MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2010
Notes combined from several samples and memory, so a bit hazy. Dark brown with an off-white head. Nose and flavor are both singular roast notes, very bitter with unpleasant ashy dominance. There are off-notes in the finish, not quite lactic but similar. Remember this being rather thin and heavily carbonated as contrast and making this convoluted. Probably one of the worst I’ve had from Southampton. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours black with an over-grown brown head. Dusty nose with some very faint roasted notes. Tangy flavor with not much else to go with it. Medium body and a chalky finish. Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
I thought this was pretty pleasant, much like you’d expect it had a lot of roastiness with just a touch of something funky and different. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
22. Thanks, Riverside! Pours nearly black with slight subied highlights. Very thin gray rim on top. Nice roasty, charry nose. Creamy medium body with way too much carb. Overly roasty, overly forward, tart, battery/solventy mid-palate. Nasty. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle, big thanks to dickinsonbeer. Tart with minimal roast, A bunch of apples & a mildly tannic finish. Very dry.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2009
bottle care of swoop, jacob, rudy, co. at coles, via dicksonbeer. i found it hard to see any roast whatsoever here- some belgian notes- certain clove up front- but tart, bone dry, almost flavorless in the finish- possibly infected. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
bottle from Dickinsonbeer. Pours deep black. Aroma is roasty with a tart sourness. Taste is initially roasted malts the a fizzy sour tartness dominates. Not very good GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of beerbill poured into a tulip.
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and sits opaque black in the glass underneath a surprisingly bubbly tan head that recedes very quiclkly and leaves no lacing.
Dark toasted malts dominate the aroma with some espresso. There is also plenty of sweet bakers chocolate and some yeasty sweetness as well. I didn’t get any kind of sour aromas at all.
The taste, on the other hand, starts out with a bizarre sour blast which just didn’t match the aroma at all. The big roasted malt backbone does start to come out in the middle and the finish actually matches the aroma with the toasted malts, bakers chocolate and hints of coffee.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin and has the slightly acidic tartness that’s really out of place.
This is a weird beer, with a very promising aroma and a great finish. It’s the odd tartness up front in the taste that I can’t get my head around. Not exactly sure if it was intended and what the goal was, but it keeps this one from being a very good stout. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
First I need to thank beerbill for getting this bottle (as well as a few other brews). Thanks a lot Bill. Sat on this for a few months. The pour is standard enough, black body, no light edges, just black with a medium tan head. The head is loud, bubbly, and fast fading. The aroma is at first very regular for a stout (at first), just lightly roasted. However, the problems roll in with the flavor. First of its just watery and then as it warms it gets just a little bit of a lightly acidic cherry flavor. This must be the Belgian yeast fucking up somehow. I don’t see too much else "Belgian" about it. Just regular stout with a weird cherry, acidic, and even a lightly tart finish. Some light roast hidden back there as well. As it warms the aroma completely is taken over by the cherry-acidic aspect. If this is what Southampton had in mind then I call it a miss. If this is just a mistake then I am surprised. With the tartness and acidity the mouthfeel becomes a bit empty. I could actually drink it but I find it completely off track. This is the only bottled Publick House dud I have ever had.jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2009
22oz bottle, Gordon’s thistle glass.
Bottle - thanks beerbill. Pours a very dark brown with a thick finger of tan head. Strong aroma is roasty and dry, light cocoa, and malt. Flavor is as roasty as the aroma, but adds some bitters and faint coffee. A little more cocoa. Didn’t notice the coriander until it had warmed for a while, but the yeast has that Belgian feel. Very enjoyable.