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Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

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3.6/5
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326 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#37,510
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
326
pDev:
13.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; a little bit of amber color is visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste isn't very strong and has notes of roasted malts and hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste so I'm not sure if I would try this one again. The alcohol is well hidden so it goes down rather quickly.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a large head; excellent retention and some nice lacing action

Smell: Fudgy, with cola-like sweetness; just a little roasty

Taste: Cola and fudge, up front, with a hint of roast underneath; a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives, in the middle, but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style

Overall: Readily drinkable, but more like a combination of a doppelbock and a porter than an Imperial Porter

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear (when held up to the light) dark brown to black with hints of amber in color and a very thin tan head. The little head there was dissipated immediately. No lacing was observed.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle hints of alcohol. There are some very faint hints of caramel as well. Not a really strong smell.

T: Much stronger flavors than the smell would hint at... dark roasted malts and dark chocolate primarily. The beer starts off sweet (almost caramel like) and then finishes with a nice bittersweet hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation, slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable but maybe not what I was expecting with a beer that calls itself an imperial porter. Could be a sessionable beer during the cold winter months. Flavors were the highlight of this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black (maybe more of a deep brown) with a finger of rich mocha head. This maintains a thin creaminess, leaving back a fairly robust cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty up front, putting off a light acrid character, while mingling with other notes of cocoa, some sweet caramel, and green citrus along the back.

The taste is similar, with a bold combo of roast and hops taking control yet still being fairly well balanced by flavors of chocolate and toffee that keep this from getting too aggressive. The finish is dry roasted with a touch of lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth before giving away to more of a chewy feel underneath. The alcohol is generally pretty well hid here.

This was OK. The added alcohol definitely added a bit more assertiveness to this that paired up nicely with those hops and roasted character. I just wish there was a little more overall pop to the flavors though. It drank pretty well at least.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

A: Pours black with a small head that dissipates quickly to splotches of foam on top. Decent lacing.

S: Light toasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a hint of hops.

T: Not very strong, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses.

M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, but not a lot going on. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought the Southampton Imperial Porter was very good. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had nice roast. The taste was coffee and hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is a good porter and worth a try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, with a one inch head that leaves a fair amount lacing behind.

S: Slightly sour or lactic, roasted malt. It's a bit odd, and I am for the most part missing the chocolate and roasted malt aromas.

T: I was really hoping this would be an awesome beer, but it's pretty average. There is a slight lactic sourness that I find a bit distracting. SH Imperial Porter lacks depth and complexity. The roasted malt flavors that are present are tasty, I just wish there was a bit more to the beer.

M: Medium bodied with a slight hint of chocolate in the finish.

D: I was ready to move on to something else after one of these. Overall not a bad beer, just mediocre.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Light brown color is evident around the edges. Minimal retension and spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is a little smokey with yeast and roasty with coffee blended with a slight metallic twang. Taste is roasty with coffee and minor traces of bitter chocolate. Light feel with a modest amount of carbonation. Lingering taste of minorly bitter citrus hops blended with a grainy bitterness and yeast. For an imperial it is a bit lacking as it seems a little too watered down and lacking more robust character in both taste and aroma. It seems like despite the mild flavor and aroma it has been supplemented with alcohol to attain the 7%.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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 rab53
5/5  rDev +38.9%

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