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This is as dark as a buffalo's mane and as fiery as its breath. I would say prepare to tangle with the buffalo's horns, but more appropriately this Stagg's antlers are a dangerous set. You will be amazed by how smooth 70+ percent alcohol can be, and then it will bury an antler in your throat. Do not get too comfortable, in other words, or you will end up like a tourist in Yellowstone who thought it would be nice to have a picture petting a bison. Give this beast respect. Try it neat if you dare, but have some water on standby (and the medics, too). There is such a conflagration of flavors, depth, and body that you have the sensation that much is going beyond your palate---like high pitched noises that only dogs can hear. This will definitely have you howling. As I write this, I feel its hooves thundering through my veins. Imagine the big bang distilled into bourbon and you will have a sense for the Stagg's magnitude and sheer force. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, black cherry, cola, cocoa, coffee, all spice, leather, and all on fire. It does not really get any better than this. This is gargantuan, blazing with spice and body, yes, but it is like a buffalo with silken hairs. How can you make something so hot so smooth? Bravo!