msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2009
750ml from MrChopin. Shared with my old man today. Pours murky brown with small tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, smoke, chocolate and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and some smoke. My bottle was not oxidized at all thankfully. Thought it was a flavorful complex wee heavy. Not on the level of Kuhnhenn or Alesmith but I thought this was a pretty solid scotch ale. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Light amber pour, sparse white head. Lightly grainy aroma, not a ton of malt or sweetness. Maltly taste, some caramel notes, but lacks the richness I like in a scotch ale. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5 thanks to unclejedi. Poured brown with a thin head that settles to a ring, and left light lace. Earthy aroma with a backing of malts and light brown sugar. The flavor is sweet malts, kind of cola like. Light body. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle, thanks to EDA. Brownish red pour with some off-white head. Aroma is lightly oxidized sweet caramel malt, and smoke. Some dark fruit in the flavor, with brown sugar, same oxidation and sweet malt. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to Jon. Poured a reddish brown color. Aroma was a bit oxidized, but not terrible. Caramel, brown malt, fruit with a bit of roast/smoke. Flavor was better, but a bit oxidized as well in the finish. Roasted malt, caramel, fruit, with a bit of earth and smokiness. A touch of sweetness. It had some faults, but overall it was a very quality brew.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Thanks riversideAK! Sexy pillowy caramelly and thistle marshmallow aroma, murky heavy brown, spongy head. Creamy marshmallow, stemmy blackberry. Super. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Ruby red/brown with a tan off white head and lace. Rich sweet malt and an earthy funk of old socks. Sweet maltiness and peaty flavor. Medium full bodied with nice carbonation. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
750. capped and foiled. thanks, riverside! pours murky dark brown with caramel highlights. headless, laceless. caramel, maple, and doughy malt nose. creamy medium still body. caramel, peat, and doughy malt mid palate. mild sweet finish. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
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 (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2009
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.