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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1178) - 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 that’s common in Schell beers. There’s 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 could’ve 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, it’s a very solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
I’m a little underwelmed by this years snowstorm. I don’t know if Baltic Porter is not my thing or the bar’s been set so high by the last few year’s 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 I’m sure I’ll by at least a 12pk of this winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1999) - 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.

   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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