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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 196
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-A good black beer, looking thick and opaque in the glass, but not too viscous off the pour. Light brown head rises a bit too little, then recedes quickly to sparse bubbles.

S-Roasty-chocolate maltiness is prominent, with a bready-cookie character.

T-As with the aroma, a hearty roast is evident, giving way to a slight coffee bitterness, and a pleasant choco-sweetness. A slight herbal spice comes through midway in the flavor, along with some support bitterness. Finishes with a choco-coffee aftertaste.

M-Medium-bodied brew, certainly lighter than it may appear to the uninitiated. Carbonation is of medium level, perhaps a touch too much.

D-I fell in love with this brew the day I found it. It's very tasty, satisfying my black-as-night roasty stout desires, while also being reasonably priced and quite easy going down.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Stout pours, you guessed it, pretty dark and almost black in color. Head is about an inch of off-white foam (everything is off-white in the photo I know...). Nice looking pour, carbonation levels look okay.

Aromas I get are grainy/malty sweetness, brown bread, coffee and cocoa. That is about it.

One sip and I can report that the flavor of this beer is pretty non-offensive. By that I mean there are no off flavors. Its got some roasty coffee stuff going, a bit of the cocoa, some malty sweetness and a touch of caramel. Pretty straight forward stout, no complaints.

If I had to do it again I probably would.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with clearly marked best by date

Appearance: Dark cola-like beer capped by a decent dark tan head which fades to a thick ring with decent stick

Smell: Some mild sweet caramel malts up front, a bit of indistinct graininess, and hints of kinda artificial hazelnut

Taste: Mild roasted grains, sweet up front but nicely dry/roasty on the finish...and not much else...mayyybe some real mild dark fruit if I really look for it...ends mildly bitter from roasted grains.

Mouthfeel: A bit lacking; light-medium bodied

Drinkability: Med-high

Conclusion: Nothing really bad about it, but there's just not much going on's a stout for those just getting into stouts...this did pair nicely with dark fudge brownies, however.

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

Poured a dark licorice black with a modest tan head that hung to the sides of the glass
Creamy cocoa, some coffee and bready notes come to mind upon swirling and smelling.
Taste was rather pleasant. Nice mouthfeel with the darker grains dominating of course. Slightly tastingmore towards the coffee/roassty side than chocolate.
Solid stout

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Photo of jsh420
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

best by 11/12/09

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that fades fast and left spoted lacing

smell - again smells macro?? with coffee and roasted malts

taste is like the smell macro malts with some coffee chocolate and roasted malts

mouthfeel is medium body but feels lighter with the high carbonation - doesnt fit the style

drinkability is so so but i would never buy this again

well the 5th out of the sampler and now schell is 2-5 and dont have much hope for the kolsch

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pretty black with a tan head that is much more gassy than many stouts, closer to a porter or amber. There are some hints of brownish red on the edges. Lots of active carbonation. The head starts at about 1.5 fingers, but goes down quick.

S: Mildly of Coffee, general roasty maltiness. No hops, but some decent fineness to it. Lots of little things going on.

T: The coffee is much milder in the taste, like something flavored with coffee. More malty, fruity flavors come through. Still no hops. Not too complex, but a pretty good into to stouts for a BMC drinker. This I know from experience.

M: Not too thick. not too thin. Too thin for a stout, but I think that's what they're shooting for. I like the way Schell's makes mainstream crafts.

D: Very good. Not perfect for the summer, but I could drink this all night in the winter.

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Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep walnut, bordering on black. A fizzy caramel head starts strong, but quickly fades. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The aroma of this is very light. It's mostly a mix of coffee and espresso.

T: The taste is dominated by an espresso flavor that's quite acidic. A burnt bitterness comes along to add needed complexity. Finishes with a quickly fading coffee flavor.

M: The medium-light body is slightly chalky and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I honestly didn't enjoy this beer that much. The high acidity in the flavor hurt the experience for me.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber hinted brown to settle quite black in the glass with just the slightest of egdes to mahogany. Very thick and full of creamyness, the topping is a delightful solid leveled fluff of dark khaki coloring and has superb staying power. Strong amounts of lacing in thick blobby webbings and broken spots and strings etch to the glass.

Aroma is of dried milk chocolate and cream, graham cracker crust, bits of roast, nuts, and char top it off nicely.

Taste is mildly set in a firm and tender display of mildly creamed milk chocolate and lightly sweetened roast. Notes to super soft caramel and vanilla, touches of spent coffee, and dusty cocoa fils everywhere else. Pillowy but gritty, smooth and soft, yet has a small tongue snap of dryness and leafy hops in the finish. Subtle and complexing; a nice surprise!

