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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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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 120
Avg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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.

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 120
Photo of JohnQVegas
1.8/5  rDev -55%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Purchased 3/19/09 - so, about 2.5 - 3 years old.

Pours a very hazy red-brown with a fluffy, fizzy khaki head that dies down within about a minute. Lots of carbonation and effervescence left in this one. Good lacing too - really a nice looking pour.

Nose is fruity and buttery, notes of toffee and red berries. Slightly metallic. Oxidation comes through clearly

More of the nose in the taste. Overly sweet, sugary even, a bit thin and metallic tasting, Sherry-like oxidation. Lots of thin, almost harsh sweet berry notes. This one is clearly past its prime. A shame, but exercise due caution for this one - I took a gamble since it was only $8 a bottle, and lost.

Mouthfeel has a soft, fluffy, almost softly fizzy carbonation, over a medium body. Maybe a bit thinner than medium.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to EPseja for sharing this three year old bottle conditioned ale, I'll be reviewing this from a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. Paired with various cheeses, including Raclette, sharp white cheddar, and Iberico.

Appearance- The initial surprise is a reddish raisiny-brown hue, reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Great color, the head rises a solid two fingers... light tan with a reddish hue. Lacing is decent for the style, light to moderate. The beer is slightly hazy from the get-go, even though it was sitting perfectly still before the pour.

Smell- The dominent ingredients are candi sugar and strawberries, without much in the way of leather or meat... two common aromas for Old Ales.

Taste- As in the nose, candi sugar is upfront and easily the most dominant factor. It remains the same though the middle, then it finishes nice and dry with a Belgian type of bitterness... the alcohol really packs a punch almost immediately, which surprises me since this has three years on it to mellow out the heat.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Although the texture is silky and quite nice, it quickly billows and becomes too much to comfortably contain in the mouth. The swallow is gassy, generating burps that interrupt the relaxed atmosphere of this tasting session. An interesting Belgian take on the style, it just could have been more complex.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/17/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma strongly of squash and sourness. Flavor is kind of odd: sour oakiness, soda-like, earthiness. Didn't taste boozy, but it had that effect. Odd is the best way to describe it and I wasn't much of a fan.
6/4/6/4/13 (3.3/5)

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Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Photo of mcallister
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured with a large, suprising amount of carbonation. Reddish mahagony with tiny carbonation bubbles making there way up the glass. The head is large, off white, thick, and frothy, and completely out of control. Does leave thick sticky lace and both have great retention.

Aromas are metalic in nature, somewhat sour. Wonder if this brew was stored improperly. Other aromas of floral hops, and toffee malt with a caramel backbone, and hints of fig.

Flavor is better than the nose. A thick toffee with a long resiny hoppy finish that lasts and lasts. Orange marmalade, honey, caramel, and meaty hops again. This is a beer that needs at least 2 mores years too mellow out.

Mouth is rich and chewy and too hoppy for my liking of an old ale. However I think this will be a winner with time.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, some spice, some hops and a little fruit.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of brown sugar caramel and some fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. There is a little bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I've had this beer sitting for some time obviously and certainly seems to be past its prime. Overall, it's a decent beer to drink for a while, but there are definitely others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown with dark copper hues, hazy with small chunks, a good size light tan head recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is strong of sweet cola and over ripe apples, booziness is also evident in the aroma and hints of buttery toffee. Taste follows pretty closely with some apple sweetness, cola, dark fruits and maltiness, a decent grassy and slightly burnt rubber bitterness mixes with a warmth of alcohol strength in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, peppery effervescence, pretty active carbonation, a decent bitterness and a nice warmth in the throat. A good beer that warmed me up but nothing made me say wow and a lot of the time I thought the beer was a little all over the place. Stylewise it almost strikes me as a strong belgian dubbel with some scoth ale characteristics. I have enjoyed many Southamptons beers, this one just happens to not be one of my personal favorites. Maybe a year or two in a cellar will change my opinion.

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Photo of Popkas
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber brown with a mountain of head that recedes down to a half finger that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Great looking beer.

S: Smell is of sweet malt, dark fruit and raisins.

T: Candied sugar sweet upfront followed by more mellow, yet still sweet, malts. Just a bit of booze on the finish.

M: Start off feeling nice a smooth but then fills the mouth a bit more than I enjoyed.

D: Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of bultrey
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with many of the previous reviews that this needs some time to mellow. Beautiful crushed brick color with an impressive head that sticks around through a whole glass. Fruity sweetness in the nose, some spicing, alcohol apparent. The classic old ale flavors of rum-soaked raisins are there, as are some faint vanilla and spice (like mace or allspice). But the alcohol is not very well-hidden, and makes this a rather hot beer right now. Drinkability, as a result, suffers a bit. I have faith that when I crack another one of these open, say, next year or in a couple of years, that it will be a different story.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Big tan head on a dark body and when held to light you get a dark red.
S- Alcohol comes through big with some big caramel malts. Really sweet aroma. Some grass hops. Raisins and dark fruits come through nice too.
T- Big caramel malt taste, light toffee, its on the sweeter side, light hints of fruits in there, medium bitterness left behind by some grass and earthy hops, alcohol leaves a tingle on your tongue (also due to carbonation), and you get a big warming in back of throat.
M- Medium body with a almost champagne carbonation to it.
D- It is alright. Don't think it is anything great and carbonation is wrong for this beer IMO.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on my 10th wedding anniversary (June 18, 2009). Obviously I'd been holding onto this one for awhile. . . .

