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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 91
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown and dark orange color, more brown than anything, full inch on the top, off white. Aroma was true to style, Burton old water, toffee and whatnot.

Taste like that burton old school woodworm yeast. Some residual sugar, very minimal.

Mouthfeel gets a little weird, like a few different beers in there. Musty bread.

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Photo of Kjendahl
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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 tempest
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I figured this was a decent beer to age (it's about 8 mo old), but had to break it out for a steak dinner. Damn I'm glad I did.

This strong ale has a rich bready caramel aroma with a toffee edge. The flavor follows up with more big smooth barley and a touch of fruit, that's balanced but subtle spicy hops. There's a little lemon rind and earthy apricot, but it's hard to tell where the hops end and the malt and esters begin. A fine English strong ale. I hope to see this around again.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a light amber.

S. Smell is a malt explosion. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, some raisins, dark fruit.

T. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar, fruity. Pretty complex array of malty flavors going on. Very easy drinking. A little bit of bitterness, but not much.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Some lingering sweetness.

O. Really solid beer. Schell's should consider adding this to their regular lineup. Not quite as flavorful or complex as a barleywine, but really a very good beer. Extremely easy drinking for 8%.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a cloudy, amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Small ring of lacing on the glass.

S- sweet dark fruits, belgian yeast, bread.

T- toffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, sligh metallic taste.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very effervescent and slightly acidic.

O- good beer but nothing special. Taste lacks in comparison to the aroma.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle to New Glarus footed pilsener glass.

A: Beautiful pour, looking very full bodied with an impressively formed 2 finger head and a deep amber color.

S: Smells of cereal grains, yeast, fresh white bread and maybe a bit of sweetness.

T: Belgian-like yeast and bread flavors up front, followed by some estery alcohol and dark fruit notes. Some hop bitterness is also present, but fairly muted. Reminiscent of a doppelbock or a dubbel, depending on the style presentation.

M: Creamy and smooth, a bit heavier than expected, with mellow carbonation to keep things lively. Finishes smooth and clean, very mild bitterness. Alcohol heat is present.

O: This is a fine beer from Schell's, one of their better in my opinion. Overall, I would say it drinks a lot like an American brewed Dubbel, which to me is slightly subdued on the yeast and has more of a hop presence. Solid, if not my favorite style.

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Photo of Greggy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a red colored body, crystal clear. The head is slightly soapy and light tan in color. No lace.

S- Very bready on the nose. Biscuit, some dark fruit and earthy hops come through.

T- Starts out very malty... almost syrup like. Big maple syrup note right off the bad and ample breadiness. The finish is slightly drying... after a long while slightly astringent but still holds onto the sweetness.

M- Huge. Sweet. Low carbonation. Sweetness a bit cloying
O- I've never had a Burton Ale but it's pretty tasty. I would love to try this on cask.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry-wood brown, quite clear, with a big two-finger cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing. Biggest strike against it is the lack of visible carbonation.

Smell is quite malty, slightly toasted, with some grassy hops in the background. A little spritz of citrus in the back end tickles the nose. A bit faint, but what's there is good.

This is different, and quite tasty. Has a great fruit-forward sweetness, balanced nicely by hop bitterness that flows in later. Drinks a lot like a barleywine to me. Nutty, fruity malts, with some fig and walnut. The finish is even more bitter, as the alcohol comes through with a kick to remind me it's there.

Medium-bodied, pretty sticky, but drying up in the middle. Low carbonation. It works.

This is like a barleywine-light. I like it. Solid flavor, well-balanced, and with a hefty chunk of alcohol that doesn't knock me over.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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 BasementBer
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Beer!

A: Healthy, though pouring it near room temp probably helped it out a bit.

S: This is my only gripe with the beer, the abv definitely came through in this aspect. Kinda filled the room actually. Smelled like water that had been sitting in a glass for far too long and just boozy.

T/M: Taste was fantastic though, the abv was really well concealed and a great spicy character with a generous hopping had this beer going down with ease.

O: Great beer! My favorite Schell's for sure! keep it coming

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Deep amber, slightly cloudy. Small off-white head.

S: Rich bready malt. A light fruity element over a subdued hop aroma.

