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

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

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass...)

Honey and copper color. Head disappears quickly. Hazy but glowing inside like a lava lamp. Some scant carbonation.

There is woody oak in the nose. Hint of Belgian spike. Some nicely toasted caramel malts. Woody and roasted.

Magnificent blend of the oak, accented with vanilla. Belgian spices, raisins, alcohol, caramel, molasses. Just sweet enough, with a dry base. Coconut and nuttyness. Pleasant, mild aftertaste.

The feel is creamy and fizzy. Leaves a nice film. Superior. It disappeared before I knew it was gone.

Photo of waltonc
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle of this and saved it for Thanksgiving.

Bright golden color, no haze, and a fair amount of carbonation. Smells and tastes of sweet malts, a little caramel, and hops. Nothing stood out at me. Maybe it's the fact that this came in a really nice bottle inside of a box, and that I paid $15 for it, not including shipping, but I was expecting more. I felt this was a fine enough beer, but there is no need to sell it only in bombers and box it no less. Seemed more flash than substance, unfortunately. As a result, I'm inclined to avoid Cuvee Series Two when it comes out. Too much money.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Bright, clear copper color. 1/2" head and yellowish highlights in color.

S- Light citrus, candy sugar, and a bit of a funky/sour smell. Not much oak to me...

T- A sweetness from the malt and the bitterness is mild. Oak is definitely in the beginning of the aftertaste. Finish is sweet and lingering.

M- Oily in the mouth and low carbonation.

D- Not too drinkable. Too sweet and maybe a little hot, still. I think with a year or so on it, it would be better.

Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
11% abv

yet another gem sent to me by IBUnit63, thanks man!

Pours a glowing amber color..head is small and sticks around for a short time before receding to a small ring.
Apricot, tangerine, green apple, orange peel, and peach fruit flavors blend together nicely with the warmth of the sweet melted caramel malt..vanilla-tinged oak is noticed, but only an accent to an already great brew. Any alcohol in this (and who are we kidding here, there is a good amount) is actually hardly noticed. Full body, relatively low carbonation. Even with a mouthfeel that is fairly slick, it is remarkably smooth & easy to drink.
Well worth a try, Southern Tier delivers once again.

Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Decent head , some lacing.

Aroma of slight honey , alcohol.

Sweet caramel taste , alcohol warms. Oaking is apparent on finish but fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick.

Overall a pretty aggressive beer that's a treat.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful, clear peachy-orange with a thin frothy beige colored head that soon dissipated after the pour. Visible carbonation was feverish at first but soon settled to a medium showing. The lacing was weak as well the head but found the coloring as sharp and bright as its label.

S: fresh and fruity with peaches, oranges and fresh apples. Light cinnamon sticks and apple cider notes linger about as well.

T: The initial flavor was sour citrus, tangerines and oranges. There was a noticeable apple cider alcohol , toasted almond, coconut (ala pina colada) and strong oaky contributions from the prolonged barrel ageing. A sour fruitiness of apples closes things out. Overall a pretty decent flavor but lacked complexity and layering.

M: a medium viscosity, oily slick texture. Warm sour oranges and alcohol are evident lacing the tongue with a slightly sour fade.

D: A fairly good drink by itself, good overall and really drinks very well for its 11.0% abv. worthy of checking out.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My expectations for this beer were pretty lukewarm based on feedback from this and other sites. And while it wasn't the best beer I've ever had, it was still pretty good.

Color was a dark amber/light copper color with some pretty good fine head coaxed out by a hard pour. Aroma is a touch hoppy, offers a bit of bourbon, and lots of vanilla. Flavor was initially (when it was quite cold) of apple (ethyl hexanoate?), but when it warmed up it become more conventional, like a barley wine. Some light hoppiness, a touch of bourbon, some vanilla, and lots of maltiness. Mouthfeel was very smooth.

Not really a standout beer, but quite solid. This is a smooth and malty beer that I'd recommend.

