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Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Abbot 12Southampton Abbot 12

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very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2003

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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 249
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft drinking tasty yeast, vanilla ice milk in taste and consistency. Nice white head and aroma. There is a peppery spiciness below the surface, rum finish. Nicely drinkable. Some sugar yet not too sweet.
I certainly would like to try this in a few years again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle comes to me courtesy of halfP1NT. I was saving this for a tasting but I was told last wednesday that someone was already bringing one of these. So here we go.

I knew something was going to happen when I saw how deformed the cork was. Sure enough it goes flying out at about half the speed of sound and up comes the foam. Pours a a beautiful red/brown, crystal clear, lots of tall offwhite head, amazing retention and lacing. Not quite a 5 because of the garbage at the bottom.

Very malty, yeasty, and slightly spicey aroma. A little boozy and thats the only reason it doesn't get a 5. Also, some dark cherry and plum aroma.

Alcohol is quite strong in the flavor. Despite that its still a great flavor. I could see how another year would do wonders for this beer. Sweet malt, more plum, a touch of fig, fair amount of booze, and some bitterness (don't know if thats hops or alcohol).

Medium/heavy body, lots of CO2 (slightly too much), very smooth but a sipper. Goes great with this tri tip that I've got.

I know what I'll be loading up on when I go to EBF 2009.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very thin head on a clear deep amber body.

S: candy sugar, caramel and generic dark fruit. Aroma is good, just not strong rough for me.

T: very malty with lots of lots of candy and brown sugar and dark fruit with mostly fig and plum. Molasses and caramel notes. Malts are bready.

M: medium chewy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice quad. Not too sweet which is something that usually turns me off from other quads I have had. I would like more dark fruit from this one though.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet, dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet and has flavors of candi sugar and dark malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
2.91/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the brewpub, but surprised to note that it was contact bottled by Sly Fox - also a lot more expensive than at retail shops :-(

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a head that pancakes the liquid and leaves an interesting lace pattern

Smell: Very sweet, almost perfumy, with alcohol coming through; candi sugar, powdered cocoa and a hint of acetone

Taste: Opens with loads of sweetness, that becomes cloying by mid-palate; almost like brown sugar mixed with alcohol; the sweetness persists after the swallow, although there is a vague hoppiness that tries to intercede

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with very prickly carbonation; a cocoa powder mouthfeel, with lots of warmth as well

Drinkability: Pretty disappointing overall; not sure what happened with this batch but some quality control needs to be considered before releasing it; a real shame coming from an otherwise great brewery

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a big off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of dry fruits (figs and plums). Taste consisted of some sweet malt with some very subtle Belgian yeast and some very subtle dry fruits such as figs and plums. Body is slightly above average with no alcohol discernable. I don’t know if my expectation were too high or if I got another so-so bottle of Southampton but I wasn’t impressed at all and thought this was quite far from the staple of the style (Rochefort, Westy, St-Bernadus).

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Nice retention and some patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet, bready malts with a strong dried fruit aroma - mostly cherry.

T - It tasted really, really sweet and malty. Tons of Belgian candy sugar!. There were some dried fruit flavors like black cherry.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D - This is an interesting Quad. It was incredibly sweet and malty. Not my favorite quad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep dark and thick reddish tinted brown with a large tan colored head of foam rising up from the bottom and cresting about three inches above the top giving it a very full refined look. Very nice retention

big rum soaked raisins that really let you know that you were in for it here. This was balanced by a nice touch of alcohol and thick walloping of yeast that gave off all sorts of fruity like esters. The hints of fig, and pear were big as was the nice amount of sweetness that was added in to try and pull it all together. nice spicy rum like flavor that was intermingled and laced with lots of dark fruits. Nice flavors of raisins, figs, and prunes were evident as was a decent amount of sweetness added to the mix.

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Photo of nickfl
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - A complex aroma of molasses, brown sugar, plums, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Dark bread, burnt caramel, and molasses. Fruity notes of red apple, plum, and licorice come out in the middle, with a finish of burnt sugar, fruit, and a touch of chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Really nice. Complex, fruity and dark, this is probably the best american brewed example of the style I have had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a gigantic off-white head. Yessiree, a beer head large enough to gain sentience.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish aroma of dark fruits, caramel, and spice. Soft hint of yeast.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a heavy-handed dose of candi sugars. Nicely spiced. Reserved yeastiness. Plenty of figs and raisins. Fruity finish with a slight metallic twang to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: That metallic twang detracts somewhat, but still, it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml from the brewery poured into a goblet.

