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Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)



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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2738) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Very chocolatey aroma (brownies, milk chocolate). Also roasted smell with a bit of a tang. Pours a relatively dark brown with a dark amber hue and a large amount of taupe head. Good, extensive lacing. The chocolate extends to the taste (chocolate milk, chocolate malt milkshake, chocolate mousse, chocolate souffle). Very malty taste with little hops flavor. Nice taste but nothing more than that. Light roasted bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Smooth in the palate. Not as crisp as I had expected from a lager. Easy to drink. Overall, pleasant but ultimately forgettable. May I suggest pairing with... chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (5370) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
This beer is a good example of what an ale could be. Very pretty beer, black liquid and choco moos head. Head fades rapidly. Plain old clean yeast aroma with nice lacing on the glass. Thin carbonation yet creamy on the palate. Malty milky feel on the tongue. No gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Dark wet roasted feel that is not offensive. Kind and forgiving to the taste bud. Mild laid back stout experince. Near end of session still interesting but going flat. Becomes like a black mild beer on nitro near the end. Some lingering roasted wood near the finish. I donít like baltic porters but this stuff is freindly fine. Overall good beer experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle, pours a murky, red-brown body with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of caramel and lightly roasted malts along with a hint of cocoa and toffee. Flavor is more of the same with a more prominent cocoa flavor. Body is on the light side; slightly watery near the finish. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a light fizzyness. Light roasted malt finish with a slight bitter cocoa bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2010
This isnít a great example of a Baltic Porter, but itís a great beer among Schellís beers, which are usually regional-mass-market drivel. It doesnít approach the richness that you would expect in the style, but it is balanced per se and gives a substantial hit of roasted and caramel flavors. Very drinkable, which is saying something for Schell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of buebie poured into a tulip. This one pours super dark brown, Iím almost tempted to say black, but not quite. Itís got a small but very thick head that remains a cap for much longer than I expected and left very good lacing. The aroma is highly roasted with black malts and some bakers chocolate coming through. There is some underlying molasses sweetness and licorice as well. The taste has an initial sweetness from the caramelized sugars and dark chocolate, and the taste seems to be sweeter than the aroma in general. There are some roasted coffee hints in the background but itís not as prevalent as I was expecting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely smooth. Itís probably a little lighter than the best Baltic porters out there, but its very good, especially given the lighter ABV. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2009
A dark brown beer. The Schellís yeast is very perceivable in the flavor and aroma. Heavily roasted grains are the primary quality of this beer. Some lager yeast. I prefer the flavor while the beer is chilled, but the aroma opens up as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2009
In the bottle and on tap at Crescent Moon. Pours black with a thick beige head. Has a mild coffee roasted aroma with just a bit of chocolate. Body is medium thick. Has a tempered chocolate malted sweetness of big Baltic Porters, but in a much milder form. This is likely as big as a Schellís gets. Very tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle served in Bells snifter: Pours deep brown, near black with ruby highlights topped by small creamy tan head and left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has multilevel layers of vapours that change as it warms, starts with cocoa bean, black strap molasses, tobacco, and anise then becomes more vanilla bean, coffee, herbal hops and charred oak. The taste is rather sweet and syrupy at first with a noticeable chocolate covered plum overtone. Just like the nose, the palate changes as it warms and brings out some bitterness (coffee, hop, and smokey wood tannins). In the end it does come across a tad muddled. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and soft, there is a metallic finish which I do not care for. Overall, a good beer but do not come looking for a classic Baltic Porter. There are some classic characteristics but undertones are there which are unwelcoming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 18, 2009
I look forward to Schellís Snowstorm as the bite of winter hits us upper midwesterners. Always a different style and something unexpected. This year, a Baltic Porter, is quite good. Flavors of rich milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and fruits. Warming and tasty. A nice one.

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