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Burton Ale - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-14-2011)
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color..Great clarity hear as it was sparkling clear. Very nice. Lots of carbonation apparent trickling up toward the surface. A very nice three finger high head of foam capped off the top and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a half inch layer which stayed with it throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rather weak for me. Typical English ale with a huge malt bill attached to it. Lotso of bready notes here coing through now with that deep musty like smell, like wet hey it would seem at times. The flavor followed it up almost perfectl with a solid offering of english malts, and a nice little bit of hop bitterness, albeit not much, but just enough to give it some depth

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Burton Ale pours a deeply saturated copper amber color. Brightly clear with some bubbly foam on top at first, that fades to a thin ring and broken wispy skim across the surface. Random spotty flecks of foam in the glass.

Mellow bready aroma, yeast, tea leaves, shortbread.

Flavorful and malt driven taste, bready biscuits and honey, sweet pipe tobacco, light herbal hop nuance in the background, lingering into the dry (and momentarily bitter) finish. Medium bodied and malty, medium carbonation levels also. Alcohol really doesn't emerge until it eventually warms, but even then it's fairly well integrated.

It was very interesting to see Schell's attempt a nearly lost historical style, hopefully more breweries will follow suit.

emerge077, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a nice malty presence.

T - It tasted of rich bready malts with a grassy and floral hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a great brew in the Stag Series. I really enjoyed this one.

zeff80, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of joshuaseresse. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pale ale? Not so much. A gorgeous transparent mahogany-gold body, topped by a generous two fingers of soapy light tan foam. The head eventually settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few stray fingers of lace.

S - Quintessentially English. Floral and grassy hops, fruity yeast, toffee, toasted malts and cereal grains, and a faint whiff of alcohol as it warms up to traditional serving temperature.

T - The taste has a heavier dose of earthy hop character mingling with toasted bread. Not overly sweet, with a kiss of caramel that lingers through the finish and well into the aftertaste. The alcohol found in the aroma disappears here completely, but some of the depth is lost with it.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, lower cask-like carbonation, dry finish, and no alcohol heat. Absolutely perfect for an English-style beer.

D - This beer is dangerous at 8%. I finished my 12oz bottle in under 15 minutes, and could imagine drinking this all night at a pub in London. Probably better categorized as an English Strong Ale, but highly enjoyable no matter what it's called.

MasterSki, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-copper coloring, slim, off-white head.

Aroma, grainy, malty, small hops. Nice. Clean, but rather quiet.

Taste: rich, malty, and slightly sweet. Very malt-driven, fruity, and scrumptious.

I'm not getting much hop bitterness, not even a little. Maybe there's just enough to tamp down the malt sweetness.

Soft, creamy, and satisfying. Not a chore, nor a challenge, nor terrible rewarding, either. Just satisfying. Good sessioner, though it's on the strong side.

I do find myself wishing for more hops, but that's wanting this to be something it never was supposed to be.Ain't nothing wrong with what it is.

(I also didn't detect the 8% alcohol, either.)

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.4%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I figured this was a decent beer to age (it's about 8 mo old), but had to break it out for a steak dinner. Damn I'm glad I did.

This strong ale has a rich bready caramel aroma with a toffee edge. The flavor follows up with more big smooth barley and a touch of fruit, that's balanced but subtle spicy hops. There's a little lemon rind and earthy apricot, but it's hard to tell where the hops end and the malt and esters begin. A fine English strong ale. I hope to see this around again.

tempest, May 26, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stag Series #4

Pours a beige head. Decent retention. Color is an amber copper.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, caramel, toffee, and light chocolate. Very malty with some fruits showing. Interesting.

Taste: Bready and biscuit malts. Caramel with a light tofffee. Bananas and some fruitiness. It tastes like an English style ale (at the time of review, I was unaware of the ba listing). Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a touch of heat.

Overall, a very interesting offering from Schells. It definitely tastes English. A lot of flavors here. However, I couldn't drink too much of this.

mothman, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scarlet red body. Crystal clear. Thick, rocky nicotine stained head. Lacing is beautiful. Aroma is malt dominated. Sweet with overtones of caramel and nougat. Incredible taste. There is such an agreeable, sweet malt center to this beer. It's really almost beyond description. So unique and flavorful. Just saying caramel and nougat doesn't do the malt flavor profile justice. Add in some toasted malt and bready flavors. There's also a nice minerally presence that leaves a bit of a bitter linger. Nice. Hops add just a touch of earthiness. This is a beauty.

Bighuge, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big hearty brown and amber pour, has more brown to it than amber, ploughy off white head, 2" is the forecast. Aroma was definitely that England Burton type of old school mothballs and English toffee wood flavors. The hopping discussed on the ringneck label does not in fact present itself on the nose.

