Lowe1983 (1609) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is pretty strong of citrus hops with some background aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Flavor is citrus hops most of the way through with a finish that has some of the roasted and chocolate malts. Decent dry, bitter finish. sloth (2919) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
Nice head, good retention. An almost black body. Nose is hoppy with pine and citrus and some maltiness. Medium bodied, lightly oily. Decent hop flavors as mentioned before with light roast and chocolate flavors caramel too. Darker malt flavors appear moreso as it warms up. Decent hoppy finish, tad sweet, more bite woulda been nice. Bottle shared by Robert @statelineliquors, thanks bro! bgburdman9 (865) - columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2009
This poured dark brown to black with a small whitish head. Light slightly penetrated the edges of the glass. The aroma that first appeared was of pine and maybe a light citrus aroma. The flavor was pretty hoppy tasting at first too. As it warmed some caramel malt and light chocolatey flavors appeared in this one. The bitterness was very slight i thought but was enough for the beer. It left a little sweetness on the tongue but not cloying. I found this actually quite tasty overall tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
An explosion of hop aroma right out of the bottle, starting with piney, earthy hops, moving into citrus grapefruit hops. an undercurrent of a mettalic smell, leaves, herbs. The appearance is as black as night, medium tan head, some lacing. Up front it has a spicy hops flavor, with chocolate malts coming out toward the middle. Ironically, the finish is a little sweeter than the strat, a residue on the palate of chocolate and grapefruit, and other piney hops. Good medium to thick mouthfeel. Overall: This is a hop bomb. I was pumped to try this, since I love IIPA’s and Brown Ales, but this is neither. I like it, not as much as I thought I would. Still, give ST credit for originality on this one. Overall an enjoyable brew. The alcohol is so well hidden, you could probably tip back a lot of this stuff. dmac (6392) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2009
22 oz bottle that I was excited to find at EZ Liquors since I didn’t even know this one was released yet. Pours a deep dark brwon lifeless body sitting underneath a frothy foamy off white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, metallic notes, mint and some rotting oranges. Flavor starts off with lots of hops then it goes flat in the middle with flavors of stale tobbacco and finishes with some bad chocolate pudding aftertaste. I was hoping for a Stone XI clone but instead got a beer that was barely drinkable. Meh......yuck.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black with a moderate and lingering tan head. Aroma is largely pine hops, with detectable grain and very very slight malt. Taste is roasted malt up front, finishing with a pine hop characteristic and bitterness at the end. I had a bit of a sweet and grainy aftertaste as well. Good stuff. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Well, after having the Cuvee Series #2 last night, Southern Tier redeemed themselves quite well with this beer. Pours black with a moderate tan head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Very strong aroma of pine, pine and more pine. My initial thought when smelling this beer was how excessively bitter this beer was going to be. The truth however, was quite different. The flavor is malt and molasses along with medium pine flavor and only moderate bitterness. Roast and chocolate flavors emerge in the aftertaste. Southern Tier should stick to brewing beers like this and forget about the Cuvee Crap. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
Nice IIPA. I’m a big fan of all STs IIPAs, haven’t had a bad one yet. This is on the hoppier side and oddly not balanced by the malts, just a total hop bomb. The dark flavors make this a pretty harsh one, but if you like your beers big its great. Piney and citrussy, with some choco coffee. AcctError54399 (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Bottle from whole foods. I almost made a mess in both sides of my pants when I saw this.. had no idea this beer existed. Pour is dark brown with off white head... almost unheard of for the style. For style this is a 5/5 no doubt. Nose is ripe pine needles. Taste is difficult to grasp. Definitely loads of spice (like unearthly) and pine. However, coffee, malts and grapefruit are prevalent in the undertones. Beautiful linger of spice and pine on the back of the tongue. Absolutely jaw dropping for 9% and incredibly sessionable. Why is Southern Tier so awesome?? This is Un*Earthly’s evil twin.. dogfish120love (1337) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
Pours black or very deep brown in color with an off white brownish head. Smells of sweet sweet hops with a grapefruit bitterness in the aroma. Very pleasing to the sense of smell. A unique flavoring of cofee, spice along with some of the citrus notes you would expect from an IIPA. However the finish is nothing like an IIPA, no enamal devouring qualities. I really and truely enjoy this, mainly because of its uniqueness.