tgncc (2753) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An explosion of hop aroma right out of the bottle, starting with piney, earthy hops, moving into citrus grapefruit hops. an undercurrent of a mettalic smell, leaves, herbs. The appearance is as black as night, medium tan head, some lacing. Up front it has a spicy hops flavor, with chocolate malts coming out toward the middle. Ironically, the finish is a little sweeter than the strat, a residue on the palate of chocolate and grapefruit, and other piney hops. Good medium to thick mouthfeel. Overall: This is a hop bomb. I was pumped to try this, since I love IIPA’s and Brown Ales, but this is neither. I like it, not as much as I thought I would. Still, give ST credit for originality on this one. Overall an enjoyable brew. The alcohol is so well hidden, you could probably tip back a lot of this stuff.
dmac (3924) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle that I was excited to find at EZ Liquors since I didn’t even know this one was released yet. Pours a deep dark brwon lifeless body sitting underneath a frothy foamy off white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, metallic notes, mint and some rotting oranges. Flavor starts off with lots of hops then it goes flat in the middle with flavors of stale tobbacco and finishes with some bad chocolate pudding aftertaste. I was hoping for a Stone XI clone but instead got a beer that was barely drinkable. Meh......yuck.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black with a moderate and lingering tan head. Aroma is largely pine hops, with detectable grain and very very slight malt. Taste is roasted malt up front, finishing with a pine hop characteristic and bitterness at the end. I had a bit of a sweet and grainy aftertaste as well. Good stuff.
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Well, after having the Cuvee Series #2 last night, Southern Tier redeemed themselves quite well with this beer. Pours black with a moderate tan head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Very strong aroma of pine, pine and more pine. My initial thought when smelling this beer was how excessively bitter this beer was going to be. The truth however, was quite different. The flavor is malt and molasses along with medium pine flavor and only moderate bitterness. Roast and chocolate flavors emerge in the aftertaste. Southern Tier should stick to brewing beers like this and forget about the Cuvee Crap.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IIPA. I’m a big fan of all STs IIPAs, haven’t had a bad one yet. This is on the hoppier side and oddly not balanced by the malts, just a total hop bomb. The dark flavors make this a pretty harsh one, but if you like your beers big its great. Piney and citrussy, with some choco coffee.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Bottle from whole foods. I almost made a mess in both sides of my pants when I saw this.. had no idea this beer existed. Pour is dark brown with off white head... almost unheard of for the style. For style this is a 5/5 no doubt. Nose is ripe pine needles. Taste is difficult to grasp. Definitely loads of spice (like unearthly) and pine. However, coffee, malts and grapefruit are prevalent in the undertones. Beautiful linger of spice and pine on the back of the tongue. Absolutely jaw dropping for 9% and incredibly sessionable. Why is Southern Tier so awesome?? This is Un*Earthly’s evil twin..
dogfish120love (926) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black or very deep brown in color with an off white brownish head. Smells of sweet sweet hops with a grapefruit bitterness in the aroma. Very pleasing to the sense of smell. A unique flavoring of cofee, spice along with some of the citrus notes you would expect from an IIPA. However the finish is nothing like an IIPA, no enamal devouring qualities. I really and truely enjoy this, mainly because of its uniqueness.
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color, just a hint of light coming through. Initial foamy head fades rapidly. Flavor is dark malts, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, somewhat similar to a porter. Medium bodied. There’s definitely a good amount of hops buried in this beer, but the initial flavors would almost trick you into believing this is another style of beer. Finish is dry with some fusel alcohol notes.
Tripplebrew (775) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber coal brown with thin tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate yeast with oak undertones. Flavor is floral notes blended with rich chocolate notes. Porter like flavors are blended with a faint citrus undertone. Hops are present and yet not overpowering. Interesting.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at the Friendly Mini Mart in Lakewood. So, I was wondering, are there any other double IPA’s that are this dark? Seriously, this is a black ale. (I know this because the bottle conveniently says so.) Sure, pouring it into a glass and noticing that yep, this looks like used motor oil, that may have given it away, but I wouldn’t have been so sure if it were not for the bottle. Anyhow, this sure smells IIPA-ish. Heaping helpings of hops abound in the aroma. Crisp floral perfumey scents of citrus, budding flowers and more citrus assault the senses before just a little bit of porter-like malt character sneaks up. The flavor, well that’s another hard nut to classify. It sure does snuggle up to the tongue like a blow torch. The first sip is like smooth velvety acid that goes right down through the end of the sip. But behind that, there is this little yelp of nice rich malt just aching to get out. But alas, this is well hopped in all the right ways, so it does come off as a very well put together, fully hopped IIPA. Man, Southern Tier does not disappoint.