Stout | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 196
Photo of TheSSG
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, dense head that is tan. Bright floral hops burst with a touch of toasted malt. Black. Starts a bit tart but rich and toasted. Moves into a slight metallic twinge as the floral hops bring up bitterness. Finish is nice, toasted malt. There's a slight almost astringent aspect hidden around.

This isn't too bad. A bit thinner than I like my stouts, and the metallic/astringent quality isn't my favorite.

Actually, seeing this is a "Sweet stout" makes it jump a good half a point in score...though I'm not huge on sweet stouts.

Take my score with a grain of salt. I have zero idea what a "London Sweet Stout" should taste like, hahah

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-30-2012
Freshness: Best by 10-11-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours black in color with some ruby highlights. A nice tan head of large bubbles leaves good lacing behind and shows a fair amount of retention.

Aromas are big of chocolate, plus roasted and malty notes. Overall the smells are malty sweet, with some minor wood and licorice influences.

Taste is sweet and smooth, like milk chocolate, with toasted grains followed by earthy English hops.

Creamy mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Medium-bodied, the finish is malty and has flavors of chocolate and a little bit of roasted grains.

Overall a very tasty and easy-drinking stout -- recommended.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, one shade lighter than black. Smaller beige head. Okay retention. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee and some cream in the mix too. Smells a lot like a light roasted coffee with lots of cream, sugar and some coco in it.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor. Some coffee, a bit astringent. Milk chocolate. Good balance of roast and sweet.

M: Medium body. Average to lower carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O: A really nice english stout. Good drinkability. Looks like it's a style not made very often and Schells won't be making this any longer as well. Glad I got to try it before it's retired.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely opaque black with a thin brownish head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt. Light on aroma though.

Taste: Very dark roasted malts, some chocolate. An aftertaste of coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little spike of carbonation but pretty smooth. Not as drying on the palate as I expected. Very drinkable.

Final Thoughts: This is my first time trying this particular offering from Schell's, and I like it. It definitely doesn't rank with the best stouts I've had but it is pretty decent overall. It goes down smooth and leaves you with just enough flavor left on your tongue to make you want more. Would love to try this on a nitro-tap.

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Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date into mason jar

Look is a dark, almost black, brown with a small mocha head. Smell is light; roasted malts, chocolate, roses. Taste is crisp and refreshing, fading into more savory roasted tones. Cocoa powder, dark coffee, oak, grains, and there's hop presence but no real hop flavor. Medicinal bitterness in the finish.

Reasonably priced stout that was very tasty.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a VERY dark brown/black color with a thin brown head that dissipates instantly. The lacing is a little thin.

Smell - Strong scent of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malts.

Taste - Identical to the aroma.. along with some toffee.

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with mild carbonation. The carbonation gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - I normally don't drink stouts, I don't enjoy coffee in the least bit. But I'm giving this an honest rating because I know it's good for what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princetons in Maple Grove. Poured pitch black with a tall tan head. There's a big toasty aroma with toffee covered chocolate. The burnt edge is softened with the sweet cocoa. There's a mild hop finish to balance out the thick body. Overall, a fine, balanced example of the style.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's Stout pours a dark, dark color with just a wisp of resilient creamy foam above. The aroma has dark boozy fruit with some chocolate notes that come and go. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the palate. A bit subdued at the end. Just a tick below a full-bodied experience, but still nicely done. The powdery cocoa leaves the mouth feeling dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Part Two of my six-part intro to this brewery. It pours a slick black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises very light roasted malts, somehow even lighter char, very light leather, and a touch of very light dark chocolate. I think I was being a bit too subtle there: The smell is decidedly light, almost nonexistent. I thought it was my nose, so I tested it out on some PX sherry nearby. Nope, not my nose. This stuff has a very weak aroma. The taste holds notes of darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, light char, and a light kiss of vanilla in the background. The roast is downright burnt, brah, much to the detriment of the whole experience.The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad, boring stout, one that tried too ahrd to be all dark and roasty, it would seem.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Inky black to the edges with a tall tan head that dissipates to a thin covering, leaving spots of lacing behind.