A: Murky, slightly reddish amber-brown body with a 2-finger foamy light-tan head. Leaves no lace behind.

S: Raisins and red wine -- make that port. Also the sense of slightly stale malt and alcohol in general.

T: Brown sugar and sweet caramel malt lay the foundation. Also dried fruits (think raisins) and berries. I swear I get strawberries. Port wine is there too. It finishes with a dry woodsy feel, which surprises me. Heat from the ABV is felt in the belly right away; heat is even more evident as it warms.

M: Pretty fizzy for this style. Medium-to-heavy in heft.

D: OK. A bit too boozy and gassy.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this tonight. Pours a nice looking amber brown color, with a creamy white head that lasts. Aroma has elements of dark fruit, chocolate, and a large cola presence. Taste has dark juicy fruits such as plum and cherry, with some date and fig in there also. Again, the cola is present in a big way. For an old ale, the body is not as heavy as I had expected. There is a very tasty carbonation that leaves a metallic twang in the end. Drinks well enough for me, not much hotness in the taste, but you can certainly feel it after a few sips. Not a bad beer here....there are plenty of better ones out there, but still worth a try. Cheers

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Photo of OldSock
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle. There is a bit of dried yeast on the cork right around the bottle opening, hopefully from filling not leaking. No problem here, lots of carbonation and a big light tan head. The head is rough with large bubbles and it slowly sinks down into the clear deep amber liquid.

Smell – Nice bready malt aroma complemented by some fruity esters and booze. Its missing that dark somethingness that I look for in old ales though.

Taste – The taste however has what I was looking for, beautiful rummy undertones and strong sweet malt. The taste is rather strong in alcohol, I'm glad I still have a couple of bottles of this to age. Dark fruits abound particularly plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is too strong for a big malty beer, and once it works its way out the beer is a bit thin.

Drinkability & Notes – The high carbonation and strong alcohol make this one tough to drink, it has great flavors that draw me in but the mouthfeel makes it hard to enjoy them. Overall an Old Ale with great potential, but in need of some more time in the cellar to round out.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up while in PA on a business trip. $15 at capones.

A - nice rich dark amber with fine a huge tan head.
S - rich malts, raisins, brown sugar.
T - similar to the nose with a slight metallic note
M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, slight heat with a light residual sweetness.
D - good but light for an old ale.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Randy. Thank you!
Pours a rich brown copper color with a lasting orangish tan head. Smell i smild bright caramelly malt. Taste is balanced between dark caramel maltiness, and a dry finish Medium bodied and bubbly carbonation. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well too. I really liked this one a lot.

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Photo of phisigben
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased @ Decicco market, pelham, ny

into the chalice she goes... 2 fingers of frothy white head, it settles at a moderate pace, active carbonation rising up, deep amber/brown hue, a very nice solid looking brew, the lacing is great.

almost smells like an old wooden barrel being hit by the sun for the first time in years... and the odor of the mold and must being burnt off... very deep aroma, dark fruits and a splash of powdered cocoa.. yum

taste etc...
this bites the tongue, the prickly nature of the carbonation is very unique,
it is "almost" creamy but not quite which can leave you feeling it is a bit thin, the flavors need to develop more, there is hints of barely, hints of cocoa, hints of dark fruit... I am not overly impressed with this as is but do think this will age great. so I will happily be revisiting this. I had an Old Stock 2003 last night and the depth of flavor in both the nose and flavor were far superior.

this will age great, pick some up and see what happens... I can't wait to try this in a year.. or 2.. or 3... mellowed out this will be a super smooth drinker

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brick red mixed with terra cotta. The sound on cork removal wasn't loud, so it's shocking to see a beer this energetically carbonated and a head this massive. The rocky lid is the color of orange-caramel mousse with a texture to match. It helps that the foam is sticky and that a fair amount of smeary lace is beginning to appear on the glass.

The aroma is solid as well. It's caramel malty, oaky, earthy, spicy, dried fruity and Jamaican dark rum-like. Here's hoping this stuff tastes as good as it smells.

It's a damn shame that Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale is a such a letdown when it comes to mouthfeel, because in other circumstances it'd be a keeper. Now it needs to sit for a while so some of the bubbles have time to die. I've had way too much overcarbonated beer lately and it's beginning to piss me off.

The flavor profile includes dark caramel with a thin chocolate coating, dates and plums macerated in dark rum, and a peppery spiciness that must be coming from the yeast. There isn't as much depth as originally thought, even after the fizz fades. More malt sugars would be good, as would less booziness. There's no way that an 8.7% old ale approaching its second birthday should feature alcohol this prominently.

The mouthfeel is too thin for the style and the carbonation issue has already been beaten to death. Attention brewers: great beer isn't possible when the mouthfeel is mediocre.

My hope was that 10th Anniversary Ale would be at least as good as Saison Deluxe and Double White Ale (Grand Cru is pretty much untouchable). Unfortunately, this offering either didn't come off as planned or it didn't age as well as it might have. Thanks to scthaden for the opportunity.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 it’s toasted fennel seed feelings. Not really a lot of malt depth, but what’s 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, it’s almost too acerbic and scorching in the middle. But there is a lot of nice hop flavor and smack. This beer is unique. It’s 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.

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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.