italianjohn (2309) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale deep amber pour thin off white head very thin .... aroma is of caramel malts and some vanilla ..... taste is real sweet and of coconut, oaky, chewy caramel, chocolate and vanilla .... kind of like a mounds bar in a beer with a bitter hop and roasted malty finish ... too sweet little warming in the dry finish ... decent dessert beer
Cuso (4378) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy of coldbrewky, many thanks. Dark amber color with small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, woody notes. Taste, sweet with honey, molasses, dark fruit hints, burned sugar, notes of vanilla. Sweet finish, no bitter hops. Strong brandy like finish with hints of wood. It reminds me more to barley wine, but OK. Little bit sweet for me, not for everyday drinking, but it’s drinkable.
coldbrewky (1419) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Beer World. Ahh...Southern Tier doesn’t let you down. Dark ruby in the glass with rolling shiny tan head that slowly settles. Nose of dark fruit and wet wood. I know this wood smell all too well since Irene passed through and knocked trees down all over the place. Candi sugar and earthy basement tones intertwine. The only hops I can define are the ones in my basement drying. Twangy malt that certainly helped me sleep off the aches and pains of three days of chainsawing.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve been a huge fan of the Oak Aged Cuvees from Southern Tier. Glad I finally got to try the #3. Bourbon color. Smells like butterscotch, butterscotch and caramel popcorn. Candy. And plenty of sweet vanilla oaky goodness. Very oak driven. Very yummy but over the top and probably flawed but who cares. I like it though it may be one dimensional.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a deep mahogany color with a very thing light tan head. Nose is of oak, vanilla and many different caramel like malts. Taste is very mild, yet somewhat sweet.
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by. Pours deep amber in color with a thin off white film. The aroma is sweet malty, caramel, oak, vanilla with a hint of herbal hops. The flavor has sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, herbal, with a touch of fruit. This one is a bit syrupy and has me wondering if more time would help. I think this is the best of the three versions.
radagast83 (4524) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a ruby color with /orange color with virtually no head. Aroma is really sweet, teeming with alcohol. Flavor is oak barrel vanilla, sugary dried fruits, alcohol. Eh, was not exactly impressed with this one, it didn’t seem as complex as it should have been and was too hot (boozy) to really enjoy properly. Maybe with some more age.
jredmond (5292) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Andrew, Streets and Grandpa. This was surprisingly underwhelming. Pours a deep dark amber red body with barely any lacing. Aroma is light oaky notes, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium somewhat syrupy with notes of dark fruit, sweet caramel, oak, light vanilla, bread. Ehhhh.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably second favorite of the three... Plum and dark fruits. Sugar and spice... Overall the series was pretty tame.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from trade. Pours a clear amber with decent tan head. Aroma is very barley-wine in it’s sweet caramel malt, toffee and treacle assertiveness. Flavour is much the same with the sweetness a little over powering. There’s some aged fruit in there but not much oak barrel to speak of. Some vanilla there but hard to focus on with the cloying sweetness. Viscous mouthfeel but alcohol is very well hidden. Very good
but would have liked it better if the sweetness was reigned in.