Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter | Southampton Publick House

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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

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Added by Todd on 02-13-2003

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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 332
Reviews by srrn:
Photo of srrn
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a quickly reducing one finger head after a vigorous pour. Deep brown, but not quite black. Smell is chocolate, maybe licorice and a bit of coffee. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than others I've had but all in all true to the style, less expensive than others and a good solid brew. Southampton brews a wide variety of styles, only a few available here but great offerings none the less.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep deep brown not quite black with a nice rddish tint when help up to a bright light with a fluffy one finger mocha colored head.Bitter chocolate arames hit you up front with an underlying fruitiness that has a real lactic/sour edge to it along with some dry earthiness,well rounded flavors bitter chocolate really makes its presence felt with sweet caramal and molasses with a somewhat earthy finish.This beer is begging to be served at room temp where all its flavors and complexties and come out.Awesome to say the least,Southampton rocks!

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Photo of kaimcm
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from BeerBeing, thanks!

A: Opaque body, light chocolate brown head which I wish was fluffier and stayed around longer. Even agitation can only bring back a light coating.

S: Roasty, toasty, chocolatey, bittersweet

T: Super tasty treat. This beer is my dessert tonight and it suits well. Up front roasted qualities but not slap in the mouth powerful. Subtle but delicious. Coffee/toffee, chocolate notes. A hint of vanilla. Light, clean finish.

M: A little light for an imperial but nice.

D: Filling me up pretty quick but no complaints here.

A really enjoyable brew. Glad I finally cracked the bottle and would love to get some more.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Brewed & Bottled By Southampton Bottling, Saratoga Springs, NY for what it is worth. Pours from the bottle a dark muddy brown bordering on black with a small tan head that falls to a ring around the glass fairly quickly. Aromas of roasty burnt dark malts, powdery cocoa notes amid dark fruits, raisins and caramel. A bit restrained from what I usually desire in a porter.

First sip brings an upfront roasty, burnt carmalized maltiness. Underneath there's some dark fruity tones along with hints of powdered cocoa sweetness. Finishes clean with only a slight bitterness on the way down. Some light hops show up in the background but the malt reigns supreme. I was expecting a bit more forward, robust flavor from this one to be honest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good flow of carbonation. Nice maltiness overall but I would still like just a smidge more body in there. Overall, a tasty brew that is enjoyable, however I think it falls more toward a standard porter than anything imperial. I'm not gonna be scrambling to get anymore soon. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the opportunity.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pretty beer: dark brown/black with red highlights and a fairly thick coffee-colored head. Aroma was primarily caramel. Nice mix of tastes. Sweet chocolate, some coffee, a little cherry. Wonderful. A very smooth, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really Southampton? I go to a bar in NYC that boasts a lot of good stuff... I take a chance on you because the Leviathan Series baltic porter was tapped out... and this is what I get?


Thin and syrupy. No backbone. no body. little taste. When I think imperial porter I think gonezo (which they had, but since i can drink it in California, I ignored). This was a big disappointment.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a great, frothy, light brown head that retains very well. Good lacing. Smells of roastiness, dark chocolate, caramel, black licorice, and a slight hop spice. Taste isnt as good as the aroma but still nice. More roastiness but not overly roasty, figs, chocolate, caramel, some weak hops...tad thin. Mouthfeel was high on carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty enjoyable and drinkable but lacks the character and oomph of top-tier Baltic Porters. On the thin side and needs more "oomph." Just my .02, for what it's worth.

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to kmpitz2, pours a deep dark brown body with a small light brown head. Body is a radiant, dark mahogany when held to light. Patchy lace is sparse, as expected.

Very nice aroma. Dark dried fruits, fresh ripe plums, chocolate, and a walnut nuttines.

Mouthfeel has a pleasant nutty character, medium body, and ample carbonation.

Taste has a nice complexity that fits the style well. Dark roasty malt bitterness, chocolate covered hazelnuts, toffee, and a hint of day old coffee. Lots of alcohol accented fresh fruitiness-dates, raisins, plums, even a hint of orange pulp. A vinous alcohol presence swirls about underneath, barely detectable.

