maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is dark and strong with a lot of roasting and just a hint at some dark bitterness in there. Taste is dark and bitter with just a hint at some chocolate underneath. Nice dark drink.
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted cereal and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, earth for the yeast, with prune, charcoal and vanilla in the background. Head is small, fizzy, light tan, with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palalte is medium to full, slick with a soft carbonation and a chalky finish. Smooth and toasty, bold an tasty. Very nice Imperial Porter.
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with yellow-gold at the edges. An inch of warm tan head. Moderate chocolate, lighter caramel and butterscotch aroma. bit of raisin bread and sweet cinnamon toast in the oven. Smells a bit lagerish, but the flavor gives it away. Creamy body of moderate heaviness. Flavor is bready cocoa powder to a clean, light bitterness of the forest. A decent Baltic porter, not a flavor bomb, but fairly consumable, a bit dry.
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from total wine Naples. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Some licorice notes on the nose. Caramel roast on the tongue which fades as the beer warms. Finishes clean.
jhliesen (753) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle--pours dark with a large, frothy head that reduces, sticks around and leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste was cocoa, sweet with a touch of nuts. Somewhat thin finish with no notes of the alcohol level for an Imperial, I’m fine with that. Held up well from winter. Produce place. 1.99
matt7215 (2231) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle form wegmans in niagara falls. pours deep brown with a tan head. nice complex darm malt profile, just a touch of hopping to balance. not harsh in anyway and quite drinkable for its weight. good one.
Inbreak (2423) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 19.05.2013, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Big creamy longlasting head. Aroma is smooth, licorice, dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, salty caramel, some hops. Taste is is roasted sour-ish coffee and dark malts, alcohol, grass, burnt caramel, licorice, bitter dark chocolate, nuts. Longlasting bitterness. Some years of aging would probably be a good thing for this one.
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome one too. Quite roasty grains flavours and nice features. Very good aroma and crafted.
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date whatsoever. The bottle cost $2.50, that’s $0.208 per ounce.
Appearance: Opaque black with no visible carbonation. Forms a fairly large, light gray, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Generic porter smell. No distinguishable notes.
Taste: Southampton is a brewery that has not impressed me much. I’ve heard good things about their imperial porter, and figured if any of their beers would wow me, this would be it. While this is not a bad beer at all, it’s only a plain "good" beer. If good is what you want and good is what they’re going for then consider it a success.
Technically a Baltic Porter, this beer does have a bit of lager-like character to it (Baltic Porters are a hybrid lager/ale style). I notice a tangy consistency throughout the entire palette. Mild roasted malt flavors and a hint of chocolate or maple syrup in the first half, followed by a quick bitter sensation and finishing with hint of tanginess. The sweetness is nice and delectable, but has a ways to go to be on par with the more gourmet imperial porters and stouts. A well-balanced brew, though, which is nice. Not too intense, though I think more robustness would actually serve this beer well. Satisfying is good enough I suppose.
Drinkability: I think Southampton Imperial Porter is a bit of a misnomer because at 7.2% ABV, it’s not all that imperial. The body is on the thinner, more calm end of the spectrum as well. Nothing sticky or cloying and the aftertaste is actually quite clean. A nice velvety texture with a smooth finish makes it easy to drink in bigger sips. No alcohol presence either.
scarletfire65 (982) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Charred wood, chocolate, licorice on the nose. Taste follows. Great creamy palate, high carbonation, sweet malty base. The finish is dry with a bit of acidity.