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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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In a nod to our 19th Century brewing traditions, this limited edition beer was barrel aged and naturally cooled in historic ice caves located deep below our 1860s brewery.

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3.4
AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2017
12oz bottle from Ray's in Tosa. 3/11/17 bottle date. Mis-thought it was a sour. Pours a very dark brown with a beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma has brown sugar, sweet malts, oak, dark fruits, something a bit oxidized and some cedar wood. Taste is of sweet caramel and burnt brown sugar malts, some oak, some berries. Medium bodied, the blend is ok, and there is some alcohol presence. Finishes quite sweet; malty, brown sugary and with berries. Shrug? Certainly not a standard schwarzbier, but too sweet and has something a bit off. 13.1

3.5
phoner2 (46) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2017
oak, raisins, malt, hint of sweet I like it but it's a bit too fusal, lots of molasses and whisky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
MNAle (228) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2017
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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islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2017
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-31-16. Labeled “031117,” presumably a best-by date. Pours medium to dark brown with a small to moderate amount of taupe head. Sweet, tangy aroma. Scents of American chocolate and slightly spoiled milk. Sweet and lightly roasted flavor. Dark caramel. Sweeter than ideal for me. Nice, barreled finish. Medium to full body. Lively in the palate. Reasonably crisp. Good but heavy palate effects. Seems to accomplish its goal reasonably well but not particularly enjoyable.

3.7
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark cola brown colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of oak, vanilla, a hint of chocolate malt, brown sugar and a hint of bourbon. Taste is medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar, bourbon, some toffee and chocolate. Finish is semi-sweet, more bourbon and toffee notes in the aftertaste. More of a schwarzbier than a vienna lager. A touch lighter in body than the Stag Series #9 but definitely more malt flavors.

3.9
Obfuscate (599) - Minneapolis, - JAN 1, 2017
Dark burnt looking color. Some molasses or something, oak and spice on the nose. Slightly boozy. Big oak and burnt wood with a sweet finish. I think it’s pretty good? lol . Unlike any Vienna I’ve had. Worth a try but if you want a good Vienna their Firebrick is fantastic for the style.

3.6
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Dark brown color with a hint of ruby when flashlight tested. Small stable light tan head. Aromas of light sugars (brown and toffee), oak and cedar wood and touch of Irish whiskey. Big sweet start, with some butterscotch and toffee. Middle has some oak and Irish Whiskey notes. As it warms the whiskey notes get stronger. The feel is fairly thick and somewhat oily. I’d like try it with out the barrel aging. Minor flaws, but still quite tasty.

3.6
JK (6295) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Black beer, carbonation is very low. Aroma has oak, bourbon, some vanilla. Flavor is sweet with lots of whiskey, some oak here as well, and a lot of malt sweetness. Thick palate. Despite my general dislike of bourbon aged beers, this one is good. I am sure the abv is on the high side, and while it might be hard to shoehorn into an existing style, it is not similar to a Vienna at all, but more like a stout.

2.4
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2016
355ml bottle. Dark brown pour, tan head, this is not an amber lager. Aroma is autolyzed yeast and berries. Flavor is caramel and berries, some whiskey and booze. Meh.

3.3
CanIHave4Beers (4226) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Schell Cave Aged Barrel Aged Series #3 Bottle, in an undisclosed location
Pours very dark, basically black with a medium sized head.

The aroma is odd, very odd like some kind of burnt sugar and a little butterscotch. Earthy & a little roasty with some mild oak 4

The flavor is fairly sweet & very rich with lots of roast, caramel, whiskey & oak. It has a bit of the butterscotch but not like the aroma.


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