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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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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 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 storage…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 rodenbach99
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 750ml avec bouchon de liège.

acheté chez Blanchard à Boston

belle bière brune avec de beaux reflets rouges, belle mousse brunâtre qui dure, nez de caramel, de malt et de prunes. en bouche elle est ronde, passablement sucrée, caramel, prune encore, et toffee. très bonne bière.

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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.


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 JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only my second Old Ale. This one tasted like a fairly mild, approachable Belgian. Served in a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a hazy medium brown color. Decent size off white head fades to a covering of the glass. Good lacing.Smell is very good: sweet, slight alcohol and dark fruits in both the aroma and taste. The taste is smooth and approachable - many characteristics of a Belgian but not as complex as a really good one. Mouthfeel is rich and drinkability very good for this level of alcohol. I would have no problem drinking one of these again at any time. A very good winter sipper.

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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 blitz134
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade from someone...sorry I dont remember. I've had this for about a year. It is finally cold enough in Atlanta to have a taste.

Huge frothy head on this, took a long time to settle down to get a glass full. Sticks all over the glass. Clear garnet red, cola colored body.

Alcoholic, ripe dark fruits, marashino cherries, figs, raisins and plums. Caramelly, sugar sweet throughout. Some nice yeast characteristics that remind me of a Belgian strain.

Flavor is well done. Alcohol again, but not hot. Caramel sweetness, figs and raisins, but not as fruity or sugary as the aroma suggested. Finishes with some chocolate hints that were unexpected. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation doesn't come across as prickly as I thought it would have. Its basically where I think it should be. Leaves some flavor behind after the swallow.

Overally, a sipper but a nicely done beer. Alcohol is there, but not harsh at all, warms a bit when in the stomach. Good stuff.

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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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown to reddish color though it has a head that will not quit in any way shape or form. Get a spoon cause you are going to need it. Oakey and vinuous aroma. Big flavor with oak and hop bitterness as well. A lot of wine like flavors. Dried plums and raisens. Tastes a lot older then it is. Dries out in the finish. Decent enough body. Very drinkable but I cant rave about it. Solid effort for sure. I would cellar some if I could.

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

a: Pours a really nice dirty tan head that very slowly falls back to leave a good layer on the surface. The beer is chestnut brown in color. A quick swirl rouses another huge head.

s: A nice range of dark, leathery fruits sporting highly concentrated sugars. Raisins and especially dates are present. Dates out the ass, actually. Seems a little one dimensional towards the dates, but not too much so. Starting to open up a bit, and coming around quite nicely. Aromas of banana soaked in rum and simmered in butter and brown sugar. Earthy English style hops seem to dominate that department, with just a smidge of evergreen.

m: A touch fizzy for the style in my book...medium-high carbonation. The body is on the high side of the medium range, but lightened a bit by the carbonation. Smooth and creamy after a few swirls release some of the excess CO2. Gonna give it the benefit of the doubt with a 4.0.

t: The high carbonation certainly carries a bit of the flavor with it. As on the nose, dates dominate the palate. A range of malts are present alongside an earthy hoppiness. Long lasting finish with a bit of ethanol bite, light-moderate bitterness. With each sip I feel like it's gonna finally surprise me, but it keeps holding back. The user below who described this one as a cocktease was right on.

d: easy enough

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown with dark copper hues, hazy with small chunks, a good size light tan head recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is strong of sweet cola and over ripe apples, booziness is also evident in the aroma and hints of buttery toffee. Taste follows pretty closely with some apple sweetness, cola, dark fruits and maltiness, a decent grassy and slightly burnt rubber bitterness mixes with a warmth of alcohol strength in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, peppery effervescence, pretty active carbonation, a decent bitterness and a nice warmth in the throat. A good beer that warmed me up but nothing made me say wow and a lot of the time I thought the beer was a little all over the place. Stylewise it almost strikes me as a strong belgian dubbel with some scoth ale characteristics. I have enjoyed many Southamptons beers, this one just happens to not be one of my personal favorites. Maybe a year or two in a cellar will change my opinion.

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Photo of klewis
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a spongy head. Little lacing.

S: Sweet smell with aromas of dark fruits, caramel, and molasses.

T: Sweet and slightly spicy with flavors of burnt caramel, figs, and molasses. A bit of alcoholic heat.

M: A bit light and quite fizzy for the style.

D: A very nice old ale, but not quite at the level of a Thomas Hardy. Still, well worth the price tag.

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

Cork popped off without any prying... it shot out fast and hard, but no spillage and aroma was already abounding.

Pours a very nice coppery brown with a full, thick one inch head... a beautiful swirl and great lace.

