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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: 27 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 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 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 mmmbeer
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown Belgian bottle, cork-n-cage, best by 12/22/14 (bottled 12/22/09 perhaps?). Brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA; 9.9%. Pours a highly-carbonated deep crimson/plum, with good clarity and a huge, pillowy three finger head that leaves lots of nice, frothy lace. That's a pretty easy five for appearance. Smells sweet, with mature malt, fruity hops and yeast, plums/prunes, raisins, figs, and dates. Sweet, warming, and candy-like on the palate, with lots of dark fruits from dark sugars or malts (or both). There are notes of candied figs, dates, sweet raisins, a touch of roast, a few phenols, cola?, clove?, pecans?, and some floral/spicy hops which impart a moderate bitterness. The body is lightish, crisp and dry, with lots of carbonation and a bitter/roasty/fruity linger. This is an absolutely wonderful beer that is quite well-brewed and dangerously drinkable. My only quibble is that it is a touch sweet, but even with that, the beer remains well-balanced. Without question one of the best quadrupels brewed on this side of the Atlantic; highly recommended.

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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 RandomBattle
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a at joint Southampton/Brooklyn event at Effin Gruven. Served in a Effin Gruven snifter (how appropriate).

Appearance - Dark, very dark, almost stout like. I will admit however the bar in which this was consumed is pretty much lit entirely with candles, and then the light off the TV's, anyway...this beer looks as flat as can be, it my have a dark sinister look to it, but it has a whooping zero head. Moving on...

Smell - Okay, starting to get better. Smells of dark, dark fruit, caramel, and burnt sugar. Not too shabby. You also get a some faint tropical fruit smells in there as well.

Taste - Again, getting a little better, but just a little. Dark fruits dominate the palate, raisins and plums, almost as if they were converted directly into an alcoholic beverage. After that you get some sugary caramel and a little bit of the tropicalness I described in the nose, interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Went down easy and slow, the alcohol is nearly undectectable and theres not a whole lot of carbonation going on in there. Would be a nice beer to pair with select desserts.

Overall - I haven't had many Belgian style quads, and of the ones I have had (Westy 12), it seems unfair to rate this along with them. Decent beer, not bad for the style, glad I got to drink this at the event. After having it however there is no way I will ever pick up a bottle given the average retail price on this one, there are just better and cheaper options.

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Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a nice little trade with Manoftyr

750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues, lots of suspended yeast. A huge, nearly 3-inch foamy head forms on a gentle pour, reluctant to recede. Big patches of lacing coat the glass.

S: The nose is fruity - dark ripened fruits with a tropical bend. Notes of fig and banana pop through, while bready, yeasty aspects provide the bouquet's backdrop. Alcohol is apparent, but fairly subdued for the ABV.

T: Notes of ripened fruit meet the palate first, with raisins and cherries dominant. Tropical tone in the nose is replaced with wood and tobacco. The beer is bready, chewy in texture, blending nicely with the rich cherry and wood flavors. Alcohol is strong, as expected for the ABV, but burnt sugar and caramel counter any alcohol bite and carry to a sweet finish.

M: Rich and oily. Bready and chewy, really needs to be savored. Frothier than a lot of Quads I've tried...really filling beer all around.

This is a sipper, but a good one. Flavors tend toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but well within expectations for a Quad. Would be a nice one to have around for the holidays.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rusty brown beer with a light-brown head that left behind a bit of lacing.

S - Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, the things you want to smell in a quad.

T - Taste is pretty spot on with the nose. Raisins, figs, dates and the like make up the dark fruits, with a solid presence of caramel. Rochefort has a nice alcohol burn that cuts through the sweetness, this one is actually a little too well hidden for me. Still quite good.

M - Moderately carbonated, medium-full bodied. Slightly sticky, appropriate for this beer.

O - Pretty solid, I got it down easily, and the alcohol may just be too well hidden.

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

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, dark brown pour with a big white head, light lacing. The aroma is full of sweet dark fruit(dates and plums), and alcohol. The flavors are very sweet, dark fruit, and hot alcohol. It finishes hot and sweet. The body is full, good carbonation. Even though it is very sweet I liked it. The combination of flavors really worked for me.

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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 jayhawk73
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown/crimson into my St. Bernardus chalice. Two finger cocoa head that sticks around quite a bit. Good carbonation and lacing on this one. The head is almost cloud-like in appearance.