A: Big airy head that fades quickly, darker brown color with a touch of red hue and somewhat opaque

N: Nose has a strong dark malts with raisin and caramel, a slight yeasty sourness, and candi sugar, very reminiscent of a real Belgian 12

T: Taste is very complex, rich, dark and many combined flavors, it starts very sweet with lots of molases, candi sugar, raisins and dark fruit, some dark malts, a little yeast, alcohol comes through slightly, its somewhat creamy, the more I drink the more the sweetness blends together and makes it smoother and tastier.

M: Tts got a thick syrupy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation as it coats the tongue

F: It finishes very sweet with lots of raisin and prunes, a little alcohol, but leaves a strong dark Belgian style ale

Final thoughts: Its delicious but a little too sweet, which takes away from its drinkability. If it was fermented a touch more it would be really good. I have a couple more bottles that I will leave to age for a couple years and see how they turn out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with a minimal tan head.

Nose is yeasty and bready. Perfume is there as well.

Flavor is sweet and it seems a bit too much so. Too much sugar in the mix that interferes with any other complexities making an appearance. Sure there is a touch of spice, but the level of sweetness is just dominating here and halting anything else from coming forward.

Feel is decent with a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is alright too.

Overall this was not as good as I would want it to be. Perhaps it needs about 3 years of aging to help it calm down a bit, but I won't be going back for another bottle to see if that's the case. I am grateful that I didn't have to pay for this bottle. A disappointment.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 1/23/2017. Pours lightly cloudy pale ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity/spicy flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, lightly slick/bready, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadruple style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off I love the cork and caged bottles I'm glad Phil and Brian are working together to get these beers out my way. Bottle of this brew was split with fellow BAs jasonm and jcdiflorio awhile back up at Bocktown. High ceilings beware as we uncaged this bottle the cork literally shot at least 15 feet into the air, I'm glad we missed the lights. That would have been an expensive quad. Appears a dark deep semi clouded mahogany with large fine bubbled head formed thick, it dwindles slowly and settles with a chunky texture with fine Belgian lacing gracing the sides of our chalices. Aromatics contain tart pungent fruit notes of vinous origin with raisin, plum, and sweet tart berry jam notes flowing with ease. All complemented by a touch of brash anise and decadent vanilla icing notes as well. Flavor is dessert sweet in the forefront of the palate with a flowing barrage honey and Belgian candi sugar. Balanced by tart trickling plum and a mild glaze of alcohol just searing the palate. Complex with multiple dimensions not sticky sweet with spice additions of clove and peppery notes coming out from the yeast utilized here. Mouthfeel is succulent with effervescent slightly prickly carbonation as it settles after the big pour a creamy effect takes over as it warms up a bit leaving just a touch of residual sugars bringing out some stickiness. Drinkability drink some more now but has so much promise to become amazing with some sleep in the cellar. A great complex quadrupel worthy of the hype and accolades Southampton is known for. Much better than some of the upstate NY bottled offerings we see in the Burgh.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/17/15 notes. Big thanks to my buddy Dave for giving me a bottle of this as a wedding gift; thanks Dave, actually never had it. 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep, murky reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins, breads malts, Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Light alcohol too. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation, light booze.

Overall pretty good, a little boozy which keeps it from being great. A lot of dark fruits and a pretty solid quad, but a strong one. Would have it again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cage-corked bottle poured into a tulip glass:

Pours orange/copper/amber - beautiful hues - a thick foamy head slowly descends. Trailing lace slides down the glass - would be perfect if some more of it stuck.

The smell is grassy/grainy with subtle vinuous, light caramel notes. Vague spiciness mixes in. Quite a bit, but seemingly in slightly different directions - also something a bit "dirty", not quite "musty" in the background.

The taste is very sweet - caramelish with dark plumb-like fruitiness and grassy/grainy notes that follow through from the nose. Peppery, slightly medicinal spiciness along with a hint of plastic and bready yeast come through in the sweet finish.

The body is full- almost syrupy.

Complex and a decent stab that, personally, doesn't quite stand up to form. Not a "let-down", just doesn't quite reach the level of some other Belgian Quads I've had - something about it is definately an American interpretation - not necessarily a bad thing (and, for that, better than some others I've had, , but....It's nice, but for the price I would choose some others if I had a choice...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear amber in color with a half finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to some patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of dark fruit sweetness along with some caramel and lightly roasted malts.

