Old Herb Barleywine | Southampton Publick House

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Old Herb BarleywineOld Herb Barleywine

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a highly limited, and now very old barleywine. i think 2011 was our bottle date, a dinosaur to say the least. i love english and am neutral on american barleywines, so i was glad to see this as decidedly english upon first whiff. its murky as they come, thick and caramely, notes of citrus too though to cut it, and seemingly has to be aged in a barrel with the vanilla mellowness i am getting, but i dont think it is. the flavor matches the nose beautifully, and the real achievement here is all this grain character, including sweetness, but so little residual sugar. there is also almost no alcohol thats obvious, and i have to assume because of this, that time has done this quite a few favors. no way it could have been so relaxed and approachable when it was fresh. did not know these guys got down with beers like this, makes me happy they do, or at least did, its near the top of my list in the category, thats for sure. maybe a little overpowering for our seafood dinner, but the grill flavors on the fish and the smoky charred notes in the back of the malt bill here come together nicely. as evolved as it can be, i think consumed at the peak of ageing. there cant be many of these left out there, so if this sounds like your jam, go find one quickly! i loved its richness but resolve, and even picked up a little coconut to take me away. lovely.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not sure of the vintage, but notes seem in indicate 2011. Sampled Jan. '14. Reddish brown pour with a small tan head that fizzled down to a thin ringlet, dotting the glass with scant lace. In the nose, solventy alcohol, notes of citrus zest, bready malts, potpourri. A lot of what was in the smell came out again in the taste, solvent-like booze, bready malts and toasted grains bringing in a bit of token sweetness, with some herbal notes and dried citrus peel lending a bitter element. While I have had barleywines like this in the past, it's not really the kind of stuff I look for in the style. Medium body, awkward mouthfeel, average carbonation, drinkable in moderation. It wasn't bad overall, just seemed messy and unbalanced.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head

The smell is still pretty hoppy for some reason picking up on a little bit of peach and some sweet crumb cake like notes

Taste is slightly faded hops with a very sweet butterscotch and brown sugar flavor...no sign of the abv

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side and although the pour brings on a decent sized head it seems to have a slightly lower carbonation.

Overall very good beer...it has changed quite a bit since I had the last one right after they released.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky light brown with a small 1 inch foam that fades to a frothy top to the beer. Just a little bit of lacing on the glass
S - Very malty, grainy, toffee aroma. Hints of a minty herbal smell as well.
T - The taste is alot of caramel malts, some plum along with some oxidation. Almost a wet cardboard taste along with a bit of a minty and hebal quality.
M/D - medium to thick body with a nice carbonation. The drinkability is a bit rough on this one, it has an interesting flavor but might not be one that I could drink more than a glass full of. Definitely a sipper but interesting to try something new to me.

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3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No ABV listed

12oz bottle to snifter. $10.00 for the bottle picked up at the 2010 release of Southampton IRS. Hand numbered bottle #214 of 500. Sampled nine months later on 10/15/11.

A: Filled within a centimeter of the bottles rim, Old Herb pours with 1 finger of foamy khaki head which slowly fades to a creamy film and collar. The body is auburn brown in color and completely opaque. Retention is great, lacing is minimal.

S: Heavy malts of caramel, toffee and grain - all moderately toasted. Hop character is herbal/minty menthol and rather muted. Yeast strain is neutral except at higher temperatures when some plasticky phenols become apparent.

T: More English than American (at least at this point). Rendered caramel and light toffee are most prominent while a plum and grape-like fruitiness adds nuance. Mild notes of cardboard and construction paper suggest a little oxidation. Long lasting flavor. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter.

M: Fantastic. Thick and chewy. Full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. The texture is a little more alcoholic than I care for but for an 11% beer, it isn't out of line.

O: This beer changes considerably throughout the glass. The flavor evolves while the nose devolves. All of it is marginal as the highs and lows still hover around average.

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Photo of Crundy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 115

Appearance: hazy deep amber reddish color, minimal head with spotty lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel malt upfront, bready. red fruit aromas, perhaps pomegranate, feint alcohol smell at the end

taste: sweet candy, caramel or toffee, malt, quite sweet flavor, very feint bitterness on the finish. alcohol flavor was present but not overwhelming. It gets more boozy as it warms up.

Feel: Very smooth and creamy and sticky on the finish. Medium bodied. Almost no bitterness at all. Well carbonated.

