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

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)

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74
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +25%

DmanGTR, Jan 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Jan 14, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +35.3%

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain well before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some ripples of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves behind small, spotty foam on the side of the glass.

S- Very nutty with some cereal grain malt sweetness that's laced with oak and booze. Notes of almond, dark fruit and some bourbon.

T- Very smooth execution of malty sweetness, oak, caramel and vanilla flavors. There's a mild, underlying astringency that keeps things interesting while also exhibiting notes of dark fruit and raisin. The balance is remarkable as each sip brings more complexity to the palate. Certainly not highly quaffable, but all the flavors are in line with what one would expect from a beer of this magnitude thus resulting in an enjoyable drinking experience. A bit of oxidation might be what's driving this smoothness.

M- Thick and syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- What got me with this one was just how nutty the aroma is. That and how much more enjoyable it was compared to the Series Two. Not the greatest extreme beer I've ever tasted, but it's worth the money ($10.99) in my eyes.

Immortale25, Jan 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

redlegacy, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

wesley14, Dec 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Gtg642, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

polishkaz, Nov 24, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -3.8%

ya know, southern tier is gold in a million ways, but this really does not impress me. it cost 7 bucks or so from global brew in edwardsville, il. it pours crimson and clear, with a tan head thats tan, and gone in seconds. the nose is pretty rough, stright booze, wood, but not mature and refined, and sweet from a red malt that doesnt stand up to the sugar and booze its given birth to. the flavor is alcoholic and malty, a little vanilla, but largely unbalanced and separate. aftertaste is sharp and sweet in a kind of gross way really, long lasting and not delicious. the complexity is a negative in this case. needs way longer in oak i think. feel is okay, needs more bubbles and less sugar, but the medium body is fine, its cool, but its a nearly undrinkable bomber. glad i have two other doods to share this with. really unimpressive unfortunately. got a creme brule on deck though...

StonedTrippin, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +56.3%

Soomars, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%

22 ounce bottle. I know this has some age on it since I bought the bottle about a year ago, but I figured I'd drink it anyway since I had tried the Cuvée Series 1 and 2 in the past. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and sticky with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a solid brew, but I do wonder what it was like when fresh. $8.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Sep 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

blmar311, Sep 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

DruC4, Sep 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -33.4%

Pours a golden ruby color with a small watery white head.

Overwhelming cane sugar and caramel malt. Very faint cherry
aroma is there as well.

Taste is as sugary sweet as the nose suggests. Also get some tobacco, leather and some hints of vanilla. Seems like the oak is gone.

Mouthfeel was on the thicker side with little carbonation.

Reminds me of one of their big stouts minus any redeeming qualities. One the worst beers I've had this year. I couldn't choke this down but the sink had no trouble finishing his 17oz portion. Came in a fancy box and had a shiny label so I had higher hopes for this one;o(

IdrinkGas, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a thin tan head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the oak wood to it. Caramel, cherry and some yeast spice are there as well. The wood is a little strong and it feels a little overly sweet and sugary, but I like the how the oak comes together with the sweet maltiness. It's a little boozy, but tolerable.

The taste shows more of the malty sweetness, so much that it becomes a little syrupy towards the finish. I'm really liking the dark fruits though, as I get notes of cherry and fig out of it. The oak is complimenting, but not enough to overcome the sweet, syrupy finish.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, I enjoyed this beer as well as others in the series. It may have been a little sweet and syrupy at times, but I liked how the bold oak and sweet malt flavors came together. This was probably my least favorite of the Cuvee's, but it was still a decent beer to sip on this evening.

billab914, Jul 21, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -25.6%

Pours an effervescent orange with a slight tan head that fizzles quickly. Minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Rich cherry & fig notes, the only redeeming feature of this offering

T: Figs, cinnamon, canned pears, & candied orange slices with some cayenne pepper thrown in up front. Cherry Brandy notes as this warms, with booze heat, plus raisins, but none of this really works in harmony, maybe too much oak aging??? Sooo many things wrong here. Finishes beyond cloying, with raisins, cherries & cut-rate pineapple juice

MF: Still carbonation, slick, a touch hot

This is still a mess, glad I got to try it, suprised I did not drain pour it, avoid! Can't believe ST put this clunker out...

Edit, I did drain pour about half of this

russpowell, Jul 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

cld253, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

st9647v3, Jun 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

atone315, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

TonyTalon, May 05, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured from a bomber into a Stella Artois Chalice.

A- A deep ruby amber with a head that dissipates right away.

S- Very overpoweringly woody and roasty. Hints of grain, caramel, biscuit and vanilla.

T- Tastes very strongly of roasted wood as well as being very carmally and slightly nutty. A very sweet beer there is also a very intense vanilla flavor. Their are some biscuit and bread notes very similar to a sweet desert. Slight hints of berry-like fruit. Very overwhelmingly complex.

M- Very rich with little carbonation, it has a full body that hangs to the side of the glass. Very thick. Heavily coats the inside of you're mouth.

O- This beer is super intense and definitely a sipper. That being said though it is very good, however I can definitely see where this could be considered bad for many people. You have to really be into rich and strong beers in order to enjoy this, not to mention you really have to enjoy the taste of oak in your beer. It is very overly sweet and very potent and not to mention powerful. I got to enjoy this beer on my 21st birthday with my father and we had a great time sipping it together. Definitely not for the weak of palate. I'm very glad that I bought this, especially since it was the last bottle at the specialty store that I frequent. Would love to have been able to try series one and two. While I thought that this beer was phenomenal I definitely have to give it only a 3.5 just because of the fact that it was so overly complex. Unless you really took a nice slow time sipping this beer it would almost be to hard to distinguish flavors and whatnot. I can definitely see where Southern tier was trying to go with this though and I can definitely respect what they were able to accomplish.

Zachtheporter, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

M1A2, Apr 30, 2012
Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.