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

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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 226
Reviews by TheBlackMallard:
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into a snifter with barely any head and only a slight bit of lacing. Nice dark amber in color.

Smell: Mostly oak and honey, sweet fruity notes in the background.

Taste: Malty and sweet, Vanilla, Grapes, and Caramel. Smooth, thick and syrupy with a dry finish. Barely any carbonation.

It's good and hides the alcohol well, but I don't think it's worth close to the $13 I paid for it, maybe half that. It's just kind of plain and would probably be terrible without the oak.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. In a snifter it was copper-colored with a thin white head.
Sweet malt aroma, candy, a little vanilla.
Big malt taste, oak, some fruit, and cotton candy. A well-built beer.
Very pleasant. Would never know that it was 11% ABV.
Will look for more of these.

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Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color with a small white head that fizzles away to nothing almost immediately. Smells of honey, candy sugar, some alcohol, and a slight breadiness. Tastes of honey, light malts, slightly nutty, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Not much carbonation to mention, finishes slightly dry. I was expecting more to be honest but it's not bad. Surprisingly, contrary to most Southern Tier beers, this beer doesnt have much hop qualities to it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours darker orane tinged amber, quite clear, until the final pour. Slight creamy light tan head, tiny bubbles, film and respectable light sheeting and lace. Juniper, spice and pine in the nose. High octane brew, I get notes of more juniper, alcohol, light cloves. I'm not picking up smole or wood. Just a fairly sweet presentation and a strong, heady finish. Smooth and satisfying, decent sipper.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, orange-brown with tannins, much like wine, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel, malt, and sweet fruit

Taste: toasted malt, brown sugar, burnt/caramel, hops at the end. This is what I imagine a liquid Heath Bar would taste like.

Mouthfeel: medium heavy body, sweet start and body with a minimal bitter kick towards the finish

Drinkability: This is like a liquid Heath Bar. If you like the English toffee taste, you will like this one. It is predominantly sweet. It is not nearly as complex as I would have hoped for and I did not get much oak. Still I loved the taste. I will look for this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is almonds, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and honey. The flavor is chocolate, oak, caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla and almonds. This is the first beer I have ever tried that had almonds in it and they dominate the flavor and aroma. Very interesting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of brewerdrew
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from Bottle into Belgian Snifter. Poured a bit hazy but it may have been a little colder than recommended. Copper in color and with a nice rich head.

Smell was pretty mild. Very fully bodied with nice oak overtones. Well balanced given the High Aloohol content.

A beer for a special occasion. I will certainly try it again on a special occasion.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APpears a clouded bronze copper hued tone with a khaki thin head that dwindles rater quickly, not nearly as dark as the # 2 that I sampled at Fathead's on tap. Nice fine even lacing is left behind. Aromatics offers up lightly scrched oaka barrels with a touch of vanilla and alcohol intertwined, minimal citrus peel and baked cookie dough arise with a slightly butter scotch rum like atmosphere. Flavor has deep alchohol along with that charred wood and vanilla, and cloyingly sweeted sugar cookie dough sweetness. Minimally spiced I'm under the impression yet again that just like the Cuvee #2 that the combonation of the oak, alcohol, and hops and yeast profile don't mix to equate to a medicinal cloying experience this one needed more time. Mouthfeel is more of the same sickeningly sweet with a burning alcohol and bitter charred oak experience carbonation levels were sturdy a bit higher than expected from a barrel aged offering. Drinkability overall was straight up gross I hope I come across a bottle with age to prove me wrong.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from The Wine Specialist in Washington DC.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of thick caramel malt with hints of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla. As it warms small amounts of citrus hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt and butterscotch flavors up front that segue into deeper toffee flavors later on in the sip. Hints of oak and vanilla make themselves apparent midway through the sip and give way to a solidly bitter ending with very light hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't a spectacular beer but it didn't disappoint - aging very nicely and worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a deep orange body that is just a bit dense while still pretty clear. There is a sea of tiny bubbles supporting a yellowish white bubble head.

S- The smell of caramel malt has a soft backed cookie quality and some raw oak notes in the finish.

T- This beer has a butterscotch and vanilla flavor to the sweetness that turns into caramel malt as it warms. There is a note of coconut to follow and a soft hop bitterness that grows and turns a bit more pungent as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat until it warms a good bit and then it is still soft.

