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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemooner (599) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours black with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Light body and medium carbonation. Tastes of primarily of chocolate, light toasty malts, and some licorice. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2009
This is slightly off style, but itís a delicious beer none the less. Pours black with a big light tan head that leaves plenty of lace. Aromas of raw chocolate and some licorice shine through. The flavor is very nice with plenty of chocolate, burnt toast, a distinct hoppiness. The beer is largely dry with some nice fruity almost sweet notes about it. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10736) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle from guerde. Thanks a bunch man. Pours really black with a few tan bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt. And treacally dark fruit. Near full bodied with mild, foamy carbonation. Flavor is dark fruits and dark malt, with I think a touch of coffee. Even chocolate. Pretty tasty stuff.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drpimento (2173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Somewhat interesting effort, but not up to snuff as far the actual Baltic regional brews. Poured with a small to medium tan head and a bit of lace. Color is an almost opaque brown with cherry highlights. Aroma is standard porter. Flavor is simple standard porter. Body is a bit thin, but good carbonation. Not so strong for a traditional Baltic Porter. Ok, finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Dark ruby/brown color with a large head. Grainy aroma, a bit of roast and a light charred wood note. Fairly roasty taste. Lotsís of sweet, Munichy malt. More of that ashy character. Very light anise. Some choclate as it approaches cellar temp. Not bad at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (793) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Didnít take notes but this Is one of my favorite snowstorms. Very easy drinking. Smooth with some chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Four Firkins. Very dark brown, thin tan head. Smokey, peaty aroma and flavor with a hint of chocolate in the taste. Slightly hoppy, smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Sampled via 12-oz bottle acquired from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with light tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of caramel malt, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla and maple. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of roasted dark malt, chocolate, some unsmoked bacon, a hint of toffee and some candi sugar. Finish is semi-sweet that slowly disappears. Did not detect any licorice (red or black) but still a solid baltic porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
BOTTLE (2009): very dark brown / black pour, off-white head. Licorice (specifically, Nips) on the nose,, plus roastiness. Body is medium-thin, yet has some creaminess, a tiny bit of hop to tinge your palette, more roastiness - very good Porter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Poured from bottle into Flat Earth Pint glass. Exceedingly dark black-like ruby with a creamy tan head. Aroma of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicy hops and caramel. Very chocolaty with a nice roasted malt character. Secondary notes of caramel, brown sugar and a very light spicy bitterness at the end. The beer sweetens just slightly as it warms. Moderate carbonation, with a very smooth clean and almost creamy lager body. Overall, a highly drinkable roasted lager. While my limited Baltic Porter experience tells me that this beer should be bigger in terms of both body and abv (this is only 5.8%), it is hard to complain when the results are so good.


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