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RATINGS: 764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2005
Found this in NY and what a find it was. Pours nearly black with a thick and long lasting white head. Aroma is so seductive becase the sensations are hidden so well. Wine is the dominant factor along with burnt coffee, toast, caramel and chocolate. Taste has a fantastic white wine feel to it which I love. Flavors get better as it goes down. One of the best Porters Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Slightly roasted with some fig in the aroma. Nice fluffy eggshell head sits on top a garnet black body. Slightly watery but the mouthfeel gains as it warms. Flavors abound with chocolate and raisins, smoky malts, slight hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol at the finish. This is a very nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Bottle. Black body with a small frothy tan head (3+). Sweet malt with moderate mocha roast and dark bitter chocolate. Sweet rich malt flavour has notes of chocolate and very mild mocha roast. Chocolate notes last long into the aftertaste, and are joined by mild light coffee and raisins at times.(8+) Smooth medium palate could use a touch more carbonation to avoid becoming syrupy, but is otherwise very nice. Very nice. 8-8+/3+/8+/3+/17-18 - 4.2 <P>RBSG 2005. Dark brown-black body with a small khaki head. Mild roast, malt and dark chocolate in the aroma. Flavour is likewise with a very mild roast, sweet malt and muted dark chocolate. Medium-full bodied. Awesome. 7/4/9/4/18 - 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
So smooth and nice... aroma was full and chocolately, with toffee notes. Flavor carried over the scents is a nice, smooth form. Really round, well balanced, creamy, just like I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bomber. The neck label says XXII Reserve. Anyway, damn am I glad that Southampton has finally made itís way into CT. This is one fine porter! It pours black as night with an ok tan head. A little agitation and the head is back. It has a deep, but not overpowering aroma. Roasted coffee, chocolate and horseblanket are the first things you notice, then thereís the underlying licorice and cherry that make the nose oh so nice. Upon first sip, you realize that this is smoother than just about anything else out there. Dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and vanilla all greet your tongue at once. Thereís also a slight tingle, perhaps from the alcohol, perhaps from the licorice. Iím going to say itís from the licorice. Mostly full body as it goes down as smooth as silk. As it warms, it sweetens, then takes on a bit of roastiness. The most amazing thing about this porter is that although it has different characteristics at when chilled as opposed to at room temp, itís still delectable. If this had some stronger coffee roastiness or a bit of hops, it would be extraordinary. It just seems to need a bittering aspect. Either way, itís world class

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Surprisingly delightful after a very disappointing White. Huge explosion of chocolate and hops in the nose. Reddish brown, almost black, with a small beige hiead that vanishes and leaves good lacing. Big round mouthfeel, with good carbonation. Taste of chocolate and sweet malt, toffee, sourness, citrus hops, and a long bitter finish. This is a great porter, not a bad stout, which is what so many porters seem to be!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a completely opaque brown with decent brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and licorice. Taste is full with caramel, chocolate, and a little salt. Mouthfeel is very creamy and warming. This is an excellent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2007
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "XXII Reserve" via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank>jimmack , thanks Jim!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) This is one nice beer...Pours dark, dark mocha brown with a very thin tan head that pretty much stays. Rich aroma of grape, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and elegant. Feels full until it reaches close to room temp. and then thins out. Nice thin rings and webs of lacing. Flavor is charred, grapey, semi-sweet, milk and bitter chocolate and light coffee. Wonderful flavor. Has a very warming and comforting feel. Alcohol well-hidden. Pleasurable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
This Imperial Porter is a gorgoeus mocha with lovely sweet notes on the nose. The palate has coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The finish goes a long long wsy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2008
22 oz. bottle - purchased at new beer in NYC; pours thin cola brown with quickly fading tan head; aromas are very sweet and alcohol is obvious despite "only" being 7.2%; aromas of candy, toffee and mocha; the sweetness is the key word here; wow, first sip is just divine; body is definitely on the thin side (being a baltic), but full of flavor; toffee and candy dominate over the coffee and/or chocolate of other imperials porters; and just a touch of smoke; due to some other Southampton letdowns, my expectations were lowered for this and that made it even more enjoyable; i like the imperial baltic porter angle rather than the standard imperial porters that are borderline stouts in flavor and texture; this retains all the flavor with a thin, smooth body; something i might aim from in a future homebrew batch

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