Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

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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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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of sprucetip
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured deep dark brown, but was translucent with red highlights when backlit, with clarity revealed as well. Very little head, even less retention, and no lacing. Some mild activity.

Smells grainy with a little vanilla an malty sweetness. Maybe just a hint of booze. Made me think "brown ale" more than porter.

And again with the taste I'm thinking brown ale. It is lightly grainy, barely roasty, with some sweet malty base. Not much else. Definitely not "imperial."

Some tingly fiz and mild warming, thin side of medium body, and a clean finish.

I'm sorry to say this, but I expected much more, and am glad I only got one. The only thing that was more porter than brown ale was the color. There was certainly nothing about this that implied "imperial," and it was quite thin all around. I'd have rated it a bit higher if it had been called a brown ale, as I'd have gotten something closer to what was advertised.

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Photo of mitch3114
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of goblue3509
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with a skim head which disappates quickly and leaves little to no lace on the glass. The aroma is off chocalate and sweet dark fruits, it is inviting but faint. The taste is much of the same, a dark chocolate taste with a hint of molasses and a slight dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a bite stingy but the alcohol is well hidden. Overall it is okay, the mouthfeel seemed a little more carbonated than most porters and the taste and smell were good, but they were faint and hard to find, it was just an average beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Very dark, almost black, with a reddish-tan head that subsides quickly, no lacing.

S – Smells vaguely of alcohol and German malt. There really is very little olfactory component.

T – It tastes okay, but not especially good in any way. I would compare it to Yuengling Porter, though not as good. Eventually, towards the end of the beer, you finally get a slightly interesting roasted flavor, but it is a case of too little, too late.

M – Thin and oily, I am not the biggest fan.

D – I am not enthusiastic about it; I am in fact quite disappointed.

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Photo of gskitt
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured from a bottle and exhibited very black color with a thin off-white head.
S- The alcohol in this porter came through along hints of coffee.
T- Warming alcohol is evident, almost charred, not roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and coffee bean. I really tasted the alcohol here. Reminded of me of bourbon, just not as smooth.
M- Was not impressed. Had an oily texture.
D- One maybe two but not much more than that.

I usually like and want to like stuff from southampton but this was not my favorite.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Produces a vast amount of milk chocolate looking head, and retains perfectly. The body is opaque and black in color, but shows off reddish hues when held up to sunlight.

The aroma is light, and sweet cola characteristics are about the only things detectable to me.

In the taste there are sweet notes of chocolate and cola. A faint taste of coffee is detectable too.

In the mouth feel, it is a little thin to be called an imperial IMHO. Overall this is decent enough though for a go to beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Brown in color with amber highlights on the side. Tan colored head probably about 2 inches that goes away after 5-10 minutes, decent lacing.

Smell is ok, not like any porter I've had before. I mostly smell dark dehydrated fruits, and a little musty with a slight hop finish. I read a couple of other reviews, but I'm just not picking up chocolate malts that a few others picked up.

Taste is a little better. Malts are much more easily detected here. Some chocolate notes finally arrive here. Still picking up the dark dehydrated fruit notes. Hops are present, very earthy.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, close to full bodied, not too smooth, but not too gritty either. Bitter and a little earthy. It will suffice for the style. Drinkability is overall pretty good.

I was a little disappointed with this one overall. Not too bad for your run of the mill porter, but this beer is not worth of having the term "Imperial" on it in my humble opinion. Not really big on any flavors.

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3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, there is a bottling code, but too hard to determine what it means.

appears a really dark brown, with ruby highlights. almost black, with white head that fades to a thin covering. smell is of dry roasted malt with some acidic aroma.

taste is also dry, with some slight fruit flavor. I can't put my finger on it, but an odd flavor for a porter. body is a bit thinner than I expected. easy to drink, but the flavor is a little disappointing.

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3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: three finger off white head which rapidly dissipates to a half finger head leaving nice lacing. Black without light getting through.

S: yeasty and spicey, with some esters. Almost saison like, interesting.

T: this one is interesting. More like a sweet caramel malt and not very boozy or smokey as I was expecting.

M: light to medium carbonation and medium body, much lighter than I was expecting.

Overall: very drinkable and light for an imperial anything much less a porter.

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Photo of biggred1
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darkest rosewood with a thin khaki head that shrinks to a thin, filmy skim with nice fine lacing. Coffee grounds, vanilla and faint maple syrup make up the aroma. Dry, roasty porter flavors with a strong cocoa and java flavor profile in the finish. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. The drinkability score could be higher if you think of this as more of a pairing beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, almost black in color with one-finger head. There is little retention and only a bit of lacing. The sweetness in the nose overwhelms anything else. There is a some malt taste, but the flavor is sweet more than anything. There is hardly any roasted flavor that is normal in a porter and the finish is pretty weak. If this is the imperial, I definitely don't want to waste my time with their plain old porter. All around, I was not terribly impressed.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown color with a foamy eggshell white colored head. Nice speckled lace. The aroma had some caramel and roasted malts, touch of sugar. The flavor was basically the same with some burnt toast to it. Sweet malty to almost sugary aftertaste. Quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth along my tongue. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, I can see it as suggested by the brewer, but did it really come together as expected? In my opinion, not as much. It wasn’t bad, it just seemed to lean sweeter than I had hoped for.

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Photo of sbauer
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Black, deep, dark brown.
S: Surprisingly weak aroma. Light caramel, chocolate, but mostly kerosene and alcohol.
T: Immediate sour cherry and chocolate (see chocolate rum cordials), fruit esters prominent with underlying bitter cocoa, tart finish.
M: Light and minearly.
D: A good session beer, despite being an imperial porter. Flavorful and light for the style. Expect more (taste and kick) out of an imperial.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark black but brown around the edges. Very little tan head that dissipates quickly. 

S-Carmel, brown sugar, licorice. 

T-Carmel, brown sugar, licorice. A little alcohol on the finish. 

M-Low carbonation, very smooth. 

D-Nice aroma, smooth taste. Easy drinker. I sipped on this for about an hour. 

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