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Snowstorm 2011 | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 10-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
78
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 78
Photo of frankiepop
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looked good enough and everything. The aroma was even a little promising. The taste was a little bitter for me, but not too bad. There were hints of a little malty caramel flavorings, but it was a little weak and thin for my personal taste.

I find it goes well with some solo bass works by the German improvisor Peter Kowald. Listen to his live recordings of Was Da Ist.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

dark brown looked very nice to me, with its light and compact head, but looks can be decieving as was the case here. aroma was all over. some off dark fruits that were misplaced as were some caramel malts that were no where near strong enough. flavor was wrong, with plums dominating a wet hay and mud like flavor that i just simply coul not take.

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Photo of perrinvv
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Schell's snowstorm 2011 produced a very thin head after a vigorous pour. Dark reddish brown beer that left nice lacing on the glass after drinking.

Smells faintly of grains with hints of raisins. Not a particularly aromatic beer. Likewise, the taste is not very strong. Malt flavor is present but this is not as full bodied or complex as expected. It goes down smoothly though and doesn't taste like a 7% beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this bottle as an extra. Served in a De Garre snifter.

Pours a deep copper with some reddish higlights. Faint off-white head with light spotty lacing. The nose carries some caramel and light fruity character plus some diacetyl. Flavor has a toffee-butter character along with some caramel. Medium body and light carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing my 10th bottle of a 12-pack.

A: Pours a clear, deeply mineral stained reddish copper with an average light tan head. Lacing and retention are minimal.

S: Initial notes of slightly sweet caramel and molasses, followed by some grainy baked bread and burnt sugar.

T: Slightly grainy malts give more baked whole grain bread, molasses and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Esters are also more present as it warms, but you really have to look for the flavors in this one.

M: Body is about average for the style, carbonation is substantial, there is some graininess and bitterness in the finish. A bit dryer than expected in the aftertaste, and lacking any richness.

O: This really reminds me more of a Marzen than a Scotch Ale. A drinkable, but forgettable beer that should be a quantity more than quality choice. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of enfield249
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In stead of my normal ASTMO review, I am going to try to free form this.

I should like scotch ales, but for some reason I don't. I've had several, and it seems like the scotch ale yeast, or the general flavor profile, tastes some how, for lack of a better word, "funky". Almost Belgian like, and this beer is no different. It's crystal clear, dark red, almost like an old penny that has been shined up from a sweaty hand. Smells like a little roast, a little malt, and almost no hops. Tastes scottish funky, with a lot of sweetness and grainyness. Mouth feel is fine, if a little cloying. Overall, not bad for the style. Does not taste like it's 7%, and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at a restaurant, the ale appeared a dark brown with a moderate head. The aroma was very straight forward, giving impressions of wheat and alcohol. For a flavorful beer style, this was fairly mild. The initial was a wheat flavor with a caramel backbone. The flavors were clouded slightly by an alcohol taste. It almost seemed as though alcohol was added later. The initial was followed by a mild sour scotch aftertaste. In the overall experience, the mouthfeel was too thin for this style. The extra thickness that goes with a scotch was not present. Between being too mild and too thin, this beer would qualify as being below average.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear mahogany color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into virtually no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and burnt malt, but is quite faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is some caramel, but no real depth. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with mild carbonation, and a somewhat cloying texture. Overall, this is the first Snowstorm that I have been disappointed in. I cannot see myself drinking more that this one bottle. I sincerely hope Schell's doesn't bring this beer back the way they have brought other Snowstorms back.

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Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure who I got this bottle from but I pulled it out of the fridge tonight...

Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose along with small hints of dark fruit and a little smokiness... fairly straightforward...

Sweet maltiness with caramel leading the way... not sure this is deep or rich enough for a Wee Heavy... pleasant tasting for sure but not sure it fits the bill...

A good easy drinking brew but nothing to write home about... its got a year on it and any outstanding characteristics have obviously faded...

