DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark red-orange, low golden head. Very sweet aroma with the oakiness immediately apparent. Vanilla, coconut cookie, cooked peaches, brandy, brown sugar. Heavy and sticky and sweet. Finishes sweet with some hop bitterness trying to make a showing. A bit too sweet in the end is my only real criticism.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear copper amber pour with little to no head at all. Aroma is fruit and vegetables with sweetness and wood. Taste is sweet and woody with some vegetables and dark fruit and finishes sweet and bitter. Palate is medium and slick with a dry finish. I like this!
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Odd, a bit off kilter but still very tasty. The color is entralling. Don’t get too much oak, yum.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oaked version. Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark red-caramel color with a small beige head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was strong sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla and apple. The flavor was very sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla, grapefruit and pine with undertones of candied dark fruits. The finish was long and sweet with lingering pineapple, coconut and pine. Thick and full bodied. Amazing.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Melting Point in Athens, GA. This sat reddish-brown with almost no head, giving off strong aromas of booze. Flavors followed suit, with brandy out front and finishing notes of cognac, bourbon, and hard candy. Where the aroma proved quite appetizing, however, these flavors left me flat. There’s vanilla in there and a whiff of caramel, but also too much alcohol burn. A decent sipper, but lacking in depth for the abv - get a barleywine instead - and without the satisfying freshness of Southern Tier’s hoppier offerings.
trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a tulip glass on tap at the Falls Taproom in Philadelphia. Nice head and appealing dark color. Very malty and sweet; tasted like a very strong dubbel to me. The hops are relatively subdued as is the oak flavor. Would prefer this brew to have its sweetness counterbalanced with a stronger oak and hop character; as it is, it’s...very sweet.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of adneilson poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, oak and vanilla. Palate was m,edium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, toffee, vanilla and plum with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4/8/11. Bomber vertical with 1 and 2. Looks very similar to 2, reddish, almost clear, but a little darker. Fruity almost Belgian aroma of a quad or tripel with a sweet flavor that hints of grapes and yeast (this is the sweetest of all 3). In general these are all too sweet - sweet, sweeter, and sweetest in order. Meh.
jb (2022) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Echoes of a barley wine, which is not my favorite style by a long stretch.
Appearance is dark orange/amber, minimal head, clear, an interesting faint lacing pattern. Nose is nice, candy, wood, dried fruit. Very sweet and syrupy palate initially, then a touch of sour, a bit of warming from the booze, and stickiness is what you are left with in your mouth. Not bad, I let this one age for a month, may have helped.
I agree this is a disappointing series of beers from Southern Tier. I like the experimentation, but this brewer seems best with hops and hefty stouts.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is fairly sweet with honey, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is even sweeter than the alcohol with syrupy sugar, caramel, vanilla, and alcohol all in abundance. A bit of the oak does manage to push its way through. Boozey finish. Of the three beers in this series, this one at 3.1 is my highest rating, which tells you all you need to know about this set of beers.