JPDurden24 (1379) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour, white head. Yeast, pine, caramel malt and citrus. Taste is similar with some oak flavor as well. Good stuff!
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with a huge dense white head. Flav/At is of sweet pineapple with candied sugars and a grassy finish. Some clear dry oak notes show up. The palate is thick well coated and creamy with a lightly sweet finish that lingers. Very enjoyable.
stangger (576) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with spookgolds. Aroma of bourbon and hops. Oaky, little bit of yeast. The oaky, bourbony taste is dominant, but with a definite hoppy blast. Pretty awesome.
Advocate_Ames (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wheat, oak, & sweet malty scent. The alcohol smell is evident too with a mild scent of hops. The unearthly has a great taste. The hop selection shows up in the drink. I wouldn’t mind having another.
rbrazell (1308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Fermentation. Deep copper pour with a white head that laces. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, citrus and pine hops. Complex, smooth flavor that displays those metioned in the nose with a nice bitter finish. Preferred this one over the non oak aged.
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Chestnut brown to dark orange color; seemingly opaque but very cloudy body. Forms a small, yellow, soapy head which dissipates but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: One of the sweetest IPAs on the nose: pure orange juice concentrate plus confectioner’s syrups. A hint of solvent as it warms.
Taste: Oak aging is a process you tend to associate with stouts, but it can be done with imperial IPAs if the goal is to sweeten and soften them and Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly is proof positive of that. This is one of those beers that could be just as easily classified as a barleywine and it’d be just as applicable. Intense bitterness combined with rich, dank, syrupy sweetness. Though not quite as extreme as a "triple IPA" the actual palate is similar.
Intense bitterness right from the get-go, but coupled with strong confectionary sweetness to keep it well-balanced throughout (in fact, it might even be more sweet than it is bitter). Toffee and butterscotch are quite prominent in the palate, plus a slight buttery/lollipop taste which imparts a hint of astringency. Perhaps this is due to my bottle being nearly six months old, but the hop bitterness certainly hasn’t faded. A delectable beer for sure, but nothing that’s truly mind-blowing. So much better than average, but not quite world class.
Drinkability: For such an intense brew, you’d think Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly would be a beast that’s difficult to tame, but it’s remarkable just how easily drinkable this beer is. The oak aging does bump up the sweetness, but at the same time seems to take the edge off the hops. Though very sweet, the body is not sticky or chewy and the aftertaste is quite clean with just a touch of sticky bitterness. At 9.5% ABV I had no problem drinking an entire 22oz bottle myself as there wasn’t much alcohol presence of effect (at least not right away). All in all it’s a nice alternative to a barleywine.
AleWife725 (21) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
On cask at Bier Abbey, happy hour with ACBE. Memories flooded back, as this was the first tap we had on at home, multiple years ago. Fruit and flowers on the nose. Wood and flowers on the palate balanced by some piney hops. Very floral finish- wonder if the cask brought that out, tastes very different in the bottle.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was great after a day at BOTW buy more expensive beer and to have this on the deck by the pool after that was great. Bottle pours deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, orange, and light florals. Flavor is much sweeter than I expected with additional notes of peach and pine. Overall body is moderate with heavy sweetness, a moderately bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
BeerFanDan17 (945) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unique flavor and certain oakiness. Medium hop notes and almost a bourbon note or two. Pours lager brown-orange.
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DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $6.50. Tapped from the Stainless Steel Tap Handle w/ a Green Face stating "Oak Aged Unearthly" into a 12oz Pint Glass.
Aroma- Tons of mango, citrus, and fruit hit the nose hard. Then has a strong musty and oak aroma. Nice! Everything VERY strong like I’ve experienced before.
Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a reddish/copper colored body and is semi-clear. Leaves good lacing behind.
Flavor- Tons of American hops start this one off and a kettle corn type of taste. This has to be due to the malt flavor. Very nice! Light Bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hops pucker the mouth. Tons of fruit stay on the palate afterwards.
Overall Impression- Just like the unearthly but experienced a big time Kettle Corn taste the whole time. Would definitely recommend this one! I do like the original Unearthly better but still enjoyed the character and appreciate how different these two are. See for yourself!