damzz (501) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
Slight head that lasted. Needs to be sipped as one would a wine remembering that the bubbles punch up the alcohol effect. malty nose - ah, my wine tasting intrudes. Palate: Roasted malt with caramel and faint hops. Body is full and syrupy. Drink with a friend. Downing a couple of these will put you over the limit on the breathalyser and perhaps lead to memory loss and you do want to remember this brew. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle bought in Wi. last May. Oak aroma and heavy sweet caramel little too much. Dark red body with beige head. Flavor is thick sweet caramel and lots of alcohol presence. Thick bodyie brew. Man been waiting for the series 3 but don’t really know after first two. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Not as good as I would have expected from a very solid brewer.Pours a dark ruby red with an off white head. Nose and taste are of muted malts leaning towards coffee and caramel and oak. User37895 (3042) - - APR 23, 2009
Bottle from SL. The pour was dark copper to brownish, near to nil head and lacing. The aroma was strong oak and vanilla. The flavor followed with some firm oak, vanilla, roasty/ash elements from the barrel presumably, tannins, some caramel and light dark fruity notes in the finish. Body was moderate but a little sticky and undercarbonated. Alcohol was detectable but not harsh. LilBeerDoctor (3931) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor of vanilla, bourbon and sweet oak. Harsh with sharp alcohol notes. Very nasty and much worse than #1. Ugh what an awful beer.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Ballard Market. Bought as a pair with Southern Tier Cuvee Series 1 and I must say it doesn’t hold a candle to the first one. Though I can’t nail the genus exactly, I get some very strong woodsy (pine needle?) flavor. Not at all like the smooth, mellow, barley wine flavor I got from Series 1. Not bad, just... different. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Son of a fucking bitch! Why did I do this to myself again!? Screw you, 75 character limit! beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed dark copper with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left very little lace. There are elements in the aroma I like such as fresh pears, candied orange, and caramel. However, there is also a heavy sweetness reminiscent of overripe/rotting fruit that makes me wary. The flavor leans more on the overripe/rotting fruit sweetness than the aroma along with caramel and some oak. Strong alcohol flavor emerges towards the finish, particularly as the beer warms. I enjoy sweet beers, so that is never a problem for me. This one is just not very good. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
The aroma is quite strong and nice with, toffee, caramel, oak, hops, and fruit. The appearance is dark amber/brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma with an unpleasant metallic quality. The palate is smooth, Overall not bad but it has problems. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle @ Armin’s house. Somewhat cloudy, reddish orange appearance with a small tan head. Somewhat oxidized, toffee, light vanilla, dull flavor hoppy, fairly intense aroma. Fairly boozy, cardboard, plastic, toffee, caramel, bitter floral flavor. Pretty strong.