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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 Tilley4
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure who I got this bottle from but I pulled it out of the fridge tonight...

Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose along with small hints of dark fruit and a little smokiness... fairly straightforward...

Sweet maltiness with caramel leading the way... not sure this is deep or rich enough for a Wee Heavy... pleasant tasting for sure but not sure it fits the bill...

A good easy drinking brew but nothing to write home about... its got a year on it and any outstanding characteristics have obviously faded... (515 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 JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at a restaurant, the ale appeared a dark brown with a moderate head. The aroma was very straight forward, giving impressions of wheat and alcohol. For a flavorful beer style, this was fairly mild. The initial was a wheat flavor with a caramel backbone. The flavors were clouded slightly by an alcohol taste. It almost seemed as though alcohol was added later. The initial was followed by a mild sour scotch aftertaste. In the overall experience, the mouthfeel was too thin for this style. The extra thickness that goes with a scotch was not present. Between being too mild and too thin, this beer would qualify as being below average. (673 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (382 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 bjohn84
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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 (473 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 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 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 KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of midworken
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of perrinvv
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (454 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 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 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 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 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 lawlerj
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (748 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 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 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 siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 fingers of head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is a very dark amber brown.

S. Has a pretty strong malt aroma. Has a somewhat sour smell to it. Smells like german hops and malt. Not sure if that is the correct grain and hop bill, but its what it smells like.

T. Taste is also pretty malty. Not surprising for a Wee Heavy. Not all that much flavor though going on. Mostly caramel malt flavor. A bit of hop bitterness. Has that hard to pin down Scotch Ale favor that can only be describe as peat. Peat is my term for half skunky half musty type flavor. I am hoping both smell and flavor improve as the beer warms.

M. Medium bodied. Little bit of sweetness on the finish.

O. Well. Its a Scotch ale, and even though its not one of my more liked stlyes from what I can tell its not the far off the standard. (869 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (347 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)

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