Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by paulthebeerguru:
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
A: snifter. nice dark brown, very opaque. light brown head. outstanding head retention and phenomenal lacing.
S: figs, raisins, plums, clove. nice and warming aroma, like a fire in winter.
T: great old ale. fruity and spicy. figs and clove take the major flavors with some plums, coriander, and chocolate in the back. a lot of cherries as it warms.
M: medium to heavy bodied. higher carbonation level. very creamy.
D: wonderful beer, even with the aging. you could easily get 2-4 more years off of this one.
09-23-2008 16:57:57 | More by paulthebeerguru
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Received this in a trade from someone...sorry I dont remember. I've had this for about a year. It is finally cold enough in Atlanta to have a taste.
Huge frothy head on this, took a long time to settle down to get a glass full. Sticks all over the glass. Clear garnet red, cola colored body.
Alcoholic, ripe dark fruits, marashino cherries, figs, raisins and plums. Caramelly, sugar sweet throughout. Some nice yeast characteristics that remind me of a Belgian strain.
Flavor is well done. Alcohol again, but not hot. Caramel sweetness, figs and raisins, but not as fruity or sugary as the aroma suggested. Finishes with some chocolate hints that were unexpected. Quite nice.
Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation doesn't come across as prickly as I thought it would have. Its basically where I think it should be. Leaves some flavor behind after the swallow.
Overally, a sipper but a nicely done beer. Alcohol is there, but not harsh at all, warms a bit when in the stomach. Good stuff.
11-16-2007 02:44:09 | More by blitz134
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Large bottle, caged and corked. Old ale, but obviously drunk "young". Pours dark, murky amber, with a darkish tan head, showing good retention early, leading to a thickish film and leaving nice, thick creamy lacing. Nose of hot buttered rum, vanilla, and warm bisquits. Smooth, flavorful, bold brew. Notes of rum, butter, vanilla, honey, and dark fruits, later black berries, smoke, light peppers, and more intense flavors. This is a delicious creation in brewing, I hope I can find the wisdom to put a few bottles of this nectar away for a few years.
06-03-2006 02:09:17 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Everything is there in a very drinkable Old Ale without having to put some age on it.
Nice dark opaque amber with a massive head you have to control...2 fingers at least of slightly off white foam atop the glass which melts slowly to sticky lacing.
Aromas are sugary dark malt, dried dark fruits, and alcohol.
Taste is dark, toasty malts...sweet...dark dried fruits..sweet raisins, prunes, plums...caramel...brown sugar...a little alcohol.
Aftertaste is sort of a drying sweetness. Not cloying, but it doesn't let you forget the dark fruits and brown sugar you tasted in the beginning.
Very nice...and oh, how I love old ales.
It's June of 2008 now and I just opened another bottle of this fine old ale that now has a little 'hair' on it.
Aged just a bit.
I honestly can't tell how anything has changed...still wonderfully balanced and an excellent example of my favorite style of beer.
12-29-2006 04:37:54 | More by IntriqKen
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
This pours a dark reddish brown with a large foamy tan head. A real nice looking beer. The smell is malty, creamy, and alcohol filled. The aroma aren't as strong as other old ale's. The taste is malty with vanilla,alcohol, and dark fruit. A nice drinkable beer. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A very good beer. I could have a few of these.
06-08-2006 23:07:09 | More by jmz62565
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Brownish colour, cogniac, with significant yeast, like a good Belgium. Attractive aroma, more malty that yeasty or alcoholic. Very tasty and drinkable, simply lovely after fish and with lunch.
A very good old ale that I will want to try after ageing a few years. Masterful.
08-12-2007 03:17:04 | More by Sammy
4.53/5 rDev +13%
I bought this beer more because it was a special release than because I was expecting it to be great, but goddam if Mr. Markowski hasn't produced one of the best Old Ales I've ever had!
It pours a slightly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) ruby-tinted deep mahogany beneath a massive head of rocky tan foam that holds remarkably well with a solid 1/4 inch surface covering to the end, and leaves impressive lace in its wake.
The nose is caramelish and sweet with a tinge of dark, sweet & tart fruit. Leafy and tea-like hops shuffle about in the background, and there's a yeast y, peppery and mineral-ish side that's a bit more prominent. Very nice!
