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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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BA SCORE
75
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 25.94%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | 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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2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.44/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pours puke orange with a small beige head leaving no retention or lacing.

By the time my nose was even a foot away, I could tell this one was bad. Strong caramel cherry and dark fruits. Way way too malty and a little funky smelling on top.

Straight up diabetes in the flavor. Lots of cherry and fig with some oak. Tastes like the fake 3% real fruit fruit juices. Beyond sweet.

Little carbonation and a full body which served to point out even more how sweet this one.

Good God this is one of the worst beers I've had in a while and one of the worst without any infection issues. No complexity whatsoever only an all out sweet assault. Out of the 6 people sharing at my house every single one drain poured this.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of redlegacy
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wesley14
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Gtg642
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of polishkaz
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

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5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blmar311
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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(

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of billab914
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of russpowell
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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

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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.