Stout - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hardy008 on 03-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BigRedN:
Photo of BigRedN
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is very dark brown, approaching black in color. Pour produces a light brown head, nearing 1 inch in height. Head lingers before facing to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Typical stout aromas; roasted malts with a light chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste: Nicely malted brew. Roasted malts, a chocolate expresso flavor. Not sweet malt, slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a light natural carbonation. Starts out going down smooth with a slightly prickly dry finish.

Drinkability: Purchased a six pack on trip to Iowa. Surprisingly, I had not noticed this particular Schell's beer in NE. A decent stout, one that I would purchase again in winter if I saw it locally for the price I paid ($5.99).

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a little late in the season to try this beer but it was part of the mixed six pack I bought over the weekend in MI.Poured a a jet black with a large two finger craterous mocha colored head leaving spotty lace behind as it settled.Roasty with a drying earthy presence in the nose with lighter tones of unsweetened chocolate and nut.The bottle says a sweet stout but I find it to be quite dry and roasty with big earthy notes and underlying chocolate and dark fruit in the finish.Goes down very easy maybe to easy,a decent English style stout here.

Ok as I drank more and it came to room temp the sweetness and raisiny flavors came out to make for a sweeter but balanced stout,much better.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark, opaque brown with thin tan head.

Smell: Both sweet and dry roasted barley, with some coffee, chocolate and English hops.

Taste: Somewhat sweet roasted barley, chocolate, light coffee, caramel and dark fruits. A slight touch of English hops pops up toward the end of each sip. Overall, mild but quite pleasant.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat smooth but slightly thin.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, unassuming English Stout - nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is an inky brown-black with no noticeable hues if you hold it up to the light. A frothy brown head lingers for a considerable time then dissipates. Aroma is of toast, smoke, dark roasted malts and an unusual flowery hop. Campfire smoke and roasted dark malts hit you up front in the taste with that same flowery hop lingering around as well as hints of chocolate and toast. Fairly restrained hop bitterness, could use a bit more to balance some of the sweetness. Medium full mouthfeel carries these nice flavors with a slightly sweet finish. Carbonation is spot-on for an English stout which is restrained. Overall, a nice example of English stout leaning towards Scottish roots with some of the smokiness and restrained hops. This is a brew to discuss over its complexity. Thanks Schell's!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see the deer antler tap handle of an August Schell beer in the Burgh, this may be the first I ever recall seeing. I've been drinking the bottles since Vecenie has been carrying them, but this is was the first draft I've seen at Bocktown. Appears pitch black with ruby highlights and a massive mocha tan head. Aromatics fill my senses with dark coffee and roasted malts give a bit of chocolate off as well. Herbal earthy hops fill the back end up and a nice air of underlying fruitiness works it's magic as well. Such a nice mix of flavors going on here. A solid classic stout, I'm surprised this brew doesn't get more love. Big roasted malt layers of chocolate with mild roasted coffee bitterness, again deep plum or raisin note peeks through and some earthy herbal hop doses come through just for some balance. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, carbonation was moderate. Drinkability solid glad I tried the August Schell brew, I hope to see more of their beers on tap in the Burgh.

Photo of umtox
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a big caramel head.

aroma is of toasted malt and molasses. Very faint.

Taste is complex with many revealing flavors - including burnt caramel, nuts, and charred malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth, developing dryness.

Highly drinkable. A tasty session stout.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I love the old school label and six pack designs.

Inky black bodied with a thin skimming of tan.
Cocoa and anise are the major players, aroma-wise, and possibly the only players, save for a fleeting roasted graininess.
It enters the mouth with a black-liquorice-stained, roasted grain notion. Grain drops out, liquorice stays and is joined with lactose heavy milk chocolate, and a dab of molasses for good measure. It rides this flavor profile for a long time, but a few blades of grassy hops give it some bittering balance around the finish.
Full bodied, on the large and thick side for the style (and the ABV), with a silky, low-carbonated texture. It's hearty, but delicious and thoroughly sessionable. It's a spot on sweet English-styled stout, which I appreciate more given the style's relative rarity. A little weird coming from Schell's, but now I understand why it's entered heavy rotation in their portfolio. Good stuff.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce dark bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very deep brown color, almost black. A nice foamy/creamy tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind.

Smell - Smells smoky with faint hints of root beer and black licorice.

Taste - Up front there is a dark malt flavor, followed by hints of black licorice and burnt caramel.

Mouth Feel - Slippery with light carbonation, and fairly light and thin for such a hearty tasting brew.

