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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-15-2008)
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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SLeffler27

New York

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this during Thanksgiving weekend on a trip to NY.

A - dark, murky orange with a thin, white head that fades very quickly

S - huge bready aroma, big candy sugar notes

T - bread, candy sugar, faint oak and wood in the finish, well masked alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is incredibly malty with a dominant bread note. There is also a strong sugar presence. Overall, the flavor is similar to some barleywines that I've had but without much of a hop character. This wasn't a bad beer, but it had a simplistic flavor profile. I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:12:27 | More by tdm168
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koopa

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased in 2008 at Oak Tree Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield NJ. Taken out of the cellar and consumed today.

Appearance: Pours a transparent dirty dark copper with a 1.5 finger lightly butter cream stained white crown that shows good retention and nice lace.

Smell: Raisins, dates, figs, sweet oak and a faint orange cream note coated by caramel.

Taste: Raisins, sweet oak, and a light caramel combine but at this age they lack pungency. No alcohol presence after 4 years.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Doesn't drink to style enough for me.

Overall: An "OK at best" beer when it was fresh that has mellowed to a mediocre strong ale in just 4 years time.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:19:43 | More by koopa
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.Pours a medium orange amber with virtually no head, light carbonation. Malty light wood aroma. Light oak, sweet and caramel malts, slight nuttiness. Caramel and light floral flavors in finish. Smooth and well integrated. Appeared bland at first, but improved with further drinking and warming. ABV well covered. A pleasant, understated strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:24:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey, cloudy. No real head.

Orangey, caramelly barleywine nose.

Slightly toasty, dryish caramel. Kind of a biting barleywine, though time has definitely weathered this beast.

Not very carbonated, thickish though and with a bit of heft to it.

Good beer if not mind-blowing, a bit intense. If you can dig bold barleywine flavor, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 00:18:13 | More by zaphodchak
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billab914

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured a deep amber orange color with a thin, spotty, white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The little bit of head that was there initially faded pretty quickly, but the color looked really appealing.

The aroma has a really good mix of caramel maltiness and woody oak. The sweeter, malty, caramel, brown sugar flavors are really complimented well by the vanilla and oak wood. I'm getting some orange and slight honey like flavors out of it as well. The flavors really come together well in it.

The taste also shows off the woody oak flavors very well. I get a little more of the caramel and orange blossom sweetness to it as well. The finish has enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The oak flavors really compliment well.

The mouthfeel leans a little towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, I really liked this beer. I think it really benefited from some age as everything really smoothed out and came together well. The oak flavors really stood out for me in it as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:50:12 | More by billab914
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vfgccp

New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful deep amber body. White head holds up with ok retention and lace.

S - Super sweet. Caramel, sweet fresh baked bread, and toffee.

T - Wow. A little bit of age did this beer well. Caramel and toffee into pumpernickel and a touch of nutmeg. Soft booze and sweet oak round out the finish beautifully.

M - Thick, full bodied, with a surprising brightness for the level of sweetness.

O - Shade sweet, but still a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:34:36 | More by vfgccp
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a luminous amber tone with a finger of tan head that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap, ring around the glass; patchy lacing.

oaky, earthy notes combine with sweet malts to headline the nose. hints of honey and vanilla are also evident. definitely one of the more oaky beers i've come across. flavor follows the nose pretty closely... getting some coconut... alcohol is present but not overbearing; of course, this was preceded by a 17.6 ABV barleywine so i may not be sensing the booze as much as i would have with a fresh palate. caramel and almonds also come to mind.

mouthfeel is nice: creamy, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. overall a solid beer i would love to enjoy again but will not be champing at the bit either.

originally reviewed: 01-04-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:23:16 | More by BostonHops
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange amber, two finger head

S-Oak, toffee and caramel, almost like a barleywine

T-Starts with toffee and caramel, oak as well. Some alcohol still, vanilla and molasses.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-I've been seeking this beer for a while now and finally tried it. A decent beer but the series as a whole was a little lack luster.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:01:44 | More by rlee1390
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has aged nicely. Obviously the hop profile has diminished, but it leaves behind a beautifully complex sweet beer. Tons of honey notes mixed with the obvious barrel characteristics make this delicious. Best to split a bomber 2 or 3 ways due to the strength and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:43:31 | More by 51mmz0rz
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 650 ml bottle into a tulip at 42 degrees, I love that Southern tier specifies the proper temperature to best experience their brews.