Overall: Very drinkable beer for the ABV. Its very sweet, a little too sweet for me but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered. Good beer

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Bottle 2011: No. 115/500

A- Pours a cloudy mahogany red color, brown hues, one finger tan head that dissipates to a nice tan ring around the glass, well carbonated, splotchy bubbly lacing, good amount of sediment as well.
S- The aroma is really sweet, juicy sweet fruits come out as well, pomegranate?, cherries, slight raisins, caramel, sweet malt, breadiness, nutty notes, a lot going on in the aroma, the abv comes out on the finish but not too overpowering.
T- Interesting, really sweet, sweet malt, bready notes, candy, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, slight cherries and raisins, but the sweet malt takes over this beer. A little warming as it goes down.
M- Medium mouth feel, creamy, smooth drinking, sticky finish, decent amount of carbonation.
O- This was an enjoyable beer, nothing mind blowing but solid, easy drinkability especially for how high the abv 11%, glad to try it once.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber color with a slightly brownish white head. The nose has lots of green apples, notes of apple skin with a light tartness. Hints of mint and a light malt sugar aroma. The taste is of green apples and apple skins, rather tart and sour. Sugary sweet caramel, light hint of spice and mint, rather well integrated. Medium body and assertive carbonation, lively on the palate. Great complexity and very interesting with the apple/tart notes. Should age well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way. Overall this was a good brew

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Photo of gory4d
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #126 - thanks, Steve.

Pours dark cloudy orange with a high white head; not much lacing. Smell is peach cobbler, toffee, fudge, herbal flowers. Taste is heavy on the toffee, with tangy herbal notes and a heavily bitter finish - a little unbalanced here. It's very thick, not much carbonation. A nice barleywine, probably would benefit from a few years' aging.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage bottle number 3 of 500 that I picked up at the last IRS release. This 12oz bottle is filled nearly right up to the cap, leaving hardly no room for air. The cap pries off with a slight hiss. Poured into a Southampton fishbowl goblet it appears a deep ruby through the body with amber highlights around the edges. A light fizz of tan head initially appears and recedes to just a thin film that holds close to the wall of the glass. Some spots of lace make their way on the glass. A swirl brings out a full finger's worth of khaki head that dissolves with larger than normal bubbles hanging around.

The smell of this brew is quite bold with a fusel indication of alcohol. Some fruited aspect is present reminiscent of something along the lines of orange rinds mixed with herbal hops. It seems to come from a combination of the fusel alcohol and lingering hops. There is a toasted to caramel malt sweetness included in the scent that mixes with some sulfur indications that is a bit unpleasant. Once warm, there is a light plastic note.

The taste of this brew includes a pretty solid backing of toasted to caramel grain flavoring and residual sweetness. However, the sweetness of this brew is met by a contrasting herbal bitterness and solid fusel to solvent alcohol flavor. Initially there is a bit of the previously mentioned orange rind character present but that fades and/or gets dominated by the herbal hops and solvent alcohol character. The fruited flavor of this barleywine is quite enjoyable but the oily bitterness that clings inside the mouth brings with it a slight off note of plastic. As the brew gets warmer, the alcohol gets to be a bit excessive.

This is a medium bodied brew that looks to be lightly carbonated until you give the glass a swirl or feel it in your mouth, it is actually a bit over-carbonated and too lively in the feel for the style. I believe I gave this brew as honest of a chance as possible. I poured it into my glass slightly lower than ideal temperature and let it warm up to beyond ideal. Regardless of what temperature the beer was at, it was a bit off to me. I enjoyed the fruited quality of it but really disliked the off notes. For $10 a 12oz bottle, this was a crime and a purchase I am ashamed of.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version, bottle # 4 of 500. Enjoyed out of the Southampton RIS snifter that was given out at the release that I got this beer at.

a - peeled the wrapper off the bottle opened and filled the glass. beer poured an almost clear red with visible carbonation and a murky pond of thin head and some traces around the rim of the glass. swirling the glass brought the head to life a bit and full it had a nice creaminess to it, but it didn't hang around long.

s - nice malt presence and touch of a zingy spicy herb. there is a good sweetness in the background...almost a bit hoppy. kind of sage-like.

t - rich, malty...a touch boozy. some caramel and toffee with a bit of bittering hops, certainly not hoppy. very tasty.

m - medium to heavy feel. good carbonation. very smooth.

