Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)
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American Strong Ale
3.8 | pDev: 13.16%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky deep amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and light amounts of copper and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel + toffee malts with moderate amounts of oak + vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel and toffee malts with light flavors of toasted malts and moderate to strong amounts of caramel/toffee sweetness which is almost cloying. Moderate flavors of oak and vanilla with a hint of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Having been cellared for roughly 7 years, the mouthfeel of this beer has definitely mellowed. Still very sweet, almost cloyingly so and the oak from the barrel agin is definitely more prominent than I expected.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with a minimal head that left just a thin layer of bubbles around the collar.
S: Light aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of oak along with notes of caramel malts and brown sugar and hints of toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Having been aged seven years, this beer seems to be somewhat muted from what I would normally expect, especially since it doesn't have a heavy and sticky mouthfeel.

Note: 2008 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A frothy inch of perfect bready tan foam is achieved with a vigorous pour. Head only stays a minute and fades leaving a quarter inch of lace and some pond scum like skim. Body is a pale orange amber tone. Nose is considerably sweet with layers of malty goodness including a nice graham cracker feel. Kind of like a scotch ale in terms of smell. Flavor holds true with first sip, sweet, creamy and quite bready with the first sips. Consistent throughout the palate with sweet cracker bready notes. Enjoyable but very thick on the palate as it is on the mouthfeel. Easy to drink but incredibly sweet and lacking depth and character they were looking for in a special release oak aged brew with the term cuvee used.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 ounce brandy glass, pours a beautiful mahogany dark orange, deep nose of raisins, apples and dates. Big time green/dark red apple taste, lots of apple sweetness.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 2008, so around 6.5 years old. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, light nuttiness, light herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, light nuttiness, light herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak flavors; with a great malt/oak balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02/19/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I really like this brew. First impression has a maple/oak taste that is just right.

At 11% all children should leave the room, but adults will have the advantage of privilege, so go for it..

It will put some blush in your cheeks.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. Then some alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The oak essence is also prevalent. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok aged beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright copper (SRM 14) with no head. Very viscous in a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

Big sweet malt with ample caramel, followed by pine tar, dates, and hints of fig. Also detected with warmth is sweet tea, oak, allspice, and perhaps some red wine.

Sweet malt with light bitterness generally follows the nose with emphasis on the oak, but no allspice or wine. Pine and tea are more prominent with warming. This one has a long, mild finish.

A full, syrupy body controls the alcohol, while prickly carbonation controls the chewiness.

This is a decent beer that fits within my impression of the style, if not precisely within the actual profile. It was enjoyed late in the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this during Thanksgiving weekend on a trip to NY.

A - dark, murky orange with a thin, white head that fades very quickly

S - huge bready aroma, big candy sugar notes

T - bread, candy sugar, faint oak and wood in the finish, well masked alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is incredibly malty with a dominant bread note. There is also a strong sugar presence. Overall, the flavor is similar to some barleywines that I've had but without much of a hop character. This wasn't a bad beer, but it had a simplistic flavor profile. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of koopa
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased in 2008 at Oak Tree Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield NJ. Taken out of the cellar and consumed today.

Appearance: Pours a transparent dirty dark copper with a 1.5 finger lightly butter cream stained white crown that shows good retention and nice lace.

Smell: Raisins, dates, figs, sweet oak and a faint orange cream note coated by caramel.

Taste: Raisins, sweet oak, and a light caramel combine but at this age they lack pungency. No alcohol presence after 4 years.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Doesn't drink to style enough for me.

Overall: An "OK at best" beer when it was fresh that has mellowed to a mediocre strong ale in just 4 years time.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.Pours a medium orange amber with virtually no head, light carbonation. Malty light wood aroma. Light oak, sweet and caramel malts, slight nuttiness. Caramel and light floral flavors in finish. Smooth and well integrated. Appeared bland at first, but improved with further drinking and warming. ABV well covered. A pleasant, understated strong ale.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey, cloudy. No real head.

Orangey, caramelly barleywine nose.

Slightly toasty, dryish caramel. Kind of a biting barleywine, though time has definitely weathered this beast.

Not very carbonated, thickish though and with a bit of heft to it.

Good beer if not mind-blowing, a bit intense. If you can dig bold barleywine flavor, go for it.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured a deep amber orange color with a thin, spotty, white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The little bit of head that was there initially faded pretty quickly, but the color looked really appealing.

The aroma has a really good mix of caramel maltiness and woody oak. The sweeter, malty, caramel, brown sugar flavors are really complimented well by the vanilla and oak wood. I'm getting some orange and slight honey like flavors out of it as well. The flavors really come together well in it.

The taste also shows off the woody oak flavors very well. I get a little more of the caramel and orange blossom sweetness to it as well. The finish has enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The oak flavors really compliment well.

The mouthfeel leans a little towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, I really liked this beer. I think it really benefited from some age as everything really smoothed out and came together well. The oak flavors really stood out for me in it as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful deep amber body. White head holds up with ok retention and lace.

S - Super sweet. Caramel, sweet fresh baked bread, and toffee.

T - Wow. A little bit of age did this beer well. Caramel and toffee into pumpernickel and a touch of nutmeg. Soft booze and sweet oak round out the finish beautifully.

M - Thick, full bodied, with a surprising brightness for the level of sweetness.

