RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
(a blend of Series 1 & 2) ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark amber color, rich caramel malt flavor with noticeable bitterness. Slightly sweet and roasty finish, with mild hop aroma. OAK IMPRESSIONS: Flavors of French and American oak imparting unique qualities present in series one and two. Impressions of vanilla, toasted coconut and almond. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle

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jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Copper-caramel with modest tan head (oak-aged) / Sweet nose of caramel, cooked citrus, pine, oak / Full, chewy, very sweet and syrupy, with lots of hops which ultimately can’t stand up to the sugar onslaught, and similar for the bitterness on the finish / Sweet flavors of caramel, spun sugar, cooked orange peel, pine, coconut, and oak / Very clumsy. Poured out the rest.

nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
22oz bomber at DC tasting courtesy of argoO! Sticky and sweet. Orange-tan. Sugary and sweet as per ST. Big time oaky tones. Quite smooth and drinkable, especially for the ABV. Tons of oak, without any fuesal alcohol burn. Drinkable, flavorful, asskicker. Lots of residual sugar, but still world class.

Strykzone (7360) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown and hazed. A really sweet brown sugar nose. The flavor is just and sweet. Dry bitterness. Chewey dark fruit. Some interesting spices. A dry fruity finish.

Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with a slight, light tan head. The nose reminds me of an oaky barley wine. Some toffee and dried fruits. The flavor is cloyingly sweet with slight metallic notes and sickly brown sugar sweetness. This brew is absolutely disgusting. It’s like drinking a fruity, metallic cup full of simple syrup. Total drain pour.

thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy medium sized tan colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated transparent beautiful red brown colored body. The aroma was candy malty red apple and vinegar. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of mild hops wonderful candy and malt. A wonderful best in class brew.

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
26th February 2011
Bright clear red - amber beer. Tidy cream coloured head. An attractive beer! Mild vanilla wood nose. Slightly soft palate. Sweetish dried fruits but with cherry and strawberry. Mild licorice spice. All of this encased in a mild vanilla oak backdrop. Finishes semi dry. Best of the Cuvee series and another cracker from Southern Tier.

djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear copper with a small white head that quickly dimninishes to nothing. The aroma is vanilla oak and hop. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet vanilla malt and light roast in the finish. Easy to drink hiding alcohol well. Really enjoyed this American strong ale from Southern Tier.

Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Strong okay sappy, burnt caramel aroma. Color is deep red, like a red wine. Taste is almost viscioisly sweet. Raisins, caramel, flan, rum. Incredibly sweet, almost like the syrups that are used for soda fountains. Might be hard to finish my glass, we’ll see.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
22oz bottle from my sister-in-law, thanks Alyssa! Pours a cloudy, amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and nutty with lots of rich caramel and toffee. Some vanilla, light wood notes, faded citruses, berry dark fruits, touches of toast, and brown sugar. Flavor is very sweet up front with lots of sugary caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some toast in the middle as the initial caramel sweetness turns to richness. Light vanilla notes, oak, faded citruses, and berry dark fruits. Finishes with a sugary, cookie malt sweetness and a lightly spiced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, sticky body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this was alright, but it was pretty sweet and a bit cloying. Series 1 and 2 were sweet, but this one wasn’t as balanced as the previous two. More fruit notes and not as much oak or vanilla. Okay.

jbruner (4742) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Obviously at this point the beer has been aged a bit, considering there was only a single run. Pours a hazy reddish-brown from the bomber with thin off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sweetness from the oak, light smoky and roasted malts, and boozy back end. Taste is like wine, fruity and sweet, with good burn from the booze on the way down. Intetesting, good, gets a good buzz going.

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