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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
(bottle) Pours black with a medium tan head that settles to a thin cap. The beer shows some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and a definite musty lager yeast character thatís common in Schell beers. Thereís also a sweetness here, which I think is cherry. Flavor possesses nice chocolate, lightly bitter coffee, subtle smoke, and finishes with some burnt caramel and lightly roasted malt. The yeast crashes in here a bit strongly, which yields some tartness in the flavor that I couldíve done without. Mouthfeel is super smooth and full with nice carbonation. If that yeast aspect was toned down a bit, this would be really good, but as is, itís a very solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Iím a little underwelmed by this years snowstorm. I donít know if Baltic Porter is not my thing or the barís been set so high by the last few yearís home runs. The aroma has a nice bit of sweet carmel, some cocoa, and a little earthy almost coffe thing going on. Appearence is dark, thick, and has a creamy head that disipates quickly. Flavor is a little lots of sweet, malt, malt, roasted malt, a little smoke and earth. Overall an o.k. winter warmer Iím sure Iíll by at least a 12pk of this winter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle. Dark black pour, medium carbonation and a decent mellow sweet and earthy aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, some peat and plenty of roasted malts. Not a spectacular Baltic porter, but worth a try.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Pours dark brown with some deep red highlightsand a creamy biege head. The nose seems to be hoppy with some toast and roast malts. Honestly, I think this is a bland beer. Nothing here to make it stand out.


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