Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of wrycon
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 (383 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a 2 finger foamy off white head with nice retention. The aroma has caramel, dark fruit, and hops.

The taste has caramel, biscuit malt, hops, peat, and dark fruit. I did not pick up the biscuit malt or peat in the aroma. The sweetness is balanced nicely by the hops and biscuit malt.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, with a slightly sweet aftertaste, and a somewhat dry finish. Not as sweet as some Scotch Ales, but I like this quit a bit as it is. (472 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
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 (351 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Snowstorm 2011, Wee Heavy Ale.

Transparent, caramel-y brown appearance, not too dark, not too light, especially clear at the foot. Slim, but staying eggnog head.

Aroma: rich malt, cocoa, cream, some toffee… little hops, malt doing the job here.

Taste: In the mouth, mmm. Full, rich, malty, yes. Sweet, of course, but tempered by hop bitterness, just enough. Never gets too anything. But, the rich maltiness is rewarding, and tongue wants more, the palate screams for additional succor.
Tasty, tasty stuff. Brown sugar, molasses, dollops of cream, added to a jolt of coffee.

Not a thing wrong with this one. Very glad I picked up a 12-pack, and I'm not quite at the end of it. More 12 ounce blasts of deliciousness to go. Yum. As I keep drinking, that's what I keep thinking. Yu-um. Just enough sweet, just enough not-so- sweet.

Another successful Snowstorm. They're on a winning streak, lately. Good job, guys! (929 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-red, big head.

Smell: Slight roasted aroma, sweetness of burnt caramel.

Taste: Mild sweetness, hint of dark chocolate, underlying whisky malt note. Not peaty.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty, nice price.

Another winter beer, though the Snowstorm changes recipes every year. This is a wee heavy, nice malty beer that is solidly sweet without going too far. A good one from Schell's. (398 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's that time of year again, and another Snowstorm is upon us.

A: Pours deep reddish-brown with a thick, creamy head that has no intention of going anywhere. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Very malt-forward aroma. Toasted malt, toffee, and just a hint of smoke, along with some floral hop notes at the end.

T: Dried fruits, toast, caramel, and brown sugar are prominent, with a hint of smoke and warming alcohol. Grassy, woody hop undertones are present, but very faint.

Notes: Full-bodied and has a finish that lasts forever. This beer has a silky texture unlike any other beer of this style. Alcohol is warming, but never overpowering. This year's Snowstorm is damn tasty, and one that I look forward to enjoying throughout the winter months. (757 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this series and love the style chosen for this year. Paid $7.99 for a sixer. A very nice price for this beer.

Pours a deep amber color with a clean white layer of of creamy looking foam. A very unique body/head combo. Lots of very nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is lovely. Sweet malt with notes of candi sugar, dark fruit, peat, light smoke and vanilla cake batter.

The taste has a minerally component to it. Some peaty scotch flavor to go with the moderate brown sugar sweetness. A very light smoke presence with some spice coming in from the hops. Much like a spiced rum is how I would describe the overall flavor. The finish is quite long with some light bitterness, warm alcohol and spice.

The carbonation is about perfect. Very soft and slightly creamy feeling. Light-medium body that finishes dry and warm.

This is a very satisfying brew for the cold months ahead. Very warm and flavorful. Schells has done an awesome job with this beer and it fits the Snowstorm label wonderfully. (1,018 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of adrock7309
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Leaves a little bit of thin lacing. Color is a burnt copper.

Aroma: Very sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Light roasty/peat flavor. Some plums and dark dried fruits. Hint of cherry.

Taste: More malty sweetness. A little drier here. A lot of toffee, caramel, and biscuit flavors. Plums, raisins, and molasses. Roasty/peat flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, dry. Medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Ends dry with smokey notes.

Overall, a really nice offering in the series. Every year I look forward to this and this one didn't let down. Very drinkable and fits the style nicely. (663 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,373 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a very dark burnt amber/mahoghany clour with a thin tan head. shows off a bit of lacing. aroma throws out some candied fruit aromas...mixing in some peat and smoke with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and caramel. the nose isn't overwhelming, but very inviting. flavour profile has some depth to it...a balanced combination of smoked, dark roasted and base-type sticky malts. a touch of floral hoppiness adds another layer to the taste profile and provides a kiss of bitterness. alcohol notes blend well with the subtle red ripe fruit nuances, providing an all around tasty and warming scotch/wee heavy type of ale. the body and mouthfeel on this i find odd, though; although smooth, sticky and slick, with an easy going feel to it...this also has a carbonated, watery, light body/texture to it. a bit enigmatic. almost bock like. but...that all makes this dangerously drinkable.

overall, this years snowstorm is incredibly approachable and makes for a great seasonal drinker. on the other hand a bit more overall character along the lines of the Burton ale would be welcome IMO. either way this is another winner in the Snowstorm series for me. (1,157 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant gold-tinged amber in color, topped with a nice fluffy off-white head. Head is actually a little darker than that, closer to khaki-tan but not as dark as I'd expect it to be. Plenty of sticky lace here, and head falls to a viscous oily-slick atop the surface after a little more than a minute. So far so good!

Nose is lighter than I might've expected had I expected something with smoke or peated-malt, but so be it: fruity, with notes of strawberry and plum. There's a little alcohol in there alsp, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. There's "no" hops presence in the contemporary sense, but it is appropriate for the style.

Soft and smooth on the fist sip, with loads of berry notes right away. Sweetish, but no means cloying, and with a tartness (almost like tannin) and bitterness kicking in midway and lingering nicely 'til the end. Some Diacetyl? Seems to be within reason for the style, and I rather enjoy it in darker ales. Lighter toast and biscuit-malt notes help to give this a dry feel toward the end of the palate. In addition to the plum and straw/berry notes present in the nose, there's also some toffee and a very, very light note of anise. Full-ish mouthfeel, coating and yet light across the entire palate -- quite nice. While the alcohol is very subtly-warming here, it's enough to keep most of us from downing it all at once, yet some others might find it "dangerously drinkable" : )

Strikes me as an appropriate drink for the colder winter months.

In many ways this one won't impress "Generation Craft", but the taste itself is where the brewer nailed it; Served at the proper temperature, this one's the taste-alike of a classic old -and imported- recipe introduced to me by a certain beer-lovin' Scotsman over twenty years ago. While it is better than average for the style, 2011 Snowstorm runs so counter to the profile of Scotch Ale brewed by most American Craft Brewers that I'd feel foolish rating it 'to style', and so I won't!

Suffice it to say it's definitely worth a try and might even be worth stocking up on, as it's a very agreeable sipper.

Note: I'd highly suggest this one be served on the warm side. (2,173 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a deep garnet color with some clarity and a nice two fingered off-white head with no lacing but some decent retention. I only pick up on a faint sort of caramel and toffee malt with some earthy hop tones in the nose...but the flavor is a much amplified version of everything I smelled plus a definite raisin character towards the mid-sip and a peppery sort of quasi-clove flavor at the dry finish. Body is medium thick, but VERY creamy and smooth, low carbonation. An excellent scotch ale, only thing I'd add if it were my personal project beer would be maybe a garnishment of smokey peat... but that's just my personal taste speaking. (668 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of TCbrewz
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,041 characters)

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Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.