beerbill (3564) - 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 (1961) - 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 (1027) - 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 (714) - 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 (778) - 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.
notalush (5210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours kind of a cola color, with a decent-sized, lasting soapy lace - the aroma is that of a very hoppy stout, with fairly strong american hop aromas resting well on top of roasted malt and some lactose sweetness - not terribly complex in the nose, but inviting none-the-less - the flavor is hoppy stout all the way - yes, the hops are strong, but the malts and sweetness are what propel this beer - fairly sweet black malt, chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of roast and caramelized sugar - the hops kind of bookend this, but never really jump out the way you’d expect them to - lingering chocolate sweetness in the finish - I would almost say this should be entered as an imperial stout - anyway, I was expecting more from this, but it’s decent.
Pailhead (5362) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma has strong grapefruit notes. You can smell it as soon as the cap is popped. There’s also some faint pine and roast, but the grapefruit clearly dominates. It pours a dark mahogany with some transparency when held to the light and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a soapy ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with some sweet chocolate and molasses that fades to a nice citrus hoppiness in the finish with some light roasted nuttiness. The roastiness is more apparent in the aftertaste as it lingers for a little while. Medium bodied with a soft and slightly oily mouthfeel. It’s very "sessionable" for 9%.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split two ways. Dark brown in color with a light tan head and a small - medium well retaining head. A nice amount of fresh citrus- centennial in the aroma with backing molasses, caramel. The taste has alot of fresh citrus hops, but slightly skewed by the big body of this beer- alot of molasses, brown sugar, a touch of chocolate. Body is full- the bitterness in the finish is moderate.