T: Big. Very rich with an almost tawny port over flavor over biscuity malt. Finishes bitter and very savory.

M: Full. Med-high carbonation. Viscous and a little syrupy.

O: Very good. My first exposure to this nearly extint style and I really like it. Very well done. Fits style very well.

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch-tall light tan head on a clear ruby red body. Really dig the color. Splotchy lacing, above average head retention.

S- Fresh toffee malts, caramels.

T- Lots of toffee notes. Alcohol sneaks through but isn't dominant, just enough. Bread, fruits (cherry). Low hop profile. Mmm, that is good.

M- Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy actually. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- Well, I was looking forward to this beer a lot and it lived up to expectations...even though I didn't know what to expect! Very drinkable given the alcohol content. Full disclosure, I'm kind of a Schell's fanboy but I highly recommend this beer if you can get some. One of the better "English Ales" (minus stouts) I've ever had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big hearty brown and amber pour, has more brown to it than amber, ploughy off white head, 2" is the forecast. Aroma was definitely that England Burton type of old school mothballs and English toffee wood flavors. The hopping discussed on the ringneck label does not in fact present itself on the nose.

Taste, not my favorite style, bitter yeast tones, warm dubbel like sugar existence. I feel like the beer is aged on wood from dirty bars that have had decades or even centuries of use from these parts, part of it is no doubt the gritty toffee and tea like aspect with some waterlogged wood. And a banana someone dropped on the ground.

What I can say this was amazing at was making 8% drinkable. When I read that on the website, I was floored. Figured this was standard 4-5% stuff. Hopping is pretty traditional to style, adds some bitterness to the beer, nothing in real mouthfeel of hops. Bready musty aspect, I can't say this beer missed the mark, it did what it was aiming for probably, but it turned me off.

Nothing I would seek out, but thank you to the generous trader who threw this in as an extra. Ultimately, this beer was too difficult for me to continue to peruse all 12oz of it, and the last 3oz met its demise down the sink.

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Photo of match1112
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark copper, see thru bdy, inch of off white head, decent retention and lacing.

s: sweet, bready, caramel, toffee apples and earthy hops.

t: fruits and breads up front, followed by caramel and spicy hops on the finish.

m: medium body, good carbonation, slight oily and sticky, spicy finish.

o: this is my first of the style so i dont have anything to compare it to, but this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of herman77
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper with hints of rust color. Cream colored head with nice retention and excellent lacing.

S: Intense toffee and rich carmel with lots of bready notes. A hint of earthy hops and minerals.

T: Rich bready maltiness with sweet toffee and carmel. A touch of english hops on the backend. There's not that much hops, but it still pretty balanced.

M: A little over medium body, soft and smooth carbonation makes it feel a bit creamy. Very nice.

O: Never had a Burton Ale before since it's pretty much a lost style. Gotta say I like it or at least this one is really well done. ABV is about on par for the taste. Tastes different than anything I have ever had before. Not the best drinkability, but I'm really glad I got to have some of this.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper color with a hint of rust red. Full, thick, creamy, foamy white head. Very good retention that finally settles into a nice layer of lace.

S - Nice aroma. Sweet, bready malt and loads of fruit (both orchard and golden fruit). Some floral and spicy hops and a hint of a mineral characteristic.

T - Starts with some rich, ripe fruit flavors. Apple, pear, golden raisin stand out most. Gives way to a sweet bread and caramel malt flavor. There is a faint tinge of hard water minerals and floral, spicy hops. The hops come out a bit more at the end although they are never too strong. Everything blends together well without anything jumping out too much. It's a nice, smooth drinking beer.

M - Medium body with average or slightly below average carbonation. Full, thick and slightly sticky feel.

D - Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks smooth and mellow. Everything works well together.

Notes: I really liked this beer. Given that it is a bit of a lost style, I didn't know what to expect. Nice typical "English" flavors and it makes for a very smooth enjoyable beer to sip on. A little heavy but for a big ale such as this, it is very easy to drink. Definitely worth a try and all around it was a joy to drink.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear copper with a small, bubbling off-white head that stuck around for the entire glass. The aroma is rather weak, with faint hints of sweet, bready malts when you really look for it. Taste is similar to the nose but comes through much bigger. The same bread notes that meddled in the nose come through much stronger now, with more thn a a touch of biscuit and cereal grains. The bread flavors blend well with a sweet caramel, toffee undertone. There's a toasted wood and slightly smokey characteristic to the malts as well. No obviously discernable hop flavor or bitterness, though just enough to take the edge off of the large malt bill. That's fine though, as the incredibly complex malt bill gives this beer more than enough flavor. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish and absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV. Really glad I got to try this one. Thanks, toker!

