Burton Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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Burton AleBurton Ale

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jera1350 on 10-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just read the brewery description of this after having a six pack over the weekend and for once a brewery description is spot on....I could just as easily copy and paste that....one thing that stood out to me while reading it was the 8% ABV...drinks more like a 5 % session beer....that is a compliment...

I'm not a huge fan of German Brewers straying from their roots....(Sprecher has had some colossal failures) but this is a walkoff grand slam home run for Schell.

it is very malty but not cloying at all....very bready...some woody impressions....very noticable hard water mineral feel to it which is what I was hoping for...a bit of candy caramel chewiness as well...

Just as fantastic beer and unique (how many other Burton Ales have you had?).

By far my favorite of the esteemed Stag Series. I could just as well give this a 5.0 and might do that after I finish the next sixer I have...

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Photo of Kjendahl
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall a great great beer--perhaps the best special brew Schell's has ever done. It's very flavorful from start to finish. Not overly hoppy and not overly malty. It's a nicely balanced brew. I liked it so much, I refused to share it with any of my beer snob buddies. Well done, Schell's. Please make it again some time.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scarlet red body. Crystal clear. Thick, rocky nicotine stained head. Lacing is beautiful. Aroma is malt dominated. Sweet with overtones of caramel and nougat. Incredible taste. There is such an agreeable, sweet malt center to this beer. It's really almost beyond description. So unique and flavorful. Just saying caramel and nougat doesn't do the malt flavor profile justice. Add in some toasted malt and bready flavors. There's also a nice minerally presence that leaves a bit of a bitter linger. Nice. Hops add just a touch of earthiness. This is a beauty.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottles are here! Yes! A Burton Ale in the 21st Century? Indeed.

It pours a clear deep copper colour with a 2 finger head of billowy foam with some very impressive lacing.

The smell is so inviting. Lots of malty goodness; caramel malt sweets, some light toasted and fresh bread aromas. Too sweet you might ask? Nope, lingering in the background are some definite hop notes that add just the right dash of bitterness. On to the taste...

My oh my. Everything I noted in the smell is right there in the taste. Absolutely beautifully malt execution if I say so myself. Maybe the best use of malt in a beer that I've ever tasted and I've tasted a few. Carmel malt is so darn candy like with nice sprinkling of toasted malt and a fresh bread kind of flavour that doesn't go overboard. You know, beers that have the bread and it just dominates and sometimes ruins the overall flavour?

Anywho,. it's not that way in this big bad boy, 8%abv is nothing to sneeze at and the colder temps in town make it even more enjoyable. Nice warming...

I almost forgot, the hops play a smaller role, giving the beer a bit of a zap of bitterness here and there and I find that works very well for the style. (English Pale Ale or my preferred English Strong Ale) Either way you look at it, this is definitely a beer characteristic of English brewers.

The mouthfeel is, well, silky smooth. I guess this Burton Ale can do no wrong. ;^)

I just finished my glass and I'm thinking about opening another bottle. Thinking's over, pop goes the cap!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and clear brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Big malt profile here. Lots of lightly toasted caramel and toffee throughout. Very bready and sweet. Earthy hops are also quite noticeable in the background. Light hints of dark cherry , prune, and sugar.

Taste: Starts with some bready malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and yeast. Midway through a pretty noticeable taste of dark fruits comes through with some dark cherries and prunes. Finishes with more bready malts and some hints of earthy hops that help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A great brew from Schell's. Very good use of malts and the dark fruit is a nice touch. Lots of tasty bready goodness without becoming too sweet.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a beer.
It takes a little to open up, so be patient with it. The nose is a little tame and tight. Mild malt with evidence of earthy hops. I experience the aroma on this beer very much through my mouth as I'm about to take a drink
Brilliantly clear with a pretty brown/gold amber. The small dense tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing and lasts throughout the drink.
The flavor is where this is a winner. The complexity of just the malt bill is fun, and then add the wonderful earthy hop character. Yum! The alcohol is tough to detect, except when it pings the frontal lobe and warms the torso. A nice richness to the malt without excess. That nice crisp/crackly quality of some British ales is fully evident - I suppose that could be in part from the higher mineral profile. The blending of the hop flavors and the hop bitterness is so well done. All the flavors move smoothly one to the next in a seamless manner lending a smoothness to the drink that supersedes the mouthfeel.
The carbonation is exquisite. So very soft and smooth and enhances a moderately light body.
This is a really nice beer. Drinks like a beer lighter than what is true, so it could be dangerous. That's what would keep the numbers down in a session. All other aspects call for "I'll have another".
Had this on tap at Old Mill in Austin. Still very good. On tap seemed to have lost a little of the crispness of the malt I noted in the bottle - maybe is the age. Either way, still a very delicious beer that I felt lucky to find on tap.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating the release of this beer for some time now. This latest Stag Series brew sounds the most exciting out of all of them so far.

A: Mahogany in color, with two fingers worth of cream-colored head that has great retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Very fine carbonation.

