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Southern Tier Cuvée Series 2

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RATINGS: 336   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours a ruby/amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, booze, vanilla, some fruit, and oak. I didn’t notice any espresso aroma. Creamy body, vanilla in the flavor with the oak. I really like most Southern Tier beers, but I didn’t think either of the Cuvee series stood out at all...which sucks, especially for the cost.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and tupalev. Deep hazy amber with an average off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma, with light fruit, increasing simple oak resin and only a hint of vanilla - some background pungent grassy bitterness. The taste is simple - generic sweet yeasty caramel malt with orange peel and oak, moderate alcohol presence. Average body, creamy and lightly astringent mouthfeel - thankfully the bourbon is restrained, there’s really more alcoholdryness than bourbon here. Decent enough, but poor value for money and pretty forgettable.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (4960) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Son of a fucking bitch! Why did I do this to myself again!? Screw you, 75 character limit!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle from the Binny’s in Plainfield, Illinois: This poured a clear reddish-amber body with a short-lived white head. The aroma was alcohol laced caramel with a touch of vanilla, old wood, and candied cherries. very creamy mouthfeel. It tasted of creamy caramel, soft nuts, fruit, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. The finish was sticky sweet with a low alcohol burn. Well crafted, but more interesting than enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2712) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with the TO crew. Appearance: Ruby red with a slight white head. Aroma: Cherry, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, alcohol and some nuts. Flavour: Chewy caramel, maple syrup, plums.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2009
How much balls does a southern tier suck if a southern tier could suck balls? I don’t know. I don’t even know what that means. I also don’t know what the brewers were thinking when they made this beer. First of all, what the hell is it? Ale aged in oak? Sounds plain enough but I’m sure the boys at ST will manage to put enough sugar in it to make it cloying and undrinkable. Oops, they did it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Sample at the Southern Tier tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 03/19/09. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Medium, creamy body with a woody character and flavors of malt, vanilla and a bit of tart fruit. The finish is smooth and malty with an oaky aftertaste. Pretty good overall, and defiinitely a step up from the first one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared by David. Thanks, buddy. Deep amber, almost purple pour with a white ring of light yellow head. Old oak nose. Actually grapey on the nose. Like odd grape candy. Odd. Really grew on me, though. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
2009-03-20. Dark amber brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Aroma is mildly alcoholic sweet malt, light woody oak. Flavour is similar, moderate alcoholic, sweet woody malt, dry bitterness in the finish shows the alcohol. (7+) Average palate. Okay. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, Jerc, and Garthicus, at Blankboy’s, courtesy of either Harry or Paul (I forgot to write down who brought what - thanks for sharing guys!). Dark brown, small white head. Sweet boozy aroma. Sweet taste, straightforward strong Belgian territory here. Didn’t get the oak. Good, but I expect a little more from Southern Tier.


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