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Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)



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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A true smooth cold-fermented and cold lagered beer, brewed with lager yeast. This year’s Snowstorm has a very smooth lagered character with distinctive caramelized sugars, licorice, and chocolate-like character of roasted malts and dark sugars.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2009 version, tasted adjuncty, not a good example of the style. I hope this was a 1 off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (5055) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
A decent Baltic Porter, has a little alcohol fire to it, not over the top like most Baltic Porter but rather good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2010
[Bottle] I had this a number of times when it first came out, so I was surprised to see that I hadn’t rated it yet. Pours fairly dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, notes of honey and faint maple syrup, and then an oddly out of place celery character that I do not remember it having before. Taste is heavy on burnt malt, but also has some caramel, and although I don’t notice it in this bottle, I do recall there being anise when I had it fresher. Somewhat thin (much more than I remember), finish length is pretty good though. A little chalky. Overall, this was much, much better when it was fresh, so I will give it some bonus points for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (886) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Deep brown with quickly fading tan head. Caramel, banana, malts. Sweet transitions to bitter with an almost tobacco-like aftertaste. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Clear mahogany with a thin tan head and foamy lacing. Aroma of toffee, heavy malt and a hint of smoked meats. Taste of mildly smoked malt, light caramel, light chocolate/licorice and not much else. Semi-thin and mildly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
rock solid roasted malts on the aroma. The flavor is sweet with hints of smoked meats in the roasted malts. This is the heaviest baltic porter I can remember. THe snowstorm continues to impress.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
benfergy (238) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
The Snowstorm 09 (porter) is very darkly brown/black, and the head is minimal and frothy. The aroma has a very firm malt, similar to coffee. I also notice some herbal & citrus hops. The taste is a medium sweetness, no sourness and no bitterness. Great! The palate is very smooth as well. I am very pleased by this beer! Too bad that it’s a limited edition beer; I think it’s the best beer that Schell has produced, so I’ll pay attention to see if they make any more porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3117) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Nose is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, and hints of bananas. Flavor of roast, cocoa, vanilla, bananas, and light hints of yeast. Picking up this ever so slight metallic vibe. Lingering roasty finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of dry toasty dark malts with a hint of chocolate. Starts with decent fullness and finely dissolved carbonation with some mild dark caramel and roasty malty sweetness. Finishes a tad thinner and bittersweet with a touch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Could use a little more sweetness and body, but a good attempt at a difficult style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5969) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweetish, malty and had a vanilla presence. The flavor was malted milk, vanilla, chocolate and caramel with sweet toasty malts underneath. The finish was long with malted milk, chocolate and vanilla lingering. Silky smooth and fairly full bodied. Well done.

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