Stout | August Schell Brewing Company

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Average: 3.81 | pDev: 12.34%

Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 196

English Stout | 5.00% ABV

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 196
Reviews by WastingFreetime:
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dstc
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely black with a frothy brown head. Head falls slow. Decent lace. Looks great.

Aroma is of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

Taste mimics the smells with the obvious roasted malts and a slight bitter-sweet chocolate taste ending with a slight lingering bitterness.

Medium to full bodied and somewhat smooth.

Not bad. Nice flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Tone
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color. One inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and slightly of coffee. Fits the style of an English Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp/slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt comes through next, slight hops in the background, and some chocolate notes in the finish. Overall, a rich stout that is not too dry or overpowering in roasted flavor. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

August Schell's Stout pours a finger of brown foam over
a black brew. Carbonation- hard to gauge but probably
not that active. The nose is chocolate and toasty malts.
The flavor is bakers chocolate, dark malts, maybe a note
of rum with a bit of sharp raw chocolate in the finish. The
mouthfeel is surprisingly light (though by no means watery),
but with a nice full roundness as well. Mellow toasty malts
come to the fore again in the aftertaste. Schell's expended
a lot of effort on this brew, which is well outside of the German
styles they are justifyably well known for brewing. They set
out to create a sweet stout and that is just what they did. Go
check it out.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Freshness date on bottle neck. Purchased as part of 12-pack Schell's sampler.

A: Very dark brown, no translucency, with ruby highlights at the edges and solid 1-2 finger beige head that leaves multiple lace levels down the beverage.

S: Aroma is dominated by chocolate, coffee, and sweet lactose with some pretty solid roasted dark malt and a bit of char as well. A little bit of leafy hops but not much.

T: Sweet chocolate and roasted dark malt dominate with less coffee flavor that you'd guess from the nose and char in the finish joined by some leafy, earthy hops to complete a well-rounded flavor. I'd love to see a little more coffee and leafy hops flavors to up the complexity some more.

M: A little lighter than expected in body, firmly medium, with low-to-medium carbonation and more charred dark malt in the aftertaste.

D: A very good stout that was surprising give Schell's reputation for creating excellent lagers.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep, rich black with a frothy tan head which left tons of sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet roasted malts and grain.

A big hit of malty sweetness upfront. Fairly distracting. Very unlike what I'd consider a stout. An underlying fruitiness is noted in the finish.

Light bodied, thin and watery, and moderately carbonated.

More like a brown ale than a stout. I won't have again.

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Photo of Buebie
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears as though the 2006 Snowstorm was wiped off the board. This is the same recipie, but why was the entire '06 piece deleted? Anyway, I could not reference my 2006 Snowstorm review.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip. The head forms a nice khaki 2 inches. Receeding slow and leaving thick drapes of lace behind. A colar of retention is left.
The beer is black in color with no light penetration.

The aroma is of chocolate roasty grains and a touch of nuttyness with just a hint of smoke.

The taste is of more roasty cereal grains, chocolate, molasses and hints of woodyness. Just a faint bittering of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly thick.

Excellent brew, just as it was in 2006.
Now bring the latest Snowstorm into all year availability and I will be happy.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black from the bottle with about a finger of short-lived brown head. Smell just after the pour is a nice blend of charred malt, cola, and peanuts, but after the head boils away, a dishwater/mineral aroma also shows up. Not bad, just a little off.

Taste combines the flavors from the nose in a simple and enjoyable light-bodied stout. The burnt maltiness finishes dry, but not sticky. I didn't expect to think highly of this stout, but I did, and it seems to fit the English Stout mold well. Hard to think of a better stout for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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 ncvbc
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and nearly black with brown hues. A somewhat creamy tan head rises and looks nice but falls quickly to a ring. Smell is fairly light but clean and simple. Similar to a Dry Stout for me. Some grain along with a subtle hop presence. Soft malts. A bit of chocolate and coffee, a tiny bit of smoke. Taste is quite nice. A light fruit sweetness is underneath throughout and creates a great flavor. There is also an earthy hop presence that is great. It doesn't have a distracting bitterness. Again, there is coffee, a little burnt tasting at times. Creamy chocolate and also an underlying nutty flavor but very subtle. Nice and silky in the mouth with a light bitterness in the finish, just a tad drying. A very drinkable beer. In fact, another bomber would be in order if I had one. I owe maximum12 a thank you for providing this extra in a recent trade.

