The nose is indeed reminiscent of George T. Stagg, very rich and woody with sweet toffee notes, spice and oak. The palate leads off with sweet candy, then rye spice, oak and a touch of mint with a nice, chewy mouthfeel. The finish is lightly minty. A few drops of water brings out some vanilla and herbal notes.
The nose is rather pleasant with brown sugar and whisps of random notes (apricot and other dried fruits). The palate is oak heavy and has some very off-putting notes. Overall, I didn't enjoy this. [11/24/2013]
n: rich wood and cinnamon, pancake syrup, pecan pie, dark Karo syrup. Wet hay and wet cardboard.
t: hot cinnamon sticks rounded with some tart vanilla cream and biscuit dough. There is a lot of oak on this, but it isn't cohesive and misses other aspects to make this come together. I enjoy the high ABV, but this isn't much more than cinnamon stick and alcohol flavor. Finish is waxy white chocolate and apricots. This release is very oaky but needs more depth for me to rate higher. [B/B-, version 66.05% ABV]