My friend Flyer obtained this beer somewhere in San Francisco.

Photo of kkosmoski
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bomber bottle packaged in a unique cardboard box. Poured into a three philosopers glass to finish off the Thanksgiving feast after a quick chill in the fridge. Clear orange color with a dusting of loose bubbles at first that fade quickly to nothing - very bright appearance. Someone at the table commented that it looked like brandy in the glass - not a bad assessment. Most prominent aroma is of oak, and this grows a bit stronger as the beer warms. Other aromas (though they are quite muted) include sweet honey, vanilla and apricot. Flavor is pretty one-dimensional really - sweet. Honey and maybe a very light caramel sweetness pushes its way through to the finish where it is offset by a bit of bitterness and oak. Heavy in the mouth with a slightly prickly carbonation, but quite creamy overall and warming. I'm actually having trouble getting through my portion of this bottle. The sweetness is very dominating and the 11% is not helping its drinkability any.

I was looking forward to this beer very much and decided Thanksgiving was a good occasion to break it out and share with family. I am very impressed with Southern Tier and have enjoyed just about everything they put out - especially their imperial series. Have to say this beer is a big disappointment for me. A very boring beer as the sweetness just smashes down any other complexities that may be inside. The oaking does add some character to it, but all I really see here is an imperial golden/amber ale. Brewed to a very high gravity, malty, very sweet, and clean with a touch of oak. Guess I'm just disappointed because I was looking for a much more intricate and characterful brew.

Photo of sickpuppy
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a copper color with not much head retention and little aroma to speak of, with the oak aroma being the most relevant.

There is also a slight buttery to almost vanilla smell to this offering.

The taste is a buttery, sweet flavor with a hint of bourbon and vanilla.

For an 11% American Strong Ale this beer is smooth. Although a bit pricey ($17 a bottle in the Pittsburgh area) I would recommend this beer for at least a one-time tasting.

Photo of optiontwo
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. poured into Unibroue tulip

Appearance: Light copper color with minimal, slow bubbles rising, and a quarter inch head.

Smell: Not as strong smelling as I thought it would be. I detect the oak right away, and kind of a buttery smell. Vanilla and bourbon are hiding in there somewhere and maybe even a slight white wine kind of scent. Hard to discern.

Taste: This is one smooth mother f@%$er. That buttery smell I got in the first sniff transfers over to a nice smooth somewhat sweet flavor that combines very nicely with the oak flavors. The other flavors I detect are vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and believe it or not white grapes. They all come together to produce a taste of its own which is simply divine. Hop bitterness and flavor is subdued but it's there and is a great contrast to the sweet vanilla and oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: About what I'd expect from a light oak-aged ale, not too syrupy or heavy but damn is it smooth, still leaves you smacking your lips but maybe that's because it tastes so good. Right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Once again I'm reviewing a beer that I would love to drink all night but could only have one before getting tipsy, so score-wise it suffers in this department. That being said, alcohol is barely detectable. I would say that's probably from the oak-aging but I'm not a certified expert. All I know is that if I didn't know this was 11% I would probably drink too much of it.

Overall: I am very happy with this brew and extremely happy that I was able to pick up three bottles. If I can I will grab one more to throw in the cellar. I grabbed this bottle out of the fridge and poured it right away, I'm not done so I'm expecting slight changes as it warms. If I find anything worth noting I will edit this review. Great oak aged ale and another impressive offering from Southern Tier. Love that brewery...soo glad to have them here in MN.

Photo of dick783
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clean copper color with a light white head that fades quick.

S - Vanilla and oak, with some alcohol and grain in the nose.

T - Sweet taste of oak and vanilla, with a good malt backbone. The oak isn't overpowering at all, all in all the flavors go together pretty smoothly.

M - Smooth and creamy, almost a buttery feel from the oak. There enough carbonation to help the finish.

D - Very drinkable, it wont be hard to get through these 22oz at all. Two might be stretching it though.

Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this slightly chilled, in an oversized snifter, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Love the label, and the box that it comes in. Great presentation.

Appearance: Cuvee Series One pours out a beautiful golden copper color that is just slightly hazy. A somewhat hard pour resulted in about a half inch of fluffy white head. Head faded pretty quickly, but did leave behind some thin white lace. Noticed a small amount of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: A nice, sweet aroma wafts up from the glass. Some light, floral hops are definitely noticed. Sweet malt aromas were also noticed with just a touch of oak. Bready, with an almost candy like aroma.

Taste: A slight hop bitterness is noticed out front. Light malt flavors lend some balance to the hops. Hints of vanilla with a subtle oak character. Alcohol shows itself quite a bit in the bitter, dry finish. Leaves a bit of a floral hop aftertaste with a hint of oak. A little on the sweet side but not overbearing. Definitely gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation. Seems thick but isn't.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, but I'm thinking the eleven percent ABV could get the best of me. Curious to see where this goes as it ages.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes out to Guzzle for providing this gem to me in a recent trade. I had been wanting to try this one forever and it looks like I finally got my wish. Served at a decently chilled temperature and allowed to warm up nicely. This one was decanted into an oversized wine glass and consumed on 11/18/2008.

The pour was rather bland for me. A nice color of burnt amber, that was somewhat cloudy, but mostly translucent to be honest. No real carbonation to speak of on this one, rather all that was there was a touch of light foam on the top that faded quickly to leave behind nothing more then a naked and bare top.

The aroma was top notch though. A deep whiff of vanilla and woody touches hit me all at once. Lots of depth and complexity here for sure. Rich notes of grain, malted sugar and oak were all over this. One of the most pleasing aromas I have found in quite a long time. The flavor surpassed even that though. So smooth, I really was in awe that this one has slipped by my radar this long. Rich notes of vanilla and oak, layered on top of a biscuit like mid palate that really resembled a nice well balanced barley wine at times, but without the huge hop nose. Consistent flavor throughout with a medium body that served well enough to coat the tongue throughout the session. Huge abv here is soo well masked that I was really caught off guard and by the time the bottle was done, I was hurting to say the least.

Overall this was really and truly an excellent beer. Something I would love to try again, and in fact I just ordered some today as I would like to see how this one will hold up for sure.

Photo of jwinship83
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- golden to amber color body with a very small white head on it. not much lacing.

S- very sweet. lots of fruits. cherries are most prevalent. some medicinal qualities as well.

T- very very sweet and medicinal tasting. lots of cherries, it reminds me of cough syrup. some apple cider tastes too. kind of barley wine like.

M- creamy and medium bodied with the right level of carbonation

D- ugh...i wish i didnt buy this one. the taste is pretty bad, especially for the cost. i was able to finish it, but ill never have this one again. way to potent for another bomber as well.

Photo of ejquin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden with thin white head

S: slight oakiness and sweetness. I get nice caramel maltiness, some candy sugar, and some leathery/tobacco notes, with creamed corn.

T/M: Thick, heavy and smooth. Very little carbonation. Lots of carmel malt, fading some vanilla oaky/smokyness. Alcohol scomes through at tned.

D: Good for an 10% abv.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy almond and woody aroma. Medium to full body. Medium woody bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met.

Photo of corey0212
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice glowing copper color, minimal tan head, a few stray patches of lace on the glass. Lots vanilla & oak aromas, and a big whiff of alcohol. Vanilla flavors, toffee & caramel, spicy oak flavors, slightly bitter taste from the alcohol lets you know this thing means business. On the heavy end of medium-bodied, a ton of lingering spice and heat, warming alcohol = warm belly. Not something I'd drink a lot of, but tasty, and I'll look forward to trying the next in the series.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden-brown/coppery color. The color is really pretty outstanding. A thin cap of foam formes, but dissipates relatively quickly.

S- In no particular order notes of sweet malt, floral hops, toasted coconut, cherry, oak, honey, and spice were detected. There was a fairly noteable alcohol presence.

