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Southern Tier Cuvée Series 2

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Ale aged in American Oak ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark ruby red color, roasted malt flavor with apparent bitterness. Finishes with a rich caramel and espresso aroma. AMERICAN OAK IMPRESSIONS: Impressions of vanilla crème, classic crème brûlée and nougat. A little more oak flavor than series one, but with creamy intensity. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2510) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle that I expect might be overpriced, even before trying. Pours a slightly tarnished copper with a bit of a head that has died to a thin ring of bubbles. Aromas are sweet and fruity. Flavor is predictably sweet... sticky brown sugar and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit and a bit of ABV warmth. Based on the price of these, I would expect something much more spectacular... Guess I’ll be sitting Series 3 out on the sidelines... $15 is just too much for average beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small diminishing creamy off-white head. Mild aroma is sweet and sugary along with caramel, fruit and alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, buttery toffee, alcohol and a dry bitter finish. Average bodied. A subtle beer, it’s barely oak-aged, but it’s an O.K. beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle from SL. The pour was dark copper to brownish, near to nil head and lacing. The aroma was strong oak and vanilla. The flavor followed with some firm oak, vanilla, roasty/ash elements from the barrel presumably, tannins, some caramel and light dark fruity notes in the finish. Body was moderate but a little sticky and undercarbonated. Alcohol was detectable but not harsh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2009
Pours coppery with no head. Aroma of oak, ripe fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is oak, vanilla, toasted bread, raisins, and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2009
Lightly hazy deep copper brown colored body with a very thin and barely there light khaki head. Smells of sweet toffee and leather are very pleasant. There is also some apple. This smells almost like a barley wine and tastes like an old ale. The taste is sweet and earthy with some iron blood taste. There is also some pear and cinnamon spice. The finish is dusty with cobwebs. A decent and interesting brew with light oak notes being just a highlight, not a dominant feature. Very smooth for the alcohol level.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a medium frothy white head. Average head retention and lacing. The oak notes come through strongly in the aroma, particularly maple and vanilla with a bit of caramel and light fruitiness. Taste is citrus, raisin and other fruit notes with strong oak, maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2301) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
Oh so much better than Cuvee 1 thankfully. Dark orange with ruby highlights, thick foam, spotty lacing. Aroma is raisins, brandy, alcohol, oak. Palate is a bit oaky, sugary, slightly sticky (tacky), small bubbled mouthfeel, a medium sweet finish. Overall very good, maybe lacking in the complexity department.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, caramel, light peat, and oak. Flavor of wood, caramel, raisins, and brown sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks! Pours amber with almost no head. Smell is bourbony and oaky and malty. Taste is oaky sweet caramel with light hops but more oak and dryness. Decent, but not too impressive.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
damzz (280) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
Slight head that lasted. Needs to be sipped as one would a wine remembering that the bubbles punch up the alcohol effect. malty nose - ah, my wine tasting intrudes. Palate: Roasted malt with caramel and faint hops. Body is full and syrupy. Drink with a friend. Downing a couple of these will put you over the limit on the breathalyser and perhaps lead to memory loss and you do want to remember this brew.


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