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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old AleSouthampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale

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89
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 03-22-2006)
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Reviews by paulthebeerguru:
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 16:57:57 | More by paulthebeerguru
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah this has been in my cellar for a while. HOpefully it has aged nicely.

Decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head fades slowly, decent lacing, mostly clear mahogany reddish brown beer

Nose old malts, soft aged malt, caramel, toffee, nutty, little toasty brown malt, faint yeast faint oxidation.

Taste sweet, candy like, little yeast, little oxidation, then candy, caramel, toffee, nutty, little toasty, little syrupy sticky, nice soft aged malt but very little, hint bitter spicy hops. Finish is sticky little syrupy, mild bitterness, hint oxidation.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, lighter but decent carb, no booze.

Overall not bad. Nice age other than mild oxidation, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:45:43 | More by jlindros
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jfstilling

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-05-2014 18:28:10 | More by jfstilling
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-01-2013 04:49:55 | More by t0rin0
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-12-2013 01:25:30 | More by spycow
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-17-2012 17:52:08 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-18-2012 22:33:22 | More by jfcaa193
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2012 17:00:20 | More by Beertracker
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

01-04-2012 13:43:19 | More by whartontallboy
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scottfrie

California

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into snifter. Thanks for this one, wyllder.

A: Pours a very dark murky mahogany with a billowing light tan head that took minutes to fade into a very thick film that left a few streaks of lace down the glass. Spotty lace.
S: Rich and sweet notes of ripened fruits, dark dried fruits (dates, figs, and raisins in particular), with brighter fruit notes of pears, red apples, and red grapes. I might get a hint of coco as well.
T: Tastes old. All the flavors of the nose are there but they are faded and muted. There isn’t much sweetness either. Flavors of sherry, raisins, caramel, cocoa powder and ripe fruits come through mixed with a light sourness similar to tart red fruit skins. Wet cardboard oxidation is peaking through around the edges, and I get a lot of tobacco in the finish. The aftertaste is full of sherry and cocoa.
M: The alcohol is pretty much integrated at this point. The carbonation is tingly and light, the body is medium, and the mouthfeel is lightly syrupy and acidic.
O: This one is well past its prime. It’s not undrinkable, it’s just not very good at this point. It just tastes old.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:16:33 | More by scottfrie
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-04-2011 19:37:37 | More by djrn2
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-23-2011 05:27:35 | More by deapokid
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-22-2011 21:59:38 | More by brandoman63
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Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-22-2011 21:12:34 | More by ej285701
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice transparent red with a thin tan head. The nose is of sweet red apple skins with a nice light tartness. Toasted grains play in as well with a hint of a rye like spice. Incredible nose, extremely well integrated and robust. The flavor is great, not quite as bright as the nose. Tart red apple skins with a touch of sweet sugary caramel. Toasted grains and that same spicy rye note with a touch of oxidation that adds depth rather than detracts from flavor. Thick full body with an effervescent feel from assertive carbonation. Fantastic stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:03:01 | More by cpetrone84
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:52:41 | More by prototypic
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-17-2011 01:46:33 | More by Photekut
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-15-2011 21:08:36 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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AgentZero

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A caramel colored beer that yellows on the edges. Leaves some spots on the sides.

S - A lot of caramel, some burnt and brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T - Pretty straight forward, mostly caramel and burnt brown sugar. Some dark fruit, and a little bit of booze. Meh.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not particularly good. Probably should have been drank a while ago as MasterSki so astutely pointed out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 04:31:06 | More by AgentZero
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this from belgbeerdrinker. Someone else brought one too - not sure if we opened both as it was pretty late in the evening. Contract-brewed in Royersford, PA. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Strangely large and persistent tan foam, that leaves behind spotty lace as it slowly recedes. Dark red-brown opaque body.

S - Roasted grains, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel. Somewhat cloying.

T - Burnt sugars, apples, unpleasant oxidation. Not as good as the aroma, and largely muddled.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body. Lower carbonation.

D - Unfortunately this is well past its prime - probably should have been consumed two years ago, although I'm guessing there will be some bottle variation based on storage conditions and such. Perhaps Southampton will make a new batch of Old Ale so that I try this fresh. At this stage, don't give in to the urge to pull this of the shelf to see if it's still good - it's not.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:30:10 | More by MasterSki
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phisigben

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fastpass17

Appearance- Two and a half finger width head it lingers, the color is a deep dark amber.

Smell- Apples, raisins, carmel

Taste- The apple smell follows through on the taste, on the front end there is a slight bitterness from some hops but the bitterness fades quickly. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, but for something only 8.7% I would have thought the alcohol taste would have been somewhat subdued with 4 years age.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, the mouth full is somewhat medium not too thin but not very thick.

Drinkability- It is slightly fruity, a little bitter, rich but not too rich. Compared to other old ales I have had better drinkability, but I have had worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:39:09 | More by phisigben
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Matt for picking this up in New York City.

The beer poured a deep, dark, murky, crimson-mahogany color with a resilient, one-finger head of light tan froth. Small droplets of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass.

The nose was rich and complex. Super smooth. Sweet, fruity and a bit boozy. Figgy. Prunes and dates were noticeable too. Dark and somewhat port-like. Caramel malts came through strong. Overall, very enticing.

A deep, caramel maltiness dominated the flavor profile. Brown sugar notes appeared as well. A touch toasty. Fruity in the center. Spicy. Slightly boozy and a bit musty on the back end. The lingering finish was surprisingly crisp, woody and dry.

The body was super light and airy with a fine, prickly, carbonation. For a four-year-old beer, I was amazed at how how over carbonated this turned out to be. Over time, the carbonation issue lessened.

Southampton makes a number of terrific brews but this anniversary beer was merely better-than-average. I was hoping for more depth in the flavor profile and a bit more heft overall. Amazingly, I believe this beer could have benefited from some additional aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 02:54:10 | More by Damian
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Lightly carbonated. Smells of mango, sweet malt, some earthy hops, and slightly oxidized overall. The taste also exhibits some oxidation. The hops have faded, just notes of mango nectar- a little tangy. A bit of cardboard in the mouthfeel, also oxidized. This was a well kept bottle, but well past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:20:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a rich, dark amber with rose highlights. Light seems to want to pass through but struggles to do so. Voluminous caramel head.

Smell -- Raisin, candied nuts, toffee, vanilla, rum and sherry, chilly weather baking spices, mild cocoa. Very rich, very aromatic.

Taste -- Raisins and prunes at the forefront, candied almond, pie spices, toffee, molasses, mild pipe tobacco, and an abundance of vanilla. Sherry and faint cardboard are evident; it's clear that what oxidation this beer has seen was largely in it's favor. A bit of spicy and bitter vegetal hops in the finish provide a nice punctuation.

Mouthfeel -- On the heavy side of medium-bdied with ample carbonation. A few swirls in the glass corrected the bubbles.

Drinkability -- This is just about everything I hope for in an Old Ale: rich, fruity, spicy, and complex. This is the kind of beer that you hope is waiting for you when you come home from a long day of work. Loved it. Thanks, Justin!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 22:45:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
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