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Burton Ale - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 90
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
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:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 90
Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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...

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Stag Series #4, a Burton Ale which does not fit any of today's styles, but the higher abv (8%) makes this seem best fitted for English Strong Ale.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber with moderate off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Very bready and hoppy, with toast, caramel, cherry, tea, citrus and a strong herbal character. Pretty fragrant for an English-style ale.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt backbone of bread, toast, caramel, toffee, cherry and tea. The hops are pretty strong, but not particularly bitter, with floral, herbal, spicy and citrusy components.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, semi-dry finish. A little bit warming.

Overall: This is simply a kick ass English Ale, similar to many non-spiced "Winter Warmers". This is by far the most impressive non-German-style beer Schell has made. Actually, along with the reformulated Bock and the Rauchbier, this is among their very best, period.

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  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.

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Burton Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.