The flavor is rich with vibrant deep caramel, tofee, and dark fruit (plum/prune, dates, plump dark dried raisins) upfront. Alcohol is present but in a good way, lending some spiciness to the mix. Leafy and tea-like hops help to balance, and a solid bitterness leads into a dry and spicy finish. It finishes surprisingly short and dry with just a little bit of alcohol amidst the lingering malt and hops.
The mouthfeel is lightly tingly, but also airy and smooth. It's dextrinous medium is offset by it's spritely, very fine, bottle-conditioned carbonation. (And based on that I'd have to question its cellar-ability).
All in all, superb! Pour yourself an Imperial pint of this and take the rest of the day off. Enjoy a book you've been waiting to read, or the setting sun and rising stars in the night. Massively enjoyable!!!
07-06-2006 19:00:13 | More by NeroFiddled
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Pinotboy's description below is identical to mine - the cork was partially eaten away and there was no pop
cracked open after a long sunday of workin - shipped by the blackest of black
appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice...muddy caramel body, very hazy, creamy beige cap with a decent lace left behind
smell: sweet caramel, sharp (but fading) green hops, oak, vanilla, touch of bourbon, leather-store, dates, dark fruit
taste: though i didnt have it fresh, this beer does appear to have held up pretty nicely...the green hop presence has faded but remains a nice centerpiece. Creamy caramel, bourbon, smoke, raisins/dates, brown sugar, and other dark fruits shine nicely
mouthfeel: moderate burn in the followthrough, medium body with a chewy caramel center
drinkability: pretty nice
02-22-2009 22:45:21 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
10th Anniversary Old Ale is a dark copper color. It’s a tad hazy. Backlighting gives it really nice crimson highlights. An attractive tan head covers the top. It stands a couple of fingers tall and is very slow to recede. Lacing was rather thick and sticky. Looks good.
The nose is good. It smells sweet and chock full of caramel malt. It’s rather complex. It smells a little spicy and fruit cake-ish. Praline and hints of cherry and raisin are secondary. Oak adds a lot to the mix and adds quality depth. On the tail, there is a bit of a cocoa flavor. It’s a nice touch. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Good stuff.
The flavor is likewise good. It does have a rather sweet caramel malt base. Light cocoa-esque chocolate malts are also noted. It’s a nice combo. It does have a bit of a fruit cake flavor, but not in a bad way. There’s a distinct nutty or praline flavor that’s really nice. Oak adds a lot to the overall flavor profile. Lots of character. A little cherry and raisin are noted on the tail. Alcohol is definitely there and seems a tad strong for 8.7%. It’s not warm or hot though. Finishes malty and oaky.
The body is on the lighter side of medium. It’s a bit thin and insubstantial. Carbonation is light. It’s not too far from smooth. Just a little more body would do it. Having said that, it does go down rather easy. This 750 won’t be any trouble.
10th Anniversary Old Ale is a good release from Southampton. It’s a well-rounded Old Ale that has a nice flavor and quite a bit of depth. The only minor complaints I have are about the thin body and (slightly) too strong alcohol flavor. The latter is a little surprising given its age. At any rate, good stuff. Drinking pretty well right now.
11-19-2011 03:52:41 | More by prototypic
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Got this one from the MIA beeronthebrain, Cheers Jeff where ever you are!
Pours a ruddy chestnut with much effervescence& noise, plus 4 fingers of tan head. Insane lacing & head retention
S: Oaky & dark fruit
T: Dark fruit, oaky dryness in abundance with brown sugar dryness up front. Leafy hops & figs dominate as this warms, along with dryness & faint booze. Finishes with tangerine, amaretto, dryness, leafy hops & brown sugar
MF: Chewy,oily, with low carbonation
Drinks fairly easy for the ABV & style, not a bad take on the style, maybe I should've let this age another year or 2? I'd like this a little less dry. Not in love with the hops I'm tasting, in like, yes
09-05-2008 04:05:35 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev -4%
Originally reviewed on December 31, 2006. 750mL. Slight salty sour-apple malty tang, with some lemony yeast notes. Almost a nip of phenolic Belgian inflection. Ruby-cored burnished bronze, with orange fringe and light foamy banana-tinged head. Soapy and explosive. Flavor begins with a lot of very similiar to aroma, with lots of that spritzy salty sour malt. Edges of lemon peel and stewed juice. An incredibly drinkable palate for an olde ale. Bright and crips, with dry spicy musk and xeric plant edge. Again, belgianesque yeast character shining through. A beer set around the yeast character and its toasted fennel seed feelings. Not really a lot of malt depth, but whats there lends itself to good attenuation. Then, a bold transition into a heavy handed Goldings. I love Goldings, but this may be a touch too much. The minty lemon-basil smack that I long for, its almost too acerbic and scorching in the middle. But there is a lot of nice hop flavor and smack. This beer is unique. Its really a belgian style olde ale, with a heavy hop dose and lots of interesting unique character. It strays too far stylistically for me. But it is quite drinkable and tasty.
