Snowstorm 2008 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2008Snowstorm 2008

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer Style: Weihnachtsbier

Flavor/Color Profile: Snow Storm 2008 was designed with the cold days of winter in mind. Reddish-brown in color with a complex maltiness yielding hints of spicy rye, sourdough and chocolate. Brewed with nine different malts, including copious amounts of Munich and a touch of Rye.

Added by morimech on 10-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Spice, rye, cocoa, and some caramel and roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness

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Photo of theghost3
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicdescent for this one. Poured into a mug. Appearance is reddish brown with a 2-finger light beige head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is strong of caramel & chocolate, but there are nice hints of vanilla, wheat, sour herbal hops & yeast. The taste is dominated by the chocolate and caramel. There are some additional flavors of sour rye, whiskey, vanilla, and bread. Mouthfeel is smooth, finish is dry.

This is a very drinkable brew; very filling.

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Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish copper color with ver nice head and some decent lacing. Nice malty scent with a hint of spices: cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps, with a little hop undertone. Nice thick malty taste, with a nice hint of spice and a decent malt/hop aftertaste. Goes down quite nice!

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread & toffee & a touch of boozeyness, once warm

T: Brown bread & caramel with dryness up front, plus a touch of herbal hops. More brown bread & caramel as this warms, along with slight grainyness and toasty malt. Finishes dry, toasty & with nice caramel notes

MF: Medium bodied with fairly soft carbonation, slight stickyness as well

Drinks really easy, not a perfect bock, but one I'd happily put in rotation if given the chance

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color with lighter amber along the edges and bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, slight spice, and yeast in the finish. Overall, a better than average bock, but nothing special. Good blend of flavors, nice mouth feel, and good appearance.

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Photo of beerdavis
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a translucent deep brownish-red with a pillow of light brown head with huge bubbles. Thin lacing sticking all over my glass.

S- Malts and caramely goodness. Smells sweet.

T- Tastes full, caramel, cocoa, toasted malts, raisins. Very balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, just the right amount for my taste. Feels full on my palate.

D- Very drinkable. Very balanced and refreshing beer.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this review from earlier this year under my desk while cleaning and I haven't posted it yet...

Poured with a .5 finger head that dissipated quickly. Deep rich amber color with mild to medium carbonation. Light splotchy lacing.

Smells of malts and deep dark fruits.

Tastes of malts, chocolate, dark fruits and chocolate.

Smooth crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Goes down pretty easy. I have drank multiple of these in a night on several occasions.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear maroon ruby mix with a small khaki colored capping. Nice lacing in thin sheeting with some broken holes and strings in a few areas.

Mildly set aroma with some cocoa, toasted grains, and a tender sweet bready undertone. Notes of red malt, caramel, grass, and partial roasted malt too. A fairly complex nose, just not all that potent; takes some major wiffing to get it in. However, what's there is quite nice.

Taste is quite nice with a pleasing easy tone of slightly roasty maltyness, caramel, mixing with a fluffed cocoa-esk tweak on top of some slight burnt grassyness. Smidgeons of burntness play off the finish as it stays mildly set in a firm but light amount of toasty bready sweetness.

Feel is a firm, nearly creamy, and smooth medium body with a finely drifted tone of sweetened roast, caramel, and cocoa dryness floating about adding a great complexity that is much like a great brown ale. Which this comes across more like then a Bock, but that may be splitting a few hairs I'm sure.

Very drinkable stuff and quite enjoyable. Glad to have been convinced to grab some after many other various years of the Snowstorm being fairly disappointing. This 2008 more then makes up for it.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper reddish brown beer. Nice foamy head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Malty with some caramel.

Taste - Malt with some rye and chocolate. Quite interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown into glass with a small head. Aroma is malt with bread and grain (lager-like). Flavor isn't too bad, there is some sweetness in there but mostly bread and grain with some caramel. I thought this brew could be drain pour from the aroma but it's actually drinkable. Lots of malt flavor in this brew and goes down smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent enough light tan head. Nose is leafy and with a minor sweet edge to it. Flavor is leafy, earthy, and tangy sweet. A bit too tangy IMO, but I still like it enough. Seems to mellow out a slight bit as it warms. Smooth liquid with an almost sticky feel to it. Carbonation is pretty low. Hey, I can dig it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with good retention and an amber color.

Smell is of some mild aromatic malt.

Taste is of caramel malts with a hint of hop bitterness. It's sort of uninteresting.

Crisp mouthfeel with decent fullness.

This is a pretty decent beer, nothing special, but it's sessionable for sure.

Thanks to Beubie for the sample.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper with a bit of white head. Smells of some thick fruit.. not sure if I can sense the rye or not. The mouthfeel is average-ish.. medium bodied with a faint tartness and not too carbonated. The taste is pretty good--a mix of syrupy fruits and a bit of the rye I'm thinking. Overall I liked this one and will be enjoyed it much.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep hazy amber color with an off white medium creamy to slightly bubbly head that slowly fades to a good film on the beer, but very good retention with really good lacing all the way down my glass.

S-The aroma is of faint dark fruits. That's about is. Slight notes of rye in the nose.

T-Strong sweet caramel with some strong astringency and tangy alcohol notes, big minus.

M-Medium to almost light bodied. Slightly cloying.

D-Ok drinkability. I could probably have a few of these in a night. But it wasn't all that.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, enjoyed while reading a chapter out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

A-Copper-brown beer, clear and dark. A large tan head lightly tops it off. Head reduced down slowly to a consistent layer of bubbles and retained nicely.

S-Fruity esters, rye spice, hints of black pepper, over a caramel and bready malt.

T-Caramel, chocolate and nutty bread malts create the foundation of this beer's flavor, with a slight spice poking through. Hop bitterness provides a balance to this luscious, malty brew. Finishes rather dry with a faint chocolate taste lingering with a spicy breadiness.

