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 BigRedN
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is very dark brown, approaching black in color. Pour produces a light brown head, nearing 1 inch in height. Head lingers before facing to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Typical stout aromas; roasted malts with a light chocolate and coffee aroma.

Taste: Nicely malted brew. Roasted malts, a chocolate expresso flavor. Not sweet malt, slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a light natural carbonation. Starts out going down smooth with a slightly prickly dry finish.

Drinkability: Purchased a six pack on trip to Iowa. Surprisingly, I had not noticed this particular Schell's beer in NE. A decent stout, one that I would purchase again in winter if I saw it locally for the price I paid ($5.99).

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is an opaque black. I messed up the pour so only a finger of tan head developed; it dissipated to leave a very thin skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very creamy and chocolaty sweet. It smells of milk and roasted chocolate, which give it a chocolate mousse aroma, and sweet caramel malts. Schell says it smells like espresso, but all I pick up are regular coffee notes.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the taste is more bitter and coffee-like (close to espresso) than the smell leads on. However, there is a strong backbone of chocolate, both milk and dark. The mousse element brings a nice richness, and a touch of sweet caramel balances well with the coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: This is very smooth and tame for a stout, and I like it. This is a very good brew.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Opaque deep brown body topped with a tight tan one thumb head that recedes slowly leaving moderate sticky lace and a creamy cover.

S: Tootsie roll chocolate sweetness with hints of floral hops. Simple but enjoyable. Very little hop aroma.

T: Coffee notes and hints of deep roasted astringency. The chocolate aromas do not translate into the flavor. Moderate hop bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and rounded.

D: Nice session selection for the dark beer lover. Simple flavor profile, smooth mouth, and pleasant aroma. Good stepping stone beer to more assertive examples.

O: Very solid interpretation of the style.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Follows the guideline of the style with a dark brown opaque body. a light tan/beige head is small and quickly disappearing.

Smell: Great blend of roasted malts and the needed spicyness to create a nice smelling brew. Not a large deal of diverse flavors but does a good job keeping up with style predictability.

Taste: Chocolate notes come first and are finished off lightly and provide a pleasant mounthfeel. Very evenly balanced with a nice amount of roasted malts that are not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced and flavorful. Not a strong aftertaste like many stouts, which is very appreciated.

Drinkability: Similar to what was said for mouthfeel, it has a very light aftertaste but still embodies the characteristics of a stout that are expected. It also has a low ABV to add to its nice drinkability.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roberts for this one!

Pours into a pint glass a solid and thick black with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. A little bit of lace around the glass.

The nose is a bit light, but what it does offer is rich and dark malt with chocolate and a hint of mint/tobacco.

Great taste. Big time chocolate malt presence. The malt has a moderate roast and works perfectly. A lactose like sweetness even though I don't believe there is any used to brew. Just a hint of a minty presence in the aftertaste too. More roast and milk in the aftertaste as well.

For a five percent beer, this puppy brings some big and creamy body to the party. Nice and chewy as well.

I could do several of these. This is truly a really, really good stout that flies under the radar. I've waited too long to try it and will be frequenting it more often for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of biglite351
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - tiny slice of red light at the edge. Tight head leaving nice lacing.

S - rich roasted malts with some milk chocolate.

T - odd... Malts and chocolate but something different in there.

M - mild coating and tingle on tip of tongue.

D - all nighter if necessary.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black, quickly disappearing off-white head. Minuscule lacing present.

S- Roasty. Chocolate aroma.

T- Roasted malts. Small presence of coffee and/or oatmeal. Bitterness.

M- Creamy, smooth. medium carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable for a stout. Could probably handle two and have the taste buds shot for the night.

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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 Soilworker
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black With a one finger thick tan head. Not too much head retention, a small ring sticks to the side of the beer.

S: Roasted and burnt maltiness dominate this one. There are slight hints of vanilla and more prominent notes of an espresso-like coffeeness.

T: Follows the nose with a moderate amount of burnt maltiness but not as much coffee as I would have expected. There is a taste that lingers throughout which I can't quite put my finger on but I want to say it is English hops. Finish is predominately roasty and slightly dry.

M: Relatively full bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: I could put a few of these back. Nothing too offputting here, though there are some.