O - Shade sweet, but still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a luminous amber tone with a finger of tan head that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap, ring around the glass; patchy lacing.

oaky, earthy notes combine with sweet malts to headline the nose. hints of honey and vanilla are also evident. definitely one of the more oaky beers i've come across. flavor follows the nose pretty closely... getting some coconut... alcohol is present but not overbearing; of course, this was preceded by a 17.6 ABV barleywine so i may not be sensing the booze as much as i would have with a fresh palate. caramel and almonds also come to mind.

mouthfeel is nice: creamy, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. overall a solid beer i would love to enjoy again but will not be champing at the bit either.

originally reviewed: 01-04-2011

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Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange amber, two finger head

S-Oak, toffee and caramel, almost like a barleywine

T-Starts with toffee and caramel, oak as well. Some alcohol still, vanilla and molasses.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-I've been seeking this beer for a while now and finally tried it. A decent beer but the series as a whole was a little lack luster.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has aged nicely. Obviously the hop profile has diminished, but it leaves behind a beautifully complex sweet beer. Tons of honey notes mixed with the obvious barrel characteristics make this delicious. Best to split a bomber 2 or 3 ways due to the strength and sweetness.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 650 ml bottle into a tulip at 42 degrees, I love that Southern tier specifies the proper temperature to best experience their brews.

A- Raw honey cloudy amber fine white head that rose to one finger with a vigorous pour Head receded to fine lacework and lasted throughout

S- Sweet with toffee and rich malt a touch of dark fruits. A few hints of oak and vanilla.

T- Malty toffee and caramel. Oak comes in with vanilla bean and ripe dark fruits

M- Heavy mouth feel but not syrupy. Full body and rich a perfect match to the alcohol level. Creamy sugar

Did not drink like an eleven abv.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color into a large chimay goblet. No head what so ever. Smells of strong malts, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste has a strong malt character. Seems like plums or dates, Brown sugar, some yeast, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. After taste is heavy in brown sugar, boozy and a bit yeasty.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: amber/copper in color, pours 1/2 finger white head that fades very quickly. Moderate lacing. Hazy.

Smell: caramel, citrus, very malty, oak, nutty, toast, hint of alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Tons of malt, subtle hops, caramel, nutty, biscuit, biscotti.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, somewhat boozy as it warms.

Overall: Very malty. Probably the most malt forward beer I've ever had. The subtle complexities were vastly overpowered by the sweet maltiness. Drinkability is low.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sending this one back from NY and to texasclimber for bringing it to the tasting. Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange-copper with about a centimeter thick tan head that quickly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and a hint of oak and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet as you would expect a ST beer to be, with caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak and a touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and chewy with minimal carbonation and a mild boozy finish.

Overall: I'm definitely glad that I got to try this beer and I feel that it has held up very well. If you can still find some, I would suggest picking up at least one.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up quite some time ago.

Appearance – Pours a cloudy brown and red mahogany into a tulip. Very little head, slight off white that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Dark fruits, honey, caramel, and slight wood.

Taste – Disappointing. I remember when I bought this I thought it was a “special” beer due to its labeling. I soon realized it wasn’t “that” special and it just kind of got lost in the cellar. Very heavy malt, molasses, and oak. Not many other flavors than that – it actually tastes a bit like a barleywine when it’s all said and done.

Mouthfeel – Rather creamy – medium plus bodied, lower carbonation, coats the tongue.

Overall – This beer is one that was drunk because I’m trying to clean out my cellar a bit. I have the second of the series in the refrigerator and am hoping it is better. This is a rather bland beer – quite one dimensional (though it was easy to drink for the ABV).

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Photo of stakem
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter, this brew appears a hazy orange with yellow around the edges. A finger of lightly tan head sits atop the brew with fluffy retention. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is like orange rinds and toasty grains. Some herbal hops mixed with sweet smelling orange marmalade. Overall this smells lightly medicinal.

The taste is herbal and rindy with orange pulp flavoring. Some toasty grain inclusion. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion but it does evolve a medicinal touch throughout. It is oxidized and toasty with almost an oaked inclusion that turns to more of a cardboard quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is a very low alcohol impact. This brew was pretty forgettable. Having it once was more than enough. My tasting group had a bottle of Cuvee 2 to drink right after this one but everyone lost interest in trying it after having a sample of this one.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to BRoss242 who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one was tasted among some good company so it didn't really stand out too much from the rest of the pack. It was still pretty tasty, but just wasn't very complex. The mouthfeel on this one was also a little thin for the style in my opinion. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled purchased somewhere in Chicago many moons ago. Nearly three years old at this point. Served in a Goose Island taster glass.

A - Quick-dissolving thin tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving behind a few wisps. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Cloying honey, sugar, toffee, and other sweet things. Vague hits of wood, nuts, and alcohol. Otherwise just oppressively sweet.

T - The taste is about 20% less sweet, which still means this is about 100% too sweet. Sugar, honey, caramel, oaky vanilla, light coconut, and fairly mellow booze. Actually, in retrospect a bit more spicy alcohol would have balanced things a bit better.

M - Low carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, full-bodied, sticky and viscous. The feel is a perfect match for the taste and smell, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

D - This was not as horrible as I expecting, but not particularly good either - certainly not worth the sticker price. Drinking a whole bottle would be borderline impossible.

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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 307 ratings