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Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark and mysterious, with an intriguing wisp of smoke, a chimney sweep has long been considered a source of good luck. Schell’s Chimney Sweep draws its inspiration from these lucky individuals and the rich dark lagers of Upper Franconia in Germany. Expect a black lager with a roasty maltiness, sturdy hop bitterness and an underlying subtle smokiness.

31 IBU

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 11-16-2012)
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Reviews by Serick507:
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Serick507

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%

Enjoyed from a bottle into a silo glass

A: Black right away, deep ruby/ amber in the light with one finger of a cream colored head and a small amount of bubbles

S: Roasted malts with a smokey charcoal grill tone

T: Classic Schell's malt forwardness,roasted malts, little bit of chocolate, and a nice smokiness like camp fire or cook outs.

M: light with less carbonation.

O: It's a good black lager, nice balance, not to smokey for my taste, would go great with a burger or brat. It's warm smokey, clean and dry. The mouth could be a little more for me and the flavor isn't so bold. But it's another solid well crafted beer from Schell's.

03-02-2013 04:59:46 | More by Serick507
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2014 22:50:00 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-14-2014 18:19:32 | More by DaftPatrick
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +12%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with moderate tan head.

Smell: Quite roasty, with coffee and bitter chocolate. Some dark fruit and smoke.

Taste: Mix of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit upfront. Lingering smokiness on the finish that is light but noticeable.

Feel: Crisp and clean like a lager but with additional smoothness. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Fantastic Schwarzbier with some Rauchbier thrown in for shits and giggles. This is the fifth new beer I have had from Schell's this year, and it is the best.

11-21-2012 19:49:41 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from the bottle.

Dark, reddish-black in colour with a tan head. Smells like a standard black-ale. Subtle hop nose with a fair bit of smokiness. The taste was much more mellow than expected. It was malty and smokey with a clean finish.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

01-08-2013 20:29:54 | More by NilocRellim
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a hint of ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger light tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty malt driven aroma that is smokey and fairly sweet. Roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, cream, coffee, and smoke with a subtle beef jerky like scent. Decent hints of earthy and grassy hops that provide a nice balancing bitterness to the dark sweetness. A pretty good dark lager aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a roasty and smokey taste that is well balanced. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark and milk chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, cream, biscuit, coffee, and a nice kick of smoke.A little bit of nuts and burnt sugars also is tasted. A fairly earthy background with a decent amount of earthy hop bitterness providing some dryness. A really nice balanced taste with some smoke lingering throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A really good version of a dark Germain style lager. Good dark roasty taste while still keeping it fairly light and balanced.

12-19-2012 07:23:41 | More by MattyG85
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

09-22-2013 15:25:41 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

12-01-2013 05:50:09 | More by sgttibbs
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Small light brown head settles into a lice lacing above a clear reddish brown colored beer.

Sweet roasted toffee, caramel, dark almost burnt chocolate, a french liqueur aroma and more.

Dark roasted malts with toffee, a bit of dark bakers chocolates, caramelized sugars come through in the taste.

A light dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the darker aspects of the taste with this medium bodied drink.

Surprisingly good, I had a few Schell's beers that really weren't that good.

11-09-2013 00:44:15 | More by LXIXME
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optimator705

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

06-27-2013 14:17:47 | More by optimator705
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-20-2014 15:30:36 | More by ONovoMexicano
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AndyH

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-25-2013 02:01:01 | More by AndyH
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jkroese

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-28-2013 01:47:49 | More by jkroese
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Picked up a bottle at Four Firkins and paired it with a piece of Thanksgiving pecan pie. The aroma has a clean mix of caramel and cocoa malts, with a mild roasted edge. The flavor mixes in a touch of smoke to the dry chocolate and toffee to make a tasty black lager that's not too thick, but by no means simple. Give it a try.

11-23-2012 03:31:54 | More by tempest
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Will96

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-03-2013 03:11:41 | More by Will96
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morimech

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a dark brown with an attractive two finger head that caps the glass off nicely. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma that consists of chocolate and caramel with a pleasant smoke component. Maybe a little noble hops as well.

In the flavor there are notes of chocolate, caramel, a touch of roast, and smoke. The smoke flavor is just like what you get from rauchbiers from Bamberg but just not as strong. Solid bitterness with some grassy hop flavor.

Light body with adequate carbonation. Feels just like almost all August Schell lagers. Good but nothing spectacular.

A combination of a schwarzbier and a rauchbier. Not as refreshing and easy to drink as other schwarzbiers because of the smoke and roast, but this is unique and should definately pique the interest of smokey beer lovers.

11-18-2012 18:08:53 | More by morimech
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mcrow24

Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Dark nearly black, with a finger's worth brown tinted head.

S: Light smells of malty bread and roasted grain.

T: Roasted malt, charred flavors with a caramel hint an a nice hit of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, slight creamy feel with low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Good dark beer, with a good bitterness but not overly strong in comparison to other styles.

02-20-2014 22:43:50 | More by mcrow24
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wapavz

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

11-25-2012 21:56:52 | More by wapavz
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-10-2013 22:57:37 | More by mikeburd1128
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emerge077

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%

Black in the glass though some light gets through around the edges, rendering a slightly brownish clear highlight. Thin layer of soft offwhite foam across the surface, that parts fairly soon without much lacing to speak of. MInor sudsy spots after a swirl and sip.

Softly roasty aroma, sweet fruity plum, carob or cocoa. Dry taste, less sweet than the aroma lets on, though there is a slight amount. Dry cocoa, light unsweetened chocolate, dried dark fruit. Light and drinkable, though not without substantial flavor. Drinks like a nice porter more than a schwarzbier, and that's a good thing.

06-11-2013 02:40:15 | More by emerge077
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DrZeus10

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

06-07-2013 01:12:32 | More by DrZeus10
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TooGood

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-16-2014 12:15:44 | More by TooGood
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-25-2013 03:52:13 | More by bigbeers84
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-25-2013 09:29:31 | More by bismarksays
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NodakEric

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-07-2013 02:57:55 | More by NodakEric
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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.