RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
This might be the most unique barrel aged lager you will find. Brewed like a barley wine but fermented as a lager then aged on fresh wet Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
weissblau (19) - - JAN 23, 2013
Astringent, alcoholic taste and smell. Nice robust hop profile with pine and floral notes. Some caramel notes in the aroma but they are largely overpowered by the hops in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2016
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, raisins, oak, and plum. Flavor of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, caramel, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours a nice deep golden brown color. Aromas of rich dark malts, chocolate, fruit, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is rich with a lot of flavors to be found, chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, coffee, and I swear a hint of licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9923) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
22 oz. bottle purchased at Randalls back in 2011 or so with the regular vintage. The intent was to try them side-by-side sometime in the last five years but it didnt quite work out that way. I finally opened the regular and it had started to oxidize (duh) so I opened this one tonight. Pours a barely cloudy reddish amber with a small off-white head that settles into an uneven, lasting film and ring. The aroma and the flavor are basically identical - brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, pecans, walnuts, toasted oak, dates, earth, and dry leaves. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, toasty mouthfeel. Drinks like a barrel-aged barley wine. Im stunned at how well this has held up. The regular was okay, so I figured this one would be well past its prime. If thats the case, this further cements Shmaltzs reputation as the most overlooked world-class barrel aging program.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2016
(bottle - 22 oz - 2012 vintage) Copper pour with a thin tan head. Incredibly sweet aroma. Lots of malts and vanilla from the barrel. Good hint of the bourbon as well. Flavor is a sweet and bourbon bomb. Tons of sweet and caramel malts and a lot of oak, vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13671) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with paper thin beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, wood, bourbon, vanilla. Thin mouth, boozy, sugar malt, very sweet, wood, nice boozy finish, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Tawny pour. Sizable tan head. Little lacing. Big malty aroma. Notes of chocolate and vanilla. Slightly grainy. Grainy taste, malty, cereal. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
A nice brew, has to be one of shmaltz brewing best beers. Definitely recommended for the flavors and style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11476) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
I love Buffalo Trace bourbon. That should be the whole review, but Ill expand. Didnt know this was aged in BT barrels when i bought it, but damn was i happy about it. the beer exists only to accentuate the awesomeness of buffalo trace. maybe the most bourbon prevelant beer ive had, so a bit of a one trick pony, but damn, was it tasty!"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Big malt aroma with caramel and big tan head. Dark ruby garnet color. Exellent taste of brown sugar and maple syrup and molasses. Great bourbon secondary flavor. Slight alcohol warmth. A superior brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6974) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
22oz bottle obtained from some shop in San Diego and consumed on my hotel balcony, 18th March 2014. Taken with the most expensive Pizza (room service) I have ever had in my life! I really enjoyed this, certainly different and unlike most beers I have drank over the years. Deep, dark ruby red with a full head. Sweet aroma of malt molasses and hints of bourbon from the barreling. The taste is again fairly sweet with various malty flavours to the fore throughout the brew. The alcohol compliments the taste rather than overruling it and the body feel is smooth and rich (for a lager based beer). Overall a very nice night-cap and a fitting end to a great sightseeing/drinking day and evening in San Diego.

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