Schell Stag Series #9 - Cave Aged Barrel Aged Lager

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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In a nod to our 19th century brewing traditions, Stag #9 is a dark lager aged in American whiskey barrels stored in the brewery’s original, underground lagering caves. Located below the historic brewery, the naturally cooled caverns were originally constructed in the 1860’s to facilitate brewing in an era that predated electrical refrigeration. This specialty cave-aged, barrel-aged lager was created as the ninth installment in Schell’s Stag Series, – a collection of innovative and experimental, limited-edition brews released periodically throughout the year. Dark brown to black in color, the beer has roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toffee, light oak, char and a hint of vanilla.

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3.8
ctipping (2252) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown. Black in the glass. Small off white head. Smells nutty and chocolatey with a touch of oak and maybe whiskey if I really convince myself. Unmistakable lager yeast aromas make it a little fruity, maybe? Tastes of bitter chocolate and nutty malts. Some hop bitterness. Bready finish, but very little barrel. Just a bit of whiskey in the aftertaste. Medium heavy. Well carbonated. Unexpectedly good. Barrel is subtle but the base beer is very well made.

3.7
JK (6332) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle. I like this more than I did a few months ago. The whiskey flavor has mellowed. It is very dark brown for a lager, some red. Aroma has whiskey and malt. Flavor is medium sweet, and I taste the toffee in this beer, especially as it warms. Palate seems heavy for a lager. good beer.

3.8
nealblind (1979) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Red brown pour light cream foam. Aroma brown sugar, tangy, slight whiskey. Tastes toffee caramel coffee. tonnes of flavor for a lager, but still light.

3.7
ChrisSc (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.

Pours very dark in color. Small white head.

Aroma is sweet and dark. Chocolate, coffee, a little nutty.

Taste is sweet with a chocolatey bitterness.

Body is rich and full. Smooth texture. Long finish.

3.6
mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Picked up a six pack of these beers. First lager that’s been barrel aged for me. Thin but still good for the style I guess.

3.6
islay (3052) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2015
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-7-15. Nice, dark lager aroma. Smells substantial but lean. Scents of roasted malts and carmelization. Subdued but likable smell. Pours dark brown with a moderate amount of taupe head. Slight reddish hue. Pretty good lacing. Looks good. Very nice, unusual, malty flavor. Tastes like very well done (in terms of cooking) caramel. Flavors of freshly baked pumpernickel bread and bread dough. I definitely get a whiskey-like flavor element from the barrel. Tasty and different. Medium body but full for a lager. Frothy in the palate. Not as crisp as I would like a lager to be. Overall, this beer is quite well made. The taste does get a little tiresome after a while. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting and likable beer.

3.9
BVery (11395) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. This is very, very well made. Dark dense pour. Rich yet clean aroma and taste - mild toffee, maybe a hint of peat, hint of chocolate. Everything in balance, nothing muddled whatsoever - really, this is great.

3.7
CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2015
On draught

Pours basically black with a big head ad lots of lacing on the glass.



The aroma is nicely roasty, rich, and has plenty of wood character. There are mild notes of licorice. It’s sweet smelling, but hot horribly so.



The flavor is nicely roasty & woody with some vanilla and mild sweetness. The barrel characteristic is pleasantly reserved but certainly noticeable. The beer has some light fruitiness, cherry most specifically.



A fun one.

3.7
wlajwl (7130) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Aroma is fruit, malts and vanilla. The flavor is fruit, vanilla, malts and a mildly sweet/warming finish.

3.5
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, slight whiskey into some vanilla, dark coffee, some spice. Taste was a mix of dark chocolate, roast, nice vanilla into a bit of whiskey, hints of earth, some slight oak, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Pretty tasty.


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