Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale | Southampton Publick House

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

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

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
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 103
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 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 Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
4 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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