Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)

RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A true smooth cold-fermented and cold lagered beer, brewed with lager yeast. This years 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (10050) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
BOTTLE (2009): very dark brown / black pour, off-white head. Licorice (specifically, Nips) on the nose,, plus roastiness. Body is medium-thin, yet has some creaminess, a tiny bit of hop to tinge your palette, more roastiness - very good Porter.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
(bottle) Pours black with a medium tan head that settles to a thin cap. The beer shows some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and a definite musty lager yeast character thats common in Schell beers. Theres also a sweetness here, which I think is cherry. Flavor possesses nice chocolate, lightly bitter coffee, subtle smoke, and finishes with some burnt caramel and lightly roasted malt. The yeast crashes in here a bit strongly, which yields some tartness in the flavor that I couldve done without. Mouthfeel is super smooth and full with nice carbonation. If that yeast aspect was toned down a bit, this would be really good, but as is, its a very solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Im a little underwelmed by this years snowstorm. I dont know if Baltic Porter is not my thing or the bars been set so high by the last few years home runs. The aroma has a nice bit of sweet carmel, some cocoa, and a little earthy almost coffe thing going on. Appearence is dark, thick, and has a creamy head that disipates quickly. Flavor is a little lots of sweet, malt, malt, roasted malt, a little smoke and earth. Overall an o.k. winter warmer Im sure Ill by at least a 12pk of this winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle. Dark black pour, medium carbonation and a decent mellow sweet and earthy aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, some peat and plenty of roasted malts. Not a spectacular Baltic porter, but worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Pours dark brown with some deep red highlightsand a creamy biege head. The nose seems to be hoppy with some toast and roast malts. Honestly, I think this is a bland beer. Nothing here to make it stand out.

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