Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by parris:
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice copper color with lots of carbonation, about an inch of head in a curved 22 oz glass. The foam looks very creamy, and sticks around for a while.
I set the beer down next to a window to write about the appearance, and the draft gave me the rich malty aroma from about 3 feet away. Getting closer the smell is almost all malt, a bit toasty, and maybe a hint of tart citrus.
The thick mouthfeel is noticeable before the taste, but there is definitely a lot going on with the taste. First up is a mild dark chocolate and toffee flavor, followed by the typical sweet malty imperial IPA flavor, and ends with a bit of a light/medium oak flavor. The finish lingers on for a while with a bitter and astringent flavor.
The mouthfeel is oily and thick, which is expected for the style of beer. I'm knocking off a point for the papery flavor left on my tongue, but adding one back for how the taste hits all parts of my tongue. I think I can actually taste under my tongue, maybe I have abnormal taste buds placement.
I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. It's a great beer, but a really really big beer. It doesn't go down as easy as a PBR, obviously, I've already got a bit of a buzz and I'm 8oz done. So, even though I couldn't drink a lot of this, I thoroughly enjoy every sip. The people at unearthly clearly put a lot of TLC into this.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2010 22:35:22 | More by parris
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3.94/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This ale pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head which leads to a thin cream lacing throughout the pour. The aromas are sweet and malty; not what I'd expect from an imperial ipa. There are notes of hops but they are subtle. Lots of caramel and a little vanilla on the nose. The flavor is deep and rich, with hops up front followed by a sweet malty taste. Alot of oak and vanilla on the finish. The taste is rich and satisfying but subtle for an ipa. This is a pretty awesome beer just hard to view as an imperial ipa due to its sweetness and lack of hops. Not what I expected but damn good none the less. Can't wait to try the unaged version of this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 04:48:48 | More by lochef81
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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