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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old AleSouthampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopsaplenty on 03-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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103
Ratings:
121
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish colour, cogniac, with significant yeast, like a good Belgium. Attractive aroma, more malty that yeasty or alcoholic. Very tasty and drinkable, simply lovely after fish and with lunch.
A very good old ale that I will want to try after ageing a few years. Masterful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 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 jlindros
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah this has been in my cellar for a while. HOpefully it has aged nicely.

Decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head fades slowly, decent lacing, mostly clear mahogany reddish brown beer

Nose old malts, soft aged malt, caramel, toffee, nutty, little toasty brown malt, faint yeast faint oxidation.

Taste sweet, candy like, little yeast, little oxidation, then candy, caramel, toffee, nutty, little toasty, little syrupy sticky, nice soft aged malt but very little, hint bitter spicy hops. Finish is sticky little syrupy, mild bitterness, hint oxidation.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, lighter but decent carb, no booze.

Overall not bad. Nice age other than mild oxidation, pretty tasty.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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 russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the MIA beeronthebrain, Cheers Jeff where ever you are!

Pours a ruddy chestnut with much effervescence& noise, plus 4 fingers of tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Oaky & dark fruit

T: Dark fruit, oaky dryness in abundance with brown sugar dryness up front. Leafy hops & figs dominate as this warms, along with dryness & faint booze. Finishes with tangerine, amaretto, dryness, leafy hops & brown sugar

MF: Chewy,oily, with low carbonation

Drinks fairly easy for the ABV & style, not a bad take on the style, maybe I should've let this age another year or 2? I'd like this a little less dry. Not in love with the hops I'm tasting, in like, yes

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 3-6-2007. Pours a slightly clouded ruby garnet color with a minimal tan head. Nose is woody with a very strong sugary tone to it. Flavor is syrupy sweet with a strong sweet tone to it. Slight metallic edge that has a bit of wood on it. Feel is thick with bubbles on your tongue. Also thick with a syrup like texture to it. Drinkable, sure. It is okay as far as an old ale goes. I had this not too long ago at a bar and thought it was nicer than my opinion of it at the moment. Perhaps this bottle has not been resting in the right storageĀ…or maybe my taste buds were skewed when I was at that bar. Either way, another good offering from Southampton.

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Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours clouded brown wuth a large tan head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of raisins, prunes, brown sugar - with a classic "Engliah" undertone.

The taste is of raisins, prunes, anise balanced by herbal spiciness. Hops oils seem to have left their mark, though this has aged. There is a leafy bitterness in an otherwise sweet, warming finish.

It is on the lighter side of full-bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

This is a very nice Old Ale - warmth does show, but still very drinkable!

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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 Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/27/06- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Brewed in 2005 I believe.

Appearance- Dark caramel in appearance. Light tan 3/4 inch head. Very large bubbles. Lacing is light and streaky.

Smell- You have to dig in to find the goods, but when you do, you are rewarded with figs, prunes, raisins and a light alcohol fume scent.

Taste- Let this one warm all the way up. Full of flavor despite the lower abv for an old ale style. Tons of prunes, figs, roasted caramel and maybe some carob powder. Very light whiskey flavor, but dectected nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- This one will settle down in the bubble department with some aging. Otherwise, pretty creamy and warming.

Drinkability- Impressed with such a low abv old ale. I'll see if I can snag another to age for a few years. Thanks much Steven!

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful, rich caramel scent along with some spice and fruit esters. THe taste is also great. It's incredibly smooth for a big beer. It's got a loaded malt flavor that goes down with ease. There is a bit of earthiness as well as a nice fruity finish. THe mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine old ale. It's got the entire package. These guys just keep cranking out the good stuff; cheers!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled November 2007
An easy pour produces a frothy, fairly large bubbled, initially four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, deep ruby color when held up to the light. As I pour and note the head, it is quite apparent that this beer has some rich fruit notes to it; aromatic notes of brandy, raisins and concentrated berry notes are quite noticeable. this is confirmed once I set my focus on the aroma, rich aromatic notes of concord grapes join the other noticed fruit notes. Quite malty as well with aromas of caramelized malt sugars, richly toasted biscuits, aged malt, richly caramelized raisins. There is also a certain spicy almost woody note to the nose; a touch tannic, some spicy oak like notes, sort of like damp wood and actually probably influenced by the cork as it does smell a bit of musty cork. I can only assume it was the cork, but I really do like the added dimension of the barrel-like aromatics.

Well carbonated for and old ale, the beer definitely froths a bit as it hits my tongue. A couple swirls of my glass takes care of the excess carbonation; this smoothes the texture out a bit, though the beer still feels fairly light, perhaps a medium to full feeling as it rests on the tongue. Quite fruity tasting, though perhaps not quite as much as the aroma would have suggested. I taste notes of raisins, touches of prune and a finish that has some definite berry-like flavors to it. That oak barrel like note from the aroma is in the flavor as well; it reminds me a bit of musty wood, some definite spicy oak, perhaps a soft vanillin character (though this could also be malt influenced) and something like what is in the finish of a spicy cola. Flavors of deeply browned, rustic bread crust, concentrated toffee, chalky (though faint) dark roast malt flavors, toasted grain, caramelized brown sugar, . Within stylistic bounds, a lightly herbal hop note and a touch of bitterness in the finish defines the requisite hop character.

This more than likely has a healthy dose of cork taint to it, but I think that it actually adds something to this brew. At this point the beer would probably be to sweet and fruit focused without it, but I have a feeling that bottles without the cork taint will age over the long term much better. Definitely a tasty tipple, but it could definitely use some more complexity, especially the depth of the malt character seems to be a little bit on the shallow side.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to doppel07 for this...
Appears a dark amber brown with a small off white head that slowly fades out into a little collar. Tiny speckles of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of candy sugar sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, organic hay-like character(not really sure), and dough.
Taste is of the same aromas with a raisin like flavor that comes through as a nice addition.
Mouthfeel is warming, smooth, with raisiny resin.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at Half Time almost one year ago. The ale has been properly cellared since then.

A: The cork popped with nary a hint of carbonation, worrying me that it may not have survived. Those fears were allayed on pour, when a thick billowy white head emerged and measured in at 2.5 fingers. The ale is a dark cola brown color that reveals orange highlights when light shines through.

S: The nose is thick and malty with tart apple and green grape aromas. A caramel sweetness and some vanilla beans also manages to sneak out through the fruity malts.

T: The ale is a mouthful! The malts are concentrated to the point that they readily take on an alefruity position, with some dates, figs and raisins providing the kick. The more the ale sits on the palate, it takes on a Belgian flavor, showcasing additional candi sugar flavors that add immeasurable depth to the glass. This is a great fusion of the American old ale style and Belgian old world brewing. Happy belated 10th Anniversary to SPH!

M: Alefruits and candi sugar dominate the ale, creating a depth of flavor that many ales struggle to attain. This is a Belgian ale dressed up like an American ale.

D: The abv is a bit high but the depth of flavor coming out of the old ale is incredible. The year's aging has, I think, only helped add some further spiciness to the body. Wonderful!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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 ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
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