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Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of frankiepop
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%

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.

frankiepop, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of perrinvv
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

perrinvv, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

Thorpe429, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of enfield249
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%

In stead of my normal ASTMO review, I am going to try to free form this.

I should like scotch ales, but for some reason I don't. I've had several, and it seems like the scotch ale yeast, or the general flavor profile, tastes some how, for lack of a better word, "funky". Almost Belgian like, and this beer is no different. It's crystal clear, dark red, almost like an old penny that has been shined up from a sweaty hand. Smells like a little roast, a little malt, and almost no hops. Tastes scottish funky, with a lot of sweetness and grainyness. Mouth feel is fine, if a little cloying. Overall, not bad for the style. Does not taste like it's 7%, and goes down pretty easy.

enfield249, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

doucmehu, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -22%

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.

JohnnyHopps, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Will96
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Will96, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -20.6%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

KarlHungus, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3/5  rDev -20.6%

fuzzcherry, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3/5  rDev -20.6%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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...

Tilley4, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of bjohn84
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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

bjohn84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of deanis30
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

deanis30, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of beerbrute
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

beerbrute, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Doyle
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

herman77, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Duff27, May 28, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hopstout, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of pisomojado8
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

pisomojado8, May 21, 2012
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

lawlerj, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

garymuchow, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of midworken
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

midworken, Jan 10, 2012
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Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.