unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal; Pratically perfect Porter. This is a Porter as I like them. Chocolaty and smokey aroma, nice brown/black body, coffee, chocolate, caramel taste. Two hours after tasting this beer, I still had the taste in my mouth. Hope to find this beer somewhere in province of Quebec or in Ottawa.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Southampton Imperial Porter (Southampton Publick House; Southampton, NY; Baltic Porter; ABV: 7.2) is a velvety smooth porter. Chocolate in color, the rich notes of chocolate and caramel are complimented by dark fruit and roasted malt with a hint of coffee in the backbone. SIP is perfectly balanced and the alcohol content of more than 7% is well hidden. This porter paired nicely with the delicious California burger that I had for dinner, and I strongly suspect that it would be an excellent dessert beer as well.
The silkiness and richness of this beer, combined with its superior drinkability, makes SIP ideal for fans of imperial porters.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Contract brewed bottled version from Mendicino Brewing’s Saratoga Springs, NY Brewery. 22 oz bottle. Pours to a beautiful, opaque, jet black color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is full and rich with lots of big coffee, roast, dark chocolate, and peppery alcohol aromas. The palate is firm but polished with good dark chocolate, coffee, and light roast flavors that coat the tongue. Imperial Porter finishes with more good dark chocolate and roast flavors up front, then ends with a smooth, clean, peppery alcohol burn that slightly lingers.
An excellent domestic version of Baltic Porter.The Southampton brewed version of this style, is said to be, dare I say perfect? Seek this beer out if you can find it in your markets, and of course, if you can make it out to Long Island, try this one at source.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very chocolatey, some coffee and cream, sliky smooth. This is a delicious beer that tastes like a dessert. Really good stuff, I hope to try more.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black pour with a thin short lasting white head. I loved this beer. Very complex aroma and flavor. Raisins and sweet berries on the nose with some molasses and chocolate. Very sweet to start, but not overpowering. Lots of caramel and coffee with a bit of vanilla cream and a touch of sourness. Lots of coffee on the finish. Like I had just finished a shot of espresso. Loved it!
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very different from other porters that I have tried. Not a smokey taste at all but actually a slight fruit like taste note. Other than that its an awesome brew.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and bubbly with a ruby tint. Amazing aromas of vanilla, cream, chocolates of all kinds, hot cocoa, milk, coffee, and a slight hint of currant. Sweet and chocolatey first sip, some underlying acidity and alcohol actually enhanced this experience. warming yet refreshing, milky and full of coffee flavors. Finishes with some more dry cocoa and alcohol hints. I expected a lot from this beer and was still blown away by it’s long lasting flavor.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve heard so many great things about the Southampton Publick house and I’ve been dying to try one of their beers for awhile now, so thanks to my trip to NY for this one and Half Time the greatest place to buy beer I’ve ever seen for having it. This beer pours a very dark brown and leaves a thin tan lace that disappates quickly. The smell is of roasted chocolate and nuts, followed by a whiff on caramel malty sweetness that almost salivates your mouth. The taste finally! hits you with some slight carbonation, then the taste of chocolate with some fig fruit essence, it starts on your palate with some caramel sweetness then gives you a little bittersweet chocolate hop finish. Overall fantastic for the style.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(02.04.06) One pint 6 fl oz brown bottle purchased from Brickskeller, Washington, DC. Bottled labeled as Reserve XXII. Black-ruby hued with small tan head. No discernable carbonation. Prunes, bourbon, and roasted malt aromas. Full bodied porter that starts with light sweet malt with prunes/chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Finishes with light lingering bitterness and roasted malt aftertaste. Complex flavors. . .Smooth and creamy. . . Well-balanced. . . More stout-like in texture and taste. An amazing imperial porter. Another excellent offering from Southampton. Simply delicious.
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Provided by orbitalr0x as part of BIF 30, this beer came in a 22 oz. bomber. When poured it looked dark brown to black with a body that appeared opaque at first glance, but revealed ruby highlights when held up against strong light. The beer came out sounding fizzy like a soft drink, and the head was foamy and one inch thick immediately after pouring. It died down to a more modest crown of bubbles shortly afterwards, and ended up as a thin ring by the time the glass was mostly consumed. Not much lacing to speak of either.
The aroma was very pleasing, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and hops is a sweet harmony. The taste was similar, but with dark fruits playing the lead role, followed closely by the caramel. Lactic sourness was a good counterbalance to the sweet malts. Not many burnt or roasty flavors to speak of, except a little bit of burnt toast like astringent bitterness. Alcohol was quite warm and soothing.
The beer was very easy to drink despite the multitude of flavors. If I had to point out one flaw, it would be the thinness of the body when compared to other examples of the style. A well constructed beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.