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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Our imperial, Baltic-style porter is inspired by the strong, dark brews exported from Great Britain to Eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhliesen (759) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (2545) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 19, 2013
Awesome one too. Quite roasty grains flavours and nice features. Very good aroma and crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1354) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1066) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (909) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Translucent dark brown color. Small tan head dissipates quickly. Faint roasted malt nose. Sweet roasted malt flavor is redolent of cocoa and coffee with licorice undertones. Nicely complex and flavorful. Cloying, earthy, full bodied and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ExpendableHero (771) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
This was pretty solid. Aromas of coffee/chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, some muted dark coffee notes, earthy flavors, some molasses, and roasted malts. A bit dry, yet sweet on the finish. Somewhat boozy, but in a good way. I liked this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4621) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
12 ounce thanks to UDBeernut. Creamy with some chocolate. Nice tan head. Slight bitterness. A little light in the body for "imperial," but tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder and some lager yeast. Flavour brings out sweetened cocoa powder, lager yeast, and a little candied sugar. Well-balanced, quite light-bodied and easily drinkable. Quite a well-made Baltic porter. Good stuff.


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