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Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)

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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Thanks to Narnad for picking me up a bottle of this. Pours black with garnet tints around the edges. Large tan head is mostly diminishing. Nose of toasted grain, balsamic vinegar, toffee, something metallic, and red grapes. Moderately sweet flavor is mildly nutty with some wet cardboard. Very low carbonation yet a decently heavy mouthfeel. Iím not picking up an cocoa, and the maltiness is just not there.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle from badbeer. Thanks. poured a nearly opaque brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was a few fingers high and light brown with decent retention and lacing. Smelled mostly of cocoa, dark fruit, and subdued darkly roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Tasted of predominantly of malty molasses, toffee, and cocoa with a hint of anise.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Eagan, Mn. - Old Chicago Pizza - on tap. Dark brown pour, medium thick khaki head with good lace. Neutral aroma. Flavor has some chocolate, licorice with a nice earthy finish of black dirt. Medium thick mouthfeel - overall pretty decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Black colored body with a orange tinted dark khaki head. The nose is largely anise with some notes of bubblegum and milk chocolate and caramel. Each drink is dominated with mocha flavors, but the finish is anise. There is also some light tobacco and hay. Overall, this is decent, but fairly light for the style. However, I certainly enjoy the black licorice character in a lighter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Not bad. I was not expecting such a good beer, but I got it. The aroma was of chocolate, roasted malt, and a little sweetness. Body was medium to full with a well blended flavor profile from light prunes to chocolate roasted malt. Good brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Decent asark amber color,small off white head that faded uickly leaving little behind.The aroma was mildly malty with hints of chocolate and caramel.The flavor was not bad but not great either,nice notes of chocolate and a malted milk bal sort of thing going on in the flavor,The taste is somewhat fake for some reason almost has a planted feel over a feel that should have come naturally.Itís worth a try but little else.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
very nice deep ruby color, nice head and good lacing, fragrance of burnt malt, big flavor with smoke and ripe fruit. Finishes clean. Too bad so much of the Schell sits around on the shelves out of date ruining their reputation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Deep amber color with a creamy tan head. Strong aroma And flavor of roasted dark chocolate. Taste is relatively sweet but this porter slightly resembles a dry stout with itís bitter finish. Get it while you can.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4392) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a thin, steady head. Medium bodied, sweet chocolate licorice maltiness. Sugary and not that complex, a pretty timid example of the style. Lacks any real depth. Mellow carbonation keeps it smooth, but also further exemplifies the beers underwhelming characteristics. Creamy, not unlike a Milk Stout. True to style, in a bad way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of cocoa, earth and leather, a bit of a nutty presence. Flavor is fairly nutty/earthy with a bit of chocolate (especially in the finish) and a sweet stickiness on the palate. This is good, but not overly complex. That said, it doesnít fall toward the cloying end of the Baltic Porter spectrum, which is fine by me...


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