Barrel Works Series: Manhattan
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Barrel Works Series: ManhattanBarrel Works Series: Manhattan
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American Strong Ale
4.05 | pDev: 8.15%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Barrel Works Series: ManhattanBarrel Works Series: Manhattan
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear burgundy pour. Thin white head... falls fast with a small amount of lacing.

S: Tart cherry and citrus. Sweet and boozy.

T/F: Harsh... alcohol not hidden. Strong presence of cherries... adds a nice tartness but a little on the cough syrup/medicinal side. Orange/citrus and spice. Thick and sweet. Sticky and warming. Less bourbon character than I was expecting... only mild vanilla and oak.

O: A harsh brew... kind of a mess in my opinion. Medicinal and sweet/tart. Over-boozed.... better as it warms. Glad I got to have it... wish I'd had someone to share the bomber with.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is crimson with a small greyish head.

S: Strong smell of alcohol and cherry juice - black cherries.

T: Follows the nose, with black cherry soda, cherry juice, bourbon, and plenty of alcohol. Some orange peel and a touch of vanilla. Overall impression of sweetness and booze.

M: Definitely a heavyweight. Carbonation modest at best, making this one a bit slick.

O: Good. Certainly not an easy drinker - like a Manhattan (the cocktail), it's a sipper. And like a Manhattan (the cocktail), it will get you drunk.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color with reddish tints and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of off white head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A big, bracing aroma of cherries, booze, malt, bourbon, wood, and citrus.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (not as strong as other ingredients), lots of cherries, a definite boozy presence, a bit of bourbon (and the barrel), some vanilla, and citrus (orange). Like the aroma, the flavor is aggressive and powerful. It's a sweet and complex mix that borders on being cloying, but manages to escape this. Quite delicious.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a warm, slightly slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is not a beer for the faint of heart. It's has a big personality, but is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Tony210
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear and red, looks a bit thin, slight white foamy head dissapates quickly. Not much to the nose - mostly sweet cherry. Great cherry flavor up front, tart and sweet, barrel aging comes through with smoothness, some vanilla and coconut in the background.
Thick and syrupy as it warms, with minimal carbonation. Overall this a slow sipper that is very enjoyable. I have seen this on the shelf for some time and a friend bought it for me. I am glad she did - it is worth trying.

Bomber - thanks Sarah!
4.25 rating

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Excellent hazy deep dark orange/red color, finger of head that quickly dissipated after a minute.

S: Floral, cherry, citrus notes. Some hidden hops, nice malt.

T: Follows the nose, doesn't deviate from expectations. Maybe a little cloying.

M: Full body, a little sticky though. Nice carb.

O: I thought this very nice, but the sweetness killed it for me. Otherwise the flavors are very well blended and I would drink it again, just not seek it out.

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Photo of Lucular
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary beer. Incredibly smooth for being 14.1% abv. Tons of bourbon flavor without being hot or harsh at all, with sweet cherry and vanilla undertones. I had a 5 oz pour as part of a flight but this would be far too easy to consume in greater quantity.

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Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 11/20/16, had 5/12/17.

Pours a lightly hazy reddish amber, with a short, quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Smells of bourbon, malt, cherries- which fade through the bottle, oak, vanilla, toffee, figs, dates, light yeast. The taste follows along closely- bourbon, malt, vanilla, caramel, oak, cherries- taste fades too, light figs and dates. Tart at first. Smooth for the ABV, somewhat creamy, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

Nice version of a Manhattan, although the cherry juice didn’t do it’s part, and a really good bourbon barrel beer. Well worth a purchase, one I would purchase again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Toasted malt, cherry juice, orange peel, bourbon, oak, and a touch of coriander make up the nose. Very straight-forward and manhattan-like

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the toasted malt, oak, cherry juice, and orange peel. Some light coriander spice comes out mid-palate along with the bourbon. Some vanilla makes its way out as well. Finishes with lingering oak, orange peel, and bourbon

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: A solid interpretation of a manhattan cocktail done beer-style. Everything melds together nicely and nothing really overpowers anything else. Definitely a sipper, though, just like the cocktail. Enjoyable, but it's up to you whether you want to spend the $17 on this or a couple of manhattans instead

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear dark red. A small white that fizzes away almost instantly, leaving no lacing.
Smells and tastes of strong bourbon, sherry, port, sweet cherry juice, vanilla, toasted coconut, toasted oak, caramel.

