Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)

RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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CaptainCougar (7634) - 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.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - 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.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle from badbeer. Thanks. poured a nearly opaque brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was a few fingers high and light brown with decent retention and lacing. Smelled mostly of cocoa, dark fruit, and subdued darkly roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Tasted of predominantly of malty molasses, toffee, and cocoa with a hint of anise.

PorterPounder (8360) - 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.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Black colored body with a orange tinted dark khaki head. The nose is largely anise with some notes of bubblegum and milk chocolate and caramel. Each drink is dominated with mocha flavors, but the finish is anise. There is also some light tobacco and hay. Overall, this is decent, but fairly light for the style. However, I certainly enjoy the black licorice character in a lighter beer.

IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Not bad. I was not expecting such a good beer, but I got it. The aroma was of chocolate, roasted malt, and a little sweetness. Body was medium to full with a well blended flavor profile from light prunes to chocolate roasted malt. Good brew.

Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Decent asark amber color,small off white head that faded uickly leaving little behind.The aroma was mildly malty with hints of chocolate and caramel.The flavor was not bad but not great either,nice notes of chocolate and a malted milk bal sort of thing going on in the flavor,The taste is somewhat fake for some reason almost has a planted feel over a feel that should have come naturally.It’s worth a try but little else.

kassner (1722) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
very nice deep ruby color, nice head and good lacing, fragrance of burnt malt, big flavor with smoke and ripe fruit. Finishes clean. Too bad so much of the Schell sits around on the shelves out of date ruining their reputation.

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 it’s bitter finish. Get it while you can.

nuplastikk (6512) - 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.

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