HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2009
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark copper with a thin, off white head. Aroma was dark, burnt sugar to start. Also some caramel malt. Some hops came out as it warmed. Rich, full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of malt, but not overly sweet. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness that shows up in the finish. The oak was very subtle to me. I would have like a bit more wood flavor. The base beer was pretty nice, but I expected a little more for the money. nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle pouts a ref brown small cream head. Smells tastes of caramel oak sweet vinillia coconut Booze. Really nice beer one of the best I’ve had in some time nice crisp finish bit of tingle on tongue. msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Deep red copper pour with a small white head. Nose is of malts and some light oak notes. Taste is very vanilla note along with some caramel notes as well. QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Nice oak aged aroma. Dark amber color but not much suds. Nice and smooth on the palate. This was cellared for a while and I think it helped. Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Picked this one up at Vintage Estate in Boardman, OH. Southern Tier and I have a love hate relationship..I love choklat and Javah, not a fan of really anything else I have had.
Look is quite interesting, the closest comparison I could make is coffee bender. A creme soda like color, completely clear brown with a really quite remarkable head of cream colored foam that leaves a thick coating of lace.
Scent is caramel and fruit. Very light woodiness. Smells extremely sweet, I must be insane, but I get pineapple from the scent. This isn’t bad, just odd.
Taste reels it in a bit to bring this into more familiar territory. This is certainly not classifiable, and I am getting some major complexities. Started off creamy and stoutlike, ending on a very thick almost cask conditioned feel and hints of not just dark fruits. Very good.
I am a sucker for thick body and low carbonation. This has it all right.
Overall, this is almost impossible to compare to another beer and gives me some more hope for ST in general. Looking forward to trying the other two in the Cuvee series.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2010
22 oz. bomber from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours a deep, rich amber. The nose has strong notes of oak and lots of vanilla, caramel. The flavor is sweet with a lot of candy bar flavors up front. A nice hoppy bitter finish rounds it out nicely. Good stuff. IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Quite a bit of sweetness, compact flavor. Caramel malt, some hop favor. Has all the makings of a good beer but is a bit round. Slubgob (329) - West Hartford, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bomber into wine glass. Red mahogany color (very petty!) Scant cream head. Oak, light brown sugar, cherry cola nose. In the mouth, cola sweetness continues. Cherry villa aged in oak? Not sticky sweet, so it’s not bad. Not a profile I’d usual go for, but it works. Not a lot of hops, manages to avoid a sticky finish and is pretty clean. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Beautiful pour, of course it is. I’m really enchanted by this excellent Rastal Brooklyn snifter. Marzipan, cinnamon, vanilla pod, and yes creme brulee on the nose. The malt is huge and is a dead ringer for anything sweet put to the broiler, or torch depending on your commitment to tradition. Nougat, absolutely, toasted almonds and coconut milk. All of the nose enters the mouth in a very timid fashion. While a subtle arrival can lead to suprises, this beer holds to it’s code. Booze is very well balanced with a mass of malt that dries in a very whiskey like fashion, think Ireland. Only on the finish does the strength of this beer speak, a warming nudge of alcohol dries out the palate. Oak notes resonate in the finish, no hops to speak of. Seems to be a little superficial which (and I’m not accusing or generalizing) seems to be a signature for the brewery. This beer is very enjoyable although probably a few points higher in abv. than necessary. Built for later adventures, cellar this guy. Points given. 89 drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Cuvee 2 pours a dark brown color with ruby red highlights. A good amount of head is poured but quickly fizzes. A very thin layer of head is left. The aroma on this beer is decent and really had me hoping this one was better then the first. Lovely smell of wood hits the nostrils first. A good amount of caramel and vanilla follow that up.
The taste is slightly boozy but not as bad as I thought it would be. This beer is definitely a malt bomb. Looking for any kind of hops in this beer, just don’t bother. The caramel is mixed in nicely with the oak flavors. I also picked up a good amount of dark fruits and vanilla. This brew has many characteristics of a Barleywine. What I didn’t like was the bitterness it gave off. It didn’t taste like the usual bitterness that is given off by a ton of hops but something different. Something I just couldn’t get into.
The mouthfeel is smooth and big. Goes down really nice.