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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, and a faint wiff of alcohol. Black body with traces of brown around the edges and a small tan head that mainly gathers around the edges of the glass. Flavors of bitter chocolate, molasses, woodines. Thin in the mouth with not much lingering flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Heavy Woods, Brooklyn tap ($6): Pours black with a tan head (I didn’t get much of it because the bartender poured it all the way to the top). Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of roasted malt, along with some caramel up in there. Taste is slightly sweet, with somewhat bitter chocolate. Body is medium. Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is medium-low. Thicker than many European versions of course. Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma has dark fruit, mild smoke, and molasses. Flavor is chalky with notes of smoke, dark chocolate, and hints of dark fruit...band aidy. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4628) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Rating 699 for this one. 12 oz bottle. Sweet nose is lightly chocolaty, slightly more roasty, with some acrid/acidic tones. Dark brown pour with a large, slick rocky tan head. Taste semi-sweet with nice ashen roast, some toffee and restrained fruits, minimal hops, touch of bread in with the chocolate at the back. Dense small-bubble crispness in the fullish body, smooth and very gently warming. Simple but supremely smooth, classy but a little dulled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with beige head, little lacing. Aroma is roast malt, and chocolate. Full bodied, caramel, toast and chocolate. Lekker malt finish, good and rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (1878) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from mari’s. Pours pitch black with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a film. The pour seemed a little thin. The aroma has a bit of lactose, maybe a little milk chocolate. The taste has dark chocolate, rich coffee, slightly bitter finish. The palate is a little watery for the style. Solid overall offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1417) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours a clear dark, brown with a large, creamy light tan head. Aroma has a very light overall nose with a light nutty, toasted malt nose (not much else). Flavor has a mild nutty, light chocolate middle with a light toasted end. High carbonation, modest feeling in density and slight dryness at end. Overall a decent porter. No nose and flavor is very much one dimensional not a lot but enough to keep you fairly satisfied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluffy (1328) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
a good choice for my 700th rating. aroma is somewhat peat-like, a little bit of dark bread. flavor is dark roasted malts, some rye-ish bite of grains, a bit of coffee and/or chicory. a mildly oily finish on the tongue, with a somewhat dry, sweet bite. pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Had on 12/26/12, poured into a dimpled mug. Near opaque black, with a very slight brown coloring when held up to the light. Small brown head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. The nose is fairly faint, with malt notes expected in the style present initially (mainly slight dark chocolate and coffee with minimal roast). The flavor is quite smooth and balanced with minimal bitterness. There are nice chocolate and coffee notes, and the finish is quite smooth with only a faint alcohol warmth. (This imperial is on the smaller side; I wouldn’t expect much heat from something that barely lands on the imperial register.) The mouthfeel is noticeably thin, and there is a tiny bit of carbonation present, but that is really this beer’s only fault as far as I’m concerned. Overall, the drinkability of this beer is what really surprises me. I normally pick up an imperial porter or stout expecting a malt or roast bomb with flavors that overwhelm me, but this beer is the anthesis of that. Southamption has done what it always done; it has produced a smooth, drinkable beer that pleases the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dscales22 (10) - - DEC 25, 2012
Great taste. 7.2% black ale. A little heavy on the stomach. Would definitely buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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