Body is way soft and airy in a round about mediumness with a semi sweet pull into a fuller place as it evens out into the airyness that softens and smoothes everything out onto the palate with an amazing ease and simplicity. Nice finish of airy fluffed dryness in cocoa, coffee and hops.

Hmmm...a surprise to say the least. A mildly flavorful delight of complex simplicity, body, and tone that really holds together well and is quite a sessionable treat from Schells.

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Photo of docfootdude
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was good, but I didn't find this to be a spectacular stout. Not bad, but not like a Samuel Smith oatmeal stout or anything.

This almost reminded me more of a schwartz beer more so than a stout, almost like a pilsner with some black malt thrown in.

There wasn't much yeast character present and I think overall the body was kind of thin for a stout. I know guiness pulls off a light body balanced with some acidity. This wasn't bad but wasn't great either.

This brewery seems be stronger on their lagers.

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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 ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
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 steveh
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Inky, opaque black with a substantial, thick brown head that settles slowly. Ruby highlights, but only barely when penetrated by a 4 cell Maglite.

S -- Coffee and roasted malt nose, though rather light. Even some earthy hops coming through with warmth.

T -- Coffee up front followed by roasted malt intermixed with some dark fruit character. Nothing at all off-balance, very nice to style (be it Stout or Porter).

M -- Smooth mouthfeel with a medium heavy body.

D -- Very good for cool to cold weather, a nice robust beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a pitch black color with basically no light getting through except for some red-orange highlighting on the bottom of the glass when held up to a light. A one inch tan head forms on top and retains very well throughout. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma is deep and roasty with some dry coffee notes and a slight fruity character. Also a nice smoky campfire note that I really enjoy.

Taste is semi-sweet up front with some chocolate notes and the same fruitiness from the aroma except now it seems more raisiny. That campfire smoke note is there again and adds a nice complexity to it. Dries a bit towards the finish as some coffee notes come out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, one of the creamiest beers ever I think. Just glides down the throat. Quite drinkable.

I enjoyed this one though I think I would have liked it even more if it was a bit drier in the finish. The sweetness kind of lingering and slightly took away from the roastiness. Still a very good stout that I would gladly drink again.

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

This one poured the darkest shade of brown but not quite black. The foamy head was Brazilian skin and minimized to a lace.

The nose was relatively mild, but by no means weak or boring. Cocoa seemed to be the flavor to beat. Dark roasted coffee, some astringency, and smoke round it out. As it warmed, more buttery character surfaced.

Flavor is along the same lines as the whiff. Cocoa and dark sugars compose the forefront. Some spice, char, fruitiness and vague coffee tones follow. I actually thought of it as coca-cola-esque a few times.

Feel was very creamy, marshmellowy, and excellent for the most part. The carbonation was smooth and subtle, just enough crispness. The body wasn't too thick which yielded excellent drinkability. It wasn't very dry at all, in fact it more or less made my mouth water for more. Not the stoutyest of stouts, but definitely a smooth easy drinking one.

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

A: dark and black, nice light brown head

S: roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate

T: lots of maltiness, roasted grains with a coffee aftertaste. Not much detected on the hop scene

MF: just the right amount of carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: good flavor, easy drinking. A quality session stout.

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Photo of beerdavis
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick, syrupy dark brownish-black with a decent amount of lighter brown head - dissipating quickly. No light let through this beer...Really nice lacing with a thin whisp of head left now.

S- I am not getting much of a smell, some flowery notes, chocolate, but not much else. Smokey.

T- Tastes burnt, albeit smooth. A little coffee-like.

M- Light and fluffy, flowing around my mouth. Feels full of air and silky.

D- Overall a pretty smooth-drinking beer. Not a ton of flavor, but enough to keep you interested enough to keep drinking it.

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

A- A deep, dark brown with a little bit of ruby hues around the edges. There is a small mocha head with decent retention.

S- Sweet, roasty malt with some chocolate and butter notes.

T- Sweet, roasty, chocolate, and smoke are all noticeable.

M- A nice carbonation level that keeps the beer somewhat light. Pretty clean aftertaste.

D- A tasty pick. Flavorful and smooth without being too rich. A nice 5% ABV stout.

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

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This is the newest beer from Schell's Brewing Co. This is a high quality stout, a stout fit for kings really. And I'm not a big stout drinker, but this one is the best stout I've had yet. Really a good one.

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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 Goliath
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque with a one inch light tan head. Poor retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is very nice. A rich roasted malt tone gives big notes of dark chocolate and oats.

The taste is not bad. A nice bitter dark chocolate note is my initial impression which is quickly followed by a burnt malt and a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is pushing medium bodied with a nice crisp carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Certainly a sessionable beer and it has a pleasant flavor profile. The beer isn't spot on, but there's some really good flavors that I wasn't expecting and am pretty impressed with. All in all a good beer.

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Stout from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 196 ratings