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Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company

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85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-27-2011)
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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.

Bighuge, Dec 03, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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wrycon, Nov 19, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

MattyG85, Dec 03, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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

tvv375ia, Jan 02, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

hardy008, Dec 23, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Mdog, Nov 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.