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:
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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 IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE 2-finger head with a nice lumpy seam topping a deep bourbon/cider head. Awesome, thick lacing. This is immense and head has big staying power and remains intact like a loaf of bread.

Smells a little big of carbonation, root tones and piney hops. Loads of spice, nuts, cinnamon and ginger. Alcohol is clean and strong. This could use some time but has an absolutely creamy texture.

There's a rasted malt sweetness on this with austere velvety caramel cream with nice spices, including cloves, ginger and cinnamon with a carbonation kicker. So complex - feeds off of warmth. Needs time.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with respect to weight but is heightened by carbonation and blends well with husky malt and piney hops. Deep, dark finish.

A complex, extremely enjoyable sipper that could use a fair amount of time.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 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 objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into pint glass. 2006 vintage.

Deep and slightly cloudy mohogany hue with a thick two finger light-density head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Stringy lacing.

Light hints of grain and caramel with little hop aroma.

Smooth toasy malt flavors with a slight touch of caramel and brown sugar. Almost no bitterness. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering grain.

This is a two year old Old Ale that held up pretty well. Bottle conditioned and in a caged/corked 750ml bottle. It's good now, and I bet it was great fresh. Recommended at any stage.

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Photo of Lothore
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice caramel hue with a fizzy off white head which sticks around for a while.

S- Definitely some sweet brown sugar notes, faint dark fruit hints.

T- Taste consists of strong roasted malt, raisin and fig, caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of bittering hop on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation for a 2 year old beer.

D- This is a nice little old ale. I really like everything I have tried thus far from southampton. I think I would like this beer more with less carbonation. Maybe with 2 more years on it the mouthfeel will be just about perfect.

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

A : Pours a nice amber with red highlights. Has a nice eggshell white head that leaves good lacing behind.

S : Fruits, malt, and caramel

T : A real malty taste with some caramel notes. You can taste the alcohol on the finish

M : Full bodied, good carbonation

D : Really good and well worth drinking.

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

Thanks to mcallister for finishing up his pre-birthday with this one.

Bottle is a caged and corked 750ml, poured into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours highly carbonated with a large four finger head of foam that quickly fades to splotches that cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Sweet Belgian candied marzipan with a wonderful stone fruit backbone. Fig and date with a milk chocolate center. Residual sugars linger behind and the malts are quite thick and roasty.

Taste- Creamy raisin, fig and date. Brettanomyces seem to be present giving some extra sweetness. Chocolate, amber malts, hops are nonexistant. Gluey and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, thick, medium full bodied, and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Very enjoyable with a creamy drinkable flavour, the malts are very balanced. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up while in PA on a business trip. $15 at capones.

A - nice rich dark amber with fine a huge tan head.
S - rich malts, raisins, brown sugar.
T - similar to the nose with a slight metallic note
M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, slight heat with a light residual sweetness.
D - good but light for an old ale.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcallister for popping this one.
Pours a dark copper gold with a quickly fading light brown head.
Smells of sweet fruit, dates, figs, caramel.
Pretty heavily carbonated for the style. The taste is very sweet matching the smell. Very fruity and the alcohol is well hidden. It warms very nicely as the carbonation drops a bit and it smooths out. I'd like to try this in a year or two to see how it's changed.

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

Vintage 2006

A very snug cork removal with no pop, and a slowly gushing upheaval of foam. Hmmmm.
Pours dark amber with fine particulates in suspension, and a inch-plus creamy head of beige.
Aromatics are cocoa-laden, with hints of dark rum, nougat, raisins, and plump malt.
Slightly phenolic with hints of Belgian character.
Creamy, chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Akin to cream soda.
Rich, juicy malt, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, and raisins fill the pallet.
Mild alcohol notes pull through, and barely warm the throat.
A mineral-spiked metallic bitterness follow through, and become a bit detracting as you get into the beer and it warms up.
Finishes warming, with residuals and rum-soaked raisins.

Old ale? Lacking any vineous or lightly lactic character found in most examples, and leans more in a Belgian Dubble direction.
Tasty nonetheless, if you can overlook the metallic/mineral tinge.

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Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Randy. Thank you!
Pours a rich brown copper color with a lasting orangish tan head. Smell i smild bright caramelly malt. Taste is balanced between dark caramel maltiness, and a dry finish Medium bodied and bubbly carbonation. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well too. I really liked this one a lot.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jamie2dope
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this tonight. Pours a nice looking amber brown color, with a creamy white head that lasts. Aroma has elements of dark fruit, chocolate, and a large cola presence. Taste has dark juicy fruits such as plum and cherry, with some date and fig in there also. Again, the cola is present in a big way. For an old ale, the body is not as heavy as I had expected. There is a very tasty carbonation that leaves a metallic twang in the end. Drinks well enough for me, not much hotness in the taste, but you can certainly feel it after a few sips. Not a bad beer here....there are plenty of better ones out there, but still worth a try. Cheers

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, one drink at a time poured into a Shiraz-style Reidel glass.

A = Translucent brown, friggin' huge tan head which slowly dissipated (way too much carbonation), resulting in nice tan lacing on surface.

S = The typical smells of an old ale are in here, but they are too light and there is a metallic overlay that is not pleasant. Smells are of caramel, roasted malts, some floral notes of hops.

T = Taste is more akin to what an old ale shold be than the smell. That is to say, the tastes are there and in stronger force than the smell. Primary notes of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, with a nice bitterness at mid-palate and in a long bitter finish with sweet notes still playing at the edges of the tongue.

M = Medium bodied, as much as the carbonation gave the beer too big of a head, it is not offensive in the mouth. There is a nice frothy cappuccino like quality to the carbonation and the mouthcoating while a little light is still enough to aid in good taste and a fair length finish.

D = As a beer this is highly drinkable, good flavor. As an old ale, it is left wanting. As a result I give it slightly better than average for drinkability. It would be hard not to like drinking this beer but against style it is found wanting.

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Photo of brdc
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks LittleBreeze for this one.

Large corked and caged bottle.

This is a reddish brown, almost opaque brew covered by a luscious, foamy tan head that if it drops a bit too fast, leaves sticky laces and keeps covering the beer to the end of the glass (and I am a slow drinker).
Nose is actually faint, although pleasant, caramelized and fruity, along with something close to bottled mineral water. Maybe it is not aging that well, and losing aroma on the way.
I expected little taste based on the nose, but I was wrong. Medium bodied, but quite creamy and pleasant on the tongue, opening its way to a caramelized, tofeeish, fruity beauty with very little noticeable alcohol that nonetheless lend it a peppery spiciness. Finish is somewhat dry.
Very nice, but if you have this one, I would open now. I do not think aging it further will add anything, and it might lose further aroma.

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