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Photo of bjohn84
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark syrupy molasses with a fairly moderate transparency to it. Pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head

S - Grainy with a lightly toasted characteristic. Similar to a euro lager

T - Bread and toast with a touch of sweetness and a hint of spice

M - Very drinkable and definitely doesn't taste like 7.0% ABV. Very creamy mouthfeel

O - Nothing overly special here other than a very drinkable beer but still with enough flavor to make me want to have more than one

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 fingers of head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is a very dark amber brown.

S. Has a pretty strong malt aroma. Has a somewhat sour smell to it. Smells like german hops and malt. Not sure if that is the correct grain and hop bill, but its what it smells like.

T. Taste is also pretty malty. Not surprising for a Wee Heavy. Not all that much flavor though going on. Mostly caramel malt flavor. A bit of hop bitterness. Has that hard to pin down Scotch Ale favor that can only be describe as peat. Peat is my term for half skunky half musty type flavor. I am hoping both smell and flavor improve as the beer warms.

M. Medium bodied. Little bit of sweetness on the finish.

O. Well. Its a Scotch ale, and even though its not one of my more liked stlyes from what I can tell its not the far off the standard.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date of 4/20/12.

A - Pours a deep, translucent mahogany. Two finger slightly off white head. Dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving a splotchy lair off foam on the top. Can't really tell about the carbonation.

S - Bready malts dominate the nose, with some caramel notes and perhaps a hint of ofee. Not a whole lot else going on here, but it definitely a nice aroma.

T - Toasty bready malt dominates, with a hint of caramel sweetness. Just a hint of hoppiness to balance out the malt body, but the malt is definitely what dominates here.

M - Medium bodied, finishes fairly dry.

O - Overall, a decent brew. I don't know that I would go back for more than one or two but definitely decent.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yea! Another year of SnowStorm, the first variable seasonal I became attached to. I wish I could recall the 2002 version of Wee Heavy, but alas I have to go on memory.
Aroma starts with the familiar aroma of many Schell's beers. With some patience a mild malt fragrance appears. It grows as the beer warms and it opens up some.
Very attractive reddish/gold and brilliantly clear. Dense tan head settles out to a fine layer rather quickly.
Boy, this one is unexpectedly dry on the finish, especially as it lays on the tongue. Malt flavors take their time to grow. Pretty quick warmth felt inside. Richness grows as it warms but it's not very sweet even with some caramel flavors. Soft fruit flavors. Some soft hop flavors that are nice, particularly early and before it warms.
Nicely carbonated with ample soft bubbles which lends a nice smoothness to a moderate body.
This drinks pretty easy and going for my second glass is no problem. This doesn't stand out as a great Wee Heavy, but it is a good winter beer and works as a SnowStorm beer.

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Photo of midworken
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with practically no head (less than 1/16th of an inch)with tiny bit of lacing on top. Deep brown color.
Aromas include caramel, vanilla and roasted/toasted malts. Maybe a bit of nuttiness in there. Hop appearance is bright, although not forthcoming.
The syrapy mouthfeel really plays a huge role in the taste here, at least in my opinion. It has a unique smoothness to it, yet some crisper flavors are in there. Caramelly texture and taste with the vanilla that was also present in the smell. No head and head retention really had me worried, but it proved me wrong. Don't judge a beer by it's appearance only! Hops were added to add for the sake of the aroma, not really for the taste. Wished it would have been balanced a bit more (maybe to add some complexity near the end of the taste). I don't have too many wee heavys, but this one surprised me and is pretty good.
Mouthfeel - read above + low carbonation. Is this typical of a wee heavy? Gonna give it an average rating in this department since I am a bit unfamiliar with the style and not sure what is the norm.

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Photo of TCbrewz
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, pretty clear. Tan head < 1finger, mostly gone after a minute or two. No real big aromas, some hints of carmel, dried fruit, and spice. Flavor starts out sweet with carmel and molasses notes before earthy hops bitterness and alcohol predominate. Taste is quite good, very long interesting finish. The mouthfeel suits the taste well, carbonation level is great, doesn't seem too thin to me. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Probably my favorite SnowStorm of the past three or four years. I wouldn't mind if this brew found it's way into Shell's year round lineup.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Medium brown with just a glint of red. Fairly small cream-colored head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, raisins and spicy, floral hops. Can't tell if it smells sweet or dry.

