Stout | August Schell Brewing Company

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hardy008 on 03-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 149
Reviews by Phelps:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a little late in the season to try this beer but it was part of the mixed six pack I bought over the weekend in MI.Poured a a jet black with a large two finger craterous mocha colored head leaving spotty lace behind as it settled.Roasty with a drying earthy presence in the nose with lighter tones of unsweetened chocolate and nut.The bottle says a sweet stout but I find it to be quite dry and roasty with big earthy notes and underlying chocolate and dark fruit in the finish.Goes down very easy maybe to easy,a decent English style stout here.

Ok as I drank more and it came to room temp the sweetness and raisiny flavors came out to make for a sweeter but balanced stout,much better.

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Photo of kgeijer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark, opaque brown with thin tan head.

Smell: Both sweet and dry roasted barley, with some coffee, chocolate and English hops.

Taste: Somewhat sweet roasted barley, chocolate, light coffee, caramel and dark fruits. A slight touch of English hops pops up toward the end of each sip. Overall, mild but quite pleasant.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat smooth but slightly thin.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, unassuming English Stout - nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is an inky brown-black with no noticeable hues if you hold it up to the light. A frothy brown head lingers for a considerable time then dissipates. Aroma is of toast, smoke, dark roasted malts and an unusual flowery hop. Campfire smoke and roasted dark malts hit you up front in the taste with that same flowery hop lingering around as well as hints of chocolate and toast. Fairly restrained hop bitterness, could use a bit more to balance some of the sweetness. Medium full mouthfeel carries these nice flavors with a slightly sweet finish. Carbonation is spot-on for an English stout which is restrained. Overall, a nice example of English stout leaning towards Scottish roots with some of the smokiness and restrained hops. This is a brew to discuss over its complexity. Thanks Schell's!

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

Nice to see the deer antler tap handle of an August Schell beer in the Burgh, this may be the first I ever recall seeing. I've been drinking the bottles since Vecenie has been carrying them, but this is was the first draft I've seen at Bocktown. Appears pitch black with ruby highlights and a massive mocha tan head. Aromatics fill my senses with dark coffee and roasted malts give a bit of chocolate off as well. Herbal earthy hops fill the back end up and a nice air of underlying fruitiness works it's magic as well. Such a nice mix of flavors going on here. A solid classic stout, I'm surprised this brew doesn't get more love. Big roasted malt layers of chocolate with mild roasted coffee bitterness, again deep plum or raisin note peeks through and some earthy herbal hop doses come through just for some balance. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, carbonation was moderate. Drinkability solid glad I tried the August Schell brew, I hope to see more of their beers on tap in the Burgh.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of umtox
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a big caramel head.

aroma is of toasted malt and molasses. Very faint.

Taste is complex with many revealing flavors - including burnt caramel, nuts, and charred malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth, developing dryness.

Highly drinkable. A tasty session stout.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I love the old school label and six pack designs.

Inky black bodied with a thin skimming of tan.
Cocoa and anise are the major players, aroma-wise, and possibly the only players, save for a fleeting roasted graininess.
It enters the mouth with a black-liquorice-stained, roasted grain notion. Grain drops out, liquorice stays and is joined with lactose heavy milk chocolate, and a dab of molasses for good measure. It rides this flavor profile for a long time, but a few blades of grassy hops give it some bittering balance around the finish.
Full bodied, on the large and thick side for the style (and the ABV), with a silky, low-carbonated texture. It's hearty, but delicious and thoroughly sessionable. It's a spot on sweet English-styled stout, which I appreciate more given the style's relative rarity. A little weird coming from Schell's, but now I understand why it's entered heavy rotation in their portfolio. Good stuff.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce dark bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very deep brown color, almost black. A nice foamy/creamy tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind.

Smell - Smells smoky with faint hints of root beer and black licorice.

Taste - Up front there is a dark malt flavor, followed by hints of black licorice and burnt caramel.

Mouth Feel - Slippery with light carbonation, and fairly light and thin for such a hearty tasting brew.

Drinkability - Very tasty. I still prefer a nitro-tap Guinness, but this isn't a horrible American interpretation of a dry stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! I was quite surprised when I poured this out and found it to be dark as coal! The body is almost black but still retains some brown to it, and the head is a creamy deep-oak. Head retention could be better, and the lacing is only average.

