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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sparx1100, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +5.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of shutupandcook
4/5  rDev +5.8%

shutupandcook, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of smogfood
4/5  rDev +5.8%

smogfood, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of smartens
4/5  rDev +5.8%

smartens, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

millelacsmark, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

MattyG85, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of enfield249
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

fuzzcherry, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 adrock7309
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few one night. Got better as it warmed up and also #2 onward seemed to taste much better. Tons of malty caramel and sweetness. Smell was much of the same caramel and toffee notes. Not much of a hop profile at all but that is expected based on the style. Will be drinking this one all winter long.

adrock7309, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Chaz
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant gold-tinged amber in color, topped with a nice fluffy off-white head. Head is actually a little darker than that, closer to khaki-tan but not as dark as I'd expect it to be. Plenty of sticky lace here, and head falls to a viscous oily-slick atop the surface after a little more than a minute. So far so good!

Nose is lighter than I might've expected had I expected something with smoke or peated-malt, but so be it: fruity, with notes of strawberry and plum. There's a little alcohol in there alsp, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. There's "no" hops presence in the contemporary sense, but it is appropriate for the style.

Soft and smooth on the fist sip, with loads of berry notes right away. Sweetish, but no means cloying, and with a tartness (almost like tannin) and bitterness kicking in midway and lingering nicely 'til the end. Some Diacetyl? Seems to be within reason for the style, and I rather enjoy it in darker ales. Lighter toast and biscuit-malt notes help to give this a dry feel toward the end of the palate. In addition to the plum and straw/berry notes present in the nose, there's also some toffee and a very, very light note of anise. Full-ish mouthfeel, coating and yet light across the entire palate -- quite nice. While the alcohol is very subtly-warming here, it's enough to keep most of us from downing it all at once, yet some others might find it "dangerously drinkable" : )

Strikes me as an appropriate drink for the colder winter months.

In many ways this one won't impress "Generation Craft", but the taste itself is where the brewer nailed it; Served at the proper temperature, this one's the taste-alike of a classic old -and imported- recipe introduced to me by a certain beer-lovin' Scotsman over twenty years ago. While it is better than average for the style, 2011 Snowstorm runs so counter to the profile of Scotch Ale brewed by most American Craft Brewers that I'd feel foolish rating it 'to style', and so I won't!

Suffice it to say it's definitely worth a try and might even be worth stocking up on, as it's a very agreeable sipper.

Note: I'd highly suggest this one be served on the warm side.

Chaz, Nov 23, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Like It? Correct

wrycon, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +32.3%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Looking all good and waiting to get crunked on.
Storybook appearance, true to style taste and aroma. Solid beer and at 7% you cant really go wrong.

2 finger sudzy off white head. ticking down and finally settling to a foamy cap.
sticky lace spots the glass in thick globs.
Color is pretty damn pale, bordering brown but copper hues are present.
Burnt caramel aroma, toasty breads, malty big, raising the roof with malt. Represent!
Smooth feel, carbonation on the back burner, not flat.
Torriified wheat?
Burnt sugar in taste, caramel, toffee, touch pf dark chocolate woodsy bark coffee. All those together giving off an earthy bittering taste. cant place the hops, but I'm confident they are there.

Good shit Schell's. Now bring back 2008 Snowstorm!

Buebie, Nov 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bsp77, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 morimech
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

morimech, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's that time of year again, and another Snowstorm is upon us.

A: Pours deep reddish-brown with a thick, creamy head that has no intention of going anywhere. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Very malt-forward aroma. Toasted malt, toffee, and just a hint of smoke, along with some floral hop notes at the end.

T: Dried fruits, toast, caramel, and brown sugar are prominent, with a hint of smoke and warming alcohol. Grassy, woody hop undertones are present, but very faint.

Notes: Full-bodied and has a finish that lasts forever. This beer has a silky texture unlike any other beer of this style. Alcohol is warming, but never overpowering. This year's Snowstorm is damn tasty, and one that I look forward to enjoying throughout the winter months.

WYVYRN527, Oct 29, 2011
Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.