My first Southampton brew, hopefully not the last. Very well crafted, and one of the best Baltic Porters I've sampled.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at The Blind Tiger NYC, Poured Inky black with a dark tan, good retentive head. Left moderate lace. Obvious alcohol, roasted malts, coffee, and burnt fruit notes define this fine creation. Hard to go to wrong when you order one of S'hampton's brews. This one is rich and flavorful. Full of flavor. a sensory delight.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston. Nick informed me that this brew is contracted out of Saratoga, New York.

Dark body, not light passing through this beer. Minimal tan head and some fine lacing.

Strong yeasty smell with chocolate undertones. Taste is dry, yeast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like rubbing a sock on your tongue, but thankful not as unpleasant as that actually might be (depending on who's foot it may have housed).

Drinkable yes, a nice brew and worth a try.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition courtesy of Schoolteacher. ABV on this bottle is 7.2% ABV.

A: Poured a clear and quite dark chestnut in color into my full-sized Capital Ale House glass. Ruby-tinged shafts of light penetrate the layer of beer underneath the massive layer of tan-colored head. Frothy and rocky, it lasts forever and leaves all sorts of slathers of sticky lace on the glass.

S:Lots of Heath Bar in the nose, with subtle notes of coffee, toasted malt, and caramel.

T:Similar to the nose, but the roasted malt takes more of a role. Finely woven tapestry of bittered chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted malt, strong coffee, and bittering hops. Finish is an interesting mix of hoppy bitterness and sweet milk chocolate.

M/D: For almost the entire sampling profile, this was silky smooth on the palate. At end, however, it really stepped up the bitterness and it carries over into the finish. Body is medium. Interesting and actually quite appealing. ABV nearly invisible.

Notes: SPH scores another winner in my book. I sorely wish I could get access to their beers here in the Commonwealth. Thanks again to SchoolTeacher for this wonderful creation.

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Photo of jakester
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single from the Spinnerstown Hotel. I drank it in a pilsner glass. No date on the bottle, but it probably doesn't matter with this beer. Neck label says XXII Reserve; not sure what that means. This is brewed and bottled at Mendocino in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Pours an impenetrable brown/black with a one finger head of tan colored foam. Head drops to a scant ring, with splotches of lacing.

Aroma is soft chocolate and roasted malts, caramel and toffee, followed by a nice spicy hop smell. Notes of currants, dark cherries, and black pepper, with a little alcohol as it warms. All of these smells are soft and muted.

Flavor is chocolatey, roasty, and fruity, with currants and maybe prunes. Fairly sweet, with lots of residual sugar. Tastes of dark molasses, licorice, caramel and toffee, with a good level of hop bitterness to back up the malts. Spicy hop flavor is in there, but pretty well hidden. Alcohol is there, also. Aftertaste is chocolatey and sweet, with a slight heat at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. The carbonation level makes this seem sweeter than it is. Finish is sweet and lingering.

There is enough going on here to drink this all day long. It could be a little more complex, but it's a pretty damn good beer just the way it is.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Dantheman4162
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 750 ml bottle.

Rich thick head, brown, can't see through.

Very smooth, description on the bottle is pretty accurate: "rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel, and Toffee".
I would definitely get this again. When I drank it it was only chilled, not cold, and was delicious.

Not a ton of flavor, but instead was subtle... it was heavy, but not overbearingly so.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy brown with a full inch of finely bubbled foam head with craters and dimples throughout. Great retention.

Aroma of brown sugar, roasted malt, cocoa and caramel.

Rich flavor of dark maltiness, brown sugar, some cocoa and smoke. Also some fig and raisin.

Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Porter pours nice and dark out of the bottle. There is an ample head. The smell is rather pleasantly malty. The taste is of a toffee-coffee combo. A smooth and relatively rich mouth feel. A Porter worth giving a try, most definitely. But nothing exceptional.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoying out of the bottle as I don't have my proper glassware with me; if I try it again with a glass I will edit this review.
Enjoyed slightly warm, as dark beers lend themselves quite well to. Smell is alcoholic and malty, slightly roasted. Taste follows; I must be used to American Porters, because this Baltic one tastes more like a strong lager than a porter. Mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Still a great beer, just a little different than expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark caramel brown hue forms with a tan lucious head with streaks of lacing. Aroma contains deep plum and other alcohol laced fruits dark roasted malts with big layers of cocoa and coffee notes also carries along some herbal hop notes that solidify the aroma. Taste is full with more layers of chocolate cake mix and coffee beans which the roasty bitterness is then splashed with layers of plump fruit and phenolic alcohol notes plump raisins come through hop flavor is mild with a touch of herbalness all in all this one is welcomed by the imbiber. Mouthfeel med-full bodied low chugging carbonation goes down nicely very smooth and creamy on the palate. Drinkability high quality nice overall character for the Baltic Porter style easy drinking compared to some more aggressive approaches on the style yet a 22 ounce portion is definitely ample.

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

12 oz bottle allowed to warm for about 15 minutes, then served in a snifter.

A: pours a deep, dark, clear mahogany but is opaque and nearly black in the snifter. The frothy light brown head is mostly short-lived but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: mild-to-moderate strength. Dark malt and fruits, especially prune and raisin, notes of dark sweet chocolate, hints of alcohol, a bit of burnt raisins, and a smidge of roasted black express beans. 4.1

Taste: The beer is sweet with plenty of dark fruit, including notes of prunes, raisins, dates and a hint of cherry. Some dark chocolate and light coffee flavors come to the fore in the finish and aftertaste. Dark roasted grain and well-done toast linger into the finish as well. A bit boozy, but in a nice, brandy-like way. 4.2

M: full bodied, if not quite chewy; creamy smooth; well-chosen low carbonation.

O: This excellent Baltic Porter is rich and malty with ample notes of roasted grains, and dark fruits. This beer is nicely crafted, with enough complexity and depth to maintain interest even if used as a session beer.

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

Appearance - Thick dark black or brown. Minimal lacing and a disappointing head.

Smell - Toasted chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, hops, and maybe some plums?

Taste - The chocolate malt is balanced by hops, caramel, coffee, and the dark fruits. Nothing seems overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability - A nice porter. One of my favorites. Get it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick opaque brown body with a thin tan head that fades to a ring around the rim. No carbonation or light is visible through the body.

S- Rich malty notes with some dark malt and toasted malts both. The smell of raisins and a faint hint of port give it a good depth. Some light notes of molasses as it warms up.

T- Some dark malt flavors but not any burnt tastes. Lighter than a stout with some faint sourness at the finish. Not much fruity notes and pretty clean taste overall. Faint hop bitterness in the finish with no alcohol notes.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a very slight fizz to it and no alcohol warmth.

D- Good smooth drink that had more of the schwarzbier qualities and is missing a lot of the depth that I like to see in a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasted chestnut in color and an opaque beer with a reddish glow as light passes through it. A latte colored head rises above the beer and leaves light webbing on the glass.

Smell is moderate. There is a distinct chocolate presence with a malty coffee scent in the background. Honestly this smells like one of my first homebrews. Not great but its beer like.

Taste confirms my nose's speculation, very homebrew-ish. There is a processed flavor that to me tastes like its made from syrups rather then all grains. Not a bad flavor but sub par for an imperial porter (as said by the label.) The melting pot of flavors has some coffee, caramels, malts and chocolates. Nothing sticks out at me and it all just kind of goes blah together.

This is a consumable beer but it is a weak offering despite the smooth mouthfeel. I am unimpressed by the lack of character and personality. I feel like the flavors are muted and should be more robust. There is also a chalky finish that doesn't work for me. This one looks better then it is but still worth a try. I have to admit that it gets better as it warms and after half a glass of 7.5% I become less strict on the review. Its growing on me.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very very dark brown that hinges on pitch black. 1 finger slightly yellowed head. Fizzles to a ring in a few minutes. Can see through about an inch of the beer and it is clear and

S: Some coffee and chocolate along with dark fruits. Pretty nice roasted malt to it. Gets more fruit characteristics as it warms. Some alcohol is present.

T: Similar to the smell it has some coffee and chocolate. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Feel some hop in there too.

M: Slightly watery like most porters but a still contains a fairly rich mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking, better as it warms.

Overall a tasty and very drinkable porter that I wouldnt turn down. A little lackluster for a brewery that makes some real good beers.

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