Schell Snowstorm (2009 - Baltic Porter)

 
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A true smooth cold-fermented and cold lagered beer, brewed with lager yeast. This yearís 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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TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2017
From notes: pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and a chocolate sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and cocoa, with some sweetness.

3.4
JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Dark brown, to umber when held to the light. Smaller tan head. Scents of licorice, dark caramel and lightly roasted malts. Smooth and full feel. Light licorice start. Some sweet roasted malt and just a hint of smoke and ash in the finish. An easy quaffable brew. 4/10

1.1
crossovert (12668) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2009 version, tasted adjuncty, not a good example of the style. I hope this was a 1 off.

3.4
wlajwl (6750) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
A decent Baltic Porter, has a little alcohol fire to it, not over the top like most Baltic Porter but rather good.

3.5
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2010
[Bottle] I had this a number of times when it first came out, so I was surprised to see that I hadnít rated it yet. Pours fairly dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, notes of honey and faint maple syrup, and then an oddly out of place celery character that I do not remember it having before. Taste is heavy on burnt malt, but also has some caramel, and although I donít notice it in this bottle, I do recall there being anise when I had it fresher. Somewhat thin (much more than I remember), finish length is pretty good though. A little chalky. Overall, this was much, much better when it was fresh, so I will give it some bonus points for that.

3.7
Nsanders (1136) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Deep brown with quickly fading tan head. Caramel, banana, malts. Sweet transitions to bitter with an almost tobacco-like aftertaste. Medium body

3.4
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Clear mahogany with a thin tan head and foamy lacing. Aroma of toffee, heavy malt and a hint of smoked meats. Taste of mildly smoked malt, light caramel, light chocolate/licorice and not much else. Semi-thin and mildly sweet.

3.8
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
rock solid roasted malts on the aroma. The flavor is sweet with hints of smoked meats in the roasted malts. This is the heaviest baltic porter I can remember. THe snowstorm continues to impress.

4
benfergy (248) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
The Snowstorm 09 (porter) is very darkly brown/black, and the head is minimal and frothy. The aroma has a very firm malt, similar to coffee. I also notice some herbal & citrus hops. The taste is a medium sweetness, no sourness and no bitterness. Great! The palate is very smooth as well. I am very pleased by this beer! Too bad that itís a limited edition beer; I think itís the best beer that Schell has produced, so Iíll pay attention to see if they make any more porters.

3.3
jake65 (3626) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Nose is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, and hints of bananas. Flavor of roast, cocoa, vanilla, bananas, and light hints of yeast. Picking up this ever so slight metallic vibe. Lingering roasty finish. Not bad.


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