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Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany body. Thin creamy beige head leaves sparse lace. Aroma is spot on. Love this aroma. Thickly malty, a little peaty, rich and just a titch smokey. Rich, meaty flavor. Nice woody maltiness. Medium bodied beer and well attenuated. Quite flavorful and drinkable. This would probably come in as #2 or #3 on my list of Blizard/Snowstorm beers close behind the well renowned, fabled and historic plum beer of 97-98. Now if only that one could be resurrected.

Honey Alt of 2000-2001 was quite nice as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wrycon
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite stunning appearance - nearly purple in color. Large, fat nose - lots of malt, lots of caramel, some hops. Smells great. This is quite good. Very malt forward with toffee and almost banana notes. The full, chewy flavor slightly dissipates at the midpoint but doesn't completely recede, leaving a flavorful and clean back end. Very delicious and very drinkable.

Like It? Correct

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Medium brown with just a glint of red. Fairly small cream-colored head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, raisins and spicy, floral hops. Can't tell if it smells sweet or dry.

Taste: Caramel and toffee malt backbone, with an overripe fruitiness of plum, raisins and cherry. Not much peat, but peat is not really traditional for the style anyway. Can't detect as much hops as in the aroma. Sweet, but quite nice.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, medium body. Off-dry finish.

Overall: Good drinking Scotch Ale that is a a little too sweet, and honestly somewhat of a disappointment. I usually don't get too excited about Schell's non-German-style beers, but I was excited by this one, especially after the fantastic Burton Ale. This is also not up to the standards set by the previous three SnowStorm beers (Weihnachtsbier, Baltic Porter, Weizenbock). Complaining a lot about a beer I really do like.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a little ruby red and lots of rising bubbles. Big five fingers of off white slightly tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Smells very sweet and fruity. Sweet and bready caramel and toffee malts up front with some wheat grains. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of raisins, plums, and dark cherries. Smells kind of like a berry jam. Also some hints of scotch and molasses.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a pretty sweet taste of malts and dark fruits. Caramel and toffee malts give a sweet bready biscuit taste. Big hints of dark fruits with notes of dark cherries, plums, and raisins. A little funky yeast provides some spice. Light hints of scotch and molasses. The bready malts take over again towards the finish. Tastes sweet but there is some balancing bitterness.

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

Overall: A very tasty and interesting take on a Scotch ale. Forward with the sweetness but well balanced. Its kind of like a dark Belgian ale with a bigger malt presence.

Photo of frankiepop
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looked good enough and everything. The aroma was even a little promising. The taste was a little bitter for me, but not too bad. There were hints of a little malty caramel flavorings, but it was a little weak and thin for my personal taste.

I find it goes well with some solo bass works by the German improvisor Peter Kowald. Listen to his live recordings of Was Da Ist.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep chestnut brown with a one finger tan foam that faded quickly, but left some lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and biscuit-like, bready and malty. Smells like fresh baked wheat bread. Little or no hops detected. Earthy and pleasant aroma.

Taste: Much like it smells, with sweet malts up front, a little caramel and toffee and a very smooth and hearty finish. Some slight hops detected for balance, but this one is all about the malt. A good fall/winter brew for sure. For 7.0% ABV, there's not much alcohol in the flavor...just smooth and malty.

Mouth feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes smooth and mellow on the tongue.

Overall: Scotch ale is not one of my favorite beer styles, but this one is pretty good. I like the sweeter taste of this one, and the slightly higher ABV makes it a good winter warmer. Another winner for the yearly Schell's Snowstorm series.

Photo of dbossman
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark auburn color with a big, steady 2 inch head--really steady and thick and foamy; lacing is fantastic

S: Grainy, malty, semi-sweet malts with caramel and brown sugar; a bit subdued but the bready, musty grains are nice

T: Bready, toasty, grainy, semi-sweet brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, mmm

F: So creamy; so creamy; wow, fantastic mouthfeel

O: A near perfect look and feel and while I wish the taste and aroma were at that level, this is still a darn good beer; another great Snowstorm

Photo of lawlerj
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date of 4/20/12.

A - Pours a deep, translucent mahogany. Two finger slightly off white head. Dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving a splotchy lair off foam on the top. Can't really tell about the carbonation.

S - Bready malts dominate the nose, with some caramel notes and perhaps a hint of ofee. Not a whole lot else going on here, but it definitely a nice aroma.

T - Toasty bready malt dominates, with a hint of caramel sweetness. Just a hint of hoppiness to balance out the malt body, but the malt is definitely what dominates here.

M - Medium bodied, finishes fairly dry.

O - Overall, a decent brew. I don't know that I would go back for more than one or two but definitely decent.

Photo of TCbrewz
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, pretty clear. Tan head < 1finger, mostly gone after a minute or two. No real big aromas, some hints of carmel, dried fruit, and spice. Flavor starts out sweet with carmel and molasses notes before earthy hops bitterness and alcohol predominate. Taste is quite good, very long interesting finish. The mouthfeel suits the taste well, carbonation level is great, doesn't seem too thin to me. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Probably my favorite SnowStorm of the past three or four years. I wouldn't mind if this brew found it's way into Shell's year round lineup.

