Southampton Imperial Porter | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Imperial PorterSouthampton Imperial Porter
326 Ratings
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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3.6/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +20%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger light brown head. Head dissipates after a bit and leaves a half finger off white cap.

Nose is initially of dark fruit, cherries maybe. Also some dark malt detected, along with some sweetness.

Taste is more on the malt side than the fruit side, although there is still a hint of the dark fruit. Malt has more of a roasted flavor than the nose. Black licorice towards the end as it finishes with a decent amount of bitterness.

Low carbonation with a a medium/full body gives way to a creamy mouthfeel. Decent bitterness at the finish but it doesn't linger.

Drinkability is ok. Usually with a beer that leans toward a heavier body I'd like it to be a bit more complex with richer flavors. A beer I wouldn't mind having again but I'd reach for a different brew right now if I was to have another.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark syrup in the glass (opaque), living under a thick off-white head. Retention is strong.

Smells of roasty malts and some toffee. Chocolate might be hiding in the background, but just makes a cameo appearance.

Your palate will pick up the chocolate and toffee, but neither is overpowering.

Has a nice creaminess to it. Medium bodied, wouldn't hurt it to be a little fuller. Not exactly sweet to start, kind of stoutish, but slight bitterness in the finish.

Has pretty good alcohol (7.2%), but it very drinkable due to the creaminess and nice flavors. Looking forward to another of these.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: black/brown. mocha hued frothy head with decent retention. opaque.

S: roasted cocoa. assertive, but definitely on the softer side. candied apple and a touch of vanilla.

T: gentle roast matches the nose. not too assertive. finish is slightly sweet, but mostly dry. actually it is predominately dry.

M: pretty soft carbonation on a medium body. fizz tastes good.

D: overall still a very drinkable robust porter. i understand the imperial name tag due to the alcohol, but the flavor is still a bit muted. was hoping this would be closer to a baltic.

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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz : Teku glass

Near black, with deep red mahogany highlights when held to light. Fairly short lived, foamy light tan head.

Lightly roasty, cocoa notes.

Some basic roasted malt, faint cocoa. Not much going on here.

Thin body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A decent porter, but also fairly forgettable. I was expecting a bit more of a bolder flavor profile and perhaps a bit heavier body.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southampton Imperial Porter is a black ale that's brown on the edges of the glass when held to the light. It has a smooth, dense, light brown head that leaves excellent lacing. It has a dark, resinous aroma that smells a little charred with a light sweetness... like molasses. It has a medium body that's lively with a mineral quality. A quick, dry finish leaves a mouth a little scratchy. Light sweetness and dark roasted flavors are balanced well with an ample, herbal bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and smokey with a slight hint of licorice. "Imperial porter" is a good way to describe this. It's somewhere between a robust porter, an export stout and a Baltic porter. It's reasonably complex, unique and enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a porter with a decent head and a good carbonation that comes forth into something a bit too lean for the abv. look is just about black with a lighter than mocha head of about 3 fingers. nose of chocolate and carob. palate is that but a bit toasty. complete momentary malt quality that is compromised by the carbonation. its not boozy but it is a bit noticeable.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits a couple days ago and it is time now for me to leave my hotel. It is 9:30AM local time, and this beer is my breakfast today. Woo hoo! Go Beer!

Appearance: Pours black to look at, but is a semi-clear dark brown when held to the light. There was a small head of tan bubbles when first poured, but the head faded back into the beer so quickly that I didn't really get to see the size of the bubbles. What is left are quite small bubbles, so I imagine that was what we had to begin with.

Aroma: I got some evident roast along with some fresh chocolaty notes. Other than this, there are some toasty malts in here and a very reserved floral hop bouquet.

Taste: The beer has a very clean malt profile and the overall balance is decidedly toward the malt the whole time. I get some hops in here, but they are having to coexist with the roast malts for control of the finish. The overall roast presentation is really mild for a Porter, and especially an Imperial Porter. The beer has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is a tad low, so this is almost a saving grace for this beer or it would come across as weak for the style. As it is, I can feel some warming from the alcohol after I have drank about half the beer, but it is not apparent in the flavor.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. I like that it is so drinkable as it currently is, but this fact is what hurts it when compared to the style. This beer comes across to me as more of a Brown Ale than a Porter. For a Brown Ale, it isn't bad, but as a Porter it is rather lame. Take that for what you will. I will certainly drink this beer...there is nothing wrong with the way it was brewed, but just the recipe falls short of what I expect for this style.

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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Oct. 2010. Acquired in trade a while ago, apologies for forgetting from whom. Served in the (512) One tulip.

Medium sized brown head. Moderately carbonated. Opaque, very dark brown, almost black in color. Aromas of molasses, acrid coffee, ethanol, a touch metallic. Tastes of roasty dark burnt malts. Some molasses and coffee. Just a faint touch of prunes or plums. Molasses in the finish and aftertaste. Medium to light body, light mouthfeel, moderate ethanol.

Just a bit above average for the style IMO.

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3.06/5  rDev -15%
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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Southampton Imperial Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 326 ratings
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