o - after having a great english barleywine (traquair 2020) it was fun to compare the differences in the style. both seem to be good examples of their styles. this one reminds me of bigfoot but WAY tamer on the hops...kind of what i envision bigfoot with a lot of time to taste and feel like. i found this to be a solid beer and am excited to have a few left and hope to get a chance to get ahold of more.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle 359 of 500..reviewed in 2011.
Pours a cloudy full-on copper amber color with absolutely zero evidence of carbonation. Kind of disappointing start. While it has a nice body, the lack of carbonation is aided only by a slight tingle from the 11% ABV and the nice lingering salty grassy after taste. The aggressive butterscotch toffee plum nose is nice and it's mirrored in the taste!! Not quite full bodied...almost as if something escaped. Bum. I figured something was amiss when this one wasn't a regular offering. I enjoyed the beak and the taste wasn't bad but I was somewhat disappointed. I kept this one in the frig all this time because the first one tasted 'green'. Would have loved to compare it to the 2011.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2011 release. Bottle # 67/500. Big thanks go to Stakem for grabbing a few of these for me while up at the RIS release last January.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a bit of an aggressive foaminess to it as this goes into the grass. Once things settle down, this sits with a finger of creamy off-white head. The retention here is pretty darn good, continuing to release for a while, maintaining a rich thin frothiness, and leaving back a good bit of spotty lace that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells flowery, herbal, and citric up front (and surprisingly fresh), before giving way to notes of brown sugar, caramel, and dough. Unfortunately, alcohol notes take this over a bit too much as this warms up in the nose.

The taste is mix of toffee sweetness, additional brown sugar notes, ripe citric fruit, and a leafy and herbal bitterness. Fusel alcohol lends the profile some extra sweetness, which leads into a very dry finish of leftover sugars, roast, and a leafy earthiness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a mellow creamy feel to the carbonation, which is undercut by a syrupy slickness that helps this move along despite the high alcohol content that is present. You have to take your time with this guy but the feel here is fairly smooth overall with a well hid ABV.

While I generally enjoyed this, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there was a definite off-character to this when it was first poured which I believe went hand in hand with the overly foamy carbonation that was present as well. Luckily both diminished considerably as this warmed, enabling me to fully take in what the beer had to offer. This definitely had a boldness to it and was moderately complex for the style but I honestly don’t think that this one was worth the $10 or so that they were charging for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 2011 release, numbered 317 of 500. Cellared since the release and served at cellar temperature. Served in a snifter.

I should note, barleywine isn't my favorite of styles so take this review for what its worth.

Look: clear, copper body with a khaki colored head. Excellent head retention on this one, especially considering the alcohol, and it sticks around until I'm done with the beer. There's a little bit of spotty lace left behind but it doesn't stick around for too long.

Smell: toffee, caramel, alcohol and a good deal of resinous hops. Smells quite inviting.

Taste: follows the nose with a big hop character of piney, resinous hops. Toffee and caramel, some spice and fruitiness as well. The fruitiness is fairly pronounced and I enjoy it thoroughly. There's a little booziness to it but its not over the top. Very nice but perhaps not as aggressive as some people would like from a barleywine. As for me, it hits it right on the spot.

Feel: full bodied, tending towards being a little dry (which is another plus, my least favorite thing about barleywines is the tendency to be too sweet), a little warming from the alcohol but surprisingly not as boozy as 11% would suggest. As for drinkability, if I didn't know this was 11% ABV with a low bottle count and thus needs to be sipped and savored, I would've finished this in a few, big gulps.

Overall: I thought this was a very good barleywine, but like I noted before, I am not a big barleywine fan. My girlfriend had this on tap at the release and the few sips I had, I really liked. The bottle developed a bit more complexity and this was welcome. This is the first barleywine that I've had that I really like and if you can get your hands on this, I would pick one up. Cheers!

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Photo of ChrisPro
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage Bottle # 316 of 500.

A - Pours a crystal clear orange with a quickly dissipating light khaki head.

S - Aroma is extremely earthy with lots of pine and grass. Some hints of caramel and dark fruit as it warms, but they still are taking a back seat. Dried golden raisins show up eventually.

T - Some sweetness, but then a big earthy vegetal finish. The first sip is incredibly offputting and almost made me gag. Definitely some piney hop bitterness on the finish. Would actually be pretty well balanced American Barleywine if I could get over the weird vegetal taste. It does get much better as the beer opens up, but not completely enjoyable.

