JohnnyJ (4673) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at stone sour ale fest. Brown pour. Grain bread, malt, sugar sweetness, lightly earthy. It’s alright, thanks for the taste.
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fairly impressive tan head.
S: The nose is somewhat underwhelming with some light maltiness giving off some caramel sweetness and a bit of bread. Maybe a hint of oak, vanilla, or wine, but not too much going on.
T: A slight tartness to this, which I was definitely not expecting. Just a touch of grape flavor along with some other miscellaneous fruits. Maybe a bit of earthiness, but could just be the wood.
M: The body is definitely on the thin side. I don’t usually think of 5% altbiers going into barrels, so perhaps this was a bit ambitious.
D: I was not very impressed with this beer. It did not have anything that was outright terrible about it, but I did not find anything that kept me interested.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Following weeheavy’s rate. Bottle thanks to someone at sourfest. Pours with a brown body and a tan head. Aroma is aromatic, with brown sugar and a bit of tannic extraction from the grain. Taste is grainy, brown sugar, sweet, honey.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Carlos at Sour Fest 4. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and malty. Taset is quite rich, and well balanced.
arminjewell (7027) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep red with off white head, aroma is complex with some nuts, caramel, touch of berry, and a bit of wine. Taste up front is some caramel, nuts, berry, vinous, with a bit of a flat ending. Good brew, but a bit weak at the end.
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet, lactose oatmeal stoutish aroma. Dark, reddish brown body. Large, lasting frothy off-white head that leaves excellent lace. Initial mouthfeel is remarkably weak. But then I see it’s only 5.1%?!? Easily the lowest alcohol barrel aged beer I’ve ever had. $10.49 for this?!? I love the regular Schmaltz’ Alt. In theory, barrel aging could only improve it, right? No. This just tastes very watered down. Great idea, but like most Schell’s brews, lacking in execution. Very basic and very overpriced.
CanIHave4Beers (3426) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very pretty deep reddish brown with a medium head leaving some lace. The aroma is fruity and earthy with some oaky wood notes. The flavor is fruity at first with some banana and some dark fruit the beer is just mildly roasty and very dry. There are plenty of earthy notes and the red wine character is there, although I don’t know if I would detect it say if the bottle didn’t say "aged in a red wine barrel" This is very tasty none the less.
If anything this rounds Schmaltz Alt out very nicely and drops the metallic note that can sometimes be mildly off putting in a beer I otherwise love.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a small head. Light oak and malty aroma. Bits of caramel. Very vinous flavor. Dry maltiness and some very light soy sauce notes. Not bad. The barrel adds some, but not quite a specific character. Kudos for the effort.
Trev (1968) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark ruby pour with a medium off white head.
aroma is roasted maltiness. Caramel, slightly nutty , some cherry and berry tones from the wine barrel that come on stronger as the brew warms.
Flavour is toffee, some chocolate maltiness, some woodiness and with definite red wine berry presence and light hint of tannins in the finish.
Quite enjoyable. A good start for the Stag Series.
tennisjoel (1185) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brown with a creamy off white head. I don’t pick up the wine barrels in the aroma, however, I consider the nose of regular Schmaltzs Alt to be very pleasing, as is this. I get caramel, strong nutmeg, cola, and nuts. Flavor brings through the wine barrels. Nice presence of berry added to the regular brew. I’ve always been a fan of this beer stripped down. This is nice too, although I don’t think I’ll regularly be buying this based on the price.