M-Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. This brew has a comforting feel to it, further accentuated by its rich flavors.

D-I've had this beer many times over this winter season and have thoroughly enjoyed it time and again. Another winner for the Snowstorm beers from Schell's. A very full flavor profile with many tastes to play with, making it an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KI9A
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard alot about this beer, so I was very excited to see this as a part of the sampler pack! Not too easy to get this locally.

A: Dark/hazy brown, lingering head, lingering lace.

S: Bready/malty as hell. Chocolate malts.

T: Chocolate malt, bread, a slight bit of prune/fig/dark fruits. Slight metallic taste at the back. Yeah, this is nice.

M: Metallic aftertaste ( well, slight metallic), keeps this from being higher. The semi-sweet chocolate hangs around a bit.

D: Well, if I had a 6er of these guys, I would/could EASILY kill it. While snowstorm might be a catchy name, it detracts from the "pure" bock nature of this beer. Dammit, I like this beer!!

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown or amber depending on the lighting. excellent head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is decent on the sides of my glass
S= Very bready smelling. One of the most bread like beers I've ever smelled.
T= chocolate, bread and a small hint of hops to finish. The bread flavor again sort of tastes me away with this beer.
M= smooth and crisp at the same time. Very interesting
D= very high. This is a great beer. The best from schell I've had so far.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Pours dark amber, smells bread-like, with a bit of pepper and rye. Nice flavor, the rye comes out a plays well with the malt and a bit of balancing hops. For a bock, it's quite drinkable, even though it's a bit on the thick tasting side. Cool beer, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Printed freshness date of "060409".

Appearance: Clear dark brown with a big off-white head. Head retention is fairly good, but the lacing leaves a bit to be desired.

Smell: Sweet malts with a vaguely chocolate aroma.

Taste: Rye and caramel barley malt with a bitter finish.

This beer is kinda ho-hum. I'd rather have Michelob's winter seasonal to be completely honest.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear dark orange, some ruby reddish hues, medium sized white head, settles down to a thin collar and a thin layer on top, some lace spots, good retention. Smell is nice, very clean and malty, caramel, toast, biscuit, dark fruits, strawberries and melon, some sweet sugars, really nice. Taste is neat, very biscuity, very heavy toffee, iron, toasty, brown sugar, treacle, some raisin, nice malty sweetness, night fruitiness, but very clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. A very nice bock, really smooth and very well put together. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one as a bonus in a recent trade with WankerWeasel. thanks ben!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours red-brown with a small very fine tan head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. touch of fruity character. earthy. light alcohol.

taste is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. bit of caramel and toffee. alcohol. just a hint of roast. almond. bit of earthy character too. bit fruity. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. mostly balanced, with just a little alcoholic edge creeping in.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my friend Michelle who was visiting her folks in Minny. Served in a pilsener glass. I think this is my first bock review, so I'm not totally sure what to expect from the style.

A - This is one nice looking brew. Three fingers of slow-dissolving light tan foam that leaves rings of lacing behind. The brew itself is a cherry wood stain color with a hint of orange. Lots of bubbles cascade upwards.

S - Malt, bready yeast (almost sourdough-y), a hint of chocolate and rye. The malt character exudes a toffee and caramel sweetness. It's got some good strength as well, as I can smell it a few inches from the glass.

T - There's quite a bit more rye in the taste - there's an omnipresent bitter sour quality as a result that lingers into the aftertaste. I get some toffee sweetness at the tip and sides of my tongue, along with an bread flavor throughout. Nice balance.

M - Medium body, not overly carbonated (which was a surprise from how it looked), smooth, creamy. There's a little bit of residual stickiness that complements the caramel flavors.

D - I don't think this is my favorite style of brew, but it goes down easy and the ABV is relatively low. If my apartment was colder I might be more interested in this brew, but my landlord keeps the heat at an ungodly level (thus fueling my love affair with IPAs).

Recommended for anyone who wants a winter beer without the usual nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard a few good things about this beer so I thought that I would give it a try out of a 12 variety/trial pack from Schell.

Poured into a lg mouth 16oz pilsner from the bottle. (at a nice warmish temp)

Look: Big Wow! on the pour had to slow down the pour in this type of glass. Plenty of tan lite foamy creamy looking head (2 inches strong). Settles to a very well retained head that stays till nearly the last drink. Lacing is very nice all the way through.

Smell: 1st wiff and man I can't wait for a drink now! Smells of a nice rich (slighty roasted)malt, carmely or candied brown sugar?, a nice spicey (rye?) scent and a small bit dark/red fruity acidicness, hint of chocolaty goodness to.

Taste: What can I say the smell gave some indication but the taste was exceptional! Bitterness matches the sweetness perfect in my mouth and all of it's goodness is still present in the aftertaste. Balanced to perfection in my opinion and no other beer I've had so far have I loved the taste as much. Words realy can't put this one to justice in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Lighter than I thought it would be but much smoother than I thought it would be as well. Carbonation is a great match and even has a little bit of a sting.

Overall: Went for the 2nd Snowstorm beer in this trial pack right after the 1st. Highly drinkable because it's not to heavy! If I'ld had a six-er I'ld have drank em' ALL. I think this could be a great seller for my Native Minnesota Brewer, Schell. Solid "A"

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid ruby mahogany hue with a solid half finger head.

S- Clean carmel malts with a light astringent note.

T- Caramel maltyness with a light nutty character upfront. More complexity comes through toward the middle with a very slight chocolatey note and some spicyness. A light touch of hops comes through in the smooth finish.

M- Pretty good here. Medium-full bodied, slightly fizzy.

D- Went down well enough.

Not a bad bock by any means. If you're a malthead, I'd check it out.

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