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: 377 |  Reviews: 331
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 ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown (nearly black as night) beer. Has a big creamy light brown head. Light chocolate and coffee notes in the aroma. Very smooth mouth feel goes hand in hand with the milk chocolaty flavor character with some bittersweet coffee notes on the finish. At 7.5% this goes down very easy.

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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 Boilermaker88
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bottle bearing no freshness date and poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a glossy near-black color and a one-finger beige head that faded down to a thin skim and left no lace.
Nose had major chocolate and dark malt notes with a sweet caramel undercurrent. Also had the slightly acrid aroma of old stale coffee. To start, there was a pervading sweetness of caramel and dark fruit. Not to be outdone, a counterpointing bitterness presented itself in the flavors of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans. Finishes up with a smooth alcohol bite. These tastes nicely complemented each other, yielding a rich, flavorful brew. The feel was medium heading toward full and creamy with a drying finish.
Overall, this was a very drinkable, pleasing Baltic porter. A nice introduction to the Southampton line.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dark malt scent that is heavy in crystal, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's sweet with hints of chocolate and dry roasted aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth black and chocolate malt flavor; sweet and earthy. It goes down easy and finishes chocolatey with a dry earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It has everything I'm looking for; a great drinker.

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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 blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Contract brewed 22 oz bottle from Medocino in Saratoga Srings, NY (a.k.a. Olde Saratoga) pours into a tulip with a carbonation bubble-less onyx ink hue giving up no ghosts when held directly to the light, topped with a razor thin khaki collar

Initial nose of plum and some grainy buscuit. Warmed up, this is a delicate pastry boozy rum torte.

First swigs: Smooth buttery roasted malts with a sweet sugary balance. Barely a linger of toasted malts. Gently toasted and dark fruit pinch.

Taunt tight focused carbonation. Superb silky smooth feel and carbonation.

Last swigs: Deliciously smooth and soft. Lightly fruity and zesty malt. Reminds me of Westvleteren 12 a bit. A must try. Impressive that Mendocino can handle such a delicate flower.

Beer is good. Happy bering.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a rich brown color with a soft fluffy beige head foaming up 2-3 cm easily. Aroma is toffee and chocolate with sweet dark fruit and a bit of grassy hops.
The first sip reveals a thick body with mild soft carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is sweet malt and roasted notes as well with some raisins and bakers chocolate. A general sweet twang makes its presence known on each sip.
THe finish leaves a lingering roasted malt flavor.
The beer is super smooth and easy to drink, no hint of ABV. Quite an interesting and tasty beer!

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

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" of light brown head over the almost opaque dark brown (with reddish highlights) brew. Head fades to half height, with impressive, prevalent lacing. Aroma is dark malts, with a fruity vinous character. The taste is mellow dark grains, with touches of fruit coming through, and then closing with the alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, nice, and drinkability is great as well. Another nice one here from Southampton.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of goodbyeohio
Pours a deep brown with just a hint of red peaking through the sides. The head is small, but retention is pretty good. When the head finally goes away, lacing is there, but not much and it's not particularly impressive.
Smell is coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits.
Taste is big and fruity. Grapes, figs, currants, etc. dominate the flavor, leaving chocolate and coffee as a background. There is an almost wine-like quality to this one.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing too out of the ordinary here.
Overall, a fine Baltic Porter. I personally prefer this style to be a bit more roasty in character, but as a whole, I think that this is still a damn good beer. Again, Southampton impresses.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild aroma of dark roasted malts on top of raisins, and a creamy vanilla yeastyness that reminds me of a big Belgian. A long distance poured pour only resulted in a small dark tan head that faded quickly to a whispy film. Deep cola colored beer with a ruby hue that shows little activity. Fairly strong, mildly sweat port and raisin flavors mixed with some creamy vanilla. Just a dash of dry, bitter dark malt pulls through making for a drier finish. A smooth, full bodied beer that delivers plenty of flavor without being sticky. I really like the contrast between dark roasted malts and deep vinuous flavors. I'll be picking up a few more for the cool fall days to come.

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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 medic25
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark brown/black color, with very little in the way of a head. Faint aroma, mostly malty. Taste is wonderful; quite sweet, with a significant flavor of toffee and chocolate blending with the roast malt base. Extremely drinkable, this is a much lighter beer than it first let's on. My first experience with Southampton beers, and they certainly made a great first impression.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When roused this beer pours with a frothy light brown head. The beer is an opaque, almost black beer that shows just a hint of deep brown. The aroma is mellow and smooth with notes of dark sweet chocolate, hints of alcohol, a bit of burnt raisins, and a smidge of roasted black express beans. The taste is full and chewy on the tongue with a mouth coating creamy fullness that sticks to my mouth even after the beer has been swallowed. The beer is sweet with a full chocolate flavor. It is quite clean and mellow almost Lager like (did this use a traditional Lager yeast for fermentation?). There are some fruit note here from the rich maltiness; I get notes of raisins, figs and perhaps a hint of cherry all of which have been slightly burnt and concentrated as if roasted over an open flame.