D- This beer has nice big sweet sugary malt flavor with some softer oak qualities that add depth to the malt flavors. The hops are a bit of a pungent kick in the teeth but the smooth out as the beer warms a bit.

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Photo of rbouton
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/copper color. Slight off-white head after vigorous pour into chimay goblet.
Smells of honey, almond, vanilla and alcohol.
Tastes syrupy sweet honey, vanilla and oak with alcohol warming/burn.
Enjoyable as a slow sipper, but do not think I could drink more than one. Worth a try for its uniqueness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewey0603
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey/copper with a very large tan foamy head and lacing that lasts. The smell is pungent with a strong bread yeast and citrus hop aroma. The taste is very creamy with a bitter hop and bread yeast mixture along with alcohol,citrus hops,and oak. This really is a tasty brew. The m/f is medium and well balanced. All in all, this is a very good beer on all fronts. If you can find it buy it. An East Coast beer with a West Coast flavor.

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Photo of RomanW70
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a minimal tan head. Complex aroma with notes of caramel, apple, vanilla, and oak. Very thick mouthfeel, with noticeable alcohol. Low-medium carbonation. Very sweet to taste. Alcohol present in the tatse, and fairly dominant in the finish. An interesting and enjoyable beer, but I had it the same night as LA's The Angel's Share, and it's not in the same league.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A darker amber with some orange highlights. Not the best retention, but a big head with the initial pour.

Smell: Oak aromas, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild citrus hops and some fruit esters going on.

Taste: The oak's pretty prominent in a good way, with a lot of caramel and vanilla coming through. Big malt sweetness. Mild sweet chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied and coating, though it doesn't seem cloying, even though it is fairly sweet. Moderately creamy.

Drinkability: I wonder how good this will be in a year or so, if not later. More like a Barley Wine in some ways, but solid all around. Split it with a friend, because the alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at 99 bottles; aged for 6 months since the purchase. Poured into Duchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Pours a pretty golden copper with a small head that leaves quickly with a little residue still apparent on the edge of the glass. Lighting in my home really shows of the beauty of the copper color. Strong malt scent and light oak tones.

First taste is a malt bomb, caramel flavors are very sweet...then finishing with a nice fruitiness... oak flavors stand out at the finish. High alcohol content but goes unoticed.

Thick mouthfeel with light carbanation

Enjoyable beer, goes down pretty easy and was a nice treat on a hot day.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-red sunset in color, the head doesn't amount to much and disappears quickly. Hardly even a crown is left...looks aged and calm, though hardly unappealing.

The nose is something I want to sniff forever. Wood and white grape give away its history of sitting in French oak, while an herbal, flowery and politely spicy element has the alcohol and hops mingling nicely. A dash of white pepper. Nutty, as in toasted-nut nutty. Each whiff brings in something new and interesting.

Flavor is as complex as expected, and everything is carefully, deftly balanced. Sweet nuttiness takes over in the flavor, dominant but not cloying. Hazelnut liqueur character reminds me somewhat of Frangelico; coconut gives an exotic edge; wood is young and earthy; honey; vanilla; light caramel touch; pleasant warming from the alcohol, far from boozy. Intersects just a little with a wheat wine, otherwise this is very nearly style-less and all the better for its individuality. Sweet and dessert-y, smooth and insanely well balanced.

Mouth is buoyant and bright, just barely sticks to the mouth while the hazelnut/almond/alcohol team does its thing in the finish. Smooth and gliding.

Oh man, this is just incredible...or not, since Southern Tier usually excel in their big beer experiments. Well worth the price, and I can't wait to try Series 2.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibley eveready rabbit drinkable..goes on and on over supper. Georgeous fruity peachy yellow, with minimum head though clinging white lace. Sophisticated and boozy yeasty aroma. Medium moutjhfeel, smooth drinking. Wood was in the backgound and trained the yeast and ingrediants. Like to have this again in several years. It keeps going.What American strong--give the Belgians credit.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a cardboard box which indicates which number it is.
I poured this into a goblet and split it with two friends.
Split three ways mine was the last beer poured and was more hazy than the others in appearance, (no other difference was found). Light copper in color almost like liquid gold. Good head quickly dissipated.
Smells almost tropical, coconut and toffee.
Tastes like caramel, coconut, even alludes to some pineapple. Pleasant malt taste with a strange bitterness in the after taste, maybe a little hops but something unidentifiable as well. The alcohol is well hidden but still in the mix.
Syrupy and pretty thick for what I was expecting, almost like scotch.
This is a beer I would much prefer to sip slowly, and enjoy over a long period of time. Very glad to have tried this interesting beer but will probably not buy it again any time soon.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JUNE 2009 - Age this one a bit !!!

