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Schell Snowstorm (2011 - Wee Heavy Traditional Scotch Ale)

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Schellís Wee Heavy pours a deep, rich mahogany color. It smells slightly sweet with hints of dark fruit. The brew has a smooth, velvety mouth-feel. The malty backbone procudes notes of brown sugar. The presence of hop bitterness is very subtle. The clean alcohol flavor balances the malty sweetness of the beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Medium brown with just a glint of red. Fairly small cream-colored head. Aroma: Caramel, cherry, raisins and spicy, floral hops. Canít tell if it smells sweet or dry. Taste: Caramel and toffee malt backbone, with an overripe fruitiness of plum, raisins and cherry. Not much peat, but peat is not really traditional for the style anyway. Canít detect as much hops as in the aroma. Sweet, but quite nice. Palate: Moderately carbonated, medium body. Off-dry finish. Overall: Good drinking Scotch Ale that is a a little too sweet, and honestly somewhat of a disappointment. I usually donít get too excited about Schellís non-German-style beers, but I was excited by this one, especially after the fantastic Burton Ale. This is also not up to the standards set by the previous three SnowStorm beers (Weihnachtsbier, Baltic Porter, Weizenbock). Complaining a lot about a beer I really do like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark brown pour, little carbonation and a clean malt and light sugar aroma. Flavor is slick caramel, sweet malt and slightly dry and bitter on the aftertaste. Not one of my favorite styles, but a decent offering by Schellís nonetheless!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours a clear, ruby tinted brown with a tall, beige head. Aroma is grainy malt, sweet caramel malt, toast, toffee, light woody notes, herbal and spicy hops and a touch of peat. Flavor is dark caramel, toast, cereal grain, peat smoke, dry whole grain pasta, sweet tobacco, earth, sweet, musty hay, root vegetables, brown sugar and earthy, spicy hops. Palate is medium bodied, creamy and slightly slick on entry with a moderate, soft carbonation. Not bad at all, a little too sweet, but pretty nicely balanced with good complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates to cream top and thin lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of peat, some light raisin and floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of caramel malt, brown sugar, a hint of prunes and some peat. Finish has a light metallic and semi-sweet aftertaste with a hint of clove and caramel malt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1962) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle: Mahogany pour with thick creamy off white head. aroma is sweet toffee, brown sugar, cherry wood, raisin. A little thin in the body. Flavour is caramel, dark fruit, woody hop. Not as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Well made. Another good Snowstorm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2011
[Bottle] Pours cola brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is sweet, with marshmallow, a little alcohol, and some prune and raisin. Taste is alcohol, fairly sweet dark fruits, and some underlying barley. A little thin, but smooth, and good finish length. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not overly memorable. A few tweaks and this could be outstanding though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (640) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours a rich brown with ruby hints and a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, and hints of fruit. Flavor is yeast and sweet malt with hints of earth, fruit, chocolate, sugar, and light hops. Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth, sweet brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1139) - Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Malt aroma with fig raison toffee notes toasted marshmallow.Dark amber,pretty clear blackish deep orange. Some foamy decending lacing,with ring of foam.NIce red /orange tones to this almost dark brown ale.The clarity gives it a nice varied color. Taste is similar to aroma with a good amout of sweetness not cloying but lots of flavorful maltiness,a bit of minerally water with the malt taste,but good heavy malt character without being syrupy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
The aroma is malty with some toffee, as well as noting that the malts do not hint at sweetness. The flavor is a mixture of toffee and caramel as well malty, with a decidedly non-sweetness to the malts. Its been a while since Iíve had a Wee Heavy, this sort of tasted similar to a Dunkel, so Iím pretty sure its not as authentic as it should be, but it was pretty good either way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6984) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Tap at Old Chicago in Apple Valley, MN. Clear mahogany pour with a smaller white head. Aroma and taste of cherry, brown sugar, yeast, and just a touch of hops. Very nice.


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