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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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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old AleSouthampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopsaplenty on 03-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of bruachan
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, this one is pungent. the generous head is very giving with its scents. retention is great and the color a deep mahogany--a little hazy. decent lacing

vinous aromas, sherry, black cherry blackcurrant from the hops. date sweetness, bready

rich, elegant malt character: full of sophisticated elements. spicy (partly from the heat, i reckon) with a sour, almost wildyeasty finish, that i suppose is more closely linked with hops. i get a little suggestion of cocao nibs, perhaps in texture (you know that ever-so-slightly chalky texture?)

the mouthfeel is rich but hardly viscous

truthfully, much about this brew features an elegant complexity usually reserved for belgians. drinks like a cabernet, kinda. another phenomenal southampton production

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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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 750ml bottle(room temp) a clear amber with a huge head of foam that shrinks slowly to a solid layer with tons of lacing. A beautiful Ale to look at! Oh, btw, the cork was a bit difficult to get out but when it did, it exploded out of the bottle and hit my ceiling.

The smell is very malty but I also note a fruity nose, mainly dark fruit, some alcohol, and it has a roastiness to it.

The taste has a ton of caramel malt up front but it's done well because it isn't overly sweet. I'm getting a lot of flavours here..plum, roasted malt, a nuttiness, molasses, candy sugar, toffee, man, this is so complex and so interesting, I find it hard to describe all that is going on here. There is also a hop bitterness in the background; I guess that's how the sweetness is being controlled so well, eh? ;^)

Further sips in and I'm getting a nice warming from the alcohol content but heck, it's anything but harsh. What a smooth sipper and that makes for an Old Ale that has excellent drinkability!!

Bottom line: Yet another brew from Southampton that is a real gem. My sincerest thanks go out to Nutbrown for this sample and *all* the samples I got in trade. What a wonderful brewery...I couldn't recommend them enough!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer more because it was a special release than because I was expecting it to be great, but goddam if Mr. Markowski hasn't produced one of the best Old Ales I've ever had!

It pours a slightly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) ruby-tinted deep mahogany beneath a massive head of rocky tan foam that holds remarkably well with a solid 1/4 inch surface covering to the end, and leaves impressive lace in its wake.

The nose is caramelish and sweet with a tinge of dark, sweet & tart fruit. Leafy and tea-like hops shuffle about in the background, and there's a yeast y, peppery and mineral-ish side that's a bit more prominent. Very nice!

The flavor is rich with vibrant deep caramel, tofee, and dark fruit (plum/prune, dates, plump dark dried raisins) upfront. Alcohol is present but in a good way, lending some spiciness to the mix. Leafy and tea-like hops help to balance, and a solid bitterness leads into a dry and spicy finish. It finishes surprisingly short and dry with just a little bit of alcohol amidst the lingering malt and hops.

The mouthfeel is lightly tingly, but also airy and smooth. It's dextrinous medium is offset by it's spritely, very fine, bottle-conditioned carbonation. (And based on that I'd have to question its cellar-ability).

All in all, superb! Pour yourself an Imperial pint of this and take the rest of the day off. Enjoy a book you've been waiting to read, or the setting sun and rising stars in the night. Massively enjoyable!!!

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Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Southampton pours a dark red closing in on brown with a powerful tan head that leaves a cascading body dark and georgeous! The smell upon opening the bottle is very sweet smells of caramel and roasted nuts come to mind. Brown sugar, vanilla, blood orange?, citrus, huge upfront hop presence. The taste...wow! brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, figs, oily bitterness and a small alcohal presence in the mouthfeel which also has a smooth port quality. The finish has a heavy fruit malt backbone balanced with spicy hops and has a very smooth aftertaste considering the alcohal.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice dark brown, very opaque. light brown head. outstanding head retention and phenomenal lacing.

S: figs, raisins, plums, clove. nice and warming aroma, like a fire in winter.

T: great old ale. fruity and spicy. figs and clove take the major flavors with some plums, coriander, and chocolate in the back. a lot of cherries as it warms.

M: medium to heavy bodied. higher carbonation level. very creamy.

D: wonderful beer, even with the aging. you could easily get 2-4 more years off of this one.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of NWSREM
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Old ale, but obviously drunk "young". Pours dark, murky amber, with a darkish tan head, showing good retention early, leading to a thickish film and leaving nice, thick creamy lacing. Nose of hot buttered rum, vanilla, and warm bisquits. Smooth, flavorful, bold brew. Notes of rum, butter, vanilla, honey, and dark fruits, later black berries, smoke, light peppers, and more intense flavors. This is a delicious creation in brewing, I hope I can find the wisdom to put a few bottles of this nectar away for a few years.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is caramel, raisin and malty. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice old ale. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jjayjaye for this brew. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a McChouffe chalice. Beer was a hazy, reddish brown color with a very creamy, one finger, off-white head. Moderate lacing around the glass and light carbonation.