A- Raw honey cloudy amber fine white head that rose to one finger with a vigorous pour Head receded to fine lacework and lasted throughout

S- Sweet with toffee and rich malt a touch of dark fruits. A few hints of oak and vanilla.

T- Malty toffee and caramel. Oak comes in with vanilla bean and ripe dark fruits

M- Heavy mouth feel but not syrupy. Full body and rich a perfect match to the alcohol level. Creamy sugar

Did not drink like an eleven abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:13:44 | More by muskiesman
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color into a large chimay goblet. No head what so ever. Smells of strong malts, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste has a strong malt character. Seems like plums or dates, Brown sugar, some yeast, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. After taste is heavy in brown sugar, boozy and a bit yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:21:40 | More by JustinMatthew
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phichifiji00

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: amber/copper in color, pours 1/2 finger white head that fades very quickly. Moderate lacing. Hazy.

Smell: caramel, citrus, very malty, oak, nutty, toast, hint of alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Tons of malt, subtle hops, caramel, nutty, biscuit, biscotti.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, somewhat boozy as it warms.

Overall: Very malty. Probably the most malt forward beer I've ever had. The subtle complexities were vastly overpowered by the sweet maltiness. Drinkability is low.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 20:42:07 | More by phichifiji00
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jamescain

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sending this one back from NY and to texasclimber for bringing it to the tasting. Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange-copper with about a centimeter thick tan head that quickly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and a hint of oak and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet as you would expect a ST beer to be, with caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak and a touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and chewy with minimal carbonation and a mild boozy finish.

Overall: I'm definitely glad that I got to try this beer and I feel that it has held up very well. If you can still find some, I would suggest picking up at least one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 19:23:02 | More by jamescain
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up quite some time ago.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy brown and red mahogany into a tulip. Very little head, slight off white that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Dark fruits, honey, caramel, and slight wood.

Taste – Disappointing. I remember when I bought this I thought it was a “special” beer due to its labeling. I soon realized it wasn’t “that” special and it just kind of got lost in the cellar. Very heavy malt, molasses, and oak. Not many other flavors than that – it actually tastes a bit like a barleywine when it’s all said and done.

Mouthfeel – Rather creamy – medium plus bodied, lower carbonation, coats the tongue.

Overall – This beer is one that was drunk because I’m trying to clean out my cellar a bit. I have the second of the series in the refrigerator and am hoping it is better. This is a rather bland beer – quite one dimensional (though it was easy to drink for the ABV).

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:49:03 | More by SpdKilz
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter, this brew appears a hazy orange with yellow around the edges. A finger of lightly tan head sits atop the brew with fluffy retention. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is like orange rinds and toasty grains. Some herbal hops mixed with sweet smelling orange marmalade. Overall this smells lightly medicinal.

The taste is herbal and rindy with orange pulp flavoring. Some toasty grain inclusion. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion but it does evolve a medicinal touch throughout. It is oxidized and toasty with almost an oaked inclusion that turns to more of a cardboard quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is a very low alcohol impact. This brew was pretty forgettable. Having it once was more than enough. My tasting group had a bottle of Cuvee 2 to drink right after this one but everyone lost interest in trying it after having a sample of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 13:05:22 | More by stakem
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to BRoss242 who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one was tasted among some good company so it didn't really stand out too much from the rest of the pack. It was still pretty tasty, but just wasn't very complex. The mouthfeel on this one was also a little thin for the style in my opinion. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 18:55:10 | More by thagr81us
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled purchased somewhere in Chicago many moons ago. Nearly three years old at this point. Served in a Goose Island taster glass.

A - Quick-dissolving thin tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving behind a few wisps. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Cloying honey, sugar, toffee, and other sweet things. Vague hits of wood, nuts, and alcohol. Otherwise just oppressively sweet.

