Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #3 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #3Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #3

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by herman77 on 12-08-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by steveh:
Photo of steveh
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found one of the last 6 packs of this beer at Woodman's Kenosha (it may have been mis-priced). There is absolutely no info about this beer on the label other than a marketing blurb about a "nod to 19th century tradition." Really? A 19th century, 9%, Whiskey barrel-aged Munich Dunkel? And the only place I see it referred to as a Munich Dunkel is here at BA. The Schell's web site and the bottle's label just call it a "lager." Hmm.

Ink-jetting on bottles neck has a date of 03.11.17. Tentatively poured into my short Becher...

L -- Deep, dark black color with a dense, deep tan colored head that is holds up well, but suddenly falls flat. Much too dark all around for a Munich Dunkel.

S -- Peppery alcohol up front followed by vanilla and some mellow dark fruit esters and a toasted bread character with warming -- even some light band-aid character fighting thru.

T -- Harsh alcohol at first swallow -- lightly reminiscent of bourbon, blends into smoother vanilla and milk chocolate notes - even some molasses, but that quickly fades into dark fruit notes and then into an earthy malt note, finishing with dry, peppery alcohol that lingers through the short aftertaste -- a very clean finishing beer, all things considered.

F -- Mouthfeel is syrupy slick with a dry, warming finish. Body is medium-robust.

O -- I scored this against the Munich Dunkel style (of which it's just not), but added overall points for being a very tasty, interesting beer. I'm not sure just what category this beer could be pigeon-holed; it's very reminiscent of a Foreign or Imperial Stout, especially with the barrel-aging character. I could even find a spot in the Eisbock realm for this, and if I were judging this blind in any of those categories I would give it higher marks, but as a Munich Dunkel it's misrepresented.*

*02/28/17 Updated numbers with new categorization. Previous: 2.75, 2.5, 2.75, 2.75, 4.25 - 2.99 OA

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Fucking gold. This beer pours a dark syrupy color with an aroma of Werther's original and sweet oak chips, and tastes like a mix of 1880 old timey sarsaparilla and molasses kissed with a pinch of brown sugar and angel glitter. The feel is sappy like a tree freshly tapped and it finishes with a robust rootiness only rivaled by root beer barrels from a small town hardware store. It's simply the best lager you can find.

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Photo of BWood
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: typical dark black with khaki head.

S: butterscotch to me. Some molasses. Really nice. .

T: butterscotch and chocolate. Slight barrel. Really a interesting beer. I don't think I've come across something like this.

F: very creamy and smooth. Flavor hits mid tongue area and stays around for a while.

O: I'm a fan. Got this as a extra in a trade. Never heard of this brewery before. But with this as a showing of their beers I would be happy to grab some more. Interesting flavors here. It could have been a hot mess but it really came together well. Thank you @ECOBOOSTINST for the beer.

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Photo of MrUse
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise! Picked up a 12-ounce single of this on a whim. Nice aroma of the whiskey (?) barrel upon opening, and it gets better from there. Pours a cola colored deep caramel, lots of tan head and sticky lacing. Barrel forward aroma and flavor, with some dark toffee sweetness and alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel, clean finish. This is an exceptional beer, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark black/brown. Smell is ashy, and sweet molasses, brown sugar. Taste follows the smell but it's lighter and not as cloying as the nose would make you think, some barrel presence. Porter like qualities. Very enjoyable and unique beer.

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Photo of MNAle
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby, nearly black, with a ½ inch tan head, receding fairly quickly leaving little lacing. Sweet raisin / dark fruit aroma with wine and definite hints of the wood. Medium creamy feel. Initial taste follows the aroma, sweet fruits - raisins or plums, but with obvious wine flavor. Very nice. This tastes like a fine wine masquerading as a beer. The middle is mild - no hops bittering noticeable early, with some nice warming alcohol present both in the middle and the finish. A mild bittering presents in the late middle and finish. I bought the last 6 pack in the store. A shame; I would buy much more of this if it were available. I'll be carefully savoring my remaining bottles.

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Photo of CCutch
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola color with a thin off white head . Smells of molasses ,roasted malt and vanilla . Taste follows the nose with the addition of char and whisky notes and dark fruit. the moth feel is some what tart with a fruity slight off putting taste . like the stag series much better than this version.

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Photo of JMN44
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rebrown221
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

August Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel Aged no. 3 pours a dark brown color. The head is a half in of foam that recedes rather quickly, but that is to be expected with a barrel aged beer. The aroma is of one big freshly made salted caramel. The taste is similar. Neither the aroma or the taste are too complex. In fact, they are quite one dimensional, but they do that dimension so well that they beer is quite interesting for a malt lover. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and mild carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice beer that I wish was more plentiful on store shelves.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josephwa
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ta_hagen
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far this winter, this is my favorite winter beer. Huge nose of whiskey and oak presence. Caramel and chocolate malts. I am not a big bourbon barrel guy, but this beer has opened the gateway to me trying more of them. This beer is very unique as it's hard to compare this beer to another. You can say the word creamy, and you think that might turn people off from this beer, but it's a creamy that keeps you intrigued with it. Oaky, slight molasses and the whisky flavor flow or gel together so nice. ABV 7.8% is masked well and goes down dangerously. Bowing down to this one guys, very limited and hard to get. Thank you Schell's, please keep brewing this one for years to come.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep dark color with a quickly dissipating head.
The aroma is a harsh booziness, vanilla, dark fruit, rich sweet malts, and molasses.
It's harsh on the swallow, it's overly sweet with a spicy alcohol and some butterscotch and dark rich malts.
Overall it's not for me, I'm not really enjoying this one.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it's dark. just a touch of a head and a couple of soapy bubbles left on the side of the glass.

barrel is prevalent in the nose and the taste, with a bit of spice at the end. oddly reminds me of a moxie, or gentian in general. mouth is creamy without a lot of carbonation.


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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a vertical with all 4 and #3 was the best (7/2018). Rounded out well. Chocolate and cocoa. Rich with a nice barrel flavor. Caramel and vanilla sweetness. Really well done.

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Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #3 from August Schell Brewing Company
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