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last couple of Snowstorms have not impressed me much after the greatness of the 2008 edition. I wonder how this years will fare? Pours a clear, dark copper color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

What can I say about the aroma. It smells like a Schell's beer. Elements of toffee/caramel from the malt and some floral hops.

Clean tasting Wee Heavy but lacks things that could really make this interesting. Straight forward malt flavors of caramel. A little sugar sweetness makes me think this had some sugar additions. Hints of floral hops. Alcohol flavor in the finish. A little warming as well.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Soft, creamy texture and nicely carbonated.

Some great elements in this beer but is not the most exciting Wee Heavy.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

dark brown looked very nice to me, with its light and compact head, but looks can be decieving as was the case here. aroma was all over. some off dark fruits that were misplaced as were some caramel malts that were no where near strong enough. flavor was wrong, with plums dominating a wet hay and mud like flavor that i just simply coul not take.

Photo of bjohn84
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark syrupy molasses with a fairly moderate transparency to it. Pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head

S - Grainy with a lightly toasted characteristic. Similar to a euro lager

T - Bread and toast with a touch of sweetness and a hint of spice

M - Very drinkable and definitely doesn't taste like 7.0% ABV. Very creamy mouthfeel

O - Nothing overly special here other than a very drinkable beer but still with enough flavor to make me want to have more than one

Photo of tvv375ia
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-auburn color with about 2 finger head that fades to a small cap with a little lacing

S-sweet malt abounds with some dark fruits and raisins

T-sweet carmel malt with some toffee and a bit of fruit

M-good carbonation medium body and a sweet but not overpowering finish

O-pretty good with a little sweetness

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Glowing, bubbly molasses color. Good sized, foamy, bubbly, thin, whispy, white head. Decent retention, although it disappears a little fast. Settles into a thin patchy lace.

S - Fairly faint aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee malt with slightly burnt molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits, especially raisin. A bit of a grainy aroma underlies this. Hints of a spice characteristic but nothing jumps out. Decent but too weak and a little on the sweet side.

T - Starts with a sweet, spiced brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Some caramel and a touch of toffee. Underlying this is a nice spiced characteristic with some faint earthy tobacco (it comes out stronger mid sip). A nice dark fruit (again mostly raisin) sweetness mid sip that persists to the finish. A slight grainy taste. Finishes with a mix of sweet, spice, and a slight alcohol burn.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish and a bit of a bubbly and alcohol tingle.

D - Overal it all works together. It grew on me the more I drank. Sweet and spicy without being overpowering. A little too sweet and heavy to want many in a night, but 1-2 would be a nice nightcap.

Notes: A nice Scotch Ale that really grew on me as I drank it. Nice balance especially with the brown sugar/molasses, dark fruit, and spice. A little sweet and heavy but not cloying. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this bottle as an extra. Served in a De Garre snifter.

Pours a deep copper with some reddish higlights. Faint off-white head with light spotty lacing. The nose carries some caramel and light fruity character plus some diacetyl. Flavor has a toffee-butter character along with some caramel. Medium body and light carbonation. Meh.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is a smudged batch code printed on the shoulder of the shoulder but no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is deep caramel that is leaning toward brown; the Schell website calls it “mahogany” and I will not disagree. Two fingers of off-white, very lightly tanned head dissipated to leave a bubbly and thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A nice balance of malts and sweetness. At first it smells pretty straightforward, but upon further inspect it presents a lot of complexity. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, butterscotch, dark fruit (mostly cherry but maybe some raspberry), some molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, and toffee. It also exhibits a smooth, barrel-aged woodiness.

Taste: Tommy likey. The flavor is toastier than the smell led me to believe, though the sweetness is also there. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, butterscotch, cherry, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, and the barrel-aged woodiness from the smell. The mouthfeel is on the wee heavy side, which fits it perfectly.

Drinkability: It is so solid the North Stars could play on it. This is a very good brew — another tasty edition of the Snowstorm series.

Photo of doucmehu
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing my 10th bottle of a 12-pack.

A: Pours a clear, deeply mineral stained reddish copper with an average light tan head. Lacing and retention are minimal.

S: Initial notes of slightly sweet caramel and molasses, followed by some grainy baked bread and burnt sugar.

T: Slightly grainy malts give more baked whole grain bread, molasses and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Esters are also more present as it warms, but you really have to look for the flavors in this one.

M: Body is about average for the style, carbonation is substantial, there is some graininess and bitterness in the finish. A bit dryer than expected in the aftertaste, and lacking any richness.

