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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Deep amber color with a creamy tan head. Strong aroma And flavor of roasted dark chocolate. Taste is relatively sweet but this porter slightly resembles a dry stout with itís bitter finish. Get it while you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
benfergy (246) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
The Snowstorm 09 (porter) is very darkly brown/black, and the head is minimal and frothy. The aroma has a very firm malt, similar to coffee. I also notice some herbal & citrus hops. The taste is a medium sweetness, no sourness and no bitterness. Great! The palate is very smooth as well. I am very pleased by this beer! Too bad that itís a limited edition beer; I think itís the best beer that Schell has produced, so Iíll pay attention to see if they make any more porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (871) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2009
My first baltic porter so I donít know if itís true to style, but itís a very good brew. Definately better as it warms and more flavors come out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a medium-dark brown head. Aroma could be a little stronger but is a pleasant mix of roast malts. Taste is of bittersweet coffee. Very thick and creamy as a baltic porter usually is. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
rock solid roasted malts on the aroma. The flavor is sweet with hints of smoked meats in the roasted malts. This is the heaviest baltic porter I can remember. THe snowstorm continues to impress.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4869) - 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.

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