Schell Stag Series #4 - Burton Ale

RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Before India Pale Ales were synonymous with Burton upon Trent, there was Burton Ale a darker, sweeter beer. Burton Ales were so popular, in fact, that as recent as 1948, it was considered one of the four main types of British draught beer, sitting beside mild, pale ale, and stout.

More so than perhaps any other beer style in history, the demise of Burton Ales happened amazingly fast. Brewers, faced with the consumer preference for bitters and lagers saw sales of Burton and mild ales plummet. By the end of the 1960s Burton ales were virtually gone.

Schells Burton Ale is a nod to a forgotten style of beer. Using traditional floor malted Fawcett Maris Otter as a base, the malt bill also includes torrified wheat and two different British Crystal malts. As is traditional for British brewers, we added sugar in the kettle, in our case turbinado and some Dark Candi Syrup. Old Burton Extra is hopped with Nugget and Goldings, fermented with a British ale yeast, dry-hopped, and aged for 3 months prior to release.

Release Sep 2011

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14946) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle from Guerde. Thanks for this ridiculously antique concept beer. Love anything to do with Burton upon Trent. Pours clear ruddy copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is mostly floral, with some hints of treacle, and then some fairly roasted malt. Full bodied - very oily/thicky. Flavor is pretty roasted malt with a lot of floral/earthy hop. This ale is not just a slight nod to English ales. Its a sturdy, hoppy, malty wonderful construct. Chip butty and oat cakes at the Burton Bridge Brewery. Stick to the oat cakes! Very, very nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (10201) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber pour with a terrific soapy white head that clings to the glass for a long time. Nose is sweet caramel and a touch of light fruit. Full palate yet not heavy. Restrained flavor - mild caramel malt and a touch of fruity sweetness. Well balanced overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, deep reddish-amber with a tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up toasted darker fruits, molasses, vanilla, and light nutty notes.. some floral accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found more warm fruits, biscuity notes, and a touch of maple at the core.. some vanilla and sweet aged caramel on the next layer.. darker fruits and peppery yeast on the warm finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. I rather enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6560) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
bottle, thanks to swalden28, brown color with a milky lactic aroma, flavor of malty caramel and pennies

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6318) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Copperish, with a ring of foam. Smells very bready and toasty. Flavor is, well British. Not every sweet and a definite English hop note. May be a little bit water. Thanks to grownfool for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Amber with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some toffee, caramel and grass, as well as a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Tap at Dexters. Deep brown-burgundy body, respectable foamy beige head. The aroma isnt so hop forward, more of a brewhouse soapy yeast thing going on. Woody, bland English taste. Really dulled out, some Ale yeast tones. The malt bill isnt so exciting, tastes like sugar made the ABV. Interesting in theory. I suppose it tastes like a really bad IPA, circa 1850.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (6058) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Very dark brown beer, with a good-sized white head on top. Hops in the aroma, and the flavor is not something I am familiar with. There is sweetness but also lots of hops in this beer, and a considerable malt backbone. Somewhat thick and heavy, a good palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors, Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with an average size off-white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma of mild dark English malt, some floral hops, a hint of caramel and toffee. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of roasted caramel malt, brown sugar, a hint of toffee and light cherry. Finish is semi-sweet, some brown sugar and toffee aftertaste that slowly disappears, followed by a little alcohol presence. Actually, this is one decent winter warmer that should have been with the 150th Anniversary series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2011
A rich copper hued brew with a long lasting khaki head. The nose has sweet notes of toffee and black tea. There is also some pear and brandy. The taste is fairly sweet up front with toffee and more of that pear character. The finish is black tea and quality tobacco. A slightly thinner body and more lively carbonation than I would have thought for this big one. I had this a few times and appreciate it more now. The booze is there but really pretty subtle. Nicely done and well restrained. This is a tasty winter time sipper.

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