Taste: Caramel and toffee malt backbone, with an overripe fruitiness of plum, raisins and cherry. Not much peat, but peat is not really traditional for the style anyway. Can't detect as much hops as in the aroma. Sweet, but quite nice.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, medium body. Off-dry finish.

Overall: Good drinking Scotch Ale that is a a little too sweet, and honestly somewhat of a disappointment. I usually don't get too excited about Schell's non-German-style beers, but I was excited by this one, especially after the fantastic Burton Ale. This is also not up to the standards set by the previous three SnowStorm beers (Weihnachtsbier, Baltic Porter, Weizenbock). Complaining a lot about a beer I really do like.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last couple of Snowstorms have not impressed me much after the greatness of the 2008 edition. I wonder how this years will fare? Pours a clear, dark copper color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

What can I say about the aroma. It smells like a Schell's beer. Elements of toffee/caramel from the malt and some floral hops.

Clean tasting Wee Heavy but lacks things that could really make this interesting. Straight forward malt flavors of caramel. A little sugar sweetness makes me think this had some sugar additions. Hints of floral hops. Alcohol flavor in the finish. A little warming as well.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Soft, creamy texture and nicely carbonated.

Some great elements in this beer but is not the most exciting Wee Heavy.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a deep garnet color with some clarity and a nice two fingered off-white head with no lacing but some decent retention. I only pick up on a faint sort of caramel and toffee malt with some earthy hop tones in the nose...but the flavor is a much amplified version of everything I smelled plus a definite raisin character towards the mid-sip and a peppery sort of quasi-clove flavor at the dry finish. Body is medium thick, but VERY creamy and smooth, low carbonation. An excellent scotch ale, only thing I'd add if it were my personal project beer would be maybe a garnishment of smokey peat... but that's just my personal taste speaking.

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a very dark burnt amber/mahoghany clour with a thin tan head. shows off a bit of lacing. aroma throws out some candied fruit aromas...mixing in some peat and smoke with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and caramel. the nose isn't overwhelming, but very inviting. flavour profile has some depth to it...a balanced combination of smoked, dark roasted and base-type sticky malts. a touch of floral hoppiness adds another layer to the taste profile and provides a kiss of bitterness. alcohol notes blend well with the subtle red ripe fruit nuances, providing an all around tasty and warming scotch/wee heavy type of ale. the body and mouthfeel on this i find odd, though; although smooth, sticky and slick, with an easy going feel to it...this also has a carbonated, watery, light body/texture to it. a bit enigmatic. almost bock like. but...that all makes this dangerously drinkable.

overall, this years snowstorm is incredibly approachable and makes for a great seasonal drinker. on the other hand a bit more overall character along the lines of the Burton ale would be welcome IMO. either way this is another winner in the Snowstorm series for me.

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Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant gold-tinged amber in color, topped with a nice fluffy off-white head. Head is actually a little darker than that, closer to khaki-tan but not as dark as I'd expect it to be. Plenty of sticky lace here, and head falls to a viscous oily-slick atop the surface after a little more than a minute. So far so good!

Nose is lighter than I might've expected had I expected something with smoke or peated-malt, but so be it: fruity, with notes of strawberry and plum. There's a little alcohol in there alsp, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. There's "no" hops presence in the contemporary sense, but it is appropriate for the style.

Soft and smooth on the fist sip, with loads of berry notes right away. Sweetish, but no means cloying, and with a tartness (almost like tannin) and bitterness kicking in midway and lingering nicely 'til the end. Some Diacetyl? Seems to be within reason for the style, and I rather enjoy it in darker ales. Lighter toast and biscuit-malt notes help to give this a dry feel toward the end of the palate. In addition to the plum and straw/berry notes present in the nose, there's also some toffee and a very, very light note of anise. Full-ish mouthfeel, coating and yet light across the entire palate -- quite nice. While the alcohol is very subtly-warming here, it's enough to keep most of us from downing it all at once, yet some others might find it "dangerously drinkable" : )

Strikes me as an appropriate drink for the colder winter months.