This is spot on for a Baltic style Porter, rich and malty with ample notes of chocolate and roast (but not as much as an Imperial Stout) and a smooth rounded fermentation character typical of a Lager type yeast (or at least a non-descript Ale yeast). This beer is quite enjoyable with enough complexity to keep me entertained yet not so much that I become distracted from over the top flavors, and it is just the perfect beer to enjoy in a 22oz serving.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to dark blackness with some hints of brown. The head was small, faded quickly, and left no lace that lasted more than a few seconds.

The smell is very nice, consisting of strong roasted malt along with chocolate, caramel, and light hints of vanilla and alcohol. The taste comes through as well, with these flavors tasted up front before hops clean up the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't seem to measure up, not being nearly as smooth or hearty as expected.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby cast. Very faint beige head doesn't stick around for long and leaves zero lace.

Aroma is typical porter. Coffee, dark roasty malts, some dark fruit, and floral hops. I was expecting more from the nose.

Flavoe kicks it up a notch with scorched toffee, chocolate, coffee, raisins, dried fruit, and spicy floral hops. Good, but not outstanding.

Medium bodied with moderatel low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of IceAce
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nose filled with promise...the promise of fresh toffee mixed with deeply roasted malt and drizzled with chocolate. Entry is smooth with a wonderous mouthfeel not unlike chocolate velvet. Roasted malts shine through the midtaste until rescued by the toffee/chocolate finish. Vanilla ice cream would bring out the best in this beer.

Many thanks to beerbuddy JiLLian for this one!

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Photo of packetknife
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near black pour with a lace at the edges, dark brown, but no head otherwise. The complete lack of head, not even fading head, dissapoints. Toasty malt on the nose, a bit of coffee-like tones but very subtle. A bit too subtle. Very light on taste too; generally porter-ish with nothing imperial about it that I can identify. Very smooth, good density. Drinkable but not remarkable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a nice brown porter with a half finger head. The head died quickly, and there was no lacing. A little disappointing there.

Aroma was pretty good... rich sweet dark fruits (raisins and figs), a bit of plums, and light roasted malt. It wasn't really that strong, either.

Taste was of bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted barley (almost burnt), and a touch of sweetness, with some alcohol warmth on the way down. A nice change from straight roasted malt... some real complexity and character.

Mouthfeel was chewy and good. Drinkability... pretty dang good. A very nice baltic porter.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep,dark, and rich looking. Ok tan head. Low aroma though what is there is quite nice-somewhat grainy and burnt. Slight sherriness to it. Good roasted malt flaovr. A lot of chocolate in this one. Raisen like with a hint of burnt caramel. Good body-fairly smoothe with a slight alcohol burn to finish. A very enjoyable beer. I wasnt all that impressed when first poured but as the bottle went down and I could sit back and comtemplate it, it really grew on me. Nice job. Thanks a bunch to irishredrock for the bottle.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a solid black color with a very sparse coat over top. Not much head action at all. The nose is a little light for my liking. I get a bit of fig, light chocolate, touch of brown sugary sweetness. Its good, but not as powerful as I would like it to be. Flavor is also not as bold as I would expect. Good roasted, slightly burnt character with a sweet fig character balances with a light molases sweetness. I like it. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is very good. No hint of the alcohol. I enjoy it. Nice beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn Kev, thanks for sharin' ho! 22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a dark jet black color with one finger of medium tan head. The smell is just incredible. It has this rich caramel sweetness that no other beer has been able to match. Hints of toffee and alcohol meld in there, and it just seems perfect for me. Even a hint of wood is coming out as it warms. The taste is full of coffee, chocolate, and caramel (aka awesome!). A hint of vanilla bean and alcohol on the finish. Brilliant. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is great for 7.5%. A damn tasty beer, thanks again Kev!

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Photo of ejquin
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Dark black with think brown head.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy and bready with a slight coffee tinge.

Taste: Coffee undertone with the slightest amount of hop spiciness up front. Some chocolate as well, but really not a whole lot of flavor.

Mouth: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drink: Good

Overall I thought this was an alright porter, it was good in a lot of ways, but was lacking in the taste department.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a tan head; retention wasn't that great but there was some lacing

Smell: Dried dark fruit scents dominate along with some toffee and chocolate

Taste: Starts with a plum and dark fruit flavor that develops with chocolate and toffee notes by mid-palate; after the swallow the chocolate comes to the fore with a tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation

Drinkability: A flavorful Baltic Porter that is balanced between the fruit and the chocolate

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Photo of scooter231
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color- dark chocolate color, opaque- can't see through it at all. Smells... fruity. Raisins, prunes, plums, cherries. Lots of fruity yummyness. Also a hint of coffee, roasted coffee even. Very tasty.

Taste is... delicious. Fruityness comes to play certainly, but I get more of a coffee and chocolate feel, along with more roasted flavors. A bare hint of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is lovely- a hint of bubblyness, followed by a creamy, smooth, almost full-bodied feel- silky. Chewy. Wonderful. Drinkable? I can see myself having several in one night. A really, really lovely porter. I'd pick this up almost any time I saw it. Yum.

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Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter from Southampton Publick House
3.94 out of 5 based on 377 ratings.
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