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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Photo of RedDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another luscious, artistic brew from Southampton. This one is deep walnut brown – just a half shade shy of opacity – with a thick lumpy tan head. It boasts a superb sherry-like aroma with abundant malt fruits. The taste also has parallels to sherry or port wine with a rich toffee finish.

The presence of alcohol lends the welcome texture of warmth, enhancing the sensuality of the smoky, ashen aftertaste. Not only are all properties abundant and refined, they are adamantly sustained for the duration of a pensive 22 oz. session.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass bottle. A thick black foil covers the neck and the crown cap. Single obverse label lends a quality feel to this offering. The cream colored label has black lettering. ‘Southampton 2004 Imperial Baltic Porter’ and a picture of a crown lend a regal feel. Listed as ‘OG – 17.3° Plato 7.2% abv’ [not 7.5% as listed].

Appearance: A dark black body with some residual transparency, but not much, and what can be detected is a murky toffee brown. The head forms easily and looks proud as its creamy mass slowly calms down to form a finger thick cap covering. But this too slowly breaks down to a thin covering which leaves some lacing.

Nose: Heavy with malts and bittersweet chocolates. Bonfire toffee, parkin and dark chocolate coated caramel chews. Chewy.

Taste: Very smooth, refined and cultured. Sweet malts are heavy in the start; this soon slowly changes into a bitter-sweet chocolate feel, which gets darker with some light coffee and caramel. The sweetness makes a come back in the finish, but it is more restrained than it was in the beginning. The finish is creamy, with a smidgeon of alcohol, some vinous feel, more chewy toffees, cloying caramel and some rich toasted coffee hints. The lingering finish is well, lingering, bitter and mildy vinous. After half of the bottle I started to get a tingling finish like that from the aniseed gobstoppers I used to eat by the pound when a child.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Silky feel on the tongue and cheeks. The vinous lick at the finish never quite gains a foothold. Dry at times, creamy at others. Solid feel.

Drinkability: I had no problems at all finishing this one; it slowly disappeared as I typed many overdue e-mails back to friends in England tonight. Easily one of the better Baltic Porters that I have tried to date. A fantastic slow session evening drink that comforts you.

Overall: Another fine brew from Southampton, and a most befitting nightcap. Wouldn’t it be great if I could get to Southampton this weekend? Hope so.

Thanks to Davo for pointing this one out to me during our end of May NYC beer shopping trip. It was certainly well worth the $8.25, and even the wait. ;-)

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Photo of francisweizen
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, nearly opaque black colour with brown highlights and an off-white, slightly tan head of foam that left nice lacing and lasted for the majority of the glass. The aroma was of chocolate (milk and dark), coffee, toffee, caramel, some slight alcohol, and more! The taste is sweet and bitter up front with some nice strong coffee notes, and some roasted malt notes in the middle. The finish is raw and hoppy with some biting booziness and some awesome bitterness as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thick, but it was medium bodied for an imperial porter. The drinkability was also quite good. This is a very good imperial porter, and an awesome beer, but i've definately had better from SPH!

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

It poured with a drak head that dissipated quickly. As I drank, a slight lace formed that never really went away. The beer has a strong caramel and malt taste. It also has a great nut flavor, almost like a hazelnut. The bitters are slight at first, but then the nutty, malty flavors come through and dominate over the bitters.

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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 Imbiber
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned at the Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn.

Very dark, almost black, with a healthy tan head which lasted the duration; good lacing on the glass too. Aroma was malty and a bit alcoholic. Taste was incredibly good: the rich flavour was packed with caramel and some licorice notes, with a good balancing sweet dark malt aspect. Quite chewy on the palate as if I was trying to taste every molecule of this great beer (I was!).

The finish had some alcohol warmth, and the chewy caramel aspect lingered as a very pleasant and long aftertaste.

'Awesome' is the word...

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