02-07-2007 16:54:05 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
this makes up for the crappy May Bock.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel that leaves a phenomenal residue for minutes after hitting the palate. Perfect blend of sweet, malt, fruit. Dark fruits (dates, plums, cherries) predominate. Drinkability is very high - definitely a sipper, but one that I could sip all night.
Somewhat reminds me of a great belgian quad. Less alcohol content (although there was a faint hint of alcohol presence which i found soothing, given all of the other flavors) but just as complex and tasty.
07-18-2006 00:31:08 | More by Lnedrive14
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. It poured an amber brown color with an insane tan head that took a while to settle and it left some real thick lacing. The smell is of dark fruit, raisins, fig. The taste is much the same but more pronounced, plus you can feel the alcohol. This beer is a bit fizzy but goes down smooth. This is very enjoyable and will go on my list of beers that I will have again. Southampton is doing a very fine job.
01-21-2007 02:15:14 | More by Gmann
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from a corked and caged Magnum to a pint glass, the liquid is a slightly cloudy tan amber with good catbonation. The head is big off white and leaves good lace.
The smell is carmel and alcohol.
The taste follows. Plain and simple this beer tastes great. Nice thick roasted carmel Malt and a wonderful warming alcohol.
The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.
The drinkability is great, I want to gulp it but I hold of as I want it to last. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK
01-27-2007 07:47:45 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
This offering from Southampton pours a dark red closing in on brown with a powerful tan head that leaves a cascading body dark and georgeous! The smell upon opening the bottle is very sweet smells of caramel and roasted nuts come to mind. Brown sugar, vanilla, blood orange?, citrus, huge upfront hop presence. The taste...wow! brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, figs, oily bitterness and a small alcohal presence in the mouthfeel which also has a smooth port quality. The finish has a heavy fruit malt backbone balanced with spicy hops and has a very smooth aftertaste considering the alcohal.
07-31-2006 18:46:01 | More by Franchise
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at Half Time almost one year ago. The ale has been properly cellared since then.
A: The cork popped with nary a hint of carbonation, worrying me that it may not have survived. Those fears were allayed on pour, when a thick billowy white head emerged and measured in at 2.5 fingers. The ale is a dark cola brown color that reveals orange highlights when light shines through.
S: The nose is thick and malty with tart apple and green grape aromas. A caramel sweetness and some vanilla beans also manages to sneak out through the fruity malts.
T: The ale is a mouthful! The malts are concentrated to the point that they readily take on an alefruity position, with some dates, figs and raisins providing the kick. The more the ale sits on the palate, it takes on a Belgian flavor, showcasing additional candi sugar flavors that add immeasurable depth to the glass. This is a great fusion of the American old ale style and Belgian old world brewing. Happy belated 10th Anniversary to SPH!
M: Alefruits and candi sugar dominate the ale, creating a depth of flavor that many ales struggle to attain. This is a Belgian ale dressed up like an American ale.
D: The abv is a bit high but the depth of flavor coming out of the old ale is incredible. The year's aging has, I think, only helped add some further spiciness to the body. Wonderful!
07-04-2007 18:51:57 | More by akorsak
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
Bottle courtesy of JJPM74: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some notes of toffee is dominating. Taste is also dominated by some notes of caramel and toffee with some sweet malt also present. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style but a bit too one-dimensional for my liking.
12-04-2007 19:57:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -0.2%
750ml into pint glass. 2006 vintage.
Deep and slightly cloudy mohogany hue with a thick two finger light-density head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Stringy lacing.
Light hints of grain and caramel with little hop aroma.
Smooth toasy malt flavors with a slight touch of caramel and brown sugar. Almost no bitterness. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering grain.
This is a two year old Old Ale that held up pretty well. Bottle conditioned and in a caged/corked 750ml bottle. It's good now, and I bet it was great fresh. Recommended at any stage.
07-04-2008 23:32:57 | More by BeerSox
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach
I was lucky to get a 22 of this.
