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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 567
Hads: 1,117
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Reviews: 567 | Hads: 1,117
Photo of syrupjoe
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into snifter. Abv says 11%. Pours a medium honey-amber with a one finger almost white head.

Nose: Sweet, strawberry, toffee, golden graham, fig, slight hints of tropical fruit. Light hop zing.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, super fruity with notes of browned apple, overripe mango, orange citrus, slight pineyness.

Moderate to low carbonation. Sweet but clean finish. Lingering fruit flavors. The most unique IIPA I've ever had, and one of the more unique bottled beers I've ever had. Would drink again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this first on tap, then out of a bottle couple days later.

Pours a light golden color with a nice one inch of head. Very good looking beer in the glass, just what you'd expect. Smell is citrusy hops, but just the most incredible balance of oak and bourbon one could imagine.
Taste follows up the nose. Wonderful, battle between bittering hops and mellowing of the barrel aging. Amazing combination. Prickly but smooth. Just a wonderful concoction.
I do have to admit that the draft version was better than the bottle, with a more pronounced oak/bourbon flavor. In bottle form the hops were much more pronounced and dominated. Very good beer, would like to see more of the style.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/amber body, crystal clear. Slightly off white head, thin film stays around.

S: Oak with vanilla notes, tropical fruit, sugary sweet malts. Smells like the sea, salty, clean.

T/M: Yummy:) Fluffy vanilla frosting on a graham cracker made of oak. Hint of tropical nature, like coconut. No boozy alcohol presence at all. Warm and inviting mouth feel with a great balance of full frontal flavor with a smooth oak backbone.

O: Not many oak IPAs compare to this beast. One to experience and savor. A must try for any avid IPA fan.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really an oak aged DIPA? I though you are supposed to drink these fresh?

A- nice sticky white head that holds pretty well sits atop a golden and copper colored beer.

S- Huge oak and hop aromas. Sweet caramel and vanilla also make a presence.

T- Caramel, oak, vanilla and pine hops make up the majority of the flavors in this beer. Also some nutty and roasted flavors come through.

M- Smooth and slightly oily, good carbonation and nice hop bite in the end. Very nice.

After experiencing this odd idea for a beer I would have to say it turned out to be a great success. This is an amazing beer. Great flavor, aroma and mouth feel, not as hoppy as most DIPA's but still a great beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden reddish apprearnce with
a little garnet glow

smell: huge hop aroma, lots of pine and oak aged aromas is noticeable

taste: big balanced ipa with loaded pine flavors, not as woody as some.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic oak aged ipa, done right

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz.snifter at the appropriate temperature (03/26/10).

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, golden brown, orange with a thin cap of off-white foam that left faint lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Wonderful aroma of toasted toffee oak inter-spliced with piney, citrus hops. A nice toasted, buttery malt rounds out this outstanding bouquet.

T: Just as with the smell the taste starts off with a wonderfully juicy citrusy hops wrapped in a blanket of a toasted toffee/caramel oak malt. Extremely rich and flavorful and perhaps the best example of an oak-aged DIPA.

M: Thick, rich, and creamy feel with smooth carbonation and just tinge of alcohol.

D: Extremely drinkable as I had a hard time putting down the glass, the do to its rich and oaked nature, not to mention the 11% abv.

Overall this is is my favorite oak-aged DIPA and another fine DIPA offering from Southern Tier. My Highest Recommendation.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit maltier than the original, with an ample dose of caramel, with the requisite citrus, hoppy flavor--tangerine, orange peel. Smoother than the original but still with ample resiny grit, delicious, with a strong cask flavor to boot, Oak Aged Unearthly is the kind of great, bold, Imperial bomber that Southern Tier does about as well as any other US brewer. More and more, Southern Tier proves they belong in any conversation of the very best brewers around.


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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a golden orange amber body that almost glows when held to light. It hosts a full two inches of off white head that has excellent retention and leaves pillars of lace as it slowly fades. Oak is soft and silky but very attractive on the nose. Resiny vanilla and back ground citrus based hops come through nicely. With first sip the hops have turned a bit caramelized by the oak, kind of what happens to an onion when cooked in a pan. The oak is rich and almost buttery. The citrus and oak work very well together with out either one being to dominate. 11% alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is full but not thick and cloying. Exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of truknon
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light smell on opening.

Nice pour with a small head and a orangey gold color. Nice and clear!!

Not too heavy on first taste and a great vanilla flavor on the backend, probably due to the oak aging.

A great smooth DIPA in my opinion and very Drinkable....although the 11% ABV makes it quick to sneak up on you leading to a nice warm and fuzzy feeling!!

I would definitely buy this again...and again...and again.

I look forward to trying the regular Unearthly to compare it with this Oak Aged.


