Schell Snowstorm (2004 - Dark Amber Cream Ale)

RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
Much like snowflakes, no two Snowstorm beers are alike. Once a year, our brewmasters lock themselves in the testing room with a secret selection of fine malts and hops, only emerging when theyve hit upon something truly extraordinary.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (6465) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle: Found some old notes that I had tasted these in the States many years ago. To be honest I cant remember that much of these beers, but next to the beers name I wrote a little bit of info. So these notes are for me, to ensure and complete my list and to use this database as mine too. If you want to consider this as a tick, do so. It is for my own record, that I know I had tasted it once. This was nice, smooth good bodied with some darker ingredients.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a light amber brown, very clear, with almost two inches of nearly white head. Despite the solid foam, no lacing. Not really an aroma either. Okay theres some flavor, but really I cant call it malty, it is quite non-descript. There is a balance between sweet and tart, I guess, but no character. Smooth, I suppose, since theres nothing there to challenge the taste buds. Body on the light side, gentle carbonation. I would think that a winter seasonal would be bolder. This one is just exquisitely boring. The only compliment I can give this beer is its foam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with JK, thanks John!) Well, I just finished rating Breckenridge Avalanche, I might as well do August Schell Snowstorm now. This is the 2004 bottling, which is listed as a Dark Amber Ale, and a dark amber colored beer it is, and it’s showing a fair amount of haze as well. It doesn’t pour with much head, perhaps a quarter inch, and settles quickly to a ring. But the flavor is where it’s at with this beer, and the brewery calling this an amber ale really sells this beer short. It’s very malty, toasty and earthy, and the oatmeal added to the mash is quite evident in the flavor and mouthfeel. This is only a mildly sweet beer, and the hops shows enough presence to be noticeable bitter, yet allows the malt to dominate. Malt and earth are the dominant aromas as well. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied from start to finish. The lacing appears spun by a silkworm, with thin strands scattered loosely across much of the glass. Much better than I expected, and maybe I should boost my opinion of this brewery. I rather enjoyed this brew and look forward to trying the 2005 Snow Storm, whatever style it may be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Outstanding seasonal. Very smooth, malty. Caramel, low in hops with a nevertheless dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (2034) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2004 Edition - Amber Ale - Copper body, small quick lasting foam. Creamy meduim body, yeast, caramel flavors. Could be the same flavor and body if you mixed an Anchor OSA with a Genesee Cream Ale to make a half and half. Not worthy to be served at a Tibetan Sky Burial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4937) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2005
12 oz bottle. Medium amber to light maple color, slightly hazy, with a bit of creamy near-white froth...nose of orange-honey-cherry and well-rotted wood/humus, quite interesting and enticing....flavor smoky-tarry, heavy on the roasted malt, semi-sweet to begin with and quite dry and arid to finish, unfortunately not well-balanced or very exciting to drink, and somewhat watery at the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Prune color pour with very little head, the nose is sour grapes. Maybe I got a bad bottle but this stuff tastes and smells like rotten wine with an acohol burn finish. I really didnt care much for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2005
In the bottle. Brownish-copper color. A faint and quickly dying head. Caramel and cotton candy aroma. Malty and metallic on the tongue. Mild carbonation. Very low hops at first, but the finish leaves you with a nice bitter side of the tongue tingle. This would be an outstanding ale if it just had a little higher P after the mash.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Real good! i was a big fan of this seasonal brew. Somewhat dark, but doesnt taste like it really. Goes down smooth, and of course is best when really really cold, like the name implies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Thanks to Duane for this. Pours a copper/ruby color with minimal white head. Aroma of caramel malt, hopcit, some fruit and spice. Tastes spicy, with some berry flavors and some spiciness at the finish. Very light palate, with more cherry flavor as it warms. This is very good.

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