Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company
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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.
12-01-2011 02:32:58 | More by Thorpe429
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.
12-04-2011 06:20:44 | More by mikesgroove
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!
12-24-2011 06:57:45 | More by feloniousmonk
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
12-18-2011 21:34:30 | More by mothman
4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
12-03-2011 04:57:57 | More by Bighuge
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.
01-15-2012 00:51:38 | More by KarlHungus
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-04-2011 21:53:38 | More by morimech
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-27-2011 20:47:17 | More by jera1350
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.
11-05-2011 02:43:42 | More by garymuchow
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.
12-03-2011 06:29:38 | More by MattyG85
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-18-2012 23:59:36 | More by budgood1
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-20-2012 04:03:27 | More by FreshHawk
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.
12-23-2011 03:15:37 | More by hardy008
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-09-2011 00:56:07 | More by bsp77
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.
11-13-2011 13:52:14 | More by Mdog
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...
11-06-2012 03:39:34 | More by Tilley4
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.
02-17-2012 04:55:17 | More by doucmehu
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-02-2012 06:41:27 | More by WastingFreetime
Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.