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Snowstorm 2011 - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
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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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:03:27 | More by FreshHawk
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PeroxideCoffee

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-19-2012 15:01:16 | More by PeroxideCoffee
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:59:36 | More by budgood1
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:57:27 | More by dbossman
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herman77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-15-2012 23:42:39 | More by herman77
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:51:38 | More by KarlHungus
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midworken

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:46:53 | More by midworken
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perrinvv

Michigan

2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 22:30:32 | More by perrinvv
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brycelarson

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-10-2012 15:57:20 | More by brycelarson
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-03-2012 04:17:46 | More by aliving1
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-03-2012 03:00:13 | More by AWS2111
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 21:58:46 | More by tvv375ia
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-02-2012 00:41:49 | More by Oboogie
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-31-2011 22:56:45 | More by plumcrazyfx
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 05:04:14 | More by TheQuietMan22
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-26-2011 07:33:09 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 06:57:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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Simo5301

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-23-2011 06:00:21 | More by Simo5301
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:15:37 | More by hardy008
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-20-2011 07:24:37 | More by ChopsMeister
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:34:30 | More by mothman
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:08:49 | More by lawlerj
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:20:13 | More by Pintofbrown
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:37:17 | More by ChopperSmith
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-15-2011 22:09:51 | More by laymansbeerfan
Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.