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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The Southampton Publick House now occupies the space that was once Herb McCarthy's Bowden Square Restaurant. Herb McCarthy's was the place to be in the Hamptons for more than two generations. Those who remember him still speak fondly of "old Herb", who held court at Bowden Square from 1936-1986. He was rarely seen without his Chef's coat and trademark kerchief.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2003
2002: Light almond. Very unusual rocky mixture of dusty, large/small bubbles; excellent retention. Herbs, medicine, and tobacco in the aroma. Undertones of pine, dark honey, fig, melon, vanilla, toffee, toasted coconut, persimmon, all capped by a faint tropical fruit dusting. Full, expansive carbonation; perhaps too fluffy for its own good. Initial flavors of toffee, soft citric twang, and earth. Faint astringent, metallic shades toward the finish, accompanied by almond, spiced rum, and mild, honeyed orange rind. Persistent earthy hops resound over the lush malts in the long run. This offers a bit of both worlds: Moderate hop bitterness and loads of sweet malts, toffee. Although a brewer of this magnitude can do far better, this is still a classy, unoffensive barleywine of which most other breweries would be very proud.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2002:Pours a nice ruby/amber color with a big,white,clingy,head.Leaves sheets on the glass.Mellow,rummy,candyish, aromas of cookie, herbal hops, butterscotch,and light alcohol.Very soft mouthfeel leaves sticky,residual,sweetness and some sharp bitterness.Big time malty mouth with some spicy alcohol.Finish is silky,smooth.Big malt sweetness,with quite a kick of bitterness. Extremely mellow overall and very drinkable.As it sits and loses carbonation the malt foundation takes over and while not being complex,it is very warming and inviting.Good beer. Year later: Same huge,head. More assertive aroma,no oxidation,slightest hop flavors,and much more complex malt flavors. Still kicking strong,and only getting better.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2002
Fiery amber; slightly hazy. Lots of bitterness. Hop juice style, but a good dose of thick chewy malt. Could be a good one, but it’s young now. $9 US for a 341ml bottle- yikes!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2002
Sweet malty nose, hints of chocolate. Soft mouthfeel with touches of iron poking through. Finishes very rich and malty and could stand for a few years.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 6, 2002
Neat strong head that lasted long. Ruby amber color. Fresh, smooth, refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2002
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 Batch 161: Mighty strong, probably like Old Herb himself back in his day. Herb ran a restaurant in Southampton from 1936-1986. I'm guessing he's dead now. This beer had some fizz, but was very much in the barleywine style. Fairly good.


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