This was the second brew that I had at Maloney’s. Since Katie was nice enough to drive, I could push the envelope with the ABV of the brews that I was having. Southern Tier seems to be a brewery that I tend to ignore, for reasons unknown. They have beers that are pretty unique and imaginative, but I never get them. It could be as a result of a lot of their beers being in bombers, but I’m definitely going to make an attempt to try some more of them if I can…so time for some Imperial IPA goodness.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with an aggressive offering. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste of this oak aged brew into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.”
Random: I was surprised that this brew was served in a full pint glass. After looking at some other beer sites, it is recommended that this brew is served in a snifter or tulip. Oh well.
This brew poured with almost no head when served to me. That surprised me because I usually see a decent head on beers of this style. My guess is that it wasn’t a great pour. What little head was there was pure white, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light brown with moderate, visible carbonation. The nose was very subtle…odd for an oak aged beer. I got pine and some malt, not much else. Then, I got to the taste. Whatever was missing in the nose was totally made up for in the taste. The oak was up front on the sip. It was silky with a bit of bourbon and smoke flavors. The hops were not all that intense and quickly balanced by the caramel malt. The body was on the thicker side with low carbonation. Damn, this beer was on point. I tend to love anything oak aged and this one really delivered. The booze was relatively well hidden with a long oakey finish. Wow, I’m in love. Unfortunately, Katie disagreed. I gave her a sip of this and she made another horrible face. Apparently I should just stick to letting her try fruit beers.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0