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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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"At Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. An Uninhibited infusion of hops and oak. We continue a commitment to innovation with an aggressive offering. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid, this brew is aged on oak. Pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of hops as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely." -- Southern Tier 23 Plato 2-row pale malt cara-pils malt red wheat kettle hops: chinook and cascade hop back: styrian golding dry hopped: cascade, centenial and chinook.

2012 vintage 9.5% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22 oz bottle for 8.50. I got the last one so it must be my lucky day. Pours a hazy orange/gold with a white head. Aroma is malts with a slight citrus hop in there as well at the end. Taste is wood, floral hops and only slightly malty. Spicy on the end with no lingering bitterness. Very complex IPA. Medium body, average carbonation. I’ve never had an oak-aged beer before but this is a great IPA. Not 11% like the description suggests. My bottle says 9.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark amber orange with min head. Pleasant oaky citrus aroma. Light carbonation and bod. Bitter sweet light resin taste. I dig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (178) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
What a nice golden orange pour! Nice head that lingers. Aroma is fruity with some healthy hop backbone and some oak and wood in there as well. Taste is very rich and full bodied. Nice balance of hops with a hint of the oak barrel aging. Palate is strong and lingers with a warm finish rather than switching flavors many times. Absolutely delicious and a great twist on a double IPA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (550) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle, shared. Pours dark amber, clear, with minimal white head. Nose is bitter oranges, a little vanilla, damp wood, touch of astringency. Slick mouthfeel, more earthy citrus, sweet. Oak and British hops are a nice combo. Pushes the boundaries of what constitutes an "IPA" taste. Interesting though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2013
I sampled this at a beer tasting. It looks like a typical IPA, and it has pale ale aroma and flavor. However, the vanilla from the oak aging is also present in the aroma and flavor. Personally, I find that oak aging takes away from the quality of an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (164) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Beautiful copper orange with medium bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet malty with slight floral fruity notes. Taste is bitter hops with a touch of acidity. The oak shows up in the follow through along with a touch of bready malt. Oak lingers along with some bitter piney hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is straightforward and nothing surprising. Malt comes through a little more as this one warms a bit. Overall nice balance and feels just a tad more hop forward than regular Unearthly. Oak is fairly slight but adds some good depth. No heat or bite, just smooth woody touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Nose is really intriguing... you get a hefty amount of the hops up front, but oakiness coming through that unexpectedly pairs well with the hops. Taste is actually a tad sweet (it’s 3 months old, so the hop character might be lost), but still decently balanced. I do get a nice kick from the hops, so there’s bitterness too, but slightly sweet up front. Pretty smooth, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Wood influence is noticeable. A very hop centric taste. Refreshing to taste. Decent palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1309) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bomber. Caramel with a tan head. Caramel, hops and lots of wood. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1236) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 This is my second barrel-aged DIPA, and whoever first thought of the idea -- taking a beer normally intended to be fresh and aging on wood instead -- is genius. This guy doesn’t disappoint. Clear copper pour with a surprisingly malty nose. The aging imparts a nice smokiness and perhaps even bourboniness (new word) to the flavor, and dulls the hoppy bitterness enough to let the malt come through to result in a beer that’s still bitter, but balanced. Only downside is that it’s just a tad too boozy, but a minor quibble, that. Nevertheless, recommended! A-

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