Cuvee 1 pours a hazy orange body beneath a 2" head of yellowed-white froth. The head retention is quite good, although it fails to maintain a surface covering once it drops. That's not really surprising though, as it's got a pretty soft carbonation to it. The lacing is nice though, leaving wide, jagged rings of sticky lace about the glass.

Sweet malt greets you in the nose with a touch of vanilla-tinged caramel, and then some mild woodiness.

It's medium bodied and quite creamy in the mouth, although the alcohol is perceptible.

The flavor is very much as the nose suggests with sweetish golden caramel and honey dominating over a thin bit of fruitiness (apple, some plum, a hint of citrus and melon, some very minor red berries) and a delicate touch of grassy hoppiness. The alcohol is noticeable, but it also helps to cut through the maltiness as the bitterness is fairly restrained. What oak is there is nice, although I was expecting a little more. (At least it's not overdone; and if, as I suspect, this is aged a little longer it may dry a bit and exhibit more of the oak). It finishes with a touch of sweet, caramelish and doughy maltiness, but then the wide bitterness evolves and lingers for a bit, eventually drying the palate completely.

Overall it's a pretty impressive beer. I think it could be more complex, but at the same time I think a little bit of aging will dry it out, and then the woodiness will show better, and some other flavors will be able to find their way around the big maltiness. I'm definitely going to grab another bottle, if not two or three, and put it in the cellar for a half year or so to see how it rounds. Nicely done! And certainly worth trying if you don't want to wait.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 prototypic
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cuvee One is copper in color. It's very clear, and has a distinct reddish tint when held to light. A vanilla colored head crowns the top. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth, and falls quickly. I suspect the high abv killed it. Lacing was a little sticky, but rather light.

The nose is alright, but isn't great by any stretch. For starters, it's a little weak. It does have a sweet caramel malt scent that resonates throughout. Oak is noted and adds a little character. That's a positive. There's an ancillary vanilla scent attributable to the oak aging. Alcohol is definitely noted, but I probably wouldn't guess 11%. It doesn't come through that strong. Light fruit notes round it out. Above average? Sounds about right.

The flavor keeps the pace. It definitely has a caramel malt base. At least it tastes like it. It's sweet and a little sugary. Oak is strong in flavor and actually drives it above average. There is a little vanilla, but not much. I expected more. There's an interesting berry-like flavor that lingers throughout. It doesn't add anything, but isn't overtly bad. Alcohol is noted, but again, isn't all that strong. It has a slight warming effect, but not much of one. It's nowhere close to hot. It finishes oaky and sweet.

Cuvee One has a medium body that leans thick. It's nice and smooth. Actually, the feel is its best attribute. Drinkability, on the other hand, is rather average. The flavor's alright, but isn't great. It goes down relatively easy for such a big beer, but I'm not overly enjoying it. Finishing a bomber will be work.

To be honest, I'm disappointed in Cuvee One. I had hoped for better. It's alright, but doesn't have near the depth or complexity it needs to really succeed. Perhaps I'm just not all that into sweet caramel flavors with an oaky edge. I guess it's probably worth a try, but it's far from Southern Tier's best. They have far better beers in their roster. I'm hopeful that Cuvee Two will be better, but I'm not nearly as excited to try as I was.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark apricot and hazy with some floaties; thin but steady head; decent lacing

S: Lots of oak with some alcohol; also tea leaves and lemon; a sweet bready malt base shines through as well

T: Lots of booze but that softens as the beer warms; the oaky woodiness is also quite prevalent; a nice balance of sweet bread and lemon and wood

F: Medium body with a nice amount of texture and beer sticking to the roof of the mouth

O: A very woody beer; the alcohol booziness fades which is good--making the beer more drinkable than it seems to be when you start

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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 307 ratings