Cuvee Series Two (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jmalex:
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Purchased straight from the brewery back in June. The price really isn't so bad when you get it right from the source.
APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a clear deep crimson bronze with a tiny off-white head on top. Immediately it drops to a medium collar and hazy patch. The color definitely stands out as one of the more brilliant hues I've seen.
SMELL: Deep, robust, and in your face. The wood is the major star here. It dominates the nose and gives a big time vanilla aroma to the beer. Burnt caramels and bruleed sugar are also featured prominently over a slight burn of alcohol heat.
TASTE: The flavor is more subtle, but not by much. The woody vanilla flavors are here as well, but they're joined by a light cherry fruitiness. The caramels are back too, and they have a much more prominent place here, particularly in the finish. It topped off with a decent bit of alcoholic burn which serves as a friendly reminder of the behemoth that you're drinking.
MOUTHFEEL: A below average but piquant carbonation highlights a full bodied beer with a silky smoothness to it. It can't help but to be slick and syrupy, coating the entire mouth long after the swallow.
DRINKABILITY: Well, this will be my night. Certainly a sipper for the next couple hours, but it's a fine choice for a chilly, wet night. Probably best when split between 2 people.
It's awesome to try this, and even better at $6. It seemed like a much more drinkable beer off the tap at the brewery (my wife had 2 pints). Tonight though, it will last me a while, which may not be a bad thing given the 11% strength.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2009 15:31:05 | More by jmalex
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4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least 4 years old. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a thin khaki lace cap for a head, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, fig, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, brown bread, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and oak character flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome oak aged strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt and oak character flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the high ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 03:54:01 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Nomber into a tulip, the brew appears a clear burnt copper to mahogany color with polished clarity. A lighter orange to yellow is seen around the edges. A finger of khaki head rests atop and fades to a thin film with spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with a caramel and toffee scent of sweetness. Some burnt sugary quality imparts a bit of nutty aspect before fruity and floral alcohol aspects become more bold and start to overtake the nose but in a pleasant way.
The flavor is malty sweet with a nutty appeal and minor oxidation. Some toffee and caramel with soft vanilla, oak and almost an autumn-like foliage aspect before fading into the dark fruity raisony alcohol component. Overall well blended with the oak aging aspect being subtle.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth yet oxidized a bit. The alcohol evolves and becomes more pronounced as it warns up. It is a significant improvement over the other southern tier cuvee I have had but that isnt saying much. Worth a try but nothing to get yourself all worked up over.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 17:09:42 | More by stakem
Cuvee Series Two (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.