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Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)



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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13516) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
crossovert (10663) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2009 version, tasted adjuncty, not a good example of the style. I hope this was a 1 off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Thanks to Bob for the bottle! Poured deep cola brown with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was far on the sweet side for a Baltic porter, but it worked well for me when I drank it.. toasty baker’s chocolate, cocoa, and molasses led, with accents of vanilla and faint honeysuckle.. candied cake in a glass. The flavor was along the same lines.. slightly-astringent molasses and chocolate malts supported the core, while cocoa, vanilla, and tangy, earthy notes around.. lightly peppery with lots of residual sugars on the finish. Medium-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. very, very sweet, but warmth brought out a nice level of dry roast that balanced it out. I’d drink more of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of dry toasty dark malts with a hint of chocolate. Starts with decent fullness and finely dissolved carbonation with some mild dark caramel and roasty malty sweetness. Finishes a tad thinner and bittersweet with a touch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Could use a little more sweetness and body, but a good attempt at a difficult style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (6898) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweetish, malty and had a vanilla presence. The flavor was malted milk, vanilla, chocolate and caramel with sweet toasty malts underneath. The finish was long with malted milk, chocolate and vanilla lingering. Silky smooth and fairly full bodied. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5570) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5563) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2009
A dark brown beer. The Schell’s 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.

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