S- Smell is that of figs, malt, yeast and raisin. Great smelling beer- smells very fresh. Big time aroma and goodness out of this quad. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Not as thick and meaty as some of it's Belgian counterparts, but this quad is delicious! Malty, w/ figs/dates/raisin/yeast/alcohol w/ a sugary taste as well. I imagine this beer would age really well, even though it's already really smooth. This might be the best American Quad that I've tried. A different taste profile than the smell, but still amazing.

M- Very smooth and silky, w/ sugar and alcohol in the mouthfeel. It feels rich, like you're induldging your mouth with every swallow. Makes me want to really savor it, although at 9.9% ABV, that's not a difficult task. Keeps getting better the warmer it gets. Very nice.

O- This is my first beer from Southampton, and wow... This is world class. Being a big Belgian Tripel and Quad fan, this ranks right up there w/ the best of them for me. The first American Quad I've tried that I can say that about. It might not be my favorite, but it's REAL close. Fantastic, and definitely worth a purchase. I know I'll be picking this one up whenever I see it. Cheers!

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

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/3/11.

Pours a very nice dark brown with very bubbly head that dissipates shortly with low to moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, carmel raison, candied sugar. Very nice.

Taste of lots of carmel and malts with some hop bitterness. Has some other tastes on the back end like raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium weight and crisp. Goes down smooth and leaves a nice resin that lets a lot of carmel taste and a little raisin in the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. It is a really good quad and I would love to get my hands on some more so I can cellar it for awhile. Solid beer all around.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber pour with touches of royal purple; great head

Smell: Sweet caramel-malts, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, spices and dark fruits. Great for the style

Taste: Spot-on for the style again, nice caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits (dates & raisins), and faint spices. My only compliant is that it is a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: Rich, perhaps a bit syrupy

Overall: Probably one of the best american quads, really well done. High sweetness pulls down the drinkability slightly. I'd like to try this one again.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle best by 7/2013.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark amber with a decent wheat flour colored head. Ok clarity some hazy compounds. Bronze highlights.

Big dark fruit nose. Figs, cherry, dates, raisins and tobacco leaf. Alcohol well masked in the nose.

Tremendous amount of alcohol flavor especially in the finish. Lots of raisin, dark sweet cherry, rum, some oaky wood tones. Alcohol in the mid palate and finish is both floral and fusel the latter being a bummer. Molasses and artificial syrup, apple juice.

Sticky just before the finish, ending dryness is almost all alcohol. Minimal bitterness moderate carbonation. A bit messy.

Overall not what I look for in a Belgian dark. Too sweet with combined higher alcohol.

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Photo of speter
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown with a huge rocky head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and añejo rum.

T: A sweet sipper, featuring lots of burnt sugar, rum notes, and hints of dark fruits like prunes and raisins, with a dark chocolate covered cherry taste in the mid-palate, but the finish is quite dry.

M: Full bodied and richly carbonated. A nice amount of alcohol warmth.

D: Not a session beer, of course, but for the style, very drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear brown ale with a wonderfully dense, light-tan head. The aroma is moderately malty, with a dark fruit, bubble-gum, clove, and spices. It could be a little more intense, but is very complex. Wonderful flavor, lots of complex, layered malts. Very sweet...almost sugary in the fore-taste. The beer, however, dries out nicely in the finish. Appropriate. Full body but lots of carbonation. Small bubbles. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of Ambiorix
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, coppery pour, with a dense, tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet malt.

T: Raisins, toffee, sweet caramel malt, fruity esters, Belgian yeast, alcohol. A little sweet. Cherry notes in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. A little sticky.

D: Almost like a really strong dubbel. Tasty, a little woody. Nice.

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Photo of patto1ro
1.32/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I guess this is supposed to be along the lines of St. Bernardus Abt or Rochefort 10. If that's the case, it fails on every count. Even the colour isn't right, being a good bit too pale. The aroma is bland, but fortunately doesn't betray the horror of the taste. Way too sweet and lacking any complexity. Where are the dark fruit flavours? Where's the bitterness? Where's the balance?

A terrible attempt at one of my favourite types of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer's chestnut colour is simply lovely and the combination of transparency and resplendence make it every bit as graceful as good-looking. Its plush amber tones, ruby undercurrent and soft tawny edges look as though they were taken from an interior-decor magazine for the rich and famous. Even without any head, how luxurious!

When most American brewers try their hands at any strong Belgian-style beer the result often plays out like a guitar that's missing a string (or is just out of tune altogether). Southampton, however, has already proven that replicating these varieties comes can be done; like Saison Deluxe, Grand Cru and Bière de Garde this smells authentically European.

