Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale | Southampton Publick House

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopsaplenty on 03-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of OldSock
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle. There is a bit of dried yeast on the cork right around the bottle opening, hopefully from filling not leaking. No problem here, lots of carbonation and a big light tan head. The head is rough with large bubbles and it slowly sinks down into the clear deep amber liquid.

Smell – Nice bready malt aroma complemented by some fruity esters and booze. Its missing that dark somethingness that I look for in old ales though.

Taste – The taste however has what I was looking for, beautiful rummy undertones and strong sweet malt. The taste is rather strong in alcohol, I'm glad I still have a couple of bottles of this to age. Dark fruits abound particularly plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is too strong for a big malty beer, and once it works its way out the beer is a bit thin.

Drinkability & Notes – The high carbonation and strong alcohol make this one tough to drink, it has great flavors that draw me in but the mouthfeel makes it hard to enjoy them. Overall an Old Ale with great potential, but in need of some more time in the cellar to round out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a cold bottle of this brew with Stopper. Pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut with fluffy off white head of 4.5 cm with a gentle pour. Aroma is mild fruit with cherry and red grape mixed with brown sugar and a bit of an off metallic scent. There are some grassy and herbal hops mixed in as well. First sip is average body and smooth texture with very fine yet prickly carbonation. Slightly sitcky residue on mylips. Flavor is sweet and fruity as well with red grape and brown sugar. Some general sweet spiciness. The beer is not overly complex but is good. I think it would be better in about a year.

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

Recalled from notes:

Poured a brown color with a nice head in a wide mouthed wine glass.

Malt is predominant in the nose, with bready, nutty, and sugary aromas.

Tastes full bodies and bold, with alcohol present among hints of nuts, yeast, toasted bread, and other esters. Tight carbonation. Almost Belgian-like in its complexity. Very intriguing and tasty.

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Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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! 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 Lnedrive14
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date. Bottle states may be aged for years to come.


Cork emerged with nary a pop, which had me worried, but the beer pours a nice hue of clear amber with a huge 2 inch head that settles slowly leaving behind a fine lace.


Nice sweet aroma tinged with a touch of nutty alcohol (Sherry-like). Some nice fruit scents work their way in once this warms a bit.


Mouthfeel is excellent, with fine carbonation making this dance across the tongue. Flavors are mildly sweet with notes of fig and other dark ripe fruits. A faint alcohol tinge creeps in at the end to add a touch of heat. Perhaps the best Southampton I've experienced. A little overpriced (as all their stuff is), but this one is almost worth it. Really tasty, I'd be thrilled if this became available all the time.

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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 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 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 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 jaluria
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky, dark brown with subtle burgundy hues and a thick, frothy head with a soap-like texture. Just a touch of lacing was left behind in my goblet. Aromas of alcohol, roasted malt, toast, and dried fruits. The taste filled with sweet flavors blending with fruit flavors (figs and dates). Dry and smooth, this beer was a pleasure to drink, though it is a bit rich and heavy making it hard to drink a lot of it. Slightly chewy with a creamy texture in my mouth; perfect level of carbonation.

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Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased @ Decicco market, pelham, ny

into the chalice she goes... 2 fingers of frothy white head, it settles at a moderate pace, active carbonation rising up, deep amber/brown hue, a very nice solid looking brew, the lacing is great.

almost smells like an old wooden barrel being hit by the sun for the first time in years... and the odor of the mold and must being burnt off... very deep aroma, dark fruits and a splash of powdered cocoa.. yum

taste etc...
this bites the tongue, the prickly nature of the carbonation is very unique,
it is "almost" creamy but not quite which can leave you feeling it is a bit thin, the flavors need to develop more, there is hints of barely, hints of cocoa, hints of dark fruit... I am not overly impressed with this as is but do think this will age great. so I will happily be revisiting this. I had an Old Stock 2003 last night and the depth of flavor in both the nose and flavor were far superior.

this will age great, pick some up and see what happens... I can't wait to try this in a year.. or 2.. or 3... mellowed out this will be a super smooth drinker

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

From a bottle picked up at Shoreline for $12 a 750 mL, this uncorked with a *thwip!*

Pours into a wine glass with a clear russet crimson hue topped off with a settled sandy beige densely compact head cap holding a collar of froth to the sides of the glass. Perhaps due to the awl-kee-hawl content, this lacks a lace component.