Taste, not my favorite style, bitter yeast tones, warm dubbel like sugar existence. I feel like the beer is aged on wood from dirty bars that have had decades or even centuries of use from these parts, part of it is no doubt the gritty toffee and tea like aspect with some waterlogged wood. And a banana someone dropped on the ground.

What I can say this was amazing at was making 8% drinkable. When I read that on the website, I was floored. Figured this was standard 4-5% stuff. Hopping is pretty traditional to style, adds some bitterness to the beer, nothing in real mouthfeel of hops. Bready musty aspect, I can't say this beer missed the mark, it did what it was aiming for probably, but it turned me off.

Nothing I would seek out, but thank you to the generous trader who threw this in as an extra. Ultimately, this beer was too difficult for me to continue to peruse all 12oz of it, and the last 3oz met its demise down the sink.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Ty for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper red orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malt, toffee,

taste: hops, caramel, toffee, malts, smooth

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very smooth drinkable beer for being 8% abv. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottles are here! Yes! A Burton Ale in the 21st Century? Indeed.

It pours a clear deep copper colour with a 2 finger head of billowy foam with some very impressive lacing.

The smell is so inviting. Lots of malty goodness; caramel malt sweets, some light toasted and fresh bread aromas. Too sweet you might ask? Nope, lingering in the background are some definite hop notes that add just the right dash of bitterness. On to the taste...

My oh my. Everything I noted in the smell is right there in the taste. Absolutely beautifully malt execution if I say so myself. Maybe the best use of malt in a beer that I've ever tasted and I've tasted a few. Carmel malt is so darn candy like with nice sprinkling of toasted malt and a fresh bread kind of flavour that doesn't go overboard. You know, beers that have the bread and it just dominates and sometimes ruins the overall flavour?

Anywho,. it's not that way in this big bad boy, 8%abv is nothing to sneeze at and the colder temps in town make it even more enjoyable. Nice warming...

I almost forgot, the hops play a smaller role, giving the beer a bit of a zap of bitterness here and there and I find that works very well for the style. (English Pale Ale or my preferred English Strong Ale) Either way you look at it, this is definitely a beer characteristic of English brewers.

The mouthfeel is, well, silky smooth. I guess this Burton Ale can do no wrong. ;^)

I just finished my glass and I'm thinking about opening another bottle. Thinking's over, pop goes the cap!

Bitterbill, Oct 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

KAF, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A red/gold beer with a fringe of white head that faded to a thin ring and not much else. Really rich looking color on this beer.

S - Fruity yeast, a lot of sweet caramel, some toasted malts. A lot of candy on this one, little bit of earthy hops breaks it up a bit.

T - Lot of caramel and sweet sugar. There is initially a good bit of alcohol burn on this one. Sweet toasted malts, light bit of hops on the tongue. The alcohol tastes fades away to nothing as you continue to drink this, making it go down quite easily.

M - Smooth, slight burn on the end, syrupy, medium bodied.

O - Went down easily at 8%, and is a very good beer that I could do a couple bottles of. Not a style I have enough experience with, but would love to try more beers like this.

AgentZero, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just read the brewery description of this after having a six pack over the weekend and for once a brewery description is spot on....I could just as easily copy and paste that....one thing that stood out to me while reading it was the 8% ABV...drinks more like a 5 % session beer....that is a compliment...

I'm not a huge fan of German Brewers straying from their roots....(Sprecher has had some colossal failures) but this is a walkoff grand slam home run for Schell.

it is very malty but not cloying at all....very bready...some woody impressions....very noticable hard water mineral feel to it which is what I was hoping for...a bit of candy caramel chewiness as well...

Just as fantastic beer and unique (how many other Burton Ales have you had?).

By far my favorite of the esteemed Stag Series. I could just as well give this a 5.0 and might do that after I finish the next sixer I have...

ZAP, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch-tall light tan head on a clear ruby red body. Really dig the color. Splotchy lacing, above average head retention.

S- Fresh toffee malts, caramels.

T- Lots of toffee notes. Alcohol sneaks through but isn't dominant, just enough. Bread, fruits (cherry). Low hop profile. Mmm, that is good.

M- Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy actually. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- Well, I was looking forward to this beer a lot and it lived up to expectations...even though I didn't know what to expect! Very drinkable given the alcohol content. Full disclosure, I'm kind of a Schell's fanboy but I highly recommend this beer if you can get some. One of the better "English Ales" (minus stouts) I've ever had.

Duff27, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, burnt caramel, and a very faint hint of smoke. The taste is full of malty complexities. There is a nice interplay between the toffee, and caramel with a nice mineral quality in the background. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a somewhat chewy texture, and appropriately lower carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I sincerely hope Schell's considers making a permanent offering.