A- a murky reddish amber tone to it with a gorgeous fluffy head that is tainted brown. Nice stick and mountainous.
S- sweet malt tones mixed with sherry alcohol. There is also figs, dark candied fruit, raisins and much more sweety tartness.
T- Very complex flavors but let me try. i get caramelized brown sugar but covered with dark candied fruit that includes figs, raisins and sweet malts with a strong alcohol presence. It also feels like a bourbon/wood flavor.
M- very sweet and somewhat carboanted. Flows very well down the throat but the sweetness takes away from it.
D- very heavy and not something to pound down. It is nice if you want something to sip over an hour but it wont go down quick. I'd purchase the 22 again.
09-08-2009 23:59:58 | More by Dodo2step
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
This beer could not stay put. Its mouthfeel, its flavor, its nose in particular were all so different with each sip that I felt I was chasing a chimera.
Right after pouring, it smelled of hickory, butter, hazelnut, bark and butterscotch. The rest of the time, it was just a dullish glaze of dubbel-ish good beer smell.
Licking the bottle after the first pour, it tasted of olives, dark, gargantuan black olives--that taste never to return. At the end, when the sedimented yeast came out, it was luscious and creamy, with all the beautiful tastes a yeast can have. Before that, bupkus.
The great majority of the time drinking this beer was one of expectation and waiting. It had lovely hops, but muted. There was a "ruby"-flavored malt presence--but merely when I downed huge gulps. Sure, I tasted grapefruit, but what beer doesn't do that? A wonderfully strong carbonation--powerful, light, but masculine--kicked off the first few tastes...then petered out to a merely pleasant undercurrent of the tiniest bubbles. At points, perhaps when swirling, it was bitter. But the only constants were a middling alcohol, a generally lovely flavor, and a dark froth that covered the entire surface.
This beer was sexy, and luscious, and delicious. But I felt like it was a cocktease--holding out on me for the most part, and only revealing its most titillating aspects rarely, as if for special occasions.
04-06-2007 00:48:37 | More by cooter
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
750ml bottle, one drink at a time poured into a Shiraz-style Reidel glass.
A = Translucent brown, friggin' huge tan head which slowly dissipated (way too much carbonation), resulting in nice tan lacing on surface.
S = The typical smells of an old ale are in here, but they are too light and there is a metallic overlay that is not pleasant. Smells are of caramel, roasted malts, some floral notes of hops.
T = Taste is more akin to what an old ale shold be than the smell. That is to say, the tastes are there and in stronger force than the smell. Primary notes of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, with a nice bitterness at mid-palate and in a long bitter finish with sweet notes still playing at the edges of the tongue.
M = Medium bodied, as much as the carbonation gave the beer too big of a head, it is not offensive in the mouth. There is a nice frothy cappuccino like quality to the carbonation and the mouthcoating while a little light is still enough to aid in good taste and a fair length finish.
D = As a beer this is highly drinkable, good flavor. As an old ale, it is left wanting. As a result I give it slightly better than average for drinkability. It would be hard not to like drinking this beer but against style it is found wanting.
02-06-2008 02:14:59 | More by Traquairlover
4.13/5 rDev +3%
a: Pours a really nice dirty tan head that very slowly falls back to leave a good layer on the surface. The beer is chestnut brown in color. A quick swirl rouses another huge head.
s: A nice range of dark, leathery fruits sporting highly concentrated sugars. Raisins and especially dates are present. Dates out the ass, actually. Seems a little one dimensional towards the dates, but not too much so. Starting to open up a bit, and coming around quite nicely. Aromas of banana soaked in rum and simmered in butter and brown sugar. Earthy English style hops seem to dominate that department, with just a smidge of evergreen.
m: A touch fizzy for the style in my book...medium-high carbonation. The body is on the high side of the medium range, but lightened a bit by the carbonation. Smooth and creamy after a few swirls release some of the excess CO2. Gonna give it the benefit of the doubt with a 4.0.
t: The high carbonation certainly carries a bit of the flavor with it. As on the nose, dates dominate the palate. A range of malts are present alongside an earthy hoppiness. Long lasting finish with a bit of ethanol bite, light-moderate bitterness. With each sip I feel like it's gonna finally surprise me, but it keeps holding back. The user below who described this one as a cocktease was right on.
d: easy enough
08-05-2007 02:33:09 | More by blackie
Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.