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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 196
Photo of ballenc
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2006 of Schell's Snowstorm ranks as one of the best stouts I've tasted in quite some time. I've always been a huge fan of Schmaltz's Alt (one of the first "non-traditional" beers I started drinking in the early 90s). Snowstorm 2006 does not disappoint.

Appearance - jet black with a short tan head that disappears quickly with minimal lacing

Smell - definitely an aroma of chocolate, coffee and possibly a hint of anise

Taste - excellent stout - again coffee and chocolate with a medium body and some carbonation

Mouthfeel - a little thinner than my favorite stouts (e.g. Guinness, Old Rasputin,etc) but not as watery as others I've had in the past few months

Drinkability - Marvelous - definitely could drink 2 or 3 in a sitting - not as strong as some other standard or imperial stouts.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep oily black with a thick dark tan head that dissipates into some thin lacing on the glass. The smell is almost like a strong espresso and chocolate. The taste is definately roasted coffee with hints of chocolate that is velvety and thick. Wonderful! I thought the light carbonation and the mild hop bitterness was balanced perfectly. This is one tasty brew! Schell definately did an outstanding job on this one.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oily black hue with a finger and a half creamy caramel head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light chocolate malt with a good burnt grain aroma.

The taste was lightly sweet with a good chocolate and black malt element. Good burnt grin bitterness. Mild metallic flavor however.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth.

Overall a very nice and highly drinkable stout. A nice suprise from a German-American brewery. Thanks to bulldogsturge.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as motor oil with a dark tan head that booked outta there. Smokey espresso beans in the nose, and a hint of dark chocolate. You get a hint of hops and carbonation then an almost chewy amount of roast coffee. It is smoothed out by a forward malt flavor...if your a fan of darkness and can hang in there. I'm going to sip the rest. Thanks JH! First time i was looking for another snow storm.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 andrewmartin
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Snowstorm I've been able to get my hands on, and since it actually snowed a little in Ohio today, I figure it was a good beer to review.

A: Pours like motor oil, thick and black, with a nice tan head (although the beer is not overly carbonated)

S: It has got a lot going on in the nose, coffee, chocolate, and even some fruit (green apple?)

T: The taste is a little one-dimensional, starts off dominated by strong espresso flavors that become increasingly bitter as the beer moves on. Some chocolate notes as well, but they are definately not as noteworthy.

M: Pleasently creamy with enough bite to keep things interesting.

D: I wouldn't have too much trouble taking a few of these back on a cold winter night (or anytime, for that matter). A solid offering.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a deep black color with a creamy tan head that recedes. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with deep cocoa notes and layers of espresso.

Taste is roasty upfront with mild cocoa flavors. Hints of coffee are present just before it finishes with a rather washed out taste and bland aftertaste.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Easily drinkable, but the flavor peters out before it reaches it's potential. Definitely worth a try if available.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark with tan head that leaves little bits of lacing. Smell is smokey, chocolaty and of coffee. Taste is of burnt coffee, slight chocolate, no apparent hops and a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is dense, viscous and with little carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, interesting, but I don't think I could drink this all night.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a thick dark black with a one inch dark tan head, shrinking to a nice bubbly film, and good splotchy lacing. My nose doesn't seem to be working all that well right now, but what I smell is lovely, chocolates and nuts and perhaps a coffee edge. Taste is even better than I was expecting, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, some spices, sparingly hopped, and altogether delicious. Body is at once thin and thick, smooth and carbonated, works pretty well with it. In all, a great year for the Snowstorm, a pretty darn good beer, nothing to jump up and down on a couch about, but definitely should have got a sixer of it.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The 12oz. bottle pours a jet black into my pint glass with a thick and creamy tan head. The head has good lasting power and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The bottle says this yearÂ’s Snow Storm is London-style sweet stout. The aroma is moderately roasty and slightly sweet and there might be a hint of a medicinal aroma. There is no appreciable hop aroma. The taste is much like the smell. There is a moderate roasted edge, but certainly not overpowering. There is a slight amount of residual sweetness and perhaps a little hop flavor. I think the sweetness is mainly masked in hiding the roasted flavors some. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a very creamy texture, with medium-low carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty brew. What I liked most is the very creamy mouthfeel, the taste was balanced well, some roasted flavors, but not overwhelming. The absence of a slight medicinal aroma and after taste would have made this one even better, but still definitely a beer worth buying.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black, opaque. Small 1/4" head.

