By Kevin Burns, Beer Columnist

Imperial_porter Located in Southampton, Long Island, the Southampton Publick House has been producing award-winning beers for over a decade. The brewery has signed on with Pabst brewing in hopes of improving their marketing and distribution as well.

Brewmaster Phil Markowski specializes in farmhouse ales, but also makes delicious beers in a variety of styles, including this, the first porter they've bottled.

Southampton Ales & Lagers' Imperial Porter poured a dark brown/blackish color with a thumb width of tan head. The aroma is rich, with lots of malty chocolate notes.

The body is deep, with a smooth, full mouthfeel, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and some sugary notes. The finish is short and dry, complimenting the big body nicely.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It is simple, yet big and one of my favorite beers of this style.

This beer will pair well with meats, and even better with dessert. 

Any type of chocolate will work well here but a specific dish I recently had at a beer pairing dinner keeps popping back into my head — bacon-wrapped dates with a chocolate-avocado pudding was an amazing dish that would pair very well here.     

Producer: Southampton Ales & Lagers
ABV: 7.5%
Price: $2.25 (12 oz. Bottle)
Rating:   35
(3.5 out of 5 | Very good-to-Delicious) 

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