S: This beer's malt profile stands out above anything else. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruit on the nose, followed by an earthy hop undertone. Alcohol is quite apparent on the nose as well.

T: This beer is sweet, but not overly so that it can be put into the "dessert" class. Tons of caramel, toffee, raisin, and butterscotch dominate, with a hint of cherry in the middle. Hops show up with a grassy, earthy tone to help balance it out.

Notes: Medium in body, with complex flavor and superior drinkability. Alcohol is only noticeable on the finish, with a warming feeling. The folks at Schell's have outdone themselves. This beer is outstanding!

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Photo of budgood1
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a relatively clear garnet colour with a thin light tan head with much staying power. sugary aroma of raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, some boozy spice and floral hops. smells really inviting, like fresh baked corn bread drizzled in maple syrup. taste pretty much follows suit...sort of a booze soaked date and banana bread crossed with a rum soaked fruit cake. almost a bit decadent in all it boozy sweetness. there is just enough flowery hoppiness providing just enough bitterness to keep this from being cloying. having not had a Burton ale before, i can only say that i've had barley wines which share similar characteristics to this. this has a rich, luxurious body on it; soft and supple with syrupy edges. the mouthfeel is silky smooth...with just enough carbonation/bitterness dancing on the tongue to keep the flavours lingering. drinkability is dangerous...i recommend sipping this by the fire curled up in a blanket on a cold winters eve.

overall i'm quite impressed with this. the malt character is out of this world and it actually drinks bigger than it's realtivley high ABV, which leads me to believe that unique offering has the potential to be cellared and aged. definitely recommended! a great job Schell's!!

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Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a 2 finger foamy light tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toffee, toasted malt, and grassy hops.

The taste has caramel, toasted malt, bread, toasted malt, and grassy hops. Comes together very nicely. Sweet, but not overly sweet. The grassy hops provide some balance. Very nicely made.

Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, mild carbonation, and finishes dry. There is a lightly sweet aftertaste. The alcohol is well disguised, which I appreciate. This is another nice offering in the August Schell Stag Series. Keep them coming.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Medium dark coppery amber, no significant head at all, although there is carbonation present in the glass...

S. Nutty toffee, morning buns, light booziness in the background.

T. Initial earthy and spice hop attack rushes in and out like a well organized task force. Mid-flavor is a brown sugared doppelbock-like breadiness mixed with English Barleywine styled noble hopping profile. Finish has a remarkably sudden drop-off in hopping flavor that leaves me with a lingering hearty multigrain loaf of bread finish. As it warms up towards room temperature, it gains an additional undertone of brioche loaf. I’m absolutely in love with this flavor, it has won me over completely!

M. Hearty thick yet smooth and creamy, similar to the body of a good roggenbier, the gentle carbonation keeps things moving around on the palate quite nicely without being a distraction.

Very much recommended, and not just for the historical curiosity’s sake of trying a nigh-extinct beer style; it is a wonderful beer even when judged with a blind eye to its endangered species status. If only there was a better head presentation....

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, burnt caramel, and a very faint hint of smoke. The taste is full of malty complexities. There is a nice interplay between the toffee, and caramel with a nice mineral quality in the background. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a somewhat chewy texture, and appropriately lower carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I sincerely hope Schell's considers making a permanent offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of joshuaseresse. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pale ale? Not so much. A gorgeous transparent mahogany-gold body, topped by a generous two fingers of soapy light tan foam. The head eventually settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few stray fingers of lace.

S - Quintessentially English. Floral and grassy hops, fruity yeast, toffee, toasted malts and cereal grains, and a faint whiff of alcohol as it warms up to traditional serving temperature.

T - The taste has a heavier dose of earthy hop character mingling with toasted bread. Not overly sweet, with a kiss of caramel that lingers through the finish and well into the aftertaste. The alcohol found in the aroma disappears here completely, but some of the depth is lost with it.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, lower cask-like carbonation, dry finish, and no alcohol heat. Absolutely perfect for an English-style beer.

D - This beer is dangerous at 8%. I finished my 12oz bottle in under 15 minutes, and could imagine drinking this all night at a pub in London. Probably better categorized as an English Strong Ale, but highly enjoyable no matter what it's called.

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Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Stag Series #4, a Burton Ale which does not fit any of today's styles, but the higher abv (8%) makes this seem best fitted for English Strong Ale.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber with moderate off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Very bready and hoppy, with toast, caramel, cherry, tea, citrus and a strong herbal character. Pretty fragrant for an English-style ale.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt backbone of bread, toast, caramel, toffee, cherry and tea. The hops are pretty strong, but not particularly bitter, with floral, herbal, spicy and citrusy components.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, semi-dry finish. A little bit warming.

Overall: This is simply a kick ass English Ale, similar to many non-spiced "Winter Warmers". This is by far the most impressive non-German-style beer Schell has made. Actually, along with the reformulated Bock and the Rauchbier, this is among their very best, period.

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Burton Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 91 ratings