Soft scents of pancake powdery malt compliment a brown sugar like sticky bun aroma. Tasty scents, albeit light in prescence.

First swigs: Dry light cocoa and airy toffee initially arise. The airy frothy feel interplays with the flavor that they intertwine closely. Some boozy characteristics pop out towards the end. A bit overly ripe bananas peak in the finish with a a touch of cinnamon.

Once this hits the ole tongue, frothiness was instant. This caused me to drink it a little quick before it could become overly pillowy.

Last swigs: Tricky yet thin interpretation of an Old Ale.

Beer is good. Happy twisted beering.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a glowing cherry red, kinda dark, into a raised tulip. solid, thin head of creamy luxuriousness, bubbly lacing and excellent retention. solid. glowing for an old ale, looks rather luminous and young.. i guess it technically is.

belgian beety aroma offset by a characteristic old ale booziness, whiskey infused with candied figs. exotic but grounded in rich malt. some blueberry mild sweetness layered onto carrot cake with a sidecar of belgian quad. really awesome.

tastes overwhelmingly belgian, breaking a classic old ale mold. sweet without cloying, transitions quickly from brown candy sugar charred syrup to a tarter, moldy fruit basket funk. finish is dry and the carbonation helps. brings a vegetal sugar to the party. my tongue is excited and confused by a waxy, lingering bitterness like carrot skins or raw spinach greens. warmth tends to even things out, presenting a strong dark beer with belgian influence and a crisp dry finish with mellowed wood tones. a real sipper, something to take some time to enjoy.

this will only improve with age. will be great in 2 years.. my prediction. a little too friggin expensive. happy anniv!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark reddish brown with a large foamy tan head. A real nice looking beer. The smell is malty, creamy, and alcohol filled. The aroma aren't as strong as other old ale's. The taste is malty with vanilla,alcohol, and dark fruit. A nice drinkable beer. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A very good beer. I could have a few of these.

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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 sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this ale pours a dark crimson color with half a finger of tan head that laces rather quickly, light suspended sediment and carbonation

S - hoppy-alcohol background supports a framework of warm caramel aromas, hints of raisin as well

T - sweet, molasses type flavors, dark raisin fruits, hoppy-alcohol background is in the taste, very nice

M - not terribly smooth, but very palatable

D - a little to alcohol-y to be too high, but the taste counteracts most of that

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Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750 a dark brownish color with a good sized tan foamy head popping up. Some sticky strings of lace were left coating the glass. Aroma had plenty of ripe dark fruits with some hints of alcohol. Notes of caramel, light molasses and some earthiness rounded it out a bit but it was a tad too sweet smelling. Sweet caramel covered dark fruits with hints of warming booze. Some chocolate and earthy notes with a smooth sweet finish. Well carbonated and thick enough body. Pretty easy drinking stuff at a young age I can’t wait to see what this will do in another year or two. Great choice for a 10 year anniversary brew, congrats.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours a gorgeous deep brown with ruby highlights and a sustained taupe head. It's a very attractive beer. The smell is rather understated, with the emphasis on sweet, malty smells and little in the way of fruity aromas. There's some molasses in there, along with a big vanilla-and-nuts aroma that one reviewer perfectly described as "pecan pie." Tastewise, I keep thinking "tart rum." It's not overly sour with tartness, but there's an edge to the sweetness that offsets what could be a typically overdone (at least at a young age) old ale sweetness. There's also a creamy fruit flavor (strawberries?) that seems to be a byproduct of some fruity esters and that typical Southampton creamy mouthfeel. I'm really impressed with this; it should be very interesting to see how this fares at, say, Southampton's 15th anniversary.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Beverage Depot in Flushing, Queens.
Makes for a gorgeous pour into a tulip glass. Big poofy white head, clumpy sticky lacing, deep ruby color.
Smells soft and lightly sweet. Pecan pie smells, maybe. Not sharp smells but deep ones. It invites one to take a deep whiff.
This drinks a bit like a Belgian strong dark ale.... or if Belgium started putting out stouts... Has a smokey texture to it (making it stouty) with a little bit of a dark fruit mash flavor. A little nutty, a little bready with some candy sweetness fluttering about.
I daren't think about what this will be like when it mellows out.
It's pretty classy as it is.

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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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