M - nice carbonation. Pretty full bodied and appropriate for the style. The heat definitely lingers and this may be better with age.

O - The first sip made me want to drain pour the beer. Glad I didn't save this for a tasting or special occasion. Much better as the air helped to open it up and the weird vegetal flavor died down, but this is not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for providing this to our Southampton showdown. Served in a Heady Topper glass. Bottle #491 of 500. 2011 vintage.

A - A good amount of off-white foam quickly fizzles to a thick collar and faint wisp of bubbles, leaving minimal lace. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Orange creamsicle, caramel, fruity esters, vanilla, and light alcohol. There must have been a large amount of Cascade and/or Centennial hops for this to still have such a strong orange character after a few months.

T - Taste is a mixture of lightly burnt sugars, sweet citrus, and strong alcohol flavor. It gets increasingly boozy and bitter as it warms up, and shockingly has more heat than the aroma suggests. Could definitely have used some more time.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, low carbonation, and some obvious alcohol heat in the finish but not totally out of character for 11%.

D - Not a big fan of this beer at this point in time. It's cloying and excessively hot (and I very rarely complain about alcohol flavors). It was a struggle to finish 2-3oz, and the Double Ice Bock somehow seemed less boozy than this beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southampton Mega Tasting! 12oz bottle, #491/500.

A - Pours a clear orangish/red, no head, thin cap.

S - Dark fruits, burnt sugars, caramel.

T - Burnt sugars, candy sweetness, caramel, harsh vegetal finish, booze.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oak finish.

D - Meh, I'll pass on this one. Didn't really enjoy the vegetal finish and harsh alcohol.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from this year's release. Bottle # 146 (of 500) was allowed to warm from the fridge before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Old Herb pours a murky amber, coming closer to rust when not lit at all, and it's got a head of ivory foam that comes close to four fingers in height. Retention is very good, the head slowly inches down the glass, but lacing is a bit underwhelming. The nose has a very potent pine component, with tropical citrus fruits also making an appearance. Those are met by a solid dose of brown sugar and a hint of plum that fades in with the aforementioned hoppy fruit notes. While the malts may have shown sugar in the nose, the taste is almost straight toffee leading off. Bitterness is enough to cut through all the sweetness, but doesn't really jump out beyond that. Despite the wallop of hop flavor right around the corner, this one tastes more like an English barleywine due to the relatively mild bitter bite. While pine is still the dominant hop flavor, citrus makes a better showing of itself than in the aroma. There's also a somewhat flowery note on the back end as well, it makes me think of chamomile and herbal tea. While it's not entirely unpleasant, it's really not something I'm looking for in this kind of beer either. Throughout it all there's an undercurrent of booziness that just gets to the point where I'd say this beer is a little too young. The mouthfeel though is by far the weakest link here, as while the body is about as full as one would expect for a big barleywine, with a nice touch of creaminess to it, the carbonation is pretty clearly lacking in any ability to cut through all the maltiness. As a result, the beer lands with both feet squarely in syrupy territory. Outside of that though, Old Herb is a fairly good barleywine, straddling the line between English and American somewhat by getting a lot of hop flavor through without all the bitterness of most fresh American barleywines.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. 2011 vintage, bottle 331/500. Thanks to sideshowe for the hook up.

Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger whit foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel as well as some sweet alcohol and dark fruit. The nose is also pretty hop forward with resinous pine and sweet citrus hops. Hints of date, fig and raisin compliment the leathery caramel malt and booze notes.

Medium boded and surprisingly hop forward with lots of bitter resinous hops that give off a dry pine needle flavor. There's also a sweet citrus character with hints of pineapple and orange peel. This is nicely balanced out by the sweet malt profile that has hints of toffee, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Not as earthy and/or leathery as other examples of the style with more of a sweeter flavor profile. Well balanced and pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV. Not much heat or alcohol flavor but some nice warmth in the finish. This is a very solid example of the style and I would like to see how it ages. The hop profile, which is a huge part of this beer's appeal, will likely fade but it should mellow out and develop nicely.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2011 release. Pours a deep clear pink, sort of with a loose ring of head. Nose is quite flowery and herbal, quite tea-like. Some thick malts but not a lot of deep fruits. Doesn't really carry the traits of either an English or American barley wine on the nose. Feels thick and lush in the mouth. Flavors are strange and kind of exotic. More dry tea leaves, some brown sugar, and a slightly off medicinal cherry flavor. Really quite interesting, not what I expected at all. I think the medicinal note is fading a bit as it warms. Totally weird exotic beer, quite good. Tropical fruits start to emerge as it warms.

