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
publick.com

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
Ratings:
324
Reviews:
145
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Vonhinx
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Waveoff
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of OldManMetal
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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 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 Dontelle392
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

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 alostplot
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muchos
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arini10
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ufmj
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
3.55 out of 5 based on 324 ratings.
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