N- Damp earthy aromas dominate the nose, with subtle chocolate malt underneath. Faint caramel sweetness also under the damp leaves.

T- Big roasty goodness with a soft cocoa sweetness. The roast is very smooth, and the bitterness is very mild and pleasant. A little of that earthiness from the nose is present mid-palate. Fairly short, semi-sweet finish with a light hop presence and a little roast. Mostly chocolate malt in the aftertaste.

M- Medium- to light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish.

D- Overall, a good example of an English stout. The fairly light body combined with a subtle sweetness makes for a quaffable stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark as night, thin,tan head. Minimal to no lacing.
S: smokey, malty and hints of chocolate.
T: sweet at the start but fades into some dark chocolate bitterness and a hoppier than expected finish. The smoke is there at the end as well.
M: slighty syrupy, medium body. High carbonation which surprised me. Bitter finish.
O: made to drink in large quantities. Not going to win any awards, but it's a good value and perhaps a decent intro for newbies to the style.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from bottle to pint glass. Decent 1-finger tan head that recedes very quickly leaving some faint patches of lacing. Looks extremely carbonated, as there were some vigorous bubbles upon pouring.

S - faint notes of rye malt, burnt sugar, chocolate, and molasses.

T - very chocolatey, with some malt and very faint hops that weren't detected in the nose.

M - Highly carbonated, almost like a soda, but it works well here to bring the flavors together. This goes down very smooth, and is sessionable as a result.

O - Quality brew from Schell's. Not the most amazing stout ever, but at $11/12pk this is a tasty brew that beckons you to have more than just 1 at a time.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #9 top English stout on the beeradvocate Top Beers - English Stout list. Served in a pint glass.

Beer is black / brown at the corners, clear, thin tan head of small bubbles, low lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chocolate and mild malt, sweet slightly, smells fine.

Beer is medium to light in body pretty bitter at the end, the palate is dominated by this ashy bitterness, it grows stronger. The lead off is a little sweet, still thin. Overall it is fine but nothing too great here. Just a simple little English stout and I'd have it again if it were on tap in MN some day.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Appears mostly brown/black but with reddish fringes in a glass, tan single finger of head that doesn't last long but leaves behind modest lacing, it could have had a stronger head IMHO...Smell is a lot more milk chocolate than bitter chocolate, tinged with caramel malt aroma and strangely light on the coffee aroma, that I would have liked to have experienced. Body is a bit on the thinner side of medium, flavor is slightly more bitter than the aroma with charred malt finally making itself present alongside the caramel, bitterness mostly stays on the backend of the sip, however. Not terrible, not great either. The major problem in my mind is that it does not exhibit enough roasted character in every facet to compete with other English Stouts, also is somewhat too sweet in balance. But on the other hand, it is drinkable and I would not turn one down if offered.

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Photo of BarleyStud
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two bottles served at about 45 degrees and both poured into a 25 oz. mug. Needed to pour this into the bottom of the glass to get a decent head, which disappeared too soon for a stout. Lacing on the sides was irregular. It smells kind of like burned coffee, which is OK but not at all impressed.

The mouthfeel is creamy but thin, a bit watery and not full enough for a stout. The taste is also on the thin side. Coffee taste is present, not a roasted taste though, more like burned caramel and coffee, much like the smell. I thought it was just too much on the burnt side to derive enough real fulfilling stout pleasure. The after swallow was the best part. even thought the burnt taste lingers, the caramel-coffee does freshen. My taste buds were scrambling, however, to get more out of it, but couldn't muster it.

Don't get me wrong, this is OK, and makes a real good breakfast beverage, but there are better out there. I will save a 12 box in hopes that aging will help.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pretty close to opaque brown/black. Head is thick and tan, stays frim at one finger. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is sweeter than many stouts. There is a milk chocolate, molasses, and a bit of caramel.
T- There is a slight roasted note to it, but again, it's sweeter than many in the stye. Initially light caramel. There is a definite molasses like character. In the finish there is a bit more roasted, smoky, coffee like character.
M- Light-medium body, light medium carbonation. Both are too low for this style.
O- It's a tasty beer but it's a bit too sweet, yet light, for me to think of it as much above average in the styke.

