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Schell's Stag Series: Cave Aged Barrel Aged Lager | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Stag Series:  Cave Aged Barrel Aged LagerSchell's Stag Series:  Cave Aged Barrel Aged Lager

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark brown to black in color. Roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toffee, light oak, char and a hint of vanilla. Medium to full bodied with low hop bitterness and a slight caramel sweetness.

Added by jhartley on 01-19-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BikingDutchman:
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours lively brilliant brown and sports a 2” fluffy and clingy cream colored foam collar. It leaves splotchy lace.
S: Exudes ltoast to light roast aromas from at least arms’ length, closer us some biscuit and faint dark sugars emerge. Mostly matnuances, very little hop aromas.
T: Toast and dark malt but nothing harsh or burnt are balanced by a moderate bitterness that merges with lingering dark toffee flavors.
F: Very creamy, soft on the palate with medium body and carbonation.
O: A clean and smooth, yet complex beer, that achieves a balance between malt sugar, toast, hop and alcohol. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Chaz
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark cola brown (black to the naked eye) in color,
topped with a dense, dark tan head. Lacing is excellent, and the two fingered head lasts for several minutes. Makes an excellent initial impression.

The nose is rich, sweet and malty, but there's not as much twang from the barrel treatment as I was expecting - it's definitely not in the same range as strong (American-style) stouts given similar barrel treatments. Yet as I sit here typing this, I can smell that lightly charred, slightly smokey character from eighteen inches away, easily. So whatever style this actually fits into (Dark American Lager? Euro Dark Lager?), it is definitely above average considering that range.

Soft and sweet and rich on the first sip. Coats the tongue from the tip to the back end of the palate, and scrubs gently. Rum barrel, coconut, treacle, and muted dark fruit (raisin) notes. Bang! There's a lightly-bitter aftertaste (not quite bittersweet) and more sweetness here on the finish.

Mouthfeel is incredibly soft, silky-smooth, even. It's like your tongue might feel after being exposed to the typical Minnesota winter windchill for a couple of hours and then wrapped in one of those damned-silly "Snuggy" things you see advertised on late night T.V. commercials, only after first warming it up with a Jack Daniels-fueled hot toddy. Yeah, it's that smooth. It actually reminds me a lot of the first issue in the Stag Series in its softness.

The character of this one is warming and then some, deceptively-drinkable and might just hit you like the stubborn goat of winter, so drink with some caution.

A quick observation as to the style. It's got some of the malt character and depth of a doppelbock, but I know they used "brewers adjuncts" in this recipe to achieve the end result. It makes me wonder: "What if?" they were to bring back one of their doppebocks (original or 150th Anniversary draught recipe) and give it a similar treatment? One can only guess. Their original doppelbock was a brand which saw me through a particularly discontented winter, and the Anniversary batch was only around long enough for me to get a few good, forgotten nights out of it over at Stub's.

In the end I really like this beer -- a lot. I've been in the habit of enjoying the range and (especially) the value of the beers brewed by August Schell for a long time now, and feel pretty dumb rating it too high; I hate being a fanboy, it's one area of any hobby where my 'butthurt' is fully charged, but so be it.

Try as I might, I can't bring myself to ding this beer on very much of anything. They aimed for something fairly interesting -if not downright experimental- with this one, and they reached that goal with aplomb.

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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle a deep, dark brown with a dark tan head.
The aroma is deep and complex. Lots of rich malt, hints of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, even a hint of chocolate and roast coffee.
What a fabulous tasting beer! Deep, complex and rewarding. Plenty of malty goodness -- toffee, caramel, hints of bitter chocolate. Also some dark, fruity flavors of raisin and prune. Subtle notes from the whiskey barrel of vanilla and oak and just a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium with what seems to be the perfect level of carbonation.
One of the best, most interest lagers I've ever tasted. The beer holds up to the barrel and is complimented by the whiskey and wood notes. Superb.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SouthpawBrewer
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warmbier804
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, coffee, nuts, and yeast. Barrel hints of whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Also some sweet hints of molasses and cream. Subtle hints of dark fruit and earthy hops. A really solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a nicely roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with nice notes of chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Barrel presence of whiskey comes through with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Undertones of dark fruit along with some earthy hops and tobacco. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A really good twist on a German style Dark Lager. The Jack barrel adds some nice vanilla and oak notes to a solid malty base. Let this warm to get the full whiskey flavor.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nuebs
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andesite83
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markcp
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown. Black in the glass. Small off white head. Smells nutty and chocolatey with a touch of oak and maybe whiskey if I really convince myself. Unmistakable lager yeast aromas make it a little fruity, maybe? Tastes of bitter chocolate and nutty malts. Some hop bitterness. Bready finish, but very little barrel. Just a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste. Medium heavy. Well carbonated. Unexpectedly good. Barrel is subtle but the base beer is very well made.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tourdot
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djsmith1174
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendrick24
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't a good tasting beer. Very thin feel, very little barrel presence.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a creamy looking moderately light black, with a mocha-colored head, about half an inch, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really nice and luscious, some vanilla and oak, toasted black bread, a bit of nuttiness, some light chocolate, and just a slight twinge of whiskey. Smells awesome.

This is a really tasty, unique, and restrained beer. I sort of expected a barrel-aged beer at 7.7% to kind of just be buried under the barrel, be a complete whiskey bomb or something like that, but this isn't at all. They either had a super deft hand with the creation of this, or it's only partially barrel-aged, or both. There's a nice warm nuttiness, maybe like pecans or something, with some dusty chocolate, some toasty pumperknickel bread, toffee, caramel, some fruity lager yeast esters (only when it warms up), lots of oak, some vanilla, and just the slightest kiss of whiskey.

This is medium bodied, with a very creamy and almost decadent mouthfeel- not thick, but definitely substantial for the ABV here. As it warms, it does feel a little thinner for whatever reason, but that's not a big deal.

This was a really unique and tasty beer. The level of restraint is perfect. Just really well crafted. Cheers Schell's!

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bismarksays
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Schell's Stag Series: Cave Aged Barrel Aged Lager from August Schell Brewing Company
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