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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Quite a bit of sweetness, compact flavor. Caramel malt, some hop favor. Has all the makings of a good beer but is a bit round.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Beautiful pour, of course it is. I’m really enchanted by this excellent Rastal Brooklyn snifter. Marzipan, cinnamon, vanilla pod, and yes creme brulee on the nose. The malt is huge and is a dead ringer for anything sweet put to the broiler, or torch depending on your commitment to tradition. Nougat, absolutely, toasted almonds and coconut milk. All of the nose enters the mouth in a very timid fashion. While a subtle arrival can lead to suprises, this beer holds to it’s code. Booze is very well balanced with a mass of malt that dries in a very whiskey like fashion, think Ireland. Only on the finish does the strength of this beer speak, a warming nudge of alcohol dries out the palate. Oak notes resonate in the finish, no hops to speak of. Seems to be a little superficial which (and I’m not accusing or generalizing) seems to be a signature for the brewery. This beer is very enjoyable although probably a few points higher in abv. than necessary. Built for later adventures, cellar this guy. Points given. 89

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Cuvee 2 pours a dark brown color with ruby red highlights. A good amount of head is poured but quickly fizzes. A very thin layer of head is left. The aroma on this beer is decent and really had me hoping this one was better then the first. Lovely smell of wood hits the nostrils first. A good amount of caramel and vanilla follow that up. The taste is slightly boozy but not as bad as I thought it would be. This beer is definitely a malt bomb. Looking for any kind of hops in this beer, just don’t bother. The caramel is mixed in nicely with the oak flavors. I also picked up a good amount of dark fruits and vanilla. This brew has many characteristics of a Barleywine. What I didn’t like was the bitterness it gave off. It didn’t taste like the usual bitterness that is given off by a ton of hops but something different. Something I just couldn’t get into. The mouthfeel is smooth and big. Goes down really nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma has a very potent alcohol note with oak. Flavor of vanilla and some caramel. Not very enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Oak, oak and more oak. Changed to American oak barrels instead of the French used in the first series I believe. Pours redish copper color with a bit of head that does not want to stay too long. Oak dominates on the finish. A bit of berries in there although to be honest I cannot distinguish between the different types of berries going on in this beer. A slight hint of caramel with mediocore lacing on the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12 oz pour at Brouwers Cafe Seattle. Poured chocolate brown with soft reddish flecks and a mildly dark tan head that is thick with a smooth, creamy consistency. The nose is dulled in all aspects. I did pick out chocolate, anise, nuts, prune, raisin, and vanilla. The taste was chocolate, vanilla, creme brûlée, oak, fig, raisin, alcohol, and oak. This beer tastes much better than the smell. Great body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Cellar one for sure.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
damzz (277) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
poured darker color than cuvee 1. aroma more prevalent and deep earthy notes. taste: more wood, some vanilla, spices, some cherry.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3 year old large format in snifter. Carmel color. White lacing. Creamy with toffee vanilla and carmel. Medium bitterness, sweet, and good burn. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Very well done.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
This beer wasn’t bad, but it was pretty forgettable. Nothing really stood out. The oak was not very evident. I’d like to try it again, perhaps with the series 1


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