Burton Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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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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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 THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Ty for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper red orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malt, toffee,

taste: hops, caramel, toffee, malts, smooth

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very smooth drinkable beer for being 8% abv. Glad I got a chance to try it.


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Photo of WYVYRN527
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 pdoran10
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a translucent amber color into a snifter. I get a finger of white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is slight booze, dark candi sugar, caramel, and plum

The taste is cloying caramel sweetness up front. I get notes of cashews, dark fruit and slight cognac. There is a super complex malt profile going on that really works well as a cold weather beer. Not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel is reasonably thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy and well done.

This is a beer I can appreciate as being really well executed, but the specific taste profile isn't my favorite. Impressive layers of flavor and interesting for sure.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Pretty light, some toffee.

Taste: First hits me with a fruity dark cherry, then moves more into a toffee sweetness. Balanced out with a earthy hop finish.

Drinkability: Tasty, balanced, not overly strong.

Pretty substantial, not quite a English barleywine in strength but similar in feel and flavor. Nicely balanced beer. Keep the Stag series coming, very interesting beers!

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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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Photo of beachscrat
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumped in to a footed glass.

Brilliantly clarity, tawny amber.

Boozy, woodsy aroma with some caramel.

Heavy caramel flavors up front, clean slight earth bitter finish.

Overall I like this one. It's like a small english barleywine, without the sherry oxidized stuff going on and without the cloying sweetness. Very good.

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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 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 bwiechmann
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Stag Series #4. Had this on tap at Pub 500 in Mankato for $5 a pint. According to the brewer, this is a one-time brew.

A- deep amber with minimal head (most likely the fault of the glass). Not a drop of cloudiness to be seen. Attractive beer, wish it had a head.

S- muted bread, malt, and toast. Soft hops can be found if you look. Some caramel sweetness is present as well.

T- Multi-faceted unlike almost any other beer I've had. Has so many different stages of flavors as it crosses the palate that it's hard to pin down individual aspects. Starts out with the strong malt and toasted bread. Then, the middle hits you with the sweetness which is more intense than I had thought it would be, it finishes up with those soft hops which try their hardest to balance everything out and do a decent job at that. The sweetness is pleasant and welcomed at first but after a while becomes somewhat taxing as the beer warms.

Overall, an extremely interesting beer and one that is perfect if you're looking for a change of pace. A great beer and an education to boot- can't argue with that.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 12 oz bottle BB date 03/09/12

A- pours a clear dark copper color with a 1 finger tan head and nice lacing

S-was toasty and malty with some toffee and ginger

T- roasted malts and sweet malts,nice caramel and toffee baked bread tasty hops, a touch of ginger and smoke,lots going on here very delicious, i want another sip

M-medium carbonation with a sweet/dry finish

O- an awesome brew,this is great..its sweet and malty has characteristics of a brown a wee heavy,and a hoppy red

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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 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 morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with a nice two fingered head that had good retention. The head has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Smells like a musty grainery. Brings me back to my earlier life. Not much else is going on. Not particular interesting.

The flavor is much more interesting. Tastes very English but like no other English Ale I have ever had. Grainy and musty malt predominate. Hints of caramel and I think I can actually taste the turbinado sugar. Has a sweet brown sugar kick midway through. Hops come in the finish with some grass and spice. Does not taste like 60 IBUs but that is probably due to the sugar additions. A little alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. Just too sweet for me.

Love the mouthfeel. I think Schell's hit the bullseye with English tradition here. Low, soft, creamy carbonation that is at a level to just lift the flavor. Such a great texture.

So Englishmen drank this beer 70+ years ago? Hard to believe. I am no beer historian but I imagine beers back then not being anything like this. Leave it to Schell's to revive these extinct or near extinct styles. Keep it up.

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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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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Schell's Brewery:

Stag Series #4, The Burton Ale

Before India Pale Ales were synonymous with Burton upon Trent, there was Burton Ale, a darker, sweeter beer. Burton Ales were so popular, in fact, that as recent as 1948, it was considered one of the four main types of British draught beer, sitting beside mild, pale ale, and stout.
More so than perhaps any other beer style in history, the demise of Burton Ales happened amazingly fast. Brewers, faced with the consumer preference for bitters and lagers saw sales of Burton and mild ales plummet. By the end of the 1960s Burton ales were virtually gone.
Schell’s Burton Ale is a nod to a forgotten style of beer. It has a soothing blend of bready malt and hop bitterness. A mild woodsy character is prevalent. A hint of dark pitted fruit and a trace of caramel give the beer a subtle sweetness. The pleasant hop bitterness at the end gives Schell’s Burton Ale a smooth, dry finish.
To begin crafting this brew, we used traditional floor malted Fawcett Maris Otter as a base. The malt bill also includes torrified wheat and two different British Crystal malts. As is traditional for British brewers, we added sugar in the kettle, in our case turbinado and some Dark Candi Syrup. Our Burton Ale is hopped with Nugget and Goldings, fermented with a British ale yeast, dry-hopped, and aged for 3 months prior to release.
IBU: 60 | Calories: 275 | Alcohol by Volume: 8%

Pours a dark copper/amber color with red hues. The head is tan and tight and leaves some nice rings of lace around the glass.

The smell is a bit light, but very unique. Getting notes of bread crust, toast, wood, candy sweetness and malt. Some mild hopping follows along with spices. Almost pumpkin pie like spicing, but very light. The predominant aroma however is the home made bread crust.

Very unique taste too. Can't say I've had anything like this before. Starts out with some earthy and spicy hops and then the big baked bread/bread crust malt flavor comes in. Just a touch of warm alcohol and earthy hopping towards the end. Has some spicy rye notes and perhaps smoke mixed in as well. A pretty complex beer when you break it down.

Very rich and smooth malt feel. Medium bodied and a bit chewy feeling.

This makes a perfect fall into winter beer. Quite warming and satisfying maltiness. Not shy on the hopping either. Glad to have tried this historical style. A well made beer with some history to boot.

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