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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentblack1
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pete27lax
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle fresh on 12/9/11

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black but typical porter look. Small head, very light, that doesn't last too long. Decent lacing in this one.

Smell is nothing outstanding but still nice. Roasty smell coming from this one with slight hints of chocolate and coffee also present.

Taste was very enjoyable, couldn't expect anything different from Southampton. Light coffee and chocolate in the taste. I have to say the most notable taste here is vanilla. Vanilla is noticeable throughout and definitely there in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Decent amount of carbonation throughout this beer.

Overall this is definitely a solid porter!

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Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a dark, cola colored black with a slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a mediuim collar. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and dark fruit. First sip is malty and sweet...more raisins, dark fruit, and coffee. There's also a hint of syrup, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is full bodied and robust, with some tingle on the tongue and slight hop/alcohol bitterness on the swallow. It's full bodied, but very easy drinking. All in all, a very nice, full beer for those cold winter nights.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a quarter inch, khaki-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with thin clumps of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not a big nose, but definitely a roasty character, as well as some lactose, caramel and a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose with perhaps a bit of dark fruit somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly aggressive background carbonation - not prickly, but a little bit too much for the style. Quite drinkable with a well-hidden abv. If the mouthfeel was a little more on point, this would be markedly more quaffable - would love to try this on nitro if such an offering exists.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. It poured black with a thin scattered lacing floating on top of the beer.

The aroma has roasted grains and some chocolate coming through with a slight creaminess. The taste also has the roasted malts and chocolate. It's has some bitterness up front and has some sweetness coming through in the finish. Pretty nicely balanced between the two.

The mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a pretty decent imperial porter. It had some nice roasted and chocolate flavors and was pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - little to no head. Slight lacing. High clarity but dark soy sauce color.

S - very subdued smells. But what I could detect was brown sugar and toast crumbs

T - smooth refreshing wheat muffin granola and smoky hops. A slight fusil aftertaste.

M - smooth less watery than I initially feared. Abv burn is present. The only negative.

D - not bad, rich toasty chocolate flavors compliment a smooth experience. I can't forgive the excessive fusil burn.

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A swirling cascading active pour that leads to three fingers worth of mildly fizzy tightly packed off white head comprised of uniform bubbles with an ever so slightly rocky top... The color is a deep dark brown teetering on black... A bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Sleek and still... No carbonation is visible...

S - The aroma is subdued yet effective... Roasted malts and coffee are two of my favorite things, so I have no complaints in this department...

T - The taste is simple and straight forward as well... Roasted malt... Weak coffee... Caramel... Toffee... Perhaps the slightest of hop presence lies beneath the surface...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - A simplistic and effective porter... The word "imperial" on the label by be a bit misleading, but otherwise this is a well crafted and highly drinkable porter... Excellent example of the style and one I would gladly welcome and buy again...

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label but no freshness or bottling date anywhere. Once in the bottle it was almost pitch black with some light penetration along the sides.
One finger off-white to cream colored head that dissipated very quickly.
Aroma is of milk chocolate and dark fruits, almost like a dubbel. The dark fruit aroma, over time, slowly takes over the chocolate.
Taste is also along the lines of a dubbel; unlike any porter I have had. There is a sweet backbone through which subtle notes of bitterness, similar to cocoa/dark chocolate come through towards the middle. This is definitely a different porter.
Drinkability is okay and mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side. Not as full-bodied as I expected or as the label made me expect.
The alcohol however, is very well masked.
Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer worth a try once.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _morandi_
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ommegoose
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw these for $3.99 a sixer at a corner store and have returned to it a few times. When it turned out to not taste stale at all, I was sure they just didn't know what they had. Time for a review.

A vigorous pour didn't yield a whole lot in the way of a head, just a tan and slightly fizzy cap that receded quite quickly, leaving just a ring and some surface bubbles. Color is a dark brown/black. Tan particulates accumulate at the bottom of the glass.

Dark crisp aroma of cocoa powder and black malts at first, and then it sweetens as it warms. Toffee.

The label refers to the Baltic Sea and seven British malts and hops. So I'm not quite sure this is an American porter. Nor am I adamant that it's any other kind. It's sort of a hybrid of styles, and on the low end for an imperial. Chocolate and caramel malts with enough hops to balance sweetness. Medium bitter kick at the end. Has that "robust" character but not the syrupy sweetness I'd expect in a true Baltic porter. Not exactly dry either. Dark baker's chocolate dominates, roastiness is sort of low. Finishes rather clean.

Body seems about right. Full for a regular porter, but maybe too thin for an imperial. That's okay since this is an in-between beer. It's adequately smooth and hefty. Carbonation is about right.

I will try not to let the absurd price markdown skew my score, but I'll probably drink tons of this as long as it remains at well under a dollar a bottle. I wouldn't drink it if was bad, however. Fortunately it is good. A few other porters I've had have more going for them, though. Now that I think of it, it's not among the better ones at all. Yet, porters seem easy enough to get right, and I am not finding flaws. From experience I know I can get about four of these down in a sitting.

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
3.55 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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