Smell: I got some dark fruit initially then it was mostly chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Some sweetness to start, then a very good mocha-with-chocolate flavor. A hint of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth stuff.

Drinkability: I like this one!

I like sweeter stouts and this one fits the bill. A good beer from a brewery that makes mostly decent beer.

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

Pours a midnight brown with chestnut highlights and a somewhat loose 1/2" beige head. Nice sturdy/thick lacing.

The scent of powdered bakers cocoa caresses my nostrils first. After a few swift swirls of the glass a chocolate fudge brownie with walnuts tempts me softly. Whoppers malted milk ball candies also play around for a while. Man, I can hardly wait for...

A milky sweet seductive flavor of mocha espresso with cream with just the right amount of acidity to keep this gem from becoming too cloying. A bitter dryness balances nicely with the dark roasted malts and layered chocolate flavors. The flavors end clean and leave me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is spot on an English rendition of the style. The carbonation is fine and tamed with a little prickle on the tongue. A medium bodied stout.

Drinkability is superb. Not heavy in the body at all and not overly sweet either. A great session stout for sure.

Overall I'm utterly impressed with this ale. I'd have to say this is the best Schell beer I've tasted to date. I'll bet this baby really diminishes with time, so I'm glad I got to try it very fresh. Hats off to this stout my friends.

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Photo of dfried
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid black in color, just a little brown at the edges, thin caramel colored head. Rich and roasted aroma. Molasses and a bit of cherry maybe. Quite chocolaty, both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The taste is quite sweet and almost milky. More chocolate and roasted flavors, though none that are really coffee like. Some of the grainy aftertaste characteristic of Schell's beers. Hops are there, more noticable at times but toned back overall. Medium to light body for a stout, fairly smooth and milky mouthfeel, which lead it to be quite drinkable, like ruffles you can't have just one.

Verdict: a winner from Schell's. Tasty and light enough to make it a good session beer, but not in the exceptional category.

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Photo of Handy50322
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I am impressed with this years offering from Schell Brewing.

A- very dark - a very good sign when it is a Sweet Stout.

S- a light chocolate smell with a hint of Coffee- who needs an Irish coffee when you can drink this.

T- I am in heaven. I have a 6 pack and I will not share. There is coffee and chocolate and just a hint of Vanilla.

M- Smooth about a medium mouthfeel. Hold this in your mouth and let it surround your tongue.

D-I will have to back to the store and buy the rest of the stock there. This is one I will drink , remember and share ( after the first 6) with all my friends. Love it.

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

Nice, black appearance. Not quite opaque, but very dark. Thick meringue like chocolate brown head. Lacing is quite full. Quite a nice nose of milk chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and a little char. Flavor is a little thinnish compared to the nose. Light notes of chocolate and char and coffee. Roasted bitterness lingers a little. Mouthfeel is o.k. Not as velvety as I like my sweet stouts. Medium bodied. All in all, it's a decent stout that actually placed 4th out of 6 samples in a recent blind taste test of mine. Just nothing that makes me sit up and take notice here.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark black body, delicious looking tan head that looks like one you would find atop a rootbeer float.

Smell: Rich and malty, brown sugar and a little anise. Very nice.

Taste: Smooth as silk, yet has a nice, deep flavor that is sweet and malty, with nutty and burnt flavors combining nicely with the anise that was also in the smell. Very good for the style, the hops are definitely in the background, but add a nice touch on the back side.

Drinkability: Very good, maybe the finest Snowstorm offering (a step in the right direction).

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

Very dark brown body with a dark cocoa brown head. Looks chocolatey and good. Nose is chocolatey and sweet with maybe a little licorice and roasted peat bog as well. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front. Vanilla and coffee later on. Pretty good. Moderate body with a slightly thin feel. Nice job Schell!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another JeffKrenner beer.

