iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2009
possibly one of the first time August shell hasnt disappointed me. Fruity malts on the nose. dark amber pour with nice frothy tan head. Delicious sweet fruit and malt notes from start to finish. Very nice mouth feel and very nice on the palate. wlajwl (7209) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 From memory, a very malty, unique German style lager. Has a very strong rye flavor that is incredibly good and is in general among the best lagers I’ve ever had. mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Color is a very light ruby/brown. Pours a slightly tan head that doesn’t last to long. Not very much lacing observed.
The aroma is of solid malts. You can definately tell that it is a rye beer from the smell. There is also a hint of dark chocolate and licorice lingering around.
The taste is mainly malts. Carmel is present as well as some spices. Dark chocolate is also present.
Mouthfeel is very creamy. The beer is cold, but it’s as if it warms your mouth, very interesting.
Overall, this was an interesting beer and one I am glad I got to try. I haven’t tasted anything like this and I would recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-04-2008 03:16:31 TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Spice, rye, cocoa, and some caramel and roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Dalzale. Pours copper brown with a light tan head. Smells of caramel, spice, dark fruit, earthy. Tastes of roses, some bitter hints, caramel, some sweetness, nice spiciness as the beer warms. There’s a lot going on here. NIce!
antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2009
I can’t beleive I didn’t rate this last winter. To me, the perfect winter lager. Dark and rich and nourishing to the mind and soul. Malt charachter that is so enriching that you don’t think about hops and just sit back and get fat, thinking about spring but still smiling that it is winter and you can still drink this. asedzie (835) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep amber with off white head. Aroma has herbal spicy german noble hop smells mingling with bread and caramel malt. Lots of depth in the aroma. Flavor is a range of lightly sweet grainy, bready malt flavors with a tinge of citrus and mild herbal notes on the finish. Palate is nice and chewy, but if it was beefed up just a little this beer would be absolutely outstanding. As it is a beautifully balanced dark lager with nice hoppiness. incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Quite dark in color. Lots of coco, ultra malty, I didnt taste much in the way of any rye. Slight hint of the hops in there. Another good snowstorm. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a decent size head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, nuts. Nice balanced flavor, good mouthfeel. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pour is auburn red. Small head which mostly disappears after settling. Aromas of bread yeast, spices, cookies. Flavor features a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. To me, this has some similarities to Boulevard Bobs Munich lager, which I consider to be very good within the Vienna style. Solid effort from Schell, who I have been quite impressed with, based on their latest efforts.