Drinkability - Very tasty. I still prefer a nitro-tap Guinness, but this isn't a horrible American interpretation of a dry stout.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! I was quite surprised when I poured this out and found it to be dark as coal! The body is almost black but still retains some brown to it, and the head is a creamy deep-oak. Head retention could be better, and the lacing is only average.

The nose is lightly roasty with a nutty edge.

In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous side, and it foams as it warms to become pillowy soft (but it's more of a polyester, than cottony or down pillow).

The flavor expresses a combination of rich, roasty coffee; deeply caramelized, almost burnt sugar; and soft milk chocolate at the outset. As it warms, more cocoa and light caramel flavors appear. There's an honest smear of milk chocolate across the middle; and a smattering of grassy, leafy, and floral hops appear towards the finish. It ends up dry and just slightly acidic from the dark malts, with a crisp crust of burnt sugar left behind. The restrained bitterness is perfect given the dark malt acidity and bitterness, and I found this very nicely balanced and drinkable. Very well done and well worth trying.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princetons in Maple Grove. Poured pitch black with a tall tan head. There's a big toasty aroma with toffee covered chocolate. The burnt edge is softened with the sweet cocoa. There's a mild hop finish to balance out the thick body. Overall, a fine, balanced example of the style.

Photo of hodgsongreg
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great stout!

I poured this from a bottle to a glass where very little, but very thick head (that's what she said) formed. I held the glass between my eye and the sun and no light passed through, stout, indeed! It smells like a chocolate coffee roast, with a touch of sweet raisin. The taste matches the smell. The first taste is chocolate and the residual is coffee. Delicious! There is more carbonation than I am used to from a stout, but the bite is refreshing and by no means ruins the taste. I could have several of these in a sitting, but I like to keep them around to enjoy the whole week.

Great work, Schell's!

Photo of Infamous7100
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark as night, thin,tan head. Minimal to no lacing.
S: smokey, malty and hints of chocolate.
T: sweet at the start but fades into some dark chocolate bitterness and a hoppier than expected finish. The smoke is there at the end as well.
M: slighty syrupy, medium body. High carbonation which surprised me. Bitter finish.
O: made to drink in large quantities. Not going to win any awards, but it's a good value and perhaps a decent intro for newbies to the style.

Photo of beveritt
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts what I assume is the Schell brewery covered in snow. Described as a London-style sweet stout.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch tan head that settles to a very thin coating of foam. The beer itself is almost black, ruby red around the edges. Some lacing.

Smell: Initial aroma is a mix of lactose sweetness with roasted barley bitterness.

Taste: Sweet, milky malt upfront, with a medium level of roasted barley bitterness following. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to lower than average carboantion level. Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability: Another good one from Schell. Flavoful with out being too overwhelming or having too high of an ABV.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black - simple as that! A light brown head that fizzles, then settles into a decent ring. Huge roasty malts, cola and traces of dark roasted coffee beans on the nose. Light caramel and sugary malts appear in the front; a bit of burnt coffee beans as well. Thick and creamy malts form the body; espresso like flavors dominate. Just a touch of hops and vanilla flavorings. Becomes sweet and mildly carbonated. Turns a bit milky-sweet with traces of black licorise. Clean and mild finish, probably the best Snow Storm offering from Schell; a style that changes each year--they hit the target this year! Well worth the effort here.

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one inch tan head that had decent retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is mainly the roasted malt. Some smoke and flowers linger in the background.

Nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of smoke and floral hops complete this pleasing flavor profile. Leaves just a hint of charred bitterness on the finish.

Low carbonation and a creamy texture adds to the enjoyment.

Overall a very flavorful stout. A nice venture outside the German style beer world for Schell's.

Photo of calise1122
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came as an extra in a trade... It slips my mind who sent it, but thanks for the local stout! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass while Wilson Picket "Brings it all Back Home to Me" on Pandora.

A: A sizzle lets out as I top of the pour showing lots of carbonation. Very opaque, a deep dark brown pour is capped with what started as a 2 inch baseball dirt brown and finished as quickly settles down to just a that... a cap.

S: Smell is not to strong, definitely some smoke driven coffee/toffee/chocolate... and I get a slight hint of raisins or prunes. A nice smelling beer, but not knocking my socks off.

T: First taste is very cold... the chocolate is easy to detect so is the coffee, but in a coffee ice cream kind of way (maybe it has to do with the temperature). As it warms the coffee turns more into cocoa and the malts provide a very noticeable and delightful sweetness. Everything is a little bit muted, almost like it starts to take off but doesn't get to the flying height that would make it great. It is good, just not great.