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Photo of badelsman
1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to standard pint, pours a dark opaque blackish brown, roasty tan head fades to lacing.

smells of roasty burnt malts, yeast notes, bready

taste is of roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, dry, slight hop bitterness permeates, peat/earth, excellent, good weight and highly drinkable.

mouthfeel is of creamy malts, sweet bitterness, roasty and flavorful, yum for a great price

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Photo of happygnome
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice very dark black color not transparent at all, produces about an inch of tan/brown head that dissapears quickly to a sticky ring of lacing around the edge of the glass and is spotty on the top of the beer
s: roasted nuts chocalte malts hints of earthy hops very slight
t: chocolate malts roasted nuts no hints of hoppy bitterness
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, hints of snowstorm '07, truly a fantastic brew and its only $8 a 6er i'll definatly pick it up again

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After finding out they are going to be bottling this as their new Stout, I came back here and realized I never tranfered my review notebook to BA.

Nice Black pour, with a little shine when put up to the light. Good off white head, not quite as tan as a typical stout.
Aroma is roasted malts and a definate sweetness I couldn't put my finger on, possibly even a little fruity.
Taste is very roasted malts with a great sweetness to balance it out, definate carmel, and just a touch of hops on the tongue.
moutfeel is smooth and creamy, but not quite as thick as a normal stout (almost porter like), this is an extremely drinkable beer and the best snowstorm I can remember drinking to date.

I will have to see the possible changes when it is in it's new packaging.

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Photo of KI9A
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cola black, chocolate milk head, lasting into nice lace.

S: Burnt malts, not much else here. Not bad at all, but, not impressive.

T: Roasted malts, molasses bread. Light bitterness at the back.

M: Medium body, not too heavy at all. Actually refreshing...weird for a stout, but, welcome.

D: Low ABV, medium body, great flavor, can make this a good session beer. Talk about "drinkabilty"? This is a better example!

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Photo of youngleo
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 beerkittycat
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mothman
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is deep black, slightly brown when held up to the light. Thick brown head, that leaves great lacing.

Aroma is of smoked/roasted malts along with slight grassy hops. Some chocolate as well.

Taste is of smoked almonds. Chocolate flavored. The grassy hops become more present. Finally, a burnt caramel taste is noted.

Mouthfeel is a little bitter at first from the hops, but then it becomes smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink for a stout. I could easily enjoy a few of these. This is a must try if you are into lighter stouts.

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Photo of Greggy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very thick 2+ finger head into an impy pint glass. the head very slowly recedes leaving some nice clinging lace and a....
The color of the beer itself is black and non-transparent.

S- Chocolate, Toasted grains, A big gram cracker component as mentioned below, and also some sweet caramel. This smells easily border into milk stout territory.

T- initially the taste is a bit thin almost like some of the thinner porters, but finishes with some dryer bakers chocolate and coffee notes. From the smell, I expected quite a bit more. I find it definitely gets better as it warms.

M- Low carbonation is right on, but the whole body is a bit thin and a bit watery tasting.

D- I revisted this beer a few times and this beer is quite a bitter better as it warms into the 50 range, but when cooler, the body feels a bit thin.

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Photo of JamesS
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown/black with nice initial head (tan) and some good lacing. Slight burnt grain scent, but not as strong as I'd like. Good taste, a nice bit of burnt grains with a decent coffee bite and slight hop finish. Astringent aftertaste, though, which hurts the finish and mouthfeel.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of brewdoc75
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by a traditional English Stout, being made by Minnesota's premier German brewery.

Poured into a Northern Brewer pint glass, this brew is dark black w/ hues of ruby. There is a nice brownish white head atop. The aromas are ok, I just don't get enough. There is some cocoa and a slight sweetness there. This is much more present in the taste. Strong chocolate and cocoa flavors hit the tongue. There is a silky swettness of the malts as well. I do get some slight, coffee tones, bjut not as much as one would expect for a dry stout. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It has a silky medium body.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I've not partaken in a great deal of English Stouts, but this fits the description well. It kind of reminds me of a less complex, simple version of an Imperial Stout. Kind of like an Imperial Stout for the working man. I'd drink this again. I may even pick up a sixer sometime. Definitely good for an after dinner drink on a cold night.

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Photo of hodgsongreg
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 196 ratings