T: Full on sweetness but in a really good way - lots of dark fruit present and even some hints of candi sugar. There is also a really pleasant maltiness to the beer.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol in this beer is really well hidden which is great considering the ABV. I really enjoyed this beer and think it is a really good example of the style. A beer I would enjoy sipping all afternoon long.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small layer of beige head. Color is a ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: Fairly malty with flavors of caramel and toffee. Some bready malts. A lot of dark fruits as well. Raisins, cherries, and dried red apples.

Taste: Apples, licorice, and plums. A bit of spice in there as well. More malts again. Caramel and toffee. Much like the nose.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sweet, slightly cloying. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent quad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Tastes like a quad. Not much else to say.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle care of wishuwerebeer. This particular bottling was listed as 9.9%. Poured into a matching Southampton fishbowl goblet, this brew appears a very dark brown color with a light tan head. As the cap fades, it leaves some leggy lacework on the glass. A light swirl revives 2 fingers worth of head back to the surface. When held to the light, a bit of ruby coloring is noted.

The smell of this brew is dark and sugary with some malt character like raisins and molasses. A bit of citrus and some mineral components are included. There is a faint almost oaky character present but overall the mineral aspect is a mixture of citrus hops and gravel.

The taste is malty sweet like molasses and dark Belgian candy sugar. A bit if raisins or plums mixes with some citrus hops and mineral components. Once the brew warms up, the alcohol starts to come forward with a bit of a bite to it. Overall not bad but the mineral aspect is a little unwelcomed and out of place compared to the rest of the flavors.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking with quite a bit of earthy tones theoughut the profile. Not a bad take on the style but a little forgettable. Perhaps this is my own fault for the sheer amount of dark Belgian beers I've been drinking lately, this one just didn't stand out at all.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously gifted by jaywahk73, an appreciator of fine Belgian ales. Thanks a lot, Jeff!

Served in my Corsendonk tulip.

The appearance is a mostly transparent brown hue, with sunset orange highlights apparent when held to the light. A gentle pour yields nearly a half inch of head that displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fantastic and instantly identifiable as a quadrupel. Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, malt, spice...just wonderful.

The taste is quite good. Fortunately, I have most of the 750 mL bottle left to sip over the next hour or two. The taste brings a prominent yeast flavor, as well as dark fruit and dark Belgian ale characteristics. Additionally, the beer has an underlying sweetness one would expect from a quad, and a hint of warming alcohol. Brown sugar and figs are in there as well. Nice and complex, a wonderful sipper.

The feel is really smooth and quite well done. Impressive. Alcohol content is disguised well. Carbonation level is moderately high, but not overly so.

This beer has some pretty mixed reviews. Perhaps there is some deviation in bottles and/or batches. I know the bottle I am enjoying is fantastic. This is without question the best American quad I have had.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm crystal and roasted malt scent along with a wondeful yeast aroma. It has some awesome dark fruit scents. The taste is good. It has a smooth crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some excellent yeast esters. It's a well balanced beer with great yeast character and moderate warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice Belgian style ale. It highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a darker, caramel brown color with a frothy, creamy head covering the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a big darker fruit presence to it with some notes of cherry, fig and plum mixing with some sweeter, malty, caramel flavors. Nice mix of flavors in the aroma for the style

The taste has some malty, caramel flavors mixing with a crisp, fruity, apple like flavor to it up front. In the finish it starts to show more of the cherry, fig and raisin flavors with a little bit of brown sugar as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a very nice beer of the style. It showcased the malts really nicely and was also very drinkable for the style and abv. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/01/08- Received via trade with ex-member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 2006 Vintage as stated on the cork. Caged and corked and poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Very cola like in appearance. Deep brown with a 1/2 inch head that evaporates like magic (or cola) before your very eyes. Leaves a flat and placid liquid in front of you. Negative lace if that is possible.

Smell- Smell is fine. Bready and mild caramel booze soaked malts. Dark and fruity with some plums and date notes.

Taste- Headed downhill. Caught if just as it's on it's last legs. Good initial flavor of dark fruits and light fusel alcohol with a bready feel, but seems to finish a touch sour and taste quickly fades.

Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation level, almost flat. Leaves no real aftertaste.

Drinkability- We drain poured this as we had a couple other beers we felt would better treat our palette. I'm sure this beer is good if not great when fresh. Not sure why two years of age would have harmed this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a large bottle of this stunning brew at the Hop Devil's Belgian room in NYC. Nose is of Rum, raisins and glowing alcohol and malt. Shining and glowing dark brown in color, murky with a dark tan head, warming and tasty, big flavors of more rum, raisins, ripe dark fruits. World class sipper, go get some, but it away for awhile or enjoy right now, fine, fine creation from SHampton.

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Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.