That aroma, like the taste, is full of sweet and dark flavours: brown sugar, dark rum, raisins. That list of 'brown sugar, dark rum, raisins' is repeated over and over again, like clockwork, as if it were the beer's own personal spiritual mantra. Occasionally caramel, honey or fig shows up, but so few and far between that they're of minor significance.

If memory serves me correctly, this particular bottle has already celebrated its second birthday. After first trying a considerably aged version of the original batch I rushed right out to buy more...only to find the newer batch ferociously, regrettably sweet. And so I aged this one in hopes that with a little time it would mature like the other one had.

Which it hasn't really. Like the child who's learned his first word and says nothing but, this beer knows sweetness and nothing else. Despite some earthiness, hops are an afterthought and, judging its thinness, it has been deprived of the proper malt bill required for a beer of its strength. That said, alcohol has also been excluded from the palate.

True to its intended abbey heritage, I've found this beer makes a wonderful pairing with simple monk foods: hearty, grainy breads, salty cheeses and dried fruits. Indeed, a little salt goes a long way in sedating the beer's malignant sweetness. Without the grub it's still worth downing but be sure to bring a big sweet-tooth. You'll need it.

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Photo of stimulus
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.
Best by 12/2014. ABV 9.9%.

A: Pours a deep ruby with a beige head than never goes away.
S: Sweet dark fruits and caramel/sugary scent.
T: Much more pronounced dark fruits, like plums and figs, and feels like it will get more complex as it warms, but it only brings alcohol heat.
M: Heavy bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.
D: It's not too hard to drink, but pairing a heavy body with quite a bit of alcohol heat as it warms makes this sipper a bit harder to finish than most others of the same style.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JustinA1 got this in a trade with joerodiii and decided to share. Thanks homes.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Body looked dull at first, but it shows rich brown, red and orange in light; nice autumn-y colors. A thin, loose, off-white halo sits atop for the entire session. Wish I had put this in a different glass - preferably one with an etched bottom - but it still looks decent.

Smell: Caramel, plums, cinnamon and spices, and a green grape/white wine-like twang. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, but also adds a somewhat pleasant floral ester note.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, but with added spices (specifically cinnamon) and semi-pleasant esters. Alcohol is a bit more apparent than it should be, but I dig the complexity and overall flavor profile.

Motuhfeel: Actively carbonated, full bodied, and a little sugary/gritty. Finishes dry and produces a slow, warming sensation in the tummy. Not at all harsh.

Drinkability: This was a very pleasant and polished quadrupel. Though not great in any category, Justin and I really enjoyed it all the way through.

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Photo of Zraly
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber with off-white head. Smell of dried fruit and alcohol.

Sweet rum flavor with a hint of earth. Dried cherries, sugar and a touch of spice. A bit "hot," as the alcohol is evident upfront and in the finish. Taste is good, but drinking more than one could be a chore.

A fire-side sipper. Or would be great with grilled medium-rare lamb chops.

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Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast with spicy wheat and caramel malt, with a little raisin and cocoa and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and spicy wheat and light caramel, with some floral hops and earthy cocoa and a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol. It had a bitter aftertaste with a little lingering sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slick and slightly thick with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a good beer, but surprisingly not malty. It had great body, but it was pretty hot fresh, so it was definitely a sipper. Age would probably really help improve this beer, as it was a little rough fresh.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mid brown color. Moderate haze. Some sediment.

S: Belgian yeast. Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol. Something a bit funky / tart.

T: Caramel. Dates. Rock candy. Hops. More bitter than I'd imagine. Slightly hot from the alcohol. Seems like it needs more time to integrate and smooth out.

M: Very good body. Nice, smooth texture.

D: Reasonably drinkable, but needs more age. It is hot and slightly harsh when cold, and it is slightly rough when warm. Cellar temp worked best for taste / drinkability.

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

Numerous 750ml bottles. Each bottle changes in character, in particular the 'sweetness' variable. First pour is dark mahogany with coca cola cherry red highlighst and a really big head. Hard to get a grasp of all the flavor components, but there's alot of rich, sweet mal, and dark fruits -- raisins, prunes, sweet figs, and caramel butterscotch candy. A bit of rum creeps in. The second pour is much cloudier -- as with all 750 Southamptons, thick and chewy, an elegant abbey-style quadruple. There's a faint sense of oak and hickory in there, but the swetness takes that over. The mouthfeel could be creamier, especially near the top of the bottle.

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