T- The alcohol is fairly strong in this one. Perhaps some aging would be in order? Notes of honey, almond and pumpkin spice are detected. Very mild hints of coconut and caramel can be found as well. Its sweet with alcohol more than anything else.

M- Somewhat thin and flat, but nothing awful.

D- It wasn't bad to drink, but overall needs some time before I'm willing to crack another one.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a stingy off white head that disappears almost instantly. Smells of vanilla, bananas, bubble gum, and spicy yeast. Taste follows the nose, malty sweet and leaves a little alcohol in the finish. Sticky mouthfeel, medium to thick body with low to moderate carbonation. 11% is pretty well hidden. Decent brew, a bit sweet, but good nonetheless.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into a snifter with barely any head and only a slight bit of lacing. Nice dark amber in color.

Smell: Mostly oak and honey, sweet fruity notes in the background.

Taste: Malty and sweet, Vanilla, Grapes, and Caramel. Smooth, thick and syrupy with a dry finish. Barely any carbonation.

It's good and hides the alcohol well, but I don't think it's worth close to the $13 I paid for it, maybe half that. It's just kind of plain and would probably be terrible without the oak.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very mellow oak character to it that seems calm the high alcohol content. It also blends nicely with the malty character of this beer. I assume that it's the Backburner Barleywine. The taste is much of the same. The oak seems to help in the drinkability of the beer without really extending too much of it's own character. It goes down real smooth with just a touch of warmth in the finish. It's also very clean in the finish; not overly malty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very easy drinking beer. I like the oak effect on the beer. It nuetralizes some of the harshness a barleywine can sometimes bring.

Photo of krkearney
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, from Capone's (Norristown, PA). Pours amber with a slight orange tint, capped with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet, with malt and grain, with some accents of vanilla and oak. Flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, spice, white grape, vanilla, grain and alcohol. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Finish is dominated by grainy sweetness, with a hefty dose of alcohol. It's ok, but too sweet and boozy for me.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a really light tan colored loose head that fades quickly, leaving little Belgian lacing. There is, however, a haziness with the last pour from the bottom. The smell is aggressive and unique. Very sweet...it must be a "cuvee" of the cream brulee and well, who knows what? i like the honey vanilla analogy, but i also get a harvest fruit mix, but then the dregs at the bottom ruin that some...scoring points for complexity. Full flavored, the taste is the creme product toned down a factor of about three with a nice hop stamp and the oak aged character. The mouth feel is ful bodied and "coating" without being syrupy. The 11% ABV is a kick, but well integrated into the mouth and flavors. A real nice drinker...IMO!!

Photo of mt5000
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance was darker than I expected, sort of an amber-blonde cross. The nose is somewhat subdued, but you definitely get a honey maltiness and some floral aromas as well. Fantastic flavors, including vanilla, coconut, creme brulee, and dates. Very rich and creamy on the palate. Clearly high quality oak was used, because this beer takes on the flavors very well.

If you don't like sweetness in your beers then this probably isn't for you, but if you generally like malty ales you really must try this. It's one of the best wood-aged beers I've had for quite a while.

As for 'drinkability', this is one you really can't have more than about 10oz of because it's so rich, so I recommend splitting a bottle with somebody. But I gave it a 5 because 'drinkability' is a silly way to evaluate a beer.

Photo of Gmann
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color with very minimal head. The aroma is of honey malt, oak, big vanilla, and some floral notes. Big oak and vanilla bean flavors, quite sweet, smooth rum, finishes with a nice honey suckle. Alcohol is very well hidden. The feel is thick and syrupy/sticky but the prickly carbonation eats through it to make this brew drink easy. It stays sweet throughout, with a very light hop bitterness popping through now and again. Definitely not a brew you would want to drink more than a bottle of. Best bet is to share the bottle with a buddy. Great flavors, nice sipping brew, with zero alcohol burn, kind of scary.

Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.