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Photo of budgood1
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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 jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze, leaving sheets of lacing behinds as it recedes.
S - Sweet at bready, with a strong caramel malt bill, baked brown bread, and some floral English hops.
T - Similar to the nose. Bread, caramel malt, and toasted biscuits with a touch of banana, dried fruit, and floral hops. No real bitterness in the finish, quite smooth and balanced.
M - Moderately creamy, with a smooth, touch-over-medium body and good carbonation.
O - Probably a tad sweet for my taste, but a good English-style beer that was surprisingly drinkable for the 8% ABV.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish/ruby hue with a thin but steady head and great lacing

S: So sweet and bready; some darker fruits but mostly lots of grainy, bready, toasty malts

T: Wow, this is sweet and bready and a bit boozy--the alcohol gives an immediate warming quality; lots of grassy grains with a touch of a earthy sourness; bready, toasty, malt heaven with just a touch of toffee and caramel to finish; this really grows on you

F: It felt a touch thin initially but the beer's body seems to develop as the beer continues to coat the inside of the mouth

O: This is a wintery bliss; such warming, boozy, malty awesomeness

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a nice malty presence.

T - It tasted of rich bready malts with a grassy and floral hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a great brew in the Stag Series. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is an auburn-red. The head gets to about one finger of white foam. The cap is smooth with very few bubbles.

Smell- There is some roasted malt, a little earthy quality, and some vanilla sweetness. Not much else is going on.

Taste- This is so malty with almost no bitterness or any trace of hops. The malt sweetness is like white bread or imitation vanilla; it is even a little smokey. This is an interesting malt bomb.

Mouth feel- This is a good medium body but a little watery. There is not much in the way of coating either.

Overall- This interesting ale has a sweet, smokey flavor. The mouth feel could be creamier. The beer is not trying to do anything really special.The malt flavor is acceptable, but not great.

So this goes down as an acceptable beer, good, but nothing more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-copper coloring, slim, off-white head.

Aroma, grainy, malty, small hops. Nice. Clean, but rather quiet.

Taste: rich, malty, and slightly sweet. Very malt-driven, fruity, and scrumptious.

I'm not getting much hop bitterness, not even a little. Maybe there's just enough to tamp down the malt sweetness.

Soft, creamy, and satisfying. Not a chore, nor a challenge, nor terrible rewarding, either. Just satisfying. Good sessioner, though it's on the strong side.

I do find myself wishing for more hops, but that's wanting this to be something it never was supposed to be.Ain't nothing wrong with what it is.

(I also didn't detect the 8% alcohol, either.)

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Burton Ale pours a deeply saturated copper amber color. Brightly clear with some bubbly foam on top at first, that fades to a thin ring and broken wispy skim across the surface. Random spotty flecks of foam in the glass.

Mellow bready aroma, yeast, tea leaves, shortbread.

Flavorful and malt driven taste, bready biscuits and honey, sweet pipe tobacco, light herbal hop nuance in the background, lingering into the dry (and momentarily bitter) finish. Medium bodied and malty, medium carbonation levels also. Alcohol really doesn't emerge until it eventually warms, but even then it's fairly well integrated.

It was very interesting to see Schell's attempt a nearly lost historical style, hopefully more breweries will follow suit.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stag Series #4

Pours a beige head. Decent retention. Color is an amber copper.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, caramel, toffee, and light chocolate. Very malty with some fruits showing. Interesting.

Taste: Bready and biscuit malts. Caramel with a light tofffee. Bananas and some fruitiness. It tastes like an English style ale (at the time of review, I was unaware of the ba listing). Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a touch of heat.

Overall, a very interesting offering from Schells. It definitely tastes English. A lot of flavors here. However, I couldn't drink too much of this.

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