Aroma was caramel, apples, raisins and dark rum. Very nice aroma.

Taste was sweet with apple and caramel flavors dominating. Light oak flavor.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is a fantastic beer. It has old ale aspects to it, but also tastes like a belgian brown. Highly recommended. I only wish I had more in the cellar.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged Magnum to a pint glass, the liquid is a slightly cloudy tan amber with good catbonation. The head is big off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is carmel and alcohol.

The taste follows. Plain and simple this beer tastes great. Nice thick roasted carmel Malt and a wonderful warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I want to gulp it but I hold of as I want it to last. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Carefully poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" tan head, which preserves its height through bubble rejuvenation for quite some time. When the head finally calms after a long time waiting, there is lots of thick lace on the glass sides, above the clear burnished burgundy brew.

Nose is heavily sweet, with dark fruits lurking, alcohol wisps apparent. Taste is expected rich sweeteness upfront, wanders into a light to moderate spicing, a twinkle of fruitiness, and closes with a shot of alcohol and warmth all the way down. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is quite good for the style. Sort of an intro to Old Ales, or maybe a session representative of the style. Regardless, it's a very nice brew.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, 1886-2006 on the label, "to be enjoyed now or cellared for years to come."

Into my Duvel glass, pours a clear, dark ruby color with a big frothy head of off-white color, with excellent staying power, and leaves nice lacing in bubbles and streaks. The aroma smells of old ale, classic, musty dark fruits, brown sugar, enticing.

This is a tasty beer, delicious dark fruits of the raisin/fig/date category. Sweet caramel, some brown sugar and toasted grains. Some alcohol warms the palate, with ample carbonation bouncing across the tongue. Excellent body, I just don't want to put this down... i'm going to drink it entirely too fast! A superb beer, and a fitting tribute to its 10th anniversary.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a deep brown color, awesome carbonation, huge two-finger creamy tan head, which whisked down to a nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is very malty, slight yeast, good touch of figs, raisins, plums, nice tones of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, very smooth, nice dark fruit flavor, with some caramel tones. The alcohol is hidden very well, almost non-existed. Full body. Very drinkable, really liking this brew today, highly recommended. Thanks Alan.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melted caramel with just a shot of cherry brandy. A blurred clarity does nothing to hinder luminance. The beer is sensationally incandescent and possesses glittering radiance and sparkling head with little bubbles that pop like kernels of popcorn. Its form is ragged and its colour tarnished, it appears worn and antiquated - perhaps only befitting for the beer's style.

There's as much melted caramel in smell as there was in colour. Here, however, it's enriched with a strong sugary port wine like characteristic. It's a little potent but I'd expect no less from the style. The bouquet smells of port soaked fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and sweet, caramelized malts. It's so rich and succulent, I can't seem to tear my nose away...

I expected a little more richness than this but it's still tasty enough to make my eyebrows raise at the notion of having another two thirds of the 750ml bottle to myself. This makes a great after-dinner treat. Sun-ripened fruits, brushed with brown sugar and caramelized in butter just about sum up the flavour.

I've had some tasty old ales before but this impresses me tremendously. The taste of dried fruits soaked in brandy and drenched in caramel is so lip licking, gum smackingly delicious that the drinkability would extend far beyond this one bottle I have. This is the kind of special drink you'd save for celebratory toasts or time's of deep contemplation.

A lot of the maltiness has faded over the near three years since its release. Surprisingly, all the carbonation seems in tact. The mouthfeel still has that underlying prick that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Its time on the shelf may have thinned out the mouthfeel but it's also mellowed out the alcohol. This is drinking just about perfect right now...

I wish this could be re-corked and saved for special occasions. Speaking of, Southampton definitely rose to the special occasion of their 10th Anniversary. I've had some very mediocre offerings from this brewery's year-round production but anything corked and caged at the Publick House has been pure artistic brewing genius. Here's to many more, Southampton!

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this makes up for the crappy May Bock.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel that leaves a phenomenal residue for minutes after hitting the palate. Perfect blend of sweet, malt, fruit. Dark fruits (dates, plums, cherries) predominate. Drinkability is very high - definitely a sipper, but one that I could sip all night.