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Photo of Pencible
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy light mahogany with quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet nougat and toasted coconut and orange peel, with some chocolate and vanilla and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet nougat and tart cherries, with some chocolate and vanilla and oak. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was a great brew with well balanced and delicious scent and taste. Not as artificial as most ST beers. The body was huge, but the finish was hot, so it must be sipped. Age may help mellow it out. Fresh was still really enjoyable, especially with the sweet malt offset by the tart cherries. Yum!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled November 2016, 14.1% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy burnt orange/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cherries, vanilla, bourbon and some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some orange peel flavor. It's a sweet tasting brew with a hint of tartness as well. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not as boozy as I was expecting, either. I thought this was a good, enjoyable brew. Glad I picked up this one! $18.99 a bomber.

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange-brown in color with minimal head. Taste is orange peel, cherry dark and maraschino, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Very sweet, clean, heavy bodied with low carbonation. Reminds me of a cocktail/English Barleywine mix. Tasty and strong. A sipper. I prefer the flavors here to Sapsquatch. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep burgundy colored pour with a thin dark creme lacing ring.

S - Toasted cherries, vanilla, alcohol.

T - Follows the nose. Toasted cherries, bourbon, and oak.

M - Thick and full bodied. Lip smacking sticky.

O - A big, big beer that's tasty but not sure if it's worth the $17 price tag.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large bottle poured into glass
Look: dark Amber with thin off white head.
Smell: cherry, a little bit of bourbon
Feel: drinkable considering the and, medium carbonation.
Overall: outstanding beer

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful beer in appearance: moderately hazy, copper-orange color. A modest tan head settled into a wispy cap. Maraschino cherries on the nose, with caramel malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Traces of orange. Bright and even mildly tart cherries on the first sip, followed with sweet caramel malt, bitters, orange, and whiskey. A bit too sweet for me. A nice warming on the finish but not overly boozy considering the huge ABV.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle dated November 2016 printed on the label.

Pours a darker mahogany color that turns bright red when held up to the light. The aroma is cherries, citrus, and bourbon. The taste is sweet and tart cherries up front with a lingering booziness in the finish from the high ABV and barrel aging. The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer: thick and syrupy.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew that is extremely well made. A supper for sure at 14.1% ABV, it was good down to the last drop.

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Photo of teromous
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the label: "BOTTLED NOVEMBER 2016"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a darker shade of reddish brown and it has a bit of haze. There is a very short eggshell white head with just a tint of yellow. Although the head is short it is good for such a high (14.1%) ABV. The color of the beer is nice.

Aroma: It has a nice bourbon barrel aroma but it doesn't have an alcohol scent.

Taste: There is a nice bourbon flavor with a soft woody character that is melded with this toffee and caramel flavor. There is this light tinge of tartness to the beer that cuts back the sweetness. The finish washes away the tartness with a bit of toast flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a very dry finish. The flavors are very clean and defined in the beer. It has a soft presence on the palate and there is no alcohol burn.

Overall: I really enjoyed the beer. It is a well made bourbon barrel beer. It advertises itself as an "ale brewed with cherry juice & aged in bourbon barrels." I wasn't getting cherry flavor but a tartness really came through which seems to have come from the cherries. Overall the beer delivers what it advertises and beyond in great craftsmanship. I would drink it again and I would highly recommend it to people who love bourbon barrel beers and enjoy a bit of tartness to their beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
Looks like lightly carbonated cranberry juice.
Hints of red wine barrels in the nose.
Bitter-sweet flavor with hints of both red wine barrels and cherry cordial.
Medium-full body with light carbonation.

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Barrel Works Series: Manhattan from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 60 ratings