Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.78/5 rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch soft, foamy light tan head that dissipates quickly into a persistent froth on the surface of the beer, leaving a few spots of lacing. Pours a very hazy light amber, and leaves sweeping lacing around that glass that sticks around the whole time.
Smell: At first the smell has a very interesting herbal, grassy character, with some nice woody notes. Slight caramel. Mild, unidentifiable (to me at least) spicy notes, with some very subtle vanilla and coconut. There's a note that borders on sour but doesn't really get there. As the beer warms, it emits a big aroma of caramel and (to a lesser degree) alcohol. Very nice.
Taste: First sip: wow. I was kind of getting my hopes up for this one, which is usually folly... but I was hoping it would taste like this. Vanilla, coconut, some deep almond and caramel notes moving into a really full toasted malt finish. Up front there's a restrained hop bitterness and burst of carbonation that eases gracefully into smokey almond and caramel. It's sweet, but not candy sweet. The French oak definitely makes itself known in the flavor. Has some characteristics of a nice spicy cake; almost like rum cake. Some warming alcohol comes in as I get deeper into the glass, but like *everything* in this beer, it's nice and subtle (doesn't taste anywhere near 11% ABV). The background of hops and alcohol keep all the sweetness in line.
I don't want to hand out 5.0s lightly, but this is really an amazing beer. The almond, caramel, slight coconut and vanilla, hops, toasted malt, all of it is balanced perfectly, and the overall flavor has a rich depth while still remaining understated and soft. Beautiful.
Mouthfeel: Deliciously creamy, closer to full- than medium-bodied, but yet still delicate. Helpful, active carbonation mainly felt up front, and a mild warming sensation from the alcohol. Comes close to sticky but never gets there. Perfect for the flavor.
Drinkability: How could I not want to drink more of beer this good? The only thing keeping it from a 5.0 is that it has a bit of a dessert quality to it, and I'm not sure I could drink it too often. Then again, I can't see why I would ever say no to a beer like this.
It will be a sad day when brewers take heed of the curmudgeons on the BA forums that want the "barrel aging fad" to end. For me, beers like this totally vindicate the concept. Delicious and subtle, this is a world class beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2010 00:07:04 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some alcohol and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. Then some alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The oak essence is also prevalent. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok aged beer to drink for a while.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 03:56:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.54/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Clear bright copper (SRM 14) with no head. Very viscous in a Dogfish Head snifter glass.
Big sweet malt with ample caramel, followed by pine tar, dates, and hints of fig. Also detected with warmth is sweet tea, oak, allspice, and perhaps some red wine.
Sweet malt with light bitterness generally follows the nose with emphasis on the oak, but no allspice or wine. Pine and tea are more prominent with warming. This one has a long, mild finish.
A full, syrupy body controls the alcohol, while prickly carbonation controls the chewiness.
This is a decent beer that fits within my impression of the style, if not precisely within the actual profile. It was enjoyed late in the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 21:19:09 | More by SLeffler27
Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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