Somewhat reminds me of a great belgian quad. Less alcohol content (although there was a faint hint of alcohol presence which i found soothing, given all of the other flavors) but just as complex and tasty.

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Photo of Phatz
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capone’s in Norristown PA for $11.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with a frothy tan head and nice light lacing.

Smell: Fantastic array of caramel malts, fruits berries a light hint of peaty smokiness, apples and wood.

Taste: Berries, caramel, bread, and toast; a light citrus tart, sour apples, brown sugar, oak, and a drizzle of honey are magnificently wrapped up in one little package and delivered with a bow and a card to my very grateful taste buds. WOW! That was nice! There is just a hint of alcohol (rum like) bite on the back end and a long lingering residual sweet/tart flavor left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with lots of tingles (pepper and alcohol on the cheeks it'd seem) and a bit of a warm sensation.

Drinkability: This is a sipper beer. It actually feels bigger than 8.7% I thought it'd be closer to 10% but it is extremely enjoyable and one to last you the evening.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 4/17/10 during an old ale/barleywine tasting with some friends.

After a struggle with the cork that ended up breaking inside the bottle, I had to resort to a cork screw to set this brew free. It pours a hazy brown color with a creamy offwhite head. Retension is fairly decent with a good amount of lace clinging to the glass. Sweet malty goodness is about the best description of this aroma that also includes vanilla and oak. Taste is very smooth with vanilla and woodsy notes that has a lingering sweetness. Medium creamy body with a mild level of carbonation. The oak lingers with more and more alcohol becoming pronounced as it warms. The alcohol is aparent in both flavor and warmth and becomes a bit astringent but not too overbearing as it somewhat accents the minor level of hops that are included. Very smooth brew to say the least, the vanilla flavor that lingers in the mouth almost flirts with being unnatural. Overall very good.

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Photo of bwyker
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, slightly-hazed, redish amber, topped with a moderate sized (about 1/8”) tan head.

S: A flat, musty aroma, with hints of that iron, blood-like smell.

T: Heavy mix of citrus hops, toffee and dark sweets like brown sugar and figs. The alcohol is more felt than tasted, but it’s noticeable.

MF: Chunky with a dry finish. Needs some more time to settle.

D: Though I enjoyed this quite a bit, the complexities and the alcohol demand a slow appreciation. It took a very long time to get through the 750ml. I’ve got another bottle in the cellar – think this will be even better the second time around, in a decade or so.

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Photo of hopdog
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a medium and clear reddish-brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, pine, vanilla and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, and spices. Lively body.

Notes from 8/2/06.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 2" tan colored head that lasts quite a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: lovely combinations of caramel and fruit sweetness with some woody and soft alcohol tones.

Taste: strong maltiness here, with prunes, raisins, caramel, and barely a hint of dark chocolate. The wood / oak tones are quite prevelant and some hidden whiskey tones appear late. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium / heavy in body. Smooth with a soft crispness at the start, smooth at the finish. Flavor components linger long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: great drinkable beer, but the noticable alcohol level knocks this down a notch for me. Must try this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with ruby highlights; a nice beige cap throws lacing all over the chalice - suprising for a beer that made very little pop when opened

Smell: Lots of dark fruit and brown sugar aromatics, with dates and figs prominent

Taste: The aromatics in the aroma lay down a number on the tongue at the outset, with some stone fruit sneaking in by mid-palate to balance the sweetness; after the swallow, the stone fruit flavor builds but ultimately yields to a cocoa-like element; some holiday seasonal spices appear in the finish, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but a bit fizzy on the tongue; I think it has settled down from the mouthfeel that earlier reviews complained about

Drinkability: Overall, a fine beer that verges on the Dubbel style as much as the Old Ale

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep ruby/chestnut colour topped by a fluffy tan head. There was lots of chunky lacing and the head retention was superb, with a solid layer of bubbles surviving to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was really fruity as soon as the bottle was opened, pretty vinous and estery. The malts came forward as it breathed, lots of toffee and bread crust. Notes of caramel, figs, alcohol, and sultana raisins. Moderate bitterness with big malty and fruity character. Earthy, rum-soaked raisin flavour with solid bready, caramel malt. Alcohol was present throughout, leaving a lot of warmth in the finish and stunning the tongue after a few sips. High carbonation combined with a full body produced a creamy, airy texture. Very enjoyable and a well-made old ale. I wish more brewers would work with this style (and succeed like Southampton).

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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
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