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Southampton Scotch Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Scotch AleSouthampton Scotch Ale
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Southampton Scotch AleSouthampton Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Whatup14
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of acurtis
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2Xmd
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from release in 2014. Decent scotch ale.

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Photo of SonnyHenry
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Brewski
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and foiled bottle poured into a matching 22oz Southampton fishbowl snifter. The brew appears an amber mahogany color with lighter shades of brown and ruby seen around the edges. Sadly, nearly the entire glass fills with a khaki foam initially that settles quick leaving room for a 2nd and 3rd pour to top off the glass.

The smell is carbonic and mineral filled at first then gets malty sweet smelling like caramel/toffee with a hint of fruit. There is almost a spice like cinnamon blending with herbal hops and warming alcohol. Is this a scotch ale or a pumpkin ale?

The taste follows directly in line with the nose. Carbonic and mineral character is all the initial impression consists of. After swirling and degassing the beer a bit of fruity alcohol and hops emerge contrasted by toasty and bready malt.

This is medium to light bodied brew with way too much carbonation that overall distracts from the experience. It has potential to be more enjoyable if you degas it. Additionally, it also almost crosses the line between a strong brown ale and pumpkin ale moreso than what ive come to expect of a scotch ale. Not terrible, but not great either.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Hugonaut13
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a massive, frothy 3 finger light brown colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear amber. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick but nice legs. Decent.

Nose is sweet booze, hazelnut, chestnut, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon and a slight bit of roast and soap. Aromatic and pretty appetizing.

Opens sweet brown sugar and molasses. Anise, nuts and brown sugar mixed with booze in the middle with an end of Irish cream and sweet alcohol. Finishes sweet and boozy with the same aftertaste. Decent but pretty one-dimensional.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and light in the mouth and goes down warm and filmy. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor nicely.

A solid beer all around but nothing to get too excited about here. A touch thin in the feel but otherwise, this is quite representative of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stopped by the publick house for a bite and to pick up some IRS bottles. Ordered a flight with bratwurst. Brew arrivedin a few ounce sample pour. Really nice orange brown color. Great caramel smell and taste. Super enjoyable. Little boozy. Would have again!

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Release - Growler filled during the 2013 Imperial Russian Stout release dinner.

A: Poured into my southampton RIS snifter. The liquid is dark ruby/mahogany in color and yielded a one finger off white head.

S: Sweet malts, chocolate and caramel. This smells delicious.

T: Notes of caramel and sweet/biscuity malt that are rounded off with coco and hint of roasted coffee. Wonderful.

M: Medium bodied and light carbonation.

O: I was really impressed with this beer. The flavors are rich and well defined. I wish I would have brought home an extra growler of this. This needs to be bottled again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper/amber colored beer with a decent sized head that had good retention and lace.

S - Lots of caramel and dark fruit. There is a bit of peat, but it's not as peaty as I generally like for the style.

T - Taste is primarily caramel and dark fruit. This is pretty non-offensive and sweet for the style, and pretty easy to drink. It's solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Actually not bad, considering this is a style of beer I don't go for. Easy to drink, and decent tasting.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Southampton brew from shaebs99 - thanks for providing roughly 25% of our tasting dude! Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Half-finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin collar with a wisp of bubbles on top but no lace. Hazed caramel brown color.

S - Burnt sugars, earthy roasted barley, some light stale oxidation, and not much in the way of treacle or smoke.

T - Roasted malts, light smoke, caramel, dark fruits, well-hidden alcohol. Manages to be sweet without verging on cloying. Pretty accurate to style, but nothing mind-blowing.

M - Medium body that was a touch lighter than I expected. Alcohol is well-hidden. Soft, lower carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

D - This is a solid take on a style that I don't generally find very exciting. No major problems, but not exciting enough to warrant seeking out specifically.

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Photo of ikats
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, deep ruby in color with a few floaties that settled on the bottom. Should've poured more carefully. Tall tan head that dissipated to a good 1/8-1/4 inch cover. I got the first wiff as I was pouring the beer, and I really enjoy its aroma. The nose is filled with malts and wonderful roasted character. The body is lighter than I expected, and the taste is a little more burnt than I would've preferred. There is small, but noticeable alcohol warming effect. I find this beer very drinkable. As usual with Southampton's offerings, this beer is very close to the style.

Picked up the bottle at Southampton Publick House last November.

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Southampton Scotch Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 37 ratings