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Photo of Phelps
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall schooner glass. Bottling date of 6-11-11.

Raven-dark brown, mostly non-transparent, though the light above my head is revealing some ruby highlights. The head is light tan and half a finger tall, fizzling away to a wispy ring after just a bit.

In the nose: milk chocolate crumbles, cocoa nibs, some butter, oats, molasses. Not bad.

The flavor trends far tangier. Lots of sweet toffee here, met with bittersweet dark chocolate and burnt toast. Toasty, oaty and fairly sweet, with a smooth splash of vanilla at the finish. Almost like a Scotch Ale with roast.

The velvety medium body breaks into soft fizz just a bit as it moves. Carbonation is mild and prickly; alcohol is barely noticeable, but a bit of heat comes through the mouth.

Overall, Schell’s Stout was better than I expected. I dig the Scotch-like sweetness backed by roast. If I were local, this would have a regular place in the rotation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some lactose and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, some dark fruit and a little bit of smokiness. The hops presence is very mild as it should be with this type of beer and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of youngleo
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to about a one inch head. Head had some big bubbles. Head was light caramel in color. Not much lacing going on. Brew itself was black. Smelled good. Notes of sweetness, burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee, just smelled good. Had all the tastes as it smelled. Burnt malt, slightly sweet, coffee, and chocolate. Had a slight bitter aftertaste, but then again slight. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Felt slightly thicker in the mouth. I got this sixer in the summer as a variety pack. When the weather turns a little chillier in the fall, I plan on buying a sixer of just the Stout. Good beer. I recommend.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - pitch black with ruby highlights under a finger and a half of dark tan head; beautiful

S - roast malt; faint sweetness; hint of hops; some fruity notes; pretty complex smell

T - roasted malt; dark chocolate; hint of coffee; touch of smoke; lactic and earthy flavors linger in the background; dry finish

M - medium body; average carbonation; creamy and smooth

O - beautiful appearance, inviting aroma, rich flavor, and pleasantly creamy texture; not quite the best stout on the market, but a very good brew

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell Stout has a very dark brown body, and a solid-looking brown head that is about a finger tall. Retention is good, the lacing is OK.

The aroma has a lot of roasted malt in it, with hints of sweetness behind it.

This beer is pretty good, especially considering the fact that the cost is pretty low. Lots of roasted malt is backed up by some caramel and toffee sweetness. The roasted flavors are definitely the most powerful in the beer. Very dry overall.

The body is a tad light, and the carbonation is a little bit prickly.

Schell Stout isn't a bad beer. I will continue to try their offerings when I come across them, but I doubt I will seek them out.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown with one finger of chocolate head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malts up front, transitioning slowly through the finish into the chocolate notes. Very uncomplicated yet pleasant in flavor. As the beer warms, I detect a hint of lavender in the finish. The sweetness is far from cloying and does not scream "lactose" in the way that some milk stouts do.

M: On the light side for the style, medium mouthfeel at the most, with considerable creaminess that approaches a chocolate ice cream float in feel.

O: Uncomplicated, unremarkable, and yet pleasantly satisfying. The lightness might make it a good choice for introducing someone to stouts who has a preference for lighter beers. It also makes it something that can be served a little colder during warmer weather. Will buy again.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Best buy date on neck of bottle is 6/3/11.

Appearance: Pours black with some dark brown around the edges. Head is a dark mocha color. Foam fades quickly.

Smell: Pleasant roast aroma with some fruity esters. Notes of coffee and chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Burnt maltiness with some stone fruit notes. Nice feel. Smooth, bitter, and dry.

Overall: Not my favorite stout, but still pretty good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks solid, almost black with a bit of amber hues and a half inch of solid head.

S - Light chocolate and a bit of espresso coffee. Smells kind of caramel like which is a surprise.

T - Kind of roasty with a bit of chocolate but mostly coffee flavors. Light but was meant to be. Pretty good.

M - Light to heavy. Smooth body.

D - I like a bit of heavy in my stout. In a way it kind of felt like a lighter version of Samuel Smiths Imperial stout so that's a plus. I can get a sixer for 9.99 but why do this when I can get a variety of better brews. OK!

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Stout from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 196 ratings