Notes: Not a terrible stout by any means but there is nothing too great going on here and there is some rough bitterness that I am not a big fan of.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz with some sort of encrypted code on the neck. Pours an opaque black color with a near nitrogenously creamy dense brown foam. Retention is excellent as is the lacing. Fantastic looking stout.

Nose is like a chocolate mousse cake with just a hint of roast and oatmeal. Are there oats in here? Not sure, but this smells very tasty.

Malts are roasty and dark chocolate with a very mild fruit presence. Not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Has a hint of sourness that is typically found in English stouts. After pouring and sniffing this beer, I was sure it would be thick and viscous. Unfortunately it is not. While not watery, I could use a bump up in body. This is a pretty good beer that could be, and is very close to being great. Not quite there, but I would buy a sixer of this at least once a year if it were available here.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bodied beer, a fair amount of amber tones show through when held to the light. Small tan head, still manages to leave a fair amount of lace. Chocolate malts dominate the nose, dark fruits as well. Chocolate malt taste, good amount of roast but not overpowering. Subtle hop characteristics. Fairly wet mouth, medium bodied. Pretty nice stout

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say I love this beer. surprised I hadn't reviewed it before.

Pours a near-black with a thick café au lait colored head.

smells roasty, black coffee, then some dark malty sweetness kicks in.

The taste is complex yet readily enjoyable. A robust flavor of smokiness, dark chocolate -- slightly bittersweet, Vanilla bean, hint of straight coffee, and lots of sweet malt as a foundation. Damn I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is light.
The robust flavor retains an easy drinkability because it isn't too polarizing. It strikes all the right notes. Easily my favorite session stout.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 kegger22
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schell's Stout was a dark brown English style stout with a modest tan head that displayed respectable retention.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate malt.

The taste was roasted coffee and Hershey's-sweet chocolate. The flavor came through chilled and warmed both.

The mouth feel was full bodied, oily and mildly carbonated.

The drinkability was very good. I picked up a Schell's sample, this being the third of the six styles, and I have been favorably impressed by all three.

This was my first English stout and I was expecting something akin to an English porter. In other words, something lighter in flavor and body to it's American counterpart. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. Schell's stout was robust in flavor and feel, and stood shoulder to shoulder with the Amerstouts. I imagine there are better examples of the style, but Schell's was quite good.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 02-19-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark like coffee, with 2 fingers of foam, decent head retention. Very nice lacing ring after it settles with a nice froth of dripping down the side of the class after a few sips

S - Dark roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, no real hop aroma mainly malts

T - Medium bodied to a full flavor, I can taste dark roasted coffee beans

M/D - Probably the fullest flavored brew I have had from Schells. Very drinkable with a smooth taste. Well balanced and on the fringe of a session brew. So far I haven't been disappointed with Schell's. Another brew worth trying and enjoying more than once!

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to morimech for this!

Pours dark brown with a tan, creamy head that thins quickly, but leaves lacing.

The smell is roasty - coffee and bitter chocolate.

The taste is of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with an earthy, roasted nutty, undertone. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.

Medium-bodied, it is towards creamy.

An easy-drinking, slightly sweet, malty but balanced with roast and gentle hops, stout. For a brewery that specializes in German-style brews, they hit this English style well!

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep very dark brown (almost black) body with a thin, scattered, and minimal outter laced off white/ light tan head.
S-Roasted malts and coffee noted upfront with some slight alcohol esters.
T-Initially chocolatey malt flowing smoothly into a lingering coffeed dry aftertaste.
M-Very stout typical and satisfying
D-I purchased the sampler A. Schell 6pk for 7.49 + a 7% sales I would say $1.25 per bottle isn't too bad, but I wished NG had more of their coffee stout available.

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

Finally got around to trying this at my girlfriends house. Her father usually has a nice selection of beers that I haven't tried before.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black into a pint glass. Opaque in nature. Pour produces a 2 finger head that doesn't have the best retention but manages to leave a ton of lacing.

The nose hits you right away with dark roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar to the nose, with dark, lightly bitter roasted malts up front, and hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits in the background. The initial light bitterness fades into a sweeter character about mid palate. Finishes dry and lightly bitter again, with a lingering bitter dark chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, probably leaning towards light unfortunately. Otherwise smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good, a decent session stout.

