Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of translucent garnety-amber with a short-lived, fairly dense beige head. The aroma picked up syrupy-sweet vanilla and molasses, with peppery oak and Amaretto boozage around.. this didn’t strike me as particularly enticing. The flavor found the expected sweet, syrupy malts the whole way through (caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a kiss of honey).. grainy oak bitterness and coconut around.. finished with grainy residual sugars and the same almond liqueur on the tacky finish. Heavier-bodied, syrupy, and oily on the palate.. oak was quite present, but it didn’t really help or hurt the brew.. just OK overall.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bomber pours clear amber with copper hues and tiny off white head. The aroma is maple syrup, pine hops, sweet vanilla and oddly mixing with spicy oak. It also has sweet prunes and microwaved fig meat. Whoa! The taste is thick, sweet, gluggy and tumbles across the palate with an oak sweet molasses syrupiness. Behind those notes are maple syrup, oak, some pine hops, spicy oak and vanilla. This is bold and big and nearly brash. I like it.
mcberko (10042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of manuchampions (thanks Jon), split 3 ways, pours a hazy dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of syrup, caramel, candied sugar, oak, and sort of a cough syrupy and medicinal quality. Flavour is cloyingly sweet, with candied apple, caramel, cough syrup and medicinal qualities. Way too cloyingly sweet. Diabetes in a bottle. Gross, really.
b79turner (242) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a small tulip glass. Pours a deep amber color with no head. Slight lacing around the glass. Nose is very complex with vanilla, oak, nutty scents. Taste is same with a lot more sweetness. A little bitter hoppiness shows up as well. Overall a little too sweet, really messes with the overall beer. I enjoyed this one, although not my favorite barrel aged brew.
50belair (3023) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at WOB. This is terrible. Clear amber pour with a faint white head. WAY to freakin’ sweet with apple brandy, fake high fructose fruits, and overly sweet caramel flavors. I can’t get one more sip down.....
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) clear rich copper, ring of few bubbles. Nose of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, ginger, rich. Taste of spicy ginger, alc, vanilla, anise, oxidized but nice.
italianjohn (2561) - 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 (6249) - 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 (1521) - 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 (1052) - 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.