GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Beerbill for another Southampton beer - 750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy beige head that hangs around forever and leaves some good lacing.
There was plenty of sweet caramel malts in the aroma but also a strong smoked peat presence which I like in this style. There are hints of some dark fruits as well a little bit of wood character.
The taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma and has a cola-esque sweetness with caramel and dark fruits, before the slight smokiness of the dark malts sweeps over the tongue and leaves a peaty, slightly dry finish.
The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation and leaeves a nice feel in the mouth overall. I can’t put my figure on the exact reason, but it’s a really nice mouthfeel for me.
I’ve had some mixed results with Southampton lately, but honestly I loved this one. It’s a nice full-flavored Scotch ale with a solid smoked peat presence, which I really like. I’d seek this one out, especially if you’re a fan of the style.
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Beerbill for getting this for me, unfortunately this was not a Southampton hit, imo. The pour shows a dark brown color, clear but dark enough that I cannot see through it. Aroma is medicinal butterscotch, not bad and not totally diacetyl. Its a bit more earthy. There is a sweet burnt brown sugar aspect. The medicinal part is bad, the butterscotch is weird, but otherwise it is ok. Flavor is a bit better with more of a caramel aspect and some bark. Has a light sweet aftertaste. In general it is off the mark.
750mL cork and wire, Duvel tasting glass.
Tmoney99 (11470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5.
Poured a hazy brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium wood, toasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy prune bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark fruit bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
A solid complex brew.
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Dark malt aroma, some raisin and date along with faint cocoa, grape and toffee. Cloudy brown color with a sparse, lasting, tan head. Sweet, lightly roasty flavor, fruity and strong, with caramel and toffee, creamy milk chocolate, raisin and faint plum. Some faint earthiness on the finish. Very low in effervescence, mouthfeel is fairly thick, body is very full. Some butterscotch detected. Very rich, overall. Thanks to Eugene!
theisti (3377) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked caged bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is brown, cordovan, ruby, with a firm one inch off white head. Nice pretty lacing. Aroma of toffee sweetness, smokey peat following close behind. A bit mild, but well integrated. Taste is straw hay caramel toffee, followed by the earthy smokey peatiness which lingers beautifullly. Nice balance of flavors. Palate is medium, decently carbonated, slow finish with nutty peaty lingering. Nice one, thanks Eugene.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 shared by bf2k. Pours a nutty brown with dirty white head. The nose is rich chewy toffee. Again with the toffee and some light smoke. Full body. Dry finish.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Daknole for this one. I think my bottle mentioned 8.5% ABV. Rating number 30. Pours with a huge khaki head over a deep amber colored body. Great retention from the head really a beautiful beer. Aroma of sarsaparilla, earth, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, persimmons, candied fruits and light scotch (without really noticeable peat). Taste is malty with burnt toffee, chocolate, earthy, prune, alcohol, biscuit, fresh pumpernickel bread, and vanilla torte. Very well crafted. Syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation; a very nice beer! Prime candidate for barrel aging in my opinion.
jcwattsrugger (11317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle @Noogfest High5 Thanks unclejedi & purplehat–pours an off white ring for a head and dark copper color. Aroma is medium malt-earthy, caramel. Taste is medium malt-earthy/peat, caramel, secondary metallic hops.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Nigfest High 5. The body was hazy medium brown. Smells of sweet leather and pears. The taste was more of the pears and leather. A little sweet and good for the style.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at DLD 2009: Coppery brown hues with a small lasting white head and fair lace. The aroma has notes of heather and grassy hops, caramel and crystal malts, some peat moss, earthy yeast esters and a hint of wood. The taste is sweet and a tad cloy, also there is a noticeable diacetyl flaw here, full blown butterscotch candy. Some fig and apricot fruit undertones come around towards the end. The note of peat and iodine upon the finish can not rescue the palate. Soft mouth feel and a tad sticky, medicinal as well. Disappointing for sure.