A: Pours like coffee that sat on the burner all day. A very dark beige head accompanies this beer, made up of various sized bubbles. Although its falling, the head for the most part remains intact.

S: Very mild aroma. Pretty much just smells like milk. Some undercover cocoa can be found if you search hard enough. As it warms, roasted barley becomes more apparent.

T: Begins extremely roasted with a sour twang to it. This beer really reminds me of a cup of coffee. Has a substantial coffee backbone with sugary kicks and milk sweetness. The bitter roasted barley stays with this beer from the moment it touches the lips to the lingering aftertaste. Lactose is apparent up front but really begins to shine after the swallow. Cafe au lait with chocolate kicks are some of the last flavors to remain.

M: Full body, nice texture. Carbonation can get a bit fuzzy but nothing repressing.

D: This was a very well put together stout. Balanced very nicely between bitter and milky sweet.

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Photo of bucko
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this at Autumn Brew Review, but had too many beers that day to really give it a review with any justice. This beer pours almost black and opaque with a nice foamy tan head that slowly dissipates over time. Aroma is malty, roasty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is, of course, roasty, slightly heavy, malty, very smooth and almost silky. The coffee flavor remains along with a bit of cola and malt. Very nice. One of the best stouts I've had in quite a while. Very drinkable and enjoyable. May I have another?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Chaz
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours inky-dark brown -almost black- and fairly opaque. Firm tan head with moderate lacing (poured cold into a clean, dry glass) and duration. Sweet, malty nose, with a hint of lactic sourness and roasted malts . . . porter . . . stout? We're on the right track with this one. Sweet/tangy, yogurt-like sourness, definitely sour in the right way. Hops and bitterness are way behind the scenes, basically nowhere in the picture. Creamy-smooth mouthtfeel, thin-to-medium bodied, and even a touch chalky as per style. Becomes a little bit sweeter as it warms but never loses the sweet/sour chalky tang. When I first heard that this year's offering would be styled after a "London Porter" (guess I heard wrong?) I was really looking forward to this, but English Stout? Yeah I can dig it, especially if we can all agree that this particular brew is a rendition of a Sweet Stout and that said style originated in Britain . . . well, I'm down for that too, and am certainly not gonna stop and re-read the style guidelines right here as I am enjoying this fine offering! For what it's worth I've found that August Schell can knock out a decent German or British-styled ale from time to time, and I really wish they'd offer one such as this (or the great Brown Ale from a couple of years back) year round. Can't wait to try this on tap!

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

A sufficiently warmed bottle pours into my glass an opaque, dark brown, nearly black, with rambunctious cocoa-brown foam up on top.

Aroma spills out chocolate at first, nuts and cola, warm, rich malt, soft cream, and a hint of vanilla. A bit roasty, with a touch of espresso. Nice.

Smooth once on the tongue, but roasty and sufficiently gritty. Substantial heft in the body of this, a judicious use of malt, and just a little hops. Clean and smooth in the drinking, but a solid stout in all respects. Lingering spice and coffee grounds in the finish, but it wipes clean in time for another sip.

An easy-drinking stout, and a welcome addition to the August Schell line.
Good work, Dave!

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Photo of icefisherman
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i dont know bout you but im always a sucker for the snowstorm the last couple were not so good in my opinion but some of you liked them this i was suprised by a dark mysterious liquid in the glass upon reading the bottle it calls it a london style sweet stout hmmm i think this may be good it smelles of verry light coffee and the schells yeast strain to me all schell beer smells the same taste like nothing else they have made mouth feel is a little thin but it is highly drinkable i would storngly recomend this for all to try

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better snowstorms of recent years....I know they like to go with the easier drinking style beers for their snowstorms (which I don't understand) and this has a relatively low ABV...but at least they picked a style with some flavor and heft to it.

They call it a sweet stout on the label...pours a deep brown, leaning on black....nice tan head and lace...

Nose is OK...some roastiness..

Medium bodied...creamy mouthfeel....on the mark

Taste is roasted malts...some java/espresso impressions...sweet, but held in check nicely with a dryish finish...

Overall this is very well done....I'll definitely buy at least one more sixer of if they would just push the envelope a little and brew an old ale or barley wine I'd be really impressed...

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 196 ratings