Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #4 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #4Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #4

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In a nod to our 19th century brewing traditions, this limited edition beer was barrel-aged and naturally cooled in our historic ice caves located deep below our 1860s brewery. Before the days of refrigeration, our caves were used to keep the beer cool during the lagering process and today they still can serve that same purpose! Number 4 in the series, this batch was aged in bourbon barrels from Four Roses distillery and has hints of sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla.

Added by mothman on 11-02-2017

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MykeJ
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer with two fingers of creamy tan/khaki colored head. The beer itself is a dark-very dark brown.
The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, oak and barrel are very present.
The taste is very much the same. A nice bourbon with sweetness. Caramel, vanilla. Barrel is balanced but with a good presence.
Feeling is dry, leaves almost as quickly as it enters while the taste stays.
Overall, I didn't know what to expect from this but it ended up being a treat.

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Photo of Ri0
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.Pours a deep brown/black with a 2 finger tan head. Head doesn't last long and forms a thin ring around the glass with some lacing around the glass. Soft and sweet whiskey smell, with oak, vanilla and some chocolate, great aroma The taste is a nice vanilla and bourbon flavor. I get oak and some bitter chocolate with sweet and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, but it is creamy and rich. Carbonation is soft and spot on. A delicious and tasty Baltic Porter with good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Really glad I picked one up!

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Photo of loganburgh
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is rich cocoa powder, light milk chocolate, raisins, toasted grain, a bit of whiskey heat and oak. Flavour is dark fruit, cocoa, milk chocolate with a bit of whiskey heat, nice complexity with the bourbon and vanillin. A bit of caramel also. Really nice complexity, balance and integration. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, substantial with a lot of depth, mild earthy and oaky bitterness on the backend, easy to drink nonetheless. It's not a viscous motor oil beer, but plenty of body to it. A surprisingly tasty barrel-aged Baltic Porter that belies the low sticker price for it.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mdog
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear dark brown, big light brown head.

Smell: Very nice chocolate/vanilla barrel smell.

Taste: Sweet, chocolate first, then a woody note. A little touch of fruit. Mixed and interesting flavors.

Overall: Very nice barrel aged beer where the barrel and base beer play well together. The barrel contributes flavor without overwhelming everything. Interesting fruitiness comes through too.

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Photo of ZAP
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L-Dark brown...nice creamy chocolate head.

S-Oak, vanilla, bourbon...dark fruits ...berries..plums...

T-Caramel/nougat maltiness...oak, bourbon, licorice, dark fruits..

F-Full bodied and a little hot.

O-The first time I drank this I thought it was incredible. The more I've had the more I am finding it a bit hot and sharp. Still, loaded with flavor and it is 10.5% so it's not like the heat is unexpected.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate pour with a creamy, frothy head of 1/2 finger.

Rich aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, leather, and hints of sarsaparilla. Smells like a damn top shelf barrel aged stout.

Flavor starts out with coffee bean, ash, earth, and bitter chocolate - this makes up 90% of the flavor. The end brings in some calm sarsaparilla, hints of molasses and vanilla, and a decadent finish of smooth dark chocolate. Still the ash remains. The beer is simply incredible, but the only personal problem I have is that I'm not a fan of Baltic Porters. Especially ashy ones. Still, the barrel flavors are impressive even if the Baltic flavors get in the way a bit.

Feel is light-plus to start, and brings in some creaminess, leading to a carbonated and roasty finish.

Overall, Schell makes outstanding barrel aged beers. I wish this year's cave aged would have been a Doppelbock like last year, which made my eyes pop out of my head. I'll look forward to next year's...maybe it will be a stout? I guess we will see!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cave-Aged Barrel Aged Pours a black color, with a huge tan, laving head. Big doughy aroma, reminds me of a soft pretzel. Flavor, with full, sweet, with wood flavors, and hints of salt and a sharp finish. Great body and feel. Overall, a top notch Baltic porter, sweet and salty and full of flavor.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sent to me from a good dude in Iowa.
After checking out projected ABV, I ignored my lager glass and opted for my snifter as I see this was barrel aged as well.
The appearance was a nice looking for dark brown color in the pour and looked closer to black when held up to the light in the glass. Just a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off immediately.
The aroma preached of a fine blend of rich sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, light vanilla, woody/barrel spice, then the woody/barrel sweetness, sly earthiness, dark fruits and ended with some bourbon sweetness.
The flavor took the sweetness meshing from the bourbon and milk chocolate and moved into the dark chocolate bitterness (which was exceptionally light). Barrel spices started to overtake as it continued to warm. I went looking for the "lager yeastiness" but seemed to have never found it, I'm not disappointed, but I'm wondering if the bourbon barrel may have hidden it. Light bourbon to rich milk chocolate and vanilla aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality behind it. Bourbon character showing some strength but not becoming distracting. It's a nice "mobile to smooth" heat that I liked. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt close as projected by the brewer.
Overall, a very nice Baltic Porter that I may have liked a bit more for me, but I was hoping for some of that "lager yeast" to show up. Still, it's quite good and would recommend.

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Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjb27
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNAle
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, licorice. Tall tan head, receding fairly quickly to a spotty cap and ring, leaving sticky, stringy lacing. Completely black color reveals itself to be a deep ruby with a back-light. No visible carbonation. Body is smooth. Rich flavors on a substantial malt body. Flavors as in the aroma: bourbon, vanilla, licorice, with hints of chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but even so, it goes down very easily. Very well done. Needs to be consumed as a slow sipping beer, but as pleasant and smooth as this is, this takes discipline.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big tan head that eventually settles. Dark brown black color.

Big anise/black licorice and molasses flavor. Dark fruits like plums and red apple skins. Caramel, cocoa, and toffee. Very malty. Medium to full bodied for a lager. Bourbon and oak with a hint of vanilla. A bit of roasted malts.

Definitely another winner in the series. Extremely drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of garymuchow
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm a little surprised this is a Baltic Porter and that it's as big as listed. As it doesn't taste or drink that big.
There is a great vanilla and bourbon to both the aroma and flavor. A smooth clean malt flavor is the base and solid background. Bits of coffee and toffee and maybe in a little chocolate and licorice in the taste.
Really smooth with a great clean lager feel. Hints of dryness on the finish but short lived with the sweetness of the drink cutting the dryness short.
Nice dark color with solid reds in the dark browns. Rather short lived head.
This is dangerous as it drinks quite easily for it's size. I like it a lot.

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Schell's Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged Series #4 from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 27 ratings