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Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Chimney SweepSchell's Chimney Sweep

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85
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Seefeldt

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

04-01-2013 22:58:45 | More by Seefeldt
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lisalipper

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

01-12-2014 22:44:19 | More by lisalipper
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Always happy to pick up a single of a new Schell's beer to find out if it's the next Emerald Rye (i.e. excellent). 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is about 87% schwarz, with mit ein bisschen rot...I'm going to have to brush up on my German before I hit the Rhein this summer. Nose is interesting. The first wave is all smoke, campfire smoke to be specific, & to be even more specific, the precise smell that sticks in your clothes the next morning. Ham. Smoke masks anything else that might be hanging around.

Chimney Sweep is one of those smoked beers that leans right into the hog. Too much smoke turns this into a bacon-fest; I read the reviews & hoped most were accurate ("a touch of smoke") but this is like standing in the middle of a barn full of pigs. That are all on spits. While the barn is burning. Smoke overwhelms any other subtleties.

Not a fan of liquid smoke. A rare Schell's miss for me. Not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:12:46 | More by maximum12
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

06-18-2013 22:24:41 | More by heytomcat
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tom79mp

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

08-09-2013 06:52:25 | More by tom79mp
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mrjbrown27

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

01-06-2014 06:25:22 | More by mrjbrown27
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I think this beer is misclassified; it should be a smoked beer. To me there's nothing "subtle" about the smokiness. Poured at a good temperature with a modest light tan head that soon settled to a large island, ring, and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is smoke dominated and then malt and a bit of spice. Flavor's like nose plus has some tart. Fairly dry. Body is slightly thin, carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, some change to medicinal, gradual taper, not really for me. Wish it had been a traditional schwarzbier

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 05:01:39 | More by drpimento
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

01-07-2013 02:57:55 | More by NodakEric
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kguyty

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20%

05-28-2013 19:47:47 | More by kguyty
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jcparish88

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

06-27-2013 21:59:07 | More by jcparish88
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koes0024

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

12-20-2012 02:23:44 | More by koes0024
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -20%

10-25-2013 04:54:59 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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Foam

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a couple single bottles to try . Didn't know it was a schwarzbier until I looked at b.a.
Definetly not at the level of Monchshof / Kostritzer but an ok American take on the style ...
I'd say it's a good session schwarzbier seeing as how it's just 5.2% abv .
Probably good with roasted meat and other hearty dishes . Probably a good cheddar cheese pairing, as well, something tells me .
A fairly thin consistency unlike its German counter-parts which seem to have more soul and heft to them .
A slighty caramel roasty aroma when sniffed .
Taste is roasted malt lager darkness .
Mouthfeel is perhaps its best attribute . A nice rounded slightly fruity thing going on .
I'd be in no hurry to probably ever buy this again but , oh well .

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:39:02 | More by Foam
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-25-2013 09:29:31 | More by bismarksays
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fitzgerald88

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-02-2013 01:19:48 | More by fitzgerald88
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tjb27

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-10-2014 17:26:08 | More by tjb27
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-02-2013 04:56:30 | More by runfoodrun
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-28-2014 03:44:04 | More by jmkoscie
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

09-29-2013 22:21:13 | More by dragomni
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark nut brown with decent clarity and visible effervescence. Pours a foamy two finger tan head.

Aroma: Smoke and charred oak. There may be other aromas here but the smoke covers them up.

Taste: Starts with a mellow mix of medium to dark malts with a bit of a bready flavor. There is some hop bitterness along with a slight grassy character. In the second half the bitterness increases and the flavor becomes very smokey. The finish is more of the same with a feeling like you've inhaled the fumes from a wet bonfire pit. It's an interesting flavor but there are other beers that achieve the same effect with more balance and a more refined smoke flavor. At 5.2% ABV it doesn't skimp on flavor, it is decently robust.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with lots of carbonation that adds to the bitterness giving the palate a bit of a punch right before the finish. Average drinkability but the smokey flavor makes it a one and done scenario.

Final Thoughts: If it's offered as part of a variety six-pack or you can find one bottle it would be worth the purchase. However, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in an evening. If you like smoked beers (and lagers) then this would be one to 'tick' for you. Would I drink it again? Doubtful.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:32:45 | More by JamesMN
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jkroese

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-28-2013 01:47:49 | More by jkroese
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Will96

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-03-2013 03:11:41 | More by Will96
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-10-2013 22:57:37 | More by mikeburd1128
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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.