Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I liked this beer....it had a good strong ale taste, and I'm a sucker for a good ale with an attractive label, great seasonal, one of the best
jaymobrown (1608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale brown color, watery nose. Faint malts somewhere in the middle. Pretty fizzy texture. Decent, but average.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Along the lines of a lgihtly flavored lagar. I didnt enjoy this one too much as i really couldnt pick out the flavors. I was expecting a berry or more traditional winter brew taste.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 2002 edition, Clear amber color, average foamy white head that doesn't last long, sweet light roasty malty aroma. Smokey malty flavors with a strange sourness, light bodied and has a watery mouthfeel, seems a bit unbalanced, not much going on with this winter brew.
2003 Clear reddish brown color, with a decent off- white head that leaves lots of lacing, light sweet roasty nutty-caramel aroma. Some roasted malty bready flavors, light to medium body, light yet has a rough mouthfeel, somewhat bitter finish, a bit bland
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light amber. Small, foamy off white head. Single lined carbonation. Sourish aroma with underlying peat tanginess and toasted nuts. Initially a touch fluffy with a laid back smokiness. Hint of Vienna malt toastiness and a glimmer of metal in the aftertaste. Medium light body. Dry malt base with hints of tangy peat. Along the lines of a 60/-, at best. Very light overall. Finishes weaker and less peat flavored. Bland almost. Very average.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It seems to want to have flavor but it fails miserably. Faint smokiness. Malts are there, but seem watered down. Light auburn colored, not much nose. Largely thin and uninteresting, I could deal without this one. Not horrible, just really uninteresting. Odd sugary finish.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with fast fading head.Light malt nose.Taste starts sweet, fades to mild hops with a touch of ....spruce?
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber color, short-lived head. mild hop flavor, malts are pretty obvious in this one...typical of schell. slight roasty flavor.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 version - Scotch Ale. Pours out to a copper color w/very little head. Very light malt aroma. Taste is somewhat spicy, albeit light. A slight spruce/pine taste was detected. I liked this beer and would drink it again.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
According to the label, this year’s edition of Snowstorm is a ’Scotch Ale’. Pours a dark amber with a quickly diminishing head. Interestingly, I detected a slight smoky ambience in the taste, along with plenty of malt and a healthy followup of hops. There’s lots going on in this beer, which manages to be sweet at first and (pleasantly) bitter in the finish. Carbonation is moderate but the taste is solid and hearty. Very nice.