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Burton Ale - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

I2uss, Dec 10, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Presentation: HUGE thanks to Seth T. for bringing this back from MN for me. 12oz brown pop-top, with simple, nice label. Best by date of 3-9-12. Poured into snifter. Awesome to see an attempt at reviving this once-ubiquitous style. Brewed with a Maris Otter base, two English crystal malts, torrefied wheat, and two brewing sugars. Hopped with Nugget and Goldings, dry-hopped, and aged three months prior to release. Heck yes!

Appearance: Gorgeous bright deep burnt orange/amber brew with lazy carbonation and an attractive light tan cap which shows good retention. Really nice looking beer.

Smell: Vinous notes and dark, fruity alcohol up front. It's lacking the intense, toasty caramel notes I was expecting from the malt bill, just a bit of sweet, toasty caramel/nougat. These become more prominent as this nears room temperature, so I feel I can justify the above score. Bit of hot booze in the back, but not unpleasant.

Taste: The flavors follow suit. Notes of cherry and vinous fruit up front, with some boozy, dark fruit flavors (from the sugar, I'm assuming). BIG, clean, bitterness on the finish (60 IBUs). A little bit of dryish caramel, but again, not nearly as much as I was expecting. To be fair though, the brewery's website says this is light on the caramel flavor, so I guess I shouldn't fault them too much if this is the way it was intended to taste. Considering the flavor of the dark fruit flavors, I'd be curious to know the % of sugars present in the wort. Definitely a good kick of boozy sweetness in there, but the balance between alcohol, biterness, and sweetness, combined with the lighter-than-8% body (likely due to the sugars) make for a pretty easy-drinking beer (and that's a good thing).

Mouthfeel: Firm, and lighter than 8%, but it works here

Overall: I've got another sixer of this coming in a trade, and I think (though the head brewer didn't particularly suggest it) aging a few of these. At 8%, I think it's a viable candidate for aging, and I wonder what that might do to the malt character. Overall, while I didn't absolutely love this the way I was anticipating, it's quite tasty and nicely balanced between booze, malt, and hops.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

accordselux, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a slight collared tannish head. The aroma is a mixture of biscuit, malt, banana, honey, with a touch of citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit, bread, with a building bitterness in the end. Bitterness lingers for a little. Very drinkable for 8%. Nice to see an older style brewed again. A little sweet for my tastes but overall pretty enjoyable.

kbutler1, Dec 04, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a long neck brown bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown with a reddish tint. One and a half finger of tan foam that receded slowly and left nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty with hints of fried fruits, like raisins and figs. Some earthy hops in the mix and a slight whiff of medicinal yeast phenols and alcohol. Very interesting and inviting aroma.

Taste: Wow, what a unique and great tasting ale. The sweet malt is up front, but followed quickly by the dried fruits and then the Noble and Golding hops to add a slight bitter bite. Then it all finishes smooth and semi-dry. Outstanding.

Mouth feel: Medium body and good crisp carbonation.

Overall: I love this beer. I've never had the style before (Burton Ale), but it seems to embody the best of both British and Belgian styles. The sweet malts and fruit-like flavors, mixed with a great yeast profile and excellent hops flavors for balance. This is easily my favorite of the Schell's Stag series so far. They should make this a seasonal regular in their lineup!

ChopperSmith, Nov 28, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

August Schell's Stag Series Burton Ale pours a couple stiff fingers of foam over a chrystal-clear rosy brew. Carbonation is moderate but steady, the nose English Ale yeast funk, barley husk with notes of sweet rummy/butterscotch and earthy, spicy hops. The flavour is English ale all the way- sweet malt up front with, again, butterscotch notes, and a bright, spicy, earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is likewise bright, crisp, light, and semidry, due to those hops, and the smallest bite of alcohol.

Schell's, of course, is well-known for their mastery of German styles- it's good to see them showing the flag, as it were, with this delicious English-style brew.

shadow1961, Nov 27, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

Clear copper with a 2 finger foamy light tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toffee, toasted malt, and grassy hops.

The taste has caramel, toasted malt, bread, toasted malt, and grassy hops. Comes together very nicely. Sweet, but not overly sweet. The grassy hops provide some balance. Very nicely made.

Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, mild carbonation, and finishes dry. There is a lightly sweet aftertaste. The alcohol is well disguised, which I appreciate. This is another nice offering in the August Schell Stag Series. Keep them coming.

hardy008, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ben706, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

icefisherman, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

ballenc, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

sparx1100, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

dizztracted, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Yulles, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

AndyH, Nov 14, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

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
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a brilliant, golden amber ("chestnut") in color, topped with a billowy medium-tan head which exhibits excellent lacing and a reasonably-lengthy duration.

The nose is a little more complex. Notes of yeast and malt, hops, and some other elements which are harder to pin down -- minerals? I know that this brew includes a sugar addition and there's a smell that reminds me of a high ferment, almost vegetal but different (and no, it's distinct from the yeast). There's a very faint hint of alcohol here, but it doesn't betray an 8% beer!

Rich, lightly-sweet and with a complex malt profile on the first sip. Nice sharp hop bite and bitterness takes hold almost from the first sip, and hands around on the back of the palate, never quite letting go. Plummy, with notes of bittersweet ripe apple and pear, along with a touch of anise! Alcohol creeps up slowly, but presents itself in the aroma during the drink -- this seems to correspond to the high ferment in the nose, and yet there's a character to the beer (mineral) which seems almost like seltzer or quinine, quite remarkable. Finish is quite dry and clean.

For a bigger beer this seems lighter-bodied at first, but begins to feel a bit fuller-bodied as it warms. Definitely an easy drinker for its strength, even deceptively-drinkable.

This is not-quite a British Pale Ale, not quite a barleywine, but somewhere in between. Reminds me of some of the stronger examples of bottled British Old Ales and even vintage-style ales (Lee's Harvest Ale and the like). As this style is a little out of the ordinary it is harder to rate using the existing scale, especially as there are no other examples by which to readily compare it.

Overall Schell's Burton Ale is worth a try and might even be worth seeking-out if you're interested in trying a contemporary example of a rare-r, almost-extinct style. I'll attempt to keep some back for later, but it's drinking great right now . . .

Chaz, Nov 11, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -27.3%

8% ABV
60 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a best by date of 03/2012 poured into a Duvel tulip.

Poured a deep and clear orange-rust-brown hue with a medium light khaki colored creamy head. The head was rather small for the pour but the head retention and lacing look alright.

Earthy, but weak hop aroma. Malty sweetness, hint of fruity esters, and a note of dessert. Certainly sweet in taste, with subtle breadiness as advertised, and characterful caramel and dessert. Hard to say if it's the malts or the candi sugars, but it seems to work alright. The bitterness appears only at the back and the finish is indeed dry for the medium body. I think it could have used lesser carbonation.

Frankly, this beer at this point seems rather uninteresting to me, "revival" or not. It gives the impression of either old Arrogant Bastard et al., or of an old/strong/barleywine ale that's not ready yet... rather muddled if I may say so. Seems like a good candidate for aging, just to see if the malt character develops any more/optimal oxidation takes hold. Can't hurt to lay a couple down.

3.5, 3, 3, 3.5, 2.5

tewaris, Nov 08, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Poured into pint glass from bottle, left standard head very minor lacing.

Light amber color, average carbonation rising.

Initial sour notes of fruit up front followed by smells of warm candy; brown sugar. Followed by obligatory boozy smell due to full 8%.

Strong English are taste right away, can identify the English style yeast in taste. Towards end of beer the alcohol taste becomes more apparent on the pallet. More towards the mouth feel portion do you begin to notice the fruity taste, and the though of wine comes to mind.

Minor carbonation leaves plenty of room for flavors to develop without much distracting sting for this style.

Over all... No wonder the Burton Ale is a relative of the Barley Wine... Eat something before indulging in this one, zounds!

The buzz came on slowly and gave a nice heavy feeling in the feet. Made my roommate tired again after almost immediately waking up from 8 hrs of sleep. There's something in that MN water!

RISky, Nov 08, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

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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4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and clear brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Big malt profile here. Lots of lightly toasted caramel and toffee throughout. Very bready and sweet. Earthy hops are also quite noticeable in the background. Light hints of dark cherry , prune, and sugar.

Taste: Starts with some bready malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and yeast. Midway through a pretty noticeable taste of dark fruits comes through with some dark cherries and prunes. Finishes with more bready malts and some hints of earthy hops that help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A great brew from Schell's. Very good use of malts and the dark fruit is a nice touch. Lots of tasty bready goodness without becoming too sweet.

MattyG85, Oct 31, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

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
Burton Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.