The nose is lightly roasty with a nutty edge.

In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous side, and it foams as it warms to become pillowy soft (but it's more of a polyester, than cottony or down pillow).

The flavor expresses a combination of rich, roasty coffee; deeply caramelized, almost burnt sugar; and soft milk chocolate at the outset. As it warms, more cocoa and light caramel flavors appear. There's an honest smear of milk chocolate across the middle; and a smattering of grassy, leafy, and floral hops appear towards the finish. It ends up dry and just slightly acidic from the dark malts, with a crisp crust of burnt sugar left behind. The restrained bitterness is perfect given the dark malt acidity and bitterness, and I found this very nicely balanced and drinkable. Very well done and well worth trying.

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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 hodgsongreg
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great stout!

I poured this from a bottle to a glass where very little, but very thick head (that's what she said) formed. I held the glass between my eye and the sun and no light passed through, stout, indeed! It smells like a chocolate coffee roast, with a touch of sweet raisin. The taste matches the smell. The first taste is chocolate and the residual is coffee. Delicious! There is more carbonation than I am used to from a stout, but the bite is refreshing and by no means ruins the taste. I could have several of these in a sitting, but I like to keep them around to enjoy the whole week.

Great work, Schell's!

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Photo of Vinmar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts what I assume is the Schell brewery covered in snow. Described as a London-style sweet stout.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch tan head that settles to a very thin coating of foam. The beer itself is almost black, ruby red around the edges. Some lacing.

Smell: Initial aroma is a mix of lactose sweetness with roasted barley bitterness.

Taste: Sweet, milky malt upfront, with a medium level of roasted barley bitterness following. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average to lower than average carboantion level. Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability: Another good one from Schell. Flavoful with out being too overwhelming or having too high of an ABV.

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Photo of Will96
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black - simple as that! A light brown head that fizzles, then settles into a decent ring. Huge roasty malts, cola and traces of dark roasted coffee beans on the nose. Light caramel and sugary malts appear in the front; a bit of burnt coffee beans as well. Thick and creamy malts form the body; espresso like flavors dominate. Just a touch of hops and vanilla flavorings. Becomes sweet and mildly carbonated. Turns a bit milky-sweet with traces of black licorise. Clean and mild finish, probably the best Snow Storm offering from Schell; a style that changes each year--they hit the target this year! Well worth the effort here.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one inch tan head that had decent retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is mainly the roasted malt. Some smoke and flowers linger in the background.

Nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of smoke and floral hops complete this pleasing flavor profile. Leaves just a hint of charred bitterness on the finish.

Low carbonation and a creamy texture adds to the enjoyment.

Overall a very flavorful stout. A nice venture outside the German style beer world for Schell's.

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Photo of calise1122
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came as an extra in a trade... It slips my mind who sent it, but thanks for the local stout! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass while Wilson Picket "Brings it all Back Home to Me" on Pandora.

A: A sizzle lets out as I top of the pour showing lots of carbonation. Very opaque, a deep dark brown pour is capped with what started as a 2 inch baseball dirt brown and finished as quickly settles down to just a that... a cap.

S: Smell is not to strong, definitely some smoke driven coffee/toffee/chocolate... and I get a slight hint of raisins or prunes. A nice smelling beer, but not knocking my socks off.

T: First taste is very cold... the chocolate is easy to detect so is the coffee, but in a coffee ice cream kind of way (maybe it has to do with the temperature). As it warms the coffee turns more into cocoa and the malts provide a very noticeable and delightful sweetness. Everything is a little bit muted, almost like it starts to take off but doesn't get to the flying height that would make it great. It is good, just not great.

M: moderately light, lot of carbonation, has a nice silky feel in the hopper

D: I drank mine very slowly to let it fall to the right temperature and I really enjoyed it the whole way. I enjoyed the change of aroma's and flavors as it regressed. I could have had another, maybe even two. So yeah, it is pretty drinkable. Not my preferred session beer, but it is cold outside, its dark early and this certainly works.

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Photo of runwild99
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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