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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%
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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
poisoneddwarf (1975) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bomber, shared with Brenn79, thanks bro. Pours murky burnt orange with a small beige head that collapses into a collar of foam pretty quick. Smells like an over-the-hill barleywine, a smell I don’t care for at all in a beer. I really hate over the top maltiness. Taste is way too sweet and malty, way too oaky. Carbonation is average and the body is full. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brenn79 (1737) - Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours dark red but ruby red when held up to the light, fast collapsing off white head. The aroma is oak, syrupy cherries, burnt cream, vanilla. The taste is very similar, kind of gritty after the swallow, oak is very prominent, a little too much. Body is full, carbonation is medium low. Overall I think I respect this beer more than I like it, not the kind of beer I would want to drink all the time, probably will never drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
Heavy hoppy aroma. Small, frothy head. Mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, brown body. Moderate bitter flavor. Medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2011
2000th rating. A clear red/brown colored beer, with a thick foamy beige head. The aroma of caramel with fruits. There is vanilla with a little hop. The taste is fruity, sweet caramel vanilla notes. A little hop, some wood and nuts . A little burny of the alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet with some bitter and wood notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Aroma caramel, alcohol, vanilla, Appearance clear brown, tan foam, Taste is of caramel and vanilla. Great taste. Overall a great beer that has aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2261) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
Bomber. Hazy brown/amber with biege head that fades quickly. Oak, booze, raisins, roasted and sweet malt, caramel, apple, and vanilla. Sweet, medium carbonation, malt and bread on the finish along with some roasted caramel and booze, nice dry ending as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Tawny color, light carbonation. Toasted, some solid hop notes. Light coffee notes. Oak brings some vanilla, but very woody.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2011
22 oz. bottle I purchased from Carl’s Meat market in Kittery ME. In January 2011. Deep amber / red hues color with lots of fizzy carbonation that was clinging to the side of the snifter. Almost no head at all. Very light ring that hugs the snifter. Nose is a malt bomb. Sweet nose, also you can get vanilla. Taste has a LARGE malt profile with candy sugar, vanilla with oak and toffee. Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Medium in body. I cannot find any trace of the 11 % ABV. I find this to be more sweet then it should be. Not enough contrast, it needs something else to balance it. I served it at 46 degrees. Over all it is ok. Maybe I will hunt down the 3rd in the series. Or maybe not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2011
6/19/11 st cuvee #2 bottle from wooden keg ( $13 2 years ago) Crimson / dark amber color no head. A= wow, booze!...though not unpleasant...vanilla,wood, multi vitamins, caramel, orange, faint nuttiness F= iced tea/florals on finish and a.t., orange juice concentrate as well...nuttiness/nougat caramely oak and slight bitterness akin to burnt sugar. Quite sweet but bearable. Med body. Not syrupy but kinda meh on the tongue. A little boring... 7/4/7/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, nicely tanned head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry red hue and a touch of gold when held up to the light. The beer smells rich and malty, with lots of toasted notes that are also accentuated by some soft oak notes. Lots of the toasted character comes from concentrated caramelized malt notes, there is some nutty character to this beer and some spicy grain almost like rye. There is a touch of richness to this beer, it sort of smells a touch buttery (no doubt from the oak, but also a bit from the rich caramelized malt), a definitely butterscotch type note, or perhaps a bit more like toffee.

The beer is has lots of caramelized notes in the flavor, again there is a significant toffee note, and maybe a touch of butterscotch. The beer finishes with a green, sort of astringent oak like character that helps to balance the rich, sweeter side of the malt. The oak contributes a touch of peppery character to the finish, as well as some alcohol that reminds me a bit of brandy, though it is a bit too malty for that. The nuttiness is perhaps accentuated a bit by just a hint of oxidation.

In many ways this is clean and perhaps a touch simplistic, it does have some richness to it, but even the body seems to be lacking a complexity that would make this the beer it is trying to be. Having said that though, this is still a quite enjoyable beer. The oak is really well done here, it is quite subtle, and it is just enough to balance the up front, caramelized malt character; it even manages to keep this from being cloying.

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