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RATINGS: 754   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia í05 Bomber. Black, small head. Pretty hoppy in a floral way. Roasty. Not an exciting beer, and much more bitter than seems necessary for the style, cocoa bitterness at times. Lots of caramel, vanilla, feels too thin. Not what I had hoped for. I sampled this one twice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5138) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
I am continuing my tradition of not liking one of these American Imperial Porters. This poured black with some ruby edges. The head is slightly yellow. The aroma is bubblegum and bananas. There is also a little coffee. The taste is chewed bubblegum and coffee. There is a funky, mossy finish. I donít care for this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bomber from Pabobcat. Pours a dark brown color with light tan head. Nose is roasty and lightly salty. Flavor contains roasty flavors, some light chocolate and a velvety touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zeswaft (1427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Whatís imperial about this? Not the alcohol, and definitely not the flavor. Iíve had more intense regular porters, eg. smuttynose. Black color with a tan head. Aroma is maybe a little nutty. I donít really detect any coffee or chocolate anywhere. Maybe some stale and bitter chocolate. Somewhat watery and thin in body. disappointing. Iím not sure why Southampton is so esteemed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 2005 bottle from Julios. Consumed 5/5/05. Pour is a dark brown, approaching black, but you can still make out some deep magenta tinges on the edges. Greyish-beige head, with light flecks of tan, is only one finger high, but remains for most of the experience. The head has a creamy consistency, with low lacing, as well. Aroma brings in oily roast, moderately dry chocolate malt, notes of salty smoke and plenty of caramel. Low on the vinousness, this one is. Which is fine with me, as an afterthought. Flavor begins with bacon-fat smokiness, moderately sweet, little bit of spice and flawlessly transitions in to a chocolate-roastiness. The flavors are delicious, though my main complaint is the relative lack of complexity here, not counting the smoke. I think the classy smokiness really bails this one out. Itís not too sweet, and has a smooth, even mouthfeel, but nothing really mind-blowing here, or so I thought. Medium-full body, lots of caramel and toffee in this one. But I chose to concentrate on the smoke at the beginning of every sip, and that was more than enough for me.

Rerate. Same vintage, about 4 months old. Horribly peppery carbonation, dry, bready texture, alcohol has begun to show through. Everything tastes more stale than it did 4 months ago. Light signs of oxidation already. This is why filtration is wrong, people!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damion (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Not too impressed. Iím a little bit schnockered and this still doesnt impress me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Pours a dark but very clear brown with a light brown head. Aroma of roastiness and a little vanilla. Flavor has notes of chocolate, coffee, some faint spice/cinnamon, cola and a hint of charcoal. Pretty sweet. Has a medium body that leans more to the lighter side. Overall, it was solid but I wasnít blown away. This was from a new bottle (bottled in Saratoga Springs) I wonder how much different this tastes when you have it at Southampton.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time, when I first put this on my want list it was around a 4.0 I believe. The nose is smokey with chocolate malt and a bit of caramel. Taste is more malty then roasty, with a decent body, but this beer is not 1/2 as rich as it should be being a baltic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Pours dark with a decent tan head. I can see through this, why? Aroma of port, coffee, raisins, and chocolate. Taste is coffee/chocolate, one-dimensional. Palate is too thin. Lacks a noticeable finish. Iíd hardly call 7.2% Imperial. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
@ blind tasting - A little thin black body with a red shine, small bubbled beige head; Small slightly metallic, white sugar nose, very thin coffee bean aromas as well; Soft a bit thin body, slightly fruity, a little caramel sugary sweet; Medium long finish with caramel aromas, some unpleasant almost fusel like caramel aroma. Boring and thin.

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