O: This really reminds me more of a Marzen than a Scotch Ale. A drinkable, but forgettable beer that should be a quantity more than quality choice. Overall, not bad.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear mahogany color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into virtually no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and burnt malt, but is quite faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is some caramel, but no real depth. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with mild carbonation, and a somewhat cloying texture. Overall, this is the first Snowstorm that I have been disappointed in. I cannot see myself drinking more that this one bottle. I sincerely hope Schell's doesn't bring this beer back the way they have brought other Snowstorms back.

Photo of adrock7309
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few one night. Got better as it warmed up and also #2 onward seemed to taste much better. Tons of malty caramel and sweetness. Smell was much of the same caramel and toffee notes. Not much of a hop profile at all but that is expected based on the style. Will be drinking this one all winter long.

Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yea! Another year of SnowStorm, the first variable seasonal I became attached to. I wish I could recall the 2002 version of Wee Heavy, but alas I have to go on memory.
Aroma starts with the familiar aroma of many Schell's beers. With some patience a mild malt fragrance appears. It grows as the beer warms and it opens up some.
Very attractive reddish/gold and brilliantly clear. Dense tan head settles out to a fine layer rather quickly.
Boy, this one is unexpectedly dry on the finish, especially as it lays on the tongue. Malt flavors take their time to grow. Pretty quick warmth felt inside. Richness grows as it warms but it's not very sweet even with some caramel flavors. Soft fruit flavors. Some soft hop flavors that are nice, particularly early and before it warms.
Nicely carbonated with ample soft bubbles which lends a nice smoothness to a moderate body.
This drinks pretty easy and going for my second glass is no problem. This doesn't stand out as a great Wee Heavy, but it is a good winter beer and works as a SnowStorm beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Looking all good and waiting to get crunked on.
Storybook appearance, true to style taste and aroma. Solid beer and at 7% you cant really go wrong.

2 finger sudzy off white head. ticking down and finally settling to a foamy cap.
sticky lace spots the glass in thick globs.
Color is pretty damn pale, bordering brown but copper hues are present.
Burnt caramel aroma, toasty breads, malty big, raising the roof with malt. Represent!
Smooth feel, carbonation on the back burner, not flat.
Torriified wheat?
Burnt sugar in taste, caramel, toffee, touch pf dark chocolate woodsy bark coffee. All those together giving off an earthy bittering taste. cant place the hops, but I'm confident they are there.

Good shit Schell's. Now bring back 2008 Snowstorm!

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

I served this one in a pint glass.

Appearance- There is a thin, khaki colored film on top of the beer. The body is a darker brown with some ruby in there. It looks pretty nice!

Smell- So malty! Definitely more sweet and toasted than bitter and roasty, almost like marshmallow and brown sugar with some rye bread thrown in. No alcohol on the nose at all.

Taste- More of the malt bomb on the palate. Again, it is brown sugar and toast. There is actually a little bit of bitterness at the front of the drink, maybe a little grassy.

There is a slight smokiness that comes through the toast in the finish. Also some more of that marshmallow sweetness that is prominent after the beer has been washed down.

Mouth feel- A big medium body that is really creamy. The feel is actually really well done.

Overall- If you like sweet, malty beers then you are going to enjoy this beer more than not. Although, it may be a little sweeter than it should be. I would not go so far as to call it cloying, but that long, sweet finish is really pushing it.

I would have this beer again, but I am sucker for malty beers, especially ones that have a great feel.

Photo of midworken
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with practically no head (less than 1/16th of an inch)with tiny bit of lacing on top. Deep brown color.
Aromas include caramel, vanilla and roasted/toasted malts. Maybe a bit of nuttiness in there. Hop appearance is bright, although not forthcoming.
The syrapy mouthfeel really plays a huge role in the taste here, at least in my opinion. It has a unique smoothness to it, yet some crisper flavors are in there. Caramelly texture and taste with the vanilla that was also present in the smell. No head and head retention really had me worried, but it proved me wrong. Don't judge a beer by it's appearance only! Hops were added to add for the sake of the aroma, not really for the taste. Wished it would have been balanced a bit more (maybe to add some complexity near the end of the taste). I don't have too many wee heavys, but this one surprised me and is pretty good.
Mouthfeel - read above + low carbonation. Is this typical of a wee heavy? Gonna give it an average rating in this department since I am a bit unfamiliar with the style and not sure what is the norm.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Loose cream colored 1 1/2" head. Deep & clear brown w/ auburn tonality.

S: Slight smoke over cereal maltiness.

T: Straight forward barley malt. A little rye flavor. Raisin bread, agave syrup, over-ripe dark fruit.

M: Perfectly viscous. Oily and loose medium carbonation.

D: Another good year for a Snowstrom. Maybe not the best in the last few years but a really good Wee Heavy.

Photo of perrinvv
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Schell's snowstorm 2011 produced a very thin head after a vigorous pour. Dark reddish brown beer that left nice lacing on the glass after drinking.

Smells faintly of grains with hints of raisins. Not a particularly aromatic beer. Likewise, the taste is not very strong. Malt flavor is present but this is not as full bodied or complex as expected. It goes down smoothly though and doesn't taste like a 7% beer.

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Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.