T - The taste is about 20% less sweet, which still means this is about 100% too sweet. Sugar, honey, caramel, oaky vanilla, light coconut, and fairly mellow booze. Actually, in retrospect a bit more spicy alcohol would have balanced things a bit better.

M - Low carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, full-bodied, sticky and viscous. The feel is a perfect match for the taste and smell, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

D - This was not as horrible as I expecting, but not particularly good either - certainly not worth the sticker price. Drinking a whole bottle would be borderline impossible.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 15:22:47 | More by MasterSki
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and orange. Extremely cloudy. Very short off-white head with no retention. Some lacing on the finish of the pour.

S: Lemon, chamomile, oak, bread, and alcohol. Hints of cantaloupe and other tea spices are dominant in the nose as well. Lots of complex fruity aromas.

T/M: Smooth mixture of chamomile, molasses and lemon zest on the initial sip. Evens out to a soft body filled with bready malts and rich barley. Flavors of other complex fruits (bananas, plums, cantaloupe and others) and wet wood reveal themselves throughout the drink. Boozy, but fantastically smooth for an 11%. Oak and molasses on the finish. A really rich, smooth and complex brew. Medium body with low carbonation.

D: A really interesting ale. Inventive flavors, VERY easy to drink, and surprisingly smooth overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:11:13 | More by YouSkeete
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Vierenner

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really what I expected. Kind of flat with flavors that remind me of barleywine. Seems syrupy ... too sweet ... honey, caramel, and butterscotch.

I've been quite impressed with Southern Tier and have enjoyed many of their products ... but this beer is a disappointment for me. The sweetness just smashes down any other complexities that may be inside.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:38:56 | More by Vierenner
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

friend brought this over and though its not stand out, its certainly a well rounded anytime kind of beer. i certainly had nothing negative to say except maybe a few more stronger characteristics, but i enjoyed the softness of it.

appearance - hazy straw, a few particles in it, love the haze, small to tiny head, with no retention

smell - very light oak, grains, floral, wet grass

taste - stronger oak, some vanilla, some daisy/rose, light grain, and some more musty grass (though i enjoy this) almost similar to a bamboo tea.

mouthfeel - smooth, a bit creamy

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:52:56 | More by claytong
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a few bottles on this on the shelf at my local shop so I picked one up today; boxed version. No dating - poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear burnt orange, clear body, with a hint of red hue. Small one finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Strong oak and sweet malt come through in the aroma. Just a hint of light fruit.

The taste does not really improve much over the aroma. Sweet caramel malt with a heavy dose of oak flavor. Some apple and a hint of pear flavor, but not much else.

Medium mouthfeel and a heavy notice of the alcohol. The sweetness almost puts this over the top on the sweetness meter, but has a similar sweet taste to some other ST beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:01:55 | More by FanofHefe
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jtingue

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy amber with about a finger of head which quickly dissipates. Many bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- The nose has elements of over ripe fruit (specifically apple) and a slight mustiness with a slight alcohol pungency in the background.

T- The taste is surprisingly reminicent of the nose. Over ripe apples, or apple cider, are not as prominent. The mustiness, however, is there along with the alcohol. Overall, though, the taste is overpowered by a whole series of fruits common here (in western new york) in the fall: grapes, apples, blueberries, etc. which is quite pleasent. There is very little, if any, hop bitterness though this does have some age on it.

M- The mouthfeel has some nice effervescence with a medium body which coats the palate nicely.

Not a bad beer, the oak aging seems to be the dominating factor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:50:00 | More by jtingue
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dbossman

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark apricot and hazy with some floaties; thin but steady head; decent lacing

S: Lots of oak with some alcohol; also tea leaves and lemon; a sweet bready malt base shines through as well

T: Lots of booze but that softens as the beer warms; the oaky woodiness is also quite prevalent; a nice balance of sweet bread and lemon and wood

F: Medium body with a nice amount of texture and beer sticking to the roof of the mouth

O: A very woody beer; the alcohol booziness fades which is good--making the beer more drinkable than it seems to be when you start

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:34:58 | More by dbossman
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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.