Aroma is quite powerful. Lots of toffee and caramel. Some spicy notes and a big fruity nose... some raisin, some fig, some apple, some cherry and some bourbony deliciousness.

Nice mouthfeel... full and viscous.

Flavor is balanced and good. A bright bit of herbaceous tone on the backend and a touch of bitter. Sweet in the middle... caramel and bourbon. As it warms, more and more alcohol peaks through.

A very nice brew for sure. Wish I had more than one to stash away for later times.

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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 meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, reddish amber forming a decent medium, tan head that falls fairly quickly but leaves a solid area of lacing as it does.
The smell is a malty sweetness of raisins & figs. I don't get the alcohol smell that early reviewers did.
The taste is almost mellow consisting of sweet, toasty malts. The dried fruit is still there but not strongly.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly carbonated.
Drinkability is excellent but it does feel like more than the 8.7%.
I really like this beer, an excellent version of an old ale. I'm also glad that I waited 10 months since buying it at the restaurant before drinking it. I wish I had about 2 or 3 more. That's the best reccomendation you can give I think.

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of cooter
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer could not stay put. Its mouthfeel, its flavor, its nose in particular were all so different with each sip that I felt I was chasing a chimera.

Right after pouring, it smelled of hickory, butter, hazelnut, bark and butterscotch. The rest of the time, it was just a dullish glaze of dubbel-ish good beer smell.

Licking the bottle after the first pour, it tasted of olives, dark, gargantuan black olives--that taste never to return. At the end, when the sedimented yeast came out, it was luscious and creamy, with all the beautiful tastes a yeast can have. Before that, bupkus.

The great majority of the time drinking this beer was one of expectation and waiting. It had lovely hops, but muted. There was a "ruby"-flavored malt presence--but merely when I downed huge gulps. Sure, I tasted grapefruit, but what beer doesn't do that? A wonderfully strong carbonation--powerful, light, but masculine--kicked off the first few tastes...then petered out to a merely pleasant undercurrent of the tiniest bubbles. At points, perhaps when swirling, it was bitter. But the only constants were a middling alcohol, a generally lovely flavor, and a dark froth that covered the entire surface.

This beer was sexy, and luscious, and delicious. But I felt like it was a cocktease--holding out on me for the most part, and only revealing its most titillating aspects rarely, as if for special occasions.

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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 Phatz
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 BlindPig
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Big tan head on a dark body and when held to light you get a dark red.
S- Alcohol comes through big with some big caramel malts. Really sweet aroma. Some grass hops. Raisins and dark fruits come through nice too.
T- Big caramel malt taste, light toffee, its on the sweeter side, light hints of fruits in there, medium bitterness left behind by some grass and earthy hops, alcohol leaves a tingle on your tongue (also due to carbonation), and you get a big warming in back of throat.
M- Medium body with a almost champagne carbonation to it.
D- It is alright. Don't think it is anything great and carbonation is wrong for this beer IMO.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on December 31, 2006. 750mL. Slight salty sour-apple malty tang, with some lemony yeast notes. Almost a nip of phenolic Belgian inflection. Ruby-cored burnished bronze, with orange fringe and light foamy banana-tinged head. Soapy and explosive. Flavor begins with a lot of very similiar to aroma, with lots of that spritzy salty sour malt. Edges of lemon peel and stewed juice. An incredibly drinkable palate for an olde ale. Bright and crips, with dry spicy musk and xeric plant edge. Again, belgianesque yeast character shining through. A beer set around the yeast character and it’s toasted fennel seed feelings. Not really a lot of malt depth, but what’s there lends itself to good attenuation. Then, a bold transition into a heavy handed Goldings. I love Goldings, but this may be a touch too much. The minty lemon-basil smack that I long for, it’s almost too acerbic and scorching in the middle. But there is a lot of nice hop flavor and smack. This beer is unique. It’s really a belgian style olde ale, with a heavy hop dose and lots of interesting unique character. It strays too far stylistically for me. But it is quite drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown opaque color with a one finger cream colored head. Fluffy head with a bit of fizz. Nice retention with not much lacing.
S: Figs, raisins, dates, and slight caramel notes also. Bread laced with pepper and spices.
T/M: Caramel and subtle molasses notes that end up pretty sweet. Raisins and fig flavors also mingle in. Sweetness is rather big on this brew, but it doesn't detract from the overall flavor. Dryer finish with a sweet finish. Smooth and slightly coating across the palate. Abv is subtle.
D: An interesting brew. Nice 10th anniv. style. Glad I got the chance to try this offering from Southampton. They seem to put out only great brews.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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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Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale from Southampton Publick House
4 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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