This is totally weird but it reminds me of Toronado 20th in a way with all the crazy tropical fruit qualities, perfect body, and just that strange exotic character.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the IRS release party

Pours a clear copper auburn color with some golden hues. A thinner head slowly fades out with some small evidence of spotty lacing on the snifter glass.

Scents of toasted malt, caramel, syrupy sweetness and toffee with a splash of booze.

A nice hit of hoppiness mixed with doughy malt and toffee. Caramel sweetness and syrup ride through and overtake any initial hop bitterness. Some toasty malt with ongoing alcohol heat. Finishes warm and roasty with some lingering flavor.

Fuller body, sticky and heavier on the palate. Drinks pretty well, but this glass took me much longer to finish than the imperial stout, especially with some of the residual sweetness. A solid barleywine for sure, but I can see this benefiting with some age.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2011 Southampton RIS release party. Enjoyed in my commemorative 22 oz. Southampton brandy snifter, provided free of charge to all those who attended (which was a very nice touch, I might add).

Appearance: A dull, hazed, amber auburn, a robust but not lively color, capped by half a finger of faintly tanned head, more a dull beige. Fades to a persistent thick ring and a really faint internal thin surface dotting. Minimal lacing ultimately, though a few dollops at first. Color and retetion leave a little bit to be desired, though the abv% and style forgive it.

Aroma: Muted when fresh out the tap, but herbal, minty, leafy, and resinous once warmed. East coast herbal notes dominate. I really would have smacked this one down hard fresh, so I'm glad I waited - sweet caramelized tobacco leaves, orange, grapefruit, Cascade on steroids-esque w/ the Centennial.

Taste: Vibrant, varied, and vivacious. Not bitter at all, surprisingly, and very English in essence. Sweet, toffee and caramel malts strike a good balance between sweet and dry - that is, there's enough sweetness to counterbalance the mod. bitterness, but not too much that it ever gets cloying. The spare sugars do mingle w/ the hops in ways that suggest candied ginger oranges, grapefruit, mango, and wintergreen. Tropical fruits intensify as this one warms, pineapple and slight guava.

Mouthfeel: Definitely not cask as was advertised, but that's ok - this one was chewy and plump but also surprisingly well carbonated throughout. Biting, pithy bitterness amplifies the carbonation (or vice versa), but it remains relatively even and smooth throughout - near perfect for the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A fantastic barleywine. Sort of a hybrid between an American interpretation of the style and the style to which the former pays homage, this one had a little bit of everything for everyone and loses nothing for the compromises it makes. A little bit of bitterness, a little bit of roast, a little bit of fruit, and a little bit of toast all make for a lot of flavor and a lot to like about this beer. Sure it's 11% abv, but I was still standing after sipping on this beauty for a while (and it followed on the heels of a glass of the RIS), and you will be too. Recommend seeking this one out, or making a drive out to Southampton before it's all gone - fans of the barleywine won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy deep dark red color with a finger of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly to a ring and left behind some nice lacing.

S - Very strong sweet carmel malts and fruity/citrus smells. Also some deeper dark fruits and just a touch of hops present to balanced.

T - Starts with very strong sweet carmel malts with some deep fruit flavors mixing in. Through the middle, some citrus flavors with just a touch of hop bitterness come through. The finish is big on the sweetness from the malt and the dark fruit flavors with some alcohol taste that lingers for a while. Very well balanced flavors.

M - Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A bit of sting on the tongue from the alcohol content of the beer, and almost creamy texture through the middle of the beer. Overall, very smooth.

D - Fairly drinkable. Very powerful beer with some very potent flavors. However, the flavors are very well balanced and even the alcohol taste is blended in with the other flavors well.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage 12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a great RB dude!

Appearance: Pours a slightly muddy crimson to brown with a 1.5 finger light khaki crown that displays medium retention and good lace.

Smell: caramel, slight oxidation and a faint tobacco leaf note.

Taste: same as the nose with a hint of faded out herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with nice smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: Age has definitely softened this one a bit which helps make that 11% abv much more tolerable.

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Old Herb Barleywine from Southampton Publick House
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