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Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a freakin' DIPA ! Big ass beer with plenty of aroma, taste and mind-thumping booze! Now, THIS is a DIPA, at a darn fine price! A cross between a DIPA and a big-butt barleywine.

Hazy amber with an oily sticky sheet of ivory head in the Corsendonk tulip. That oily aspect kicks in the aroma, along with a healthy dose of oak. Excellent enhancement to the hoppy quaff of citrus and orange. It tries to alcohol burn, but it's put out with the oily firehouse of hops and malt.

Southern Tier - you can't go wrong with their brews, glad they made it to the mid-west!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a swell beer. I liked Unearthly, but this oak aged one was even better. In a tulip it was an amber color with a good-sized tan off-white head.
A mostly floral aroma, some citrus. The oak was noticeable, as compared to Unearthly, but subtle.
Pine taste, some lemon, fairly strong malt presence.
Really smooth. You would never guess that this was 11% ABV.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops with good amounts of sticky caramel malts. As the beer warms hints of vanilla and oak waft out, the vanilla more so than the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus, pine-y, and slightly herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla come into play. Right before the ending very mild amounts of oak come into play. The ending is mildly bitter, leaving sweet caramel malts and citrus hop flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the hops weren't quite as robust as the normal Unearthly but the addition of vanilla flavors and more robust caramel malts make up for it. Well worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber with a pretty decent amount of initial head and good retention. Good lacing too.

S - The smell is quite complex. You have pine and a sweet and almost caramel smell and of course oak shining through.

T - What a great taste. The beer pulls of two great flavours simultaneously. You have the bitterness of the hops giving a strong pine flavour on one end, and on the other you have a sweet syrupy taste that balances out the drink. Alcohol is hidden very well, you would never guess that this drink is packing 11% ABV.

M/D - The mouthfeel is quite thick but very smooth. I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this one. The drinkability is also great. If it weren't for the ABV I would happily have several of these.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a clear amber with a sugar white lacing.

Light fruity sweet smell, berries and some citrus. Piney undertones.

Flavor of apples, berries, grapefruit, pine, maple, and a bit of caramel. Hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full viscous body with light tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

Excellent flavor profile, a real treat. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one a few times before and remember being really blown away each time. Southern Tier makes absolutely fantastic big beers and they make really special imperial/double IPAs in my opinion.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a one finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. No sediment that I can tell, as I seem to get with many oak aged beers I have tried.

S - Not as hoppy in the nose as you might think. Sweet, syrupy smell from toasted malts. Hints of oak and vanilla. Has a nice citrus aroma as well and reminds me of how orange juice smells.

T - Bitter and earthy hops quickly overtaken by oak, caramel malts, and vanilla. This is very sweet and not as hoppy as you might expect. The oak aging process really "tames" Unearthly in a way, but it is still absolutely excellent. The play between the woody oak and sweet vanilla taste with the earthy citrus hops is delightful. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste but it certainly is a potent brew after all.

M - Thick, slick, and a bit oily. Moderate carbonation.

D - This is a real treat and I get one only every once in a while. Definitely a sipper due to the intensely sweet tastes and alcohol content.

Overall, this is one of my favorite DIPAs. I love Unearthly as it is but the oak aging really adds a new dimension to this beer. Between ST's Hoppe, Gemini, and Unearthly DIPAs, this is my absolute favorite although they are all excellent. I'd love it if they tried oaking some of their other beers, especially my favorite pumpkin ale - Pumking. If you like this, you should try Dogfish Head's Burton Baton oaked DIPA.

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Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium-dark hazy copper body. Very small head and spots of lacing.

Vanilla and hops abound in the aroma Boozy and sweet caramel notes as well.

Wonderful. Nutty and sweet with a great hop balance. The oak mellows every bit of it out wonderfully.

Sticky, low carbonation.

An excellent oak-aged example. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up yesterday at Kenny Rd. Market. Poured into La Fin Du Monde fluted tulip, color is a darker burnt orange, sparse carbonation, finger sized head that reduces quickly and leves some polka dots on the glass.

Aroma is a nice whiff of oak, not overpowering, with pine and mild citrus. Sweet toasted grain accompanied by some peppery spice, quite balanced and surprisingly, I smell little alcohol (11% - yow!).

Velvety smooth as the beer hits the palate; so nice. The caramel malt appears with a touch of honey and oaked goodness. The pine takes over along with some citrus hop flavors, a definite hop explosion. My throat is left a bit numb from the hop presence and the espophagus stands at attention with a boozy warmth. I am not left as dry as many DIPAs but with a slight, filmy glaze.

Another reason to have a man-crush on Southern Tier, this beer is fantastic. The more oak aged (sans the bourbon) brews I have, the more I like. The bomber ran $8.99, I guess I better grab a couple before they disappear. Hopheads, grab this one and at 11%...be careful!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a 22 oz, bottle

This beer has red/orange/amber color and hazy when looking at it.

