate is nice full body with good carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt, some coffee and light sweet fruitiness with some light hops bitterness to add some balance. Overall a good IP

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from 3 Sons six packs and I know it is old now since I got it home and it had white sediment and it's must be from last winter. Will review it since it was still good.

A - Looks jet black in appearance with maybe a little brown see through the light. Absolutely no head to speak of since this beer is at least 10 months old.

S - Very slight roasted coffee and chocolate but I can detect some toffee also but again very faint.

T - Pretty typical strong porter. Borderline stout. Flavor is of weak coffee and slight chocolate malt with a semi sweet toffee or caramel in the background. Not really off putting so I happened to enjoy it.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Stood the test of time pretty well.

D - Overall I will have to have this fresh to see if it's better but overall not a bad imperial porter. Nice flavor and balance for an overall good beer.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, and very little lace. Nose is of rich dark chocolate, and smokey malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is chocolate and coffee,with a rich creamy finish. Liked it a lot!

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Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF. Thanks Cuzco. 12oz bottle served into my Portsmouth tulip...

A: Super pitch black with a thick off white head that slowly fades. Very good.

S: Nice creamy coffee roast scent blended with some nice oakiness and some sweet licorice. Vanilla, cocao, and caramel in the middle with hints of apple on the backend. Very good.

T: Kind of a creamy, watery, bready coffee bean. Hints of caramel roastiness in the middle with some chocolate buried on the backend. Kind of a one dimensional blend with these flavors. This could've been amazing, but the way the flavors blended kind of ruined it. Decent.

M: Medium body with a perfect carbonation. Very good.

D: This goes down easy despite the ABV. Good.

All in all, this is a solid brew that came close to excellence, but missed out because of the taste. If the blend of tastes was better, this brew would've been phenomenal. Good brew to try at least once if you get the chance. Not worth hunting.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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 scootny
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, light brown tightly carbonated head atop a clear and super dark brown fluid. Retention is not a problem and a healthy amount of lace on the glass while the brew remains covered. Smell is a bit light but what is there is very good. Faint chocolate and coffee rest on a bed of sweet caramel malt. Vanilla. Dark roasted grains and bread with fruity yeast esters. Taste is much like the nose with an even bigger malt presence. Kinda like a mocha malted milk. Mild hops create a surprisingly clean finish with a nice touch of dryness. A bit of a metallic/mineral edge. I noted this in the Beer De Mars so maybe it is a water or other house staple signature. Feel is full and somewhat creamy as the gentle carbonation nonetheless swells the beer in your mouth nicely. Surprisingly drinkable. This is a neat and tidy imperial. There is no trace of alcohol and a the feel while full is still light and quaffable. This is a great winter staple. It will not knock you out with bold brash flavors and scents. It will not tickle your Extreme Beer ribs. It will however prove to be a satisfying friend when you just want a good porter or a little stronger.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southampton Imperial Porter is a black ale that's brown on the edges of the glass when held to the light. It has a smooth, dense, light brown head that leaves excellent lacing. It has a dark, resinous aroma that smells a little charred with a light sweetness... like molasses. It has a medium body that's lively with a mineral quality. A quick, dry finish leaves a mouth a little scratchy. Light sweetness and dark roasted flavors are balanced well with an ample, herbal bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and smokey with a slight hint of licorice. "Imperial porter" is a good way to describe this. It's somewhere between a robust porter, an export stout and a Baltic porter. It's reasonably complex, unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Man this smells like and english cask beer up and down. Dirty wood and soft licorice from the yeast. Not much roasted malt or deep caramelization I get in the flavor. This is not an american style porter. Tasty and full up and down, I would love to have this on cask. Its amazing to see an english style perfected so well on american soil. Maybe just a little too high in alcohol though, killing the drinkability. Finish is a little rough with the yeasty flavor.

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head, light lace left behind. Smell is roasty with some fruity/herbal notes, liquorice, some sweet lightly sugary scents ,some coffee and bakers chocolate round out the nose as well. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, mildly hoppy with nice bitter/bittersweetness running through this. Medium carbonation, medium feel, mildly syrupy at points with some creamy touches. This was really solid, nothing outstanding but super flavourful and very good, I would love to try more stuff from these guys.

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