Overall, easily one of the most impressive beers put out by Schell's. I'm surprised I haven't had this until now, as I've seen it everywhere but always passed it up.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is used motor oil black. No light passing through this one. The dark beige head reaches about one finger before settling to leave a moderate amount of lace.

The aroma is light chocolate, smoked malt and a touch of black coffee.

The flavor is smokey roast malt with hints of chocolate, black coffee and hickory smoked bacon. This is the first stout I've had that actually has a hint of bacon.

Medium body with very light carbonation.

Overall a nice english stout. Sessionable fro those cold winter nights.

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Photo of blackdog1101
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed for about 20 minutes before drinking. Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

A- Dark brown, almost black, no light peeking in around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan 2 finger head. Head settles down to a thin layer, but there is lots of lacing down the glass.

S- Roasted malts, a little coffee, a little fruit-like prune aroma.

T- Starts malty and a little bitter, but seems to sweeten up a little in the mouth. Sort of reminds me of cold black coffee, a little burnt and grainy. Finishes a little dry, like unsweetened chocolate. Overall it is very nice, all the flalvors work well together.

M- A little thin, a little astringent. Personally I would prefer it to have a little more body.

D- Overall this is a highly drinkable stout, and a great value besides. This definitely improves as it gets warmer, 20 or 30 minutes on the counter will improve the falvor out of the refrigerator. Not my favorite stout, but will surely buy it again.

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Photo of MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another MN local brew, see this offered in bottles and hardly ever on tap.

A: Nice strong dark brown colored body, great looking head the best looking part of this beer, as it has a nice creamy head that lingers for the duration of the brew. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee bitterness.

T: Roasted malts are present and dominate most of the flavor There is some faint cocoa coupled with a minimal hop profile that has an almost watery finish. Bigger isn't better, I know, but can't get fully behind this beer. Enjoyable it is though, yes.

M: Medium bodied with a element of cream in it. Medium Carbonation.

D: Local offering that is very reasonable and @5.0% ABV won't render one useless after several. I guess

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 122409 Date printed on the neck. No other info.

A - Pours a very dark amber but once in the bottle the totally opaque body is nicely accented by the big two-finger dense tan head. Good retention with fingers of lacing reaching out.

S - A mild but rich aroma of dark chocolaty roasted malts and a touch of oatmeal gives this beer a deep, dark nose.

T - Dark chocolate roasted malts are strong here with a very light coffee bitterness to the dry roasted finish. One-dimensional but smooth and delicious.

M - It's got such a great feel! It starts very creamy and smooth and has a light carbonation bite to the end that just crisps it up a bit before the dry bitterness takes over.

D - This full-bodied, rich stout is a real pleasure to drink. A great nightcap tonight and a beer I'll be looking for in 6-packs next time I'm down at Woodman's in Kenosha. Just delicious and creamy-smooth!

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

Dark, dark brown (BLACK) with a dirty brown ring of head. Leaves minimal spot lace down the glass.

Nicely roasted and slightly smokey. Not a whole lot of nose but definitely a stout. Leaves the flavors in the brew, not in the air.

OOOhhh... Even from Schell, which I've come to like very much, I wasn't expecting that. Served slightly chilled, this stout is smooth with very nice roasting, slightly sweet and toasty, hints of caramel and coffee. Finishes mildly and slightly dry. Good stuff.

Very smooth with minimal fizzy carbonation. Very dense body but does not overly coat the mouth; actually finishes mostly clean.

I find this very easy to drink. Nicely balanced and goes down smoothly. 1-2 of these will definitely fix you up right.

#6 of 6 from the sampler. I may have scoffed at first but Schell's is a very respectable brewery and has some great product (especially the FireBrick and Stout). I can see myself becoming a regular and look forward to touring the brewery in person.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had a small, caramel colored head of foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and molasses. There was also a faint floral aroma.

T - It had a roasty malt flavor with a touch of smoke. It had a nice chocolate flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice stout. I missed it as Snowstorm so I am glad they made it into a regular brew.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark coffee color with a medium sized thin bubbly head.

The smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolates.

Really nice taste, a little bitterness with loads of roasted malt flavors, some coffee and some dark chocolates.

High carbonation in the mouthfeel, it tickles the tongue. Leaves a smooth oily feel in the mouth, pretty damn good.

Very drinkable, probably one of the more drinkable stouts out there.

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 196 ratings