KarlHungus, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a Newcastle Geordie Schooner.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that left a nice sheet of lacing.

S - somewhat sweet smelling with a whiff of grassy hops.

T - sweet and malty with a light touch of bitterness before finishing sticky sweet.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation that goes down smooth and easy.

O - a comfortable beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with a nice two fingered head that had good retention. The head has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Smells like a musty grainery. Brings me back to my earlier life. Not much else is going on. Not particular interesting.

The flavor is much more interesting. Tastes very English but like no other English Ale I have ever had. Grainy and musty malt predominate. Hints of caramel and I think I can actually taste the turbinado sugar. Has a sweet brown sugar kick midway through. Hops come in the finish with some grass and spice. Does not taste like 60 IBUs but that is probably due to the sugar additions. A little alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. Just too sweet for me.

Love the mouthfeel. I think Schell's hit the bullseye with English tradition here. Low, soft, creamy carbonation that is at a level to just lift the flavor. Such a great texture.

So Englishmen drank this beer 70+ years ago? Hard to believe. I am no beer historian but I imagine beers back then not being anything like this. Leave it to Schell's to revive these extinct or near extinct styles. Keep it up.

morimech, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Schell's Brewery:

Stag Series #4, The Burton Ale

Before India Pale Ales were synonymous with Burton upon Trent, there was Burton Ale, a darker, sweeter beer. Burton Ales were so popular, in fact, that as recent as 1948, it was considered one of the four main types of British draught beer, sitting beside mild, pale ale, and stout.
More so than perhaps any other beer style in history, the demise of Burton Ales happened amazingly fast. Brewers, faced with the consumer preference for bitters and lagers saw sales of Burton and mild ales plummet. By the end of the 1960s Burton ales were virtually gone.
Schell’s Burton Ale is a nod to a forgotten style of beer. It has a soothing blend of bready malt and hop bitterness. A mild woodsy character is prevalent. A hint of dark pitted fruit and a trace of caramel give the beer a subtle sweetness. The pleasant hop bitterness at the end gives Schell’s Burton Ale a smooth, dry finish.
To begin crafting this brew, we used traditional floor malted Fawcett Maris Otter as a base. The malt bill also includes torrified wheat and two different British Crystal malts. As is traditional for British brewers, we added sugar in the kettle, in our case turbinado and some Dark Candi Syrup. Our Burton Ale is hopped with Nugget and Goldings, fermented with a British ale yeast, dry-hopped, and aged for 3 months prior to release.
IBU: 60 | Calories: 275 | Alcohol by Volume: 8%

Pours a dark copper/amber color with red hues. The head is tan and tight and leaves some nice rings of lace around the glass.

The smell is a bit light, but very unique. Getting notes of bread crust, toast, wood, candy sweetness and malt. Some mild hopping follows along with spices. Almost pumpkin pie like spicing, but very light. The predominant aroma however is the home made bread crust.

Very unique taste too. Can't say I've had anything like this before. Starts out with some earthy and spicy hops and then the big baked bread/bread crust malt flavor comes in. Just a touch of warm alcohol and earthy hopping towards the end. Has some spicy rye notes and perhaps smoke mixed in as well. A pretty complex beer when you break it down.

Very rich and smooth malt feel. Medium bodied and a bit chewy feeling.

This makes a perfect fall into winter beer. Quite warming and satisfying maltiness. Not shy on the hopping either. Glad to have tried this historical style. A well made beer with some history to boot.

jera1350, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a chestnut brown with a nice head that dissipates to form a thin layer over the top of this beer

S - smells is sweet caramel malts with a little bit of sweet spiciness and dark fruit

T - taste is full of malts all of the way through. Starts with caramel flavors that mix in with some toasty breadiness. There is a modicum of toffee throughout as well. No real hop presence detectable on the palate as the malts dominate this one.

M - a little light, but creamy and smooth

D - this is a malt bomb all the way. Very delicious and enjoyable throughout. Perfect for the fall weather I am currently experiencing outside. Recommended if you can find it!

birchstick, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze, leaving sheets of lacing behinds as it recedes.
S - Sweet at bready, with a strong caramel malt bill, baked brown bread, and some floral English hops.
T - Similar to the nose. Bread, caramel malt, and toasted biscuits with a touch of banana, dried fruit, and floral hops. No real bitterness in the finish, quite smooth and balanced.
M - Moderately creamy, with a smooth, touch-over-medium body and good carbonation.
O - Probably a tad sweet for my taste, but a good English-style beer that was surprisingly drinkable for the 8% ABV.

jsanford, Jan 08, 2012
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Burton Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.