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

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 568
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head, that has good retention. The head also leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells very oaky and woody. There is a big caramel aroma here. Also, I am getting some notes of vanilla, bready malts, citrus, booze, and some fruitiness.

T - The taste has a lot of oak, wood, and vanilla flavors. There are some hops present, but they aren't very strong. There is quite a big caramel sweetness here. Also, I am getting some notes of citrus, booze, and pine. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of lingering hop bitterness, and some booziness. For being 11% ABV, this hides its alcohol well.

M - This has a medium-full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and the flavor is good. There is some hop bitterness that tingles the mouth. Also, there is a bit of a chewy quality, and just a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy. The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. I like what the oak barrels did to this, even though I think I prefer the regular version better. Overall I really like this beer, and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of klewis
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brilliant copper color with a small bubbly head. A light halo but no lacing.

S: Malty caramel aromas with a strong vanilla smell. Isn't this missing something?

T: Strong toffee and molasses characteristics with prominent vanilla and oak tones. Sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back. Umm....?

M: Full-bodied and super sticky with light-moderate carbonation.

D: Did someone forget the hops? Not what I expected, but not bad. Not great either as the sweetness is getting a bit cloying.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Ron's Schoolhouse Grill, served in a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy amber with thin off-white head. OK retention left some good spotty lacing. Smells of vanilla, floral hops, honey, biscuits, and alcohol. Tastes of pine, vanilla, honey, toasted malts, oak, pineapple, oranges, apricot, and tangerine. Medium-full in body with moderate but nice carbonation. Syrupy, sweet, and slick with a warm finish. Definitely a sipper, but you should know what you're getting yourself into with anything Oak Aged. May not be something I want to drink too often, but a nice treat.

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Photo of tswater
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an auburn color, with a thick, sticky white head that reduces to look like merangue, befor leaving a thin skim of head on top with significant lacing down the sides.

This beer smells awesome. Piney-hops and lime-grapefruit citrus hit first. They start to fade as a bready-yeasty malt smell develops, leaving a leather-oak smell to dance in the nose.

Taste is similarly complex. The hops hit early, with a heavier than expected alcohol taste. Sweet on the mid-tongue, with some heavy foral notes, finishing a lemony-bitter that slowly fades to leave a pithy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, smooth except for a bit of alcohol bite.

Fairly drinkable, though you'll want to take your time to enjoy the nuances of this brew.

This beer reminds me that oak-aging can have different effects upon different beers, in that while it mellows some, it can also kick it up a bit as it has with the alcohol bite on this one. The regular version of this beer is among by favorite DIPA's. While this doesn't rank as high as that one, it is nonetheless an excellent beer I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from a recent trade with Bobsy. Tasted on August 28, 2009.

A: The beer is copper looking with a very thin head. Expected since high ABV. The little foam I get however sticks to the glass quite well. The beer is slightly veiled.

S: Hops and alcohol... very intense. Wow, I would say very aggressive. Grrr! I like it. The hops is piny. I get some caramel too. Complex I would say.

T: Slightly woody on the taste, which would be from the Oak... Very bitter from the hops... Nice warm feeling due to the ABV.

M: Medium body and very sirupy. The taste stays quite long in the mouth... awesome!

D: A little bit heavy to drink more than one bomber per session!

This version is stronger and more intense than the original version. I think I like them both.

Had to pour myself two glasses... the second one was way better than the first one... sediment at the bottom is required to fully appreciate this beer in my opinion. My ratings were done on my second glass. As the beer warms up a little bit, I get some orange in the taste. Awesome.

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Photo of JLapadura
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle share with Darthkostrizer, BHOBS and Alucard4
Pours a crystal clear Amber color with a short bubbly white head. Low retention.

Very Light hop notes if any really. Sweet smelling but not the typical caramel malt note that others of the style usually have. Smells like a sorbet or a sherbet.

Different for for the style. Such different hop profile. Sweeter than west coast ipas. Smell and flavor like a sherbet to me. Lacking strong hop notes for the style characteristic but good flavor. 

Slightly tacky mouth, smooth and creamy. Med bodied. Low carb. 

Overall I really like it because it's different. I really didn't much oak if and which is ok. I'm curious to try alot more east coast ipas because they all seem to be a little different than ours on the west coast.

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Photo of rkf1976
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color with a small off-white head.

Very nice floral aroma with subtle grapefruit notes..

Mellow and smooth. The oak adds a complex character and takes quite the edge off of the hops. Some pine and quite a bit of fruitiness from esters and what seems like amarillo hops.

This has a huge body and leaves and earthy feel on the tongue. Pine and vanilla linger.

This goes down so easily that it is almost scary. The alcohol is so well hidden and the sharp finish adds in drinkability.

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Photo of ToddThompson
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Body is hazy, orange gold topped by a half inch head of off-white foam. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of sweet biscuity malt, orange peel, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of floral shampoo.

Tastes of sweet biscuit malt and a lot of malt sugar. There's some orange peel, toffee, vanilla, and wood tannin in the finish to balance out. This is a very malty DIPA--in the DFH 120 vein. This would be more appealing if there were more fresh citrus hop flavor; seems to me that most of the IBUs are in the bitter dimension and this presents more like a barleywine. The taste comes across more harsh than balanced. Since I have a few bottles, it might lay one or two down in the cellar--maybe some of the harshness will resolve.

Carbonation is light and medium body. Kind of a pasty mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a malty DIPA that seems more like a barleywine. The alcohol is noticeable, but could be more complex and balanced.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brheuer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some earthy, hop notes. Seemed complimentary overall and true to the style.

T: A pretty sweet, malty taste to it with some biter, hop notes. Alcohol was evident in both the taste and aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Became more evident as the beer warmed up.

M: A pretty smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel was felt very nice on the palette.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, but the hops and malts blend together to make a nice drinking beer overall. Alcohol became a bit overbearing as it became more evident, but it was still a nice beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber into a a Guinness pint glass.

Originally, I thought I'd picked up a ST 2XIPA. I was mistaken. So here we are. This is different. This poured with a thin head that dissipated nearly instantly. A beautiful see-through amber color. The oak aspect of this beer jumps out at you right away as soon as it hits your tongue. You know this is wood aged. It even has some bourbon notes to it, although it's not a bourbon barreled beer. Despite this, it's tough to tell this is an 11% ABV beer. The one thing noticeably absent for being an IPA, is the hops. They're completely drowned out by the oak. A unique IPA, but man, I had trouble downing an entire bomber. Wouldn't object to revisiting this in the future just to see if this was an odd bottle, but...it's not something I'd run to the store to get.

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Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,122 ratings
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