Aroma: oakey, malty, caramel, slightly hoppy.

Taste: The oakiness makes the Unearthly taste slightly different, but in a good way. Same maltiness and hoppiness with an oak feeling in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full, and delicious.

Drinkability: 11% abv. Still very drinkable as long as you let it get to the temp the brewers recommend. Smooth with slight hints of alcohol.

I did drink this in a snifter and let it sit for ten minutes after taking it out of the fridge to let it warm up. It did get better as it warmed up and made it easier to drink.

I would recommend this beer to anybody who is looking for something different. Also, this is a sipper and should be enjoyed over several hours or in a small dose with friends and family.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walked into my local Carnivores today going to mix a sixer and found this lovely brew on tap for 4.75! And it wasn't even happy hour!

A - Pours a deep mahogany color with an inch of fluffy golden head. So far great.

S - Really couldn't pick up the sent of any oak from the nose. Just really smooth hops and malt base. Doesn't smell to offend.

T - Well if you wanted a really hoppy beer your pretty much out of luck. The oak barrel technique really rounded out the aggressiveness of the hops but leaves some bitterness that is appreciated. The oak flavor is not overbearing but does balance it well leaving the finish only slightly bitter. The alcohol is noticed as it is 11 percent and gives you a slight warming sensation.

M - On the heavy side the ABV is very well noted but not overbearing

D - Well I really love the dessert beers that ST has and as for hoppy and affordability I would reach for a 2xIPA over this beer any day. It was good to try and see how a hoppy beer can have oak undertones. Good beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, paired with some smoked ribs, finally saw this one around at barriques today

cellphone notes

appearance: copper-tangerine body, nice white froth, decent retention

smell: subtle, oak, citrus, piney hops

taste: fantastic beer...the oak plays wonderfully in this one, bright citrus hops battling vanilla infused oak chips for the center stage, subtle alcohol, green hops. another absolute winner from southern tier

mouthfeel: great complexity

drinkability: good

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous clear honey.
Smell: more honey goodness. Malt floral honey Oaked decadence.
Taste: As good as it smells. Nice mix of sweet start with the bitterness following finally balanced in the finish.
Mouthfeel is nice, a tad bit on the thin side for such a bold dips.
Overall: wonderful. Tasty, complex goodness.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a good sized head and lace.
The aroma of hops,grapefruit,citrus and some malt.
The taste starts sweet with oak and grapefruit. A malt base with some alcohol hints.
The feel is medium body,syrupy and well carbonated. Some bitterness,but really balanced. Smooth and easy to drink. Oak notes abound.

Notes: This was a treat. Well balanced and smooth. Sticky yet not too sweet. A favorite.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark amber orange with a thick foamy white head and sheet like liacing.

smells much like the unearthly, pineapple and apricot with a light hoppiness (where this beer seems to really differ from the original unearthly).

oh man, this beer has some very mature qualities to it. all the flavors are very well blended. fruity with a nice light hoppy character and slight burnt characteristic. as well there is, and I may be reaching on this one, a light oaky finish. low heat and some very interesting herbal characters.

mouthfeel is creamy and very full bodied. delicious carbonation, and a wonderfully balanced finish.

probably could only take like one or two of these.

This is a more mature version of the unearthly, simple and obvious a statement but really the best way to describe it.

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Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with glittery label.

Mostly clear golden peach with lighter edges. Tall, thick, foamy, light beige head. Great lacing. Nose is a nice mix of hops, oak, and sugary malt. Big, juicy pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine resin. Light bourbon-y oak with a whiff of vanilla. Sugar-dusted malts.

Tannin-like bitterness up front. Slightly boozy, sweet fruity malts come in strong. Definite oaky foundation. Big pineapple and tropical fruit swell as the hop bitterness takes over the second half. Lots of orange marmalade, grapefruit, and pine resin in the finish. Warming, with a nice lingering citrus hop taste, with oak in the background. Full-bodied with a very creamy smooth, cask-y carbonation. Very nice!

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate hop aroma of fresh flowers and ripe citrus slip through quietly. Let this beer open up for a few minutes and you get massive burbon, maple, and oak that come through too. Simply a wonderful beer to bouquet the room.

Unearthly pours a beautifully clear orange-ruby with a slightly off-white bubbly head that just laces perfectly onto the glass.

I am very impressed that the hops hold up to the oak strength in this beer. I can taste them equally as well and not one over-powers the next. Vanilla, lime, whisky, oak, tangerine, and caramel are all working harmoniously to create a unique but solid flavor.

Moderate body and carbonation with a slightly sweeter finish and a gentle warmth of alcohol bring this beer to a nice close. Here's a sipping beer for sure, anywhere, anytime.

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.