Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
44.2%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 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:
#36,280
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
326
Liked:
144
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
13.89%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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 DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head, light lace left behind. Smell is roasty with some fruity/herbal notes, liquorice, some sweet lightly sugary scents ,some coffee and bakers chocolate round out the nose as well. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, mildly hoppy with nice bitter/bittersweetness running through this. Medium carbonation, medium feel, mildly syrupy at points with some creamy touches. This was really solid, nothing outstanding but super flavourful and very good, I would love to try more stuff from these guys.

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Photo of jdeni
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright SH-Latrobe...this is your first easily accessible beer that I'll have tried to date.

Appearance:
Watery, dark brown while pouring/black once stagnant looking beer with no head. There is little lacing and in general, nothing looks too impressive or inviting about this beer.

Smell:
Very faint malt fruit and alcohol bite. Not much in the beer's nose either.

Taste:
So this beer actually tastes decent. It's got a lot more malt character than anticipated followed by a very light roasty-chocolatiness. The thing that surprises me the most is the sweet chocolate at the end, it makes it worth drinking.

Mouthfeel:
For an imperial porter this has a rather thin body and is lacking in carbonation as well. The beer's one redeeming quality is it's excellent aftertaste. The alcohol is a little too strong, possibly out of balance with the weak flavors of this beer...but then it wouldn't be considered imperial if they toned down the alcohol. Paradox.

Overall:
I'd probably drink this again at some point, but I'm not ranting and raving about it. I'd love to try their RIS to compare.

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Photo of KornWallace
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark chocolate, dark caramels, fruity yeast and a hint of roastiness combine, I was expecting a little more as all the above are a bit mellowed.
The tastes begin with burnt dark caramels and a lighter sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly the coffee/bitterness is retrained which is usually a major characteristic of this style. It finishes dry with dark chocolate flavors and a touch more roastiness as it warms.
The mouthfeel is smooth and lush. It's medium-full bodied. It has a delicate yet restrained carbonation that leaves a clean finish/flavor on the palate. Overall a good example of the style, restrained definitely compared to other verions, but that is acceptable considering the lower ABV level in the category. Recommended for the quality/pricepoint alone.

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Photo of caljrjr
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of loupap
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 gabedivision
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.77/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear, extremely deep reddish brown with two fingers of medium tan colored head that has large bubbles and linger for a decent amount of time, leaves a nice amount of thin lacing on the glass
S: chocolate and roasted, almost burnt, coffee malts, really nice warm scent, i feel like i should be drinking this in front of a fire in a log cabin in the middle of the woods on a cold blizardy night
T: begins with the chocolate malts then hits with the nice coffee malts which linger strongly on the palate long after the sip is over, really an incredible porter taste, gotta be up there with my favorites, not even the slightest hint of the imperial character
M: smooth, so incredibly smooth, silky and slightly thick, gentle carbonation, actually leaves the mouth feeling oddly dry and at the same time watering, perhaps my mouth is just watering for the next sip
O: love this beer, love this brewery, they absolutely blow me out of the water, they don't just make a style, the exemplify it and damn near perfect it, well done as always

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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 44.2% out of 100 with 326 ratings
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