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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter
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Southampton Imperial Baltic PorterSouthampton Imperial Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nose and body: Light roast, dark fruit plum, cherry. A touch of chocolate. Lightly roasted coffee. Low bitterness. Creamy body. Lingering dark fruit, and tossed malt.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. only "dating" i could find was 17M15.

first off, i'm taking a best guess here that this is the beer I'm drinking. BA lists an Imperial Baltic Porter and an Imperial Porter with the same abv. Southampton's website only lists one porter. bottle label i'm looking at states "inspired by the Baltic Porters of centuries past". anyway, here goes.

looks pretty good in the glass, solid black body with decent head and lacing.

faint aroma of some booze, which is surprising considering that it's only 7.2abv, which to me is less than Baltic porter standards. some dark fruit as well.

Taste is good, malt isn't overly roasted so its smooth going down. dk fruit taste in the finish. mouth is closer to thin that medium, which was a little disappointing.

overall, wouldn't of thought of it as a baltic, but still quite pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of AD17
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. It pours a deep, dark mahogany - almost black - with a one-finger, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of strong coffee, chocolate, roasted, malt, nuts, and vanilla. The taste follows the nose but with more chocolate and caramel sweetness than I anticipated. There is just a slight bitterness at the finish. The tastes blend nicely. The only disappointment is that the body is a little thin. There is no discernible alcohol taste and with an ABV of 7.2%, it is easy to drink. I think the name "Imperial" Porter is a little misleading. Overall, this is a tasty porter. It could be pared with a meal, as a dessert beer or for casual pub-drinking.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Champs in State College.

L: Pours a dark, dark brown... nearly black with a thin tannish head.

S: Coffee and roasted malts. Mild chocolate notes.

T/F: Definitely a porter (not quite an Imperial?) with some great chocolate and coffee notes. Roasted malts and dark fruits in the finish. Smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very satisfactory porter... somewhere between a standard and imperial in my opinion. Nice flavor profile but not a 'must try'. Great to mix up in a session.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyLema1
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Some coffee notes, medium bodied...very British tasting

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Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B-may1192
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light for a dark beer

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Photo of Morneweck
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryanm1
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not much in the way of anything for this beer. Indestinct generic taste as if it had the same malty consistency of a Guinness. Although it says it's an imperial the abv of seven plus is disguised well. Not much of a finish but a slight bitterness.

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Photo of blckwiteboy
1.39/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is not an imperial beer at all. An imperial ale starts at 9%. The brewery fools people buy naming and saying the beer is stronger than it is. They have other beers named similarly and they don't match style. I drank the beer and was the first craft beer I ever poured down the drain. It was weak in flavor and lacked everything a porter needs. I was more disappointed that the beer deceived me than the taste. But over all its a bad beer.

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Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of gcare02
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, dark bread, light coffee, light licorice, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of donbet69
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 378 ratings