In many ways this one won't impress "Generation Craft", but the taste itself is where the brewer nailed it; Served at the proper temperature, this one's the taste-alike of a classic old -and imported- recipe introduced to me by a certain beer-lovin' Scotsman over twenty years ago. While it is better than average for the style, 2011 Snowstorm runs so counter to the profile of Scotch Ale brewed by most American Craft Brewers that I'd feel foolish rating it 'to style', and so I won't!

Suffice it to say it's definitely worth a try and might even be worth stocking up on, as it's a very agreeable sipper.

Note: I'd highly suggest this one be served on the warm side.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep chestnut brown with a one finger tan foam that faded quickly, but left some lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and biscuit-like, bready and malty. Smells like fresh baked wheat bread. Little or no hops detected. Earthy and pleasant aroma.

Taste: Much like it smells, with sweet malts up front, a little caramel and toffee and a very smooth and hearty finish. Some slight hops detected for balance, but this one is all about the malt. A good fall/winter brew for sure. For 7.0% ABV, there's not much alcohol in the flavor...just smooth and malty.

Mouth feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes smooth and mellow on the tongue.

Overall: Scotch ale is not one of my favorite beer styles, but this one is pretty good. I like the sweeter taste of this one, and the slightly higher ABV makes it a good winter warmer. Another winner for the yearly Schell's Snowstorm series.

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

A - Glowing, bubbly molasses color. Good sized, foamy, bubbly, thin, whispy, white head. Decent retention, although it disappears a little fast. Settles into a thin patchy lace.

S - Fairly faint aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee malt with slightly burnt molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits, especially raisin. A bit of a grainy aroma underlies this. Hints of a spice characteristic but nothing jumps out. Decent but too weak and a little on the sweet side.

T - Starts with a sweet, spiced brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Some caramel and a touch of toffee. Underlying this is a nice spiced characteristic with some faint earthy tobacco (it comes out stronger mid sip). A nice dark fruit (again mostly raisin) sweetness mid sip that persists to the finish. A slight grainy taste. Finishes with a mix of sweet, spice, and a slight alcohol burn.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish and a bit of a bubbly and alcohol tingle.

D - Overal it all works together. It grew on me the more I drank. Sweet and spicy without being overpowering. A little too sweet and heavy to want many in a night, but 1-2 would be a nice nightcap.

Notes: A nice Scotch Ale that really grew on me as I drank it. Nice balance especially with the brown sugar/molasses, dark fruit, and spice. A little sweet and heavy but not cloying. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Leaves a little bit of thin lacing. Color is a burnt copper.

Aroma: Very sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Light roasty/peat flavor. Some plums and dark dried fruits. Hint of cherry.

Taste: More malty sweetness. A little drier here. A lot of toffee, caramel, and biscuit flavors. Plums, raisins, and molasses. Roasty/peat flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, dry. Medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Ends dry with smokey notes.

Overall, a really nice offering in the series. Every year I look forward to this and this one didn't let down. Very drinkable and fits the style nicely.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Loose cream colored 1 1/2" head. Deep & clear brown w/ auburn tonality.

S: Slight smoke over cereal maltiness.

T: Straight forward barley malt. A little rye flavor. Raisin bread, agave syrup, over-ripe dark fruit.

M: Perfectly viscous. Oily and loose medium carbonation.

D: Another good year for a Snowstrom. Maybe not the best in the last few years but a really good Wee Heavy.

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Photo of adrock7309
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few one night. Got better as it warmed up and also #2 onward seemed to taste much better. Tons of malty caramel and sweetness. Smell was much of the same caramel and toffee notes. Not much of a hop profile at all but that is expected based on the style. Will be drinking this one all winter long.

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Snowstorm 2011 from August Schell Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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