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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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mgbickel
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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 silverking
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks pitch black, but it's actually a very dark reddish brown. It has a tan head That leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, but head retention is pretty poor. Within moments the head dissapates to leave a paper thin layer of foam. Lacing is still very nice though. Aromas of alcohol and raisins rise from the surface of the beer, a little molasses as well. The taste carries notes of cocoa and slightly tart dark fruit notes. Lots of toasted malt buried in there. There is a slight smokiness in the finish accompanied by black coffee. It's medium bodied with a light/medium amount of carbonation. Not my favorite, but it's not terrible by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of KornWallace
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of pschul4
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown and sits black in the glass. The head betrays it however its quite light and doesnt stick around much

S- Lots of Chocolate and Coffee malts in the nose. Smells creamy if that's possible. I'm very excite!

T- Taste is quite weak however :( Some Chocolate malts and that creaminess again but nothing hits you in the face. The flavors that are there are tasty but just lacking in the umph

M- Nice and smooth, nothing wrong here

O- I like this but for the price it just doesnt cut it. Nice attempt Southampton, but you came just a little short

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Photo of Yabev15
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside McNeill's Pullman's Porter.

A: Dark brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee like the nose. A little too bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: A pretty average American porter. Nothing pops out as special. I liked the McNeill's Pullman's better.

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Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with huge creamy mocha head that quickly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Predominantly chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and coffee.

T - Slightly sweet to start followed by roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Great porter with ABV well hidden. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of bbeane
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Pretty much no head. Beer is black in color, ruby when held up to a light

S- Nice toasted malt aroma with notes of coffee

T- Toasted malt, caramel, and coffee

M- Medium to full bodied with little carbonation

D- Its definitely not a world class porter, but I thought it was worthy of drinking. I got it for free, so Im not sure what the pricing is or whether Id buy it myself, but I wouldnt turn down another free one


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Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Neorebel
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black with a frothy, antique white head. Very thick, creamy lacing buildup in the sides of the glass. Adequate carbonation. Great aroma of sweet cream and toffee, roasted malt, and raisins. Not as robust as I prefer however. Onto the taste: I was pleasantly surprised about the flavor, it's quite bigger than the aroma. Mostly consists of toasted malt and light roast coffee, but there is a sweet and tart aspect, reminding me of figs and twizzlers! This beer gives the mouth a great coating, but the finish is a little thin. Only a slight tingle. Feels warm on its way down, though. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Black nothing to colorful with this beer, no head at all

S-Strong hints of licorice, and dark malts and caramel

T-Brown sugar and caramel, somewhat bitter on the tail end

M-Low carbonation, very smooth.

D-Easy beer to drink but not something I enjoyed to much.Generic

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Photo of aqualung23
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ne0m00re
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle I picked up a weekend ago.
A: Clear dark brown with ruby hues, it poured with a one-finger cream head that died fast to a thin collar and film with lacing.
S: Toasted biscuit, nutty, but weird nutty, like pistachios, some banana and dark fruits, and a distinguishable smoked aroma. All right.
T: Hops are strong, with grapefruit citrus and pine, it starts out nutty and them moves towards a mild dark chocolate espresso with an early cleansing lack of creaminess. Mild raspberries, strawberries and pork linger. It's fruitier than expected, but the lack of that creamy mouthfeel is kind of a let down.
M: Too thin, but it has a frothiness that accents the fruit.
D: Pretty good for an imperial porter, mostly because of its lighter body.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.44/5  rDev -31.3%
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 Rschis16
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost jet black and very dark brown around the edges with an almost white head that goes dissappointingly quickly, leaving almost nothing behind. Beautiful beer however. Unfortunately however, not much on the nose other then a slight hop aroma. Taste is smooth but missing some robustness that the bottle boasts. That said, there is still plenty of flavor to go around. It's got a nice hop bite when it first touches the tongue and is then followed by a creamy maltiness, resulting in a smooth beer and a solid porter. I can put a few of these away if need be, but nothing overly special about this one.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a pint glass form a 12oz

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger off white/beige head that sits very pretty atop the beer.

S- Light toffee, caramel sweet bready nuttiness and a touch of black licorice.

T- Very sweet, overwhelming, chocolate and vanilla, coffee bean thrown in the mix, nuts and tofee. Very bitter on the finish

M- Full and heavy, drinks like a milk shake or a syrup, sweet and bitter.

O- Overall this is too sweet for me, tastes artificial. Not a fan don't think i will invest in again.

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Photo of loupap
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of EMH73
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of letsgopens
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
3.55 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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