RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Ale aged in American Oak ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark ruby red color, roasted malt flavor with apparent bitterness. Finishes with a rich caramel and espresso aroma. AMERICAN OAK IMPRESSIONS: Impressions of vanilla crème, classic crème brûlée and nougat. A little more oak flavor than series one, but with creamy intensity. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with the TO crew. Appearance: Ruby red with a slight white head. Aroma: Cherry, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, alcohol and some nuts. Flavour: Chewy caramel, maple syrup, plums.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2009
How much balls does a southern tier suck if a southern tier could suck balls? I don’t know. I don’t even know what that means. I also don’t know what the brewers were thinking when they made this beer. First of all, what the hell is it? Ale aged in oak? Sounds plain enough but I’m sure the boys at ST will manage to put enough sugar in it to make it cloying and undrinkable. Oops, they did it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Sample at the Southern Tier tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 03/19/09. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Medium, creamy body with a woody character and flavors of malt, vanilla and a bit of tart fruit. The finish is smooth and malty with an oaky aftertaste. Pretty good overall, and defiinitely a step up from the first one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared by David. Thanks, buddy. Deep amber, almost purple pour with a white ring of light yellow head. Old oak nose. Actually grapey on the nose. Like odd grape candy. Odd. Really grew on me, though. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
2009-03-20. Dark amber brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Aroma is mildly alcoholic sweet malt, light woody oak. Flavour is similar, moderate alcoholic, sweet woody malt, dry bitterness in the finish shows the alcohol. (7+) Average palate. Okay. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, Jerc, and Garthicus, at Blankboy’s, courtesy of either Harry or Paul (I forgot to write down who brought what - thanks for sharing guys!). Dark brown, small white head. Sweet boozy aroma. Sweet taste, straightforward strong Belgian territory here. Didn’t get the oak. Good, but I expect a little more from Southern Tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7674) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Sampled at the ST tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.19.09. Clear light brown pour with a medium beige head. Malty and creamy aroma with vanilla and a slight hint of chocolate. Malty caramel aroma with vanilla and a bit of alcohol. Not fantastic, but decent overall and better than series 1.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Poured a clear deep red copper color with creamy medium sized beige head. Poured thick. Sweet and fruity with a fair amount of coconut. Tons of coconut in the flavor. Some vanilla and dark fruit. Light hop finish with a mild taste of alcohol pepper bitterness. Touch of cocoa. Medium to full bodied. Warming in the chest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo. Dark mahogany colour, very slight head, but nice lacing. Seet malty aroma, and flavour. Very nice strong beer, similar to a bock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5707) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap at the Vintage Estates, really nice place. Looks like rootbeer with a really nice creamy head. Smells fairly good. Initial taste is rather rude for a lager lover. Then, it smooths out a bit thru the session. Must be havving an anestetic effect on the buds. Barely any detectable creamy carbonation, palate is overwhelmed by flavors. Medicinal linger, would not buy again.

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