Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter
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Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of timobkg
1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle label reads "Brewed in Latrobe PA", poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer looked good, a nice dark color with a thick white head.

The aroma was very faint, slightly sour, and slightly... metallic? I couldn't smell any roasted grains, or chocolate, or anything else I expect to smell in an imperial porter.

This beer deceived me. I expected a robust ale, with chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavours. Instead it was thin, no chocolate, toffee, or caramel, and tasted like a standard lager. Not a black lager, mind you, as I love those. No, this was a cross between Yuengling Lager and Sam Adams Black. If Yuengling made a black lager, this is what it might taste like.

The alcohol was hidden to be nonexistent. You could drink this all night, if you wanted a stronger, more flavourful, black version of Yuengling Lager. I, however, wanted an imperial porter, and dislike the taste of Yuengling. I would be happy to never drink this again.

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Photo of Monkeypuker
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of jbart
2.12/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm surprised how horrible this is. Robust? Nooo. It reminds me of a dark coors light or something. There is nothing good about it at all. Very disappointing, especially given how much I paid for it. Wish I hadn't bought a six pack. Yuck. My husband thinks it is just old...perhaps. Not good.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BrownAleMale
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of drabmuh
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle gifted to me by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt. I'm always interested in beer I haven't had. Unfortunately, this beer was quite terrible. One of the worst porters I've ever had.

Beer poured into a DFH signature glass, my new favorite glass. Beer is dirty brown and completely hazy with no head, no real carbonation and no lacing. It looks like dirty water at the corners of the glass. Not impressed so far.

The signature glass is a little like a snifter but not as tapered and with a bigger opening, so maybe the fact that I couldn't smell anything is a function of the glass,e xpect I can smell other beers in this same glass. Methinks its the glass. MILD AROMA. mostly roast.

As far as flavor are concerned, its mostly ash. This is a beer right, not a generic cat food made in China that uses old newspapers and ash to fill up the cans right? Aside from the ash there is a mild very very mild sweetness and some roast. Not really bitter, not really sweet, not really roasty, not really....anything. Its boring and I guess there are worse things to be than boring in life but this beer thoroughly fails to execute its function of being beer so universally, its shocking. Sorry, not your best showing SH but you probably know that.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
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 thecarster1
2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger fades to nice lace and trailing, deep brown with highlights of burnt ruby.

s- interesting, clean smelling - a bit dry, some alcohol, some dark belgian fruity esters, not sure i want to be smelling them in a imperial porter.

t- echos nose, i'm getting a bunch of belgian yeast in here, tasted just out of place and off putting, i want more of the roast and coffee, i get a little bit of fruity flowery notes as well.

m- medium.

d- this one misses the style mark for me, i've had much better, and wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of phishgator
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Dark deep brown hue, but light visible around the edges. The head was two fingers, but not much lacing. The smell was of dark fruit candy and licorie. Thinner body for a baltic porter and the flavor was bothered by what was proceived to be over carbonation (but I'm not that is was). It just felt filling even though it didn't have a full body. Not one of their best offerings.

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Photo of afrothunder
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't think there's a whole lot to it, rather shallow. Was expecting a whole lot more!

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Photo of TheBeerologist
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

I have recently begun an attempt to find my perfect porter available on the east coast. My choice on the west is Deschutes Black Butte and in the Midwest it is Founders Porter. After a recent move to the east the search is on...

Pours a thin translucent brown with a this off-white head that fades quickly.

Smells very sweet - caramel malts, maybe a bit of vanilla, almost reminiscent of a Dopplebock. Certainly not what I am looking for in a porter.

Tastes similarly sweet with a slight hint of roasted malts, again not what I expect from a porter, but it is an enjoyable drink.

This is a very light porter, a bit thin and watery but nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is not what I am looking for in a porter. A bit thin and overly sweet and just the wrong profile for me. The price was great ($8.49/6-pack) and this was a pleasant drink but in the end, I probably won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of biglite351
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark with mild red at the edges. Tight medium tan head.

S - mild roasted malt scent but nearly no scent at all.

T - mild vanilla taste with some malts and one, but overall very mild.

M - a life thin with a tingle on the front sides of the tongue

D - okay if doing other things, but not a drink-and-enjoy brew.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mostly black and a stiff pour results in a good finger or so of frothy mocha head that retains it self pretty well. One thin ring sticks a bit initially on the glass.

Lots of husky grain in the nose and faint dutch cocoa. Surprisingly the roasty character is fairly reserved for an 'imperial'. A hint of coffee but mostly dry grain.

Diluted semi-sweet chocolate flavor up front then black cherry and more booze in the finish than expected. A sweet milkiness floats in the middle and actually ties the entire flavor together a bit. A lingering bitterness accompanies the warm, dry finish.

Brightly carbonated for the style with a medium/heavy body that has a creamy quality initially but finishes dry.

Not a bad beer at all but not as good as I had hoped. Leaves a bit to be desired I suppose.

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Photo of Dylanjf
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of VoxRationis
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
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 vkv822
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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 mgbickel
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Quickly formed a 2 finger dark tan head. Small traces of lacing as the head dissipated into a thin film. The body is very dark and solid. Light only penetrates the very edges while help up to eye level. Very impressive start!

The nose is not as powerful as the appearance would dictate. Aromas include coffee, burnt chocolate, toasted malts and a slight smoky smell in the background.

Wow...either my taste buds died or this beer is going downhill quickly! The taste is even more bland than the nose. Not much going on here...what flavors I can detect are flat and lifeless...roasted malts, black coffee, tiny bitter finish with a little alcohol pinch.

Medium, creamy mouth feel with light to moderate carbonation.

Nothing special about this beer at all. Bad example of the style. Will not buy again.

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Photo of klav
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 326 ratings
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