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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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very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
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:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 03-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jlindros
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of prototypic
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
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