M: moderately light, lot of carbonation, has a nice silky feel in the hopper

D: I drank mine very slowly to let it fall to the right temperature and I really enjoyed it the whole way. I enjoyed the change of aroma's and flavors as it regressed. I could have had another, maybe even two. So yeah, it is pretty drinkable. Not my preferred session beer, but it is cold outside, its dark early and this certainly works.

Photo of jsh420
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

best by 11/12/09

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that fades fast and left spoted lacing

smell - again smells macro?? with coffee and roasted malts

taste is like the smell macro malts with some coffee chocolate and roasted malts

mouthfeel is medium body but feels lighter with the high carbonation - doesnt fit the style

drinkability is so so but i would never buy this again

well the 5th out of the sampler and now schell is 2-5 and dont have much hope for the kolsch

Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date on the bottle. Pour the 12 ouncer into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: The head is fairly big and gray/tan in color. Retention is pretty nice. Body is black, no light shines through.

Smell: It oddly smells like smoke. Kind of like a really watered down O'Fallon Smoked Porter. I'm sure that seems like a wierd description of it, but that's exactly what the beer is reminding me of.

Taste: Roasted coffee. The smoke is present in the taste but not nearly as strong as it is in the taste. The taste gets less and less smokey as it warms up.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 122409 Date printed on the neck. No other info.

A - Pours a very dark amber but once in the bottle the totally opaque body is nicely accented by the big two-finger dense tan head. Good retention with fingers of lacing reaching out.

S - A mild but rich aroma of dark chocolaty roasted malts and a touch of oatmeal gives this beer a deep, dark nose.

T - Dark chocolate roasted malts are strong here with a very light coffee bitterness to the dry roasted finish. One-dimensional but smooth and delicious.

M - It's got such a great feel! It starts very creamy and smooth and has a light carbonation bite to the end that just crisps it up a bit before the dry bitterness takes over.

D - This full-bodied, rich stout is a real pleasure to drink. A great nightcap tonight and a beer I'll be looking for in 6-packs next time I'm down at Woodman's in Kenosha. Just delicious and creamy-smooth!

Photo of edbeered
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle at the Stillwater Beer Bazaar, this pours an attractive opaque black color, with a brown head that lingers and ample lacing on the glass. The smell is of chocolate and toasted malt. Similarly, the taste is chocolaty, with toasted malt and a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The drinkability is very good. This is one of the best beers I've ever had from Schell's and is a nice nod to the style. Very well done!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 02-19-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark like coffee, with 2 fingers of foam, decent head retention. Very nice lacing ring after it settles with a nice froth of dripping down the side of the class after a few sips

S - Dark roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, no real hop aroma mainly malts

T - Medium bodied to a full flavor, I can taste dark roasted coffee beans

M/D - Probably the fullest flavored brew I have had from Schells. Very drinkable with a smooth taste. Well balanced and on the fringe of a session brew. So far I haven't been disappointed with Schell's. Another brew worth trying and enjoying more than once!

Photo of mwilbur
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black (just a hint of dark ruby around the edges with backlighting) with nice creamy, frothy, thick dark tan head. Decent retention. Honestly, looking at this one makes my mouth water.
S: Dry hops and dark malt notes. Straight-forward.
T: Decently follows the aroma. A little watery though. Dry hops hit first, then roasted malt, and dry grainy finish.
M: Smooth with a dry finish. Nice mouthfeel.
D: I wish this one smelled and tasted as good as it looks. Oh well. Certainly a good beer though and one I'd recommend at least trying.

Photo of Riccymon
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black from the bottle with about a finger of short-lived brown head. Smell just after the pour is a nice blend of charred malt, cola, and peanuts, but after the head boils away, a dishwater/mineral aroma also shows up. Not bad, just a little off.

Taste combines the flavors from the nose in a simple and enjoyable light-bodied stout. The burnt maltiness finishes dry, but not sticky. I didn't expect to think highly of this stout, but I did, and it seems to fit the English Stout mold well. Hard to think of a better stout for a hot summer day.

Photo of Soilworker
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black With a one finger thick tan head. Not too much head retention, a small ring sticks to the side of the beer.

S: Roasted and burnt maltiness dominate this one. There are slight hints of vanilla and more prominent notes of an espresso-like coffeeness.

T: Follows the nose with a moderate amount of burnt maltiness but not as much coffee as I would have expected. There is a taste that lingers throughout which I can't quite put my finger on but I want to say it is English hops. Finish is predominately roasty and slightly dry.

M: Relatively full bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: I could put a few of these back. Nothing too offputting here, though there are some.

Notes: Not a terrible stout by any means but there is nothing too great going on here and there is some rough bitterness that I am not a big fan of.

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Stout from August Schell Brewing Company
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