Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RaijinQ
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Weli
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black lager with good clarity. 1/2" light tan head when poured into a pint glass.

S-Slightly smokey, hint of sulphur and spruce

T-Smoke flavor up front, not much malt sweetness. Toasted malt characteristics with some caramel, slightly creamy. Some piney spruce like hop flavor evident in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate and pretty easy drinking

O-Other than the smokiness, which is rather subdued this is kinda a disappointment from Schell's. I had there schwarzbier a few years ago at a pub and remember it being a bit better than this.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby hues along the edges of the glass. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, roasted malt, toast, smoke, and hints of milk chocolate. There is a lot going on in the aroma of this beer, and the taste is no exception to that. There are lots of caramel and roasted malt notes with a subtle yet apparent smokiness that permeates the palate tying everything together. Like the aroma, there are some nice backing notes of toast and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really, really well done beer in a style (Munich Dunkel/Schwarzbier) that I enjoy immensely. I can see myself drinking a lot of this over the course of a tough winter and wet spring.

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Beer4Mike
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mylar
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Mdog
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights, huge head.

Smell: Moderate roasted aroma, bit of sweetness like sweetened cream.

Taste: Roasted flavor, bit of sweetness and chocolate flavor, hint of smoke in the background.

Feel: Creamy feel.

Overall: This is a tasty schwarzbier, I wish I had picked up a Sprecher to compare it to. Nice balanced flavor with sweetness and roasted notes. Not as much smokiness as I was hoping for, but it does show up. Creamy, easy to drink. A good one.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby highlights, and a 3 finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, and smoke.

Roasted malt is the most dominant flavor, followed by smoke, some chocolate malt, and light caramel. Not really sweet, or biter, but nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slight roasted malt and smoke aftertaste. A nice subtle beer which accommodates food nicely. This would be great with pizza.

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TubbyDullard
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NickSMpls
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of shadow1961
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August Schell's Chimney Sweep pours a deep cola-colored brew under a cap of loose tan foam. The nose is dark malt and a bare hint of smoke- applewood, maybe? Up front is a good dark roasty/bready flavor and that note of smoke, off the back, mildly bitter herbal hops for balance. It has a medium body to my taste, off dry, and very drinkable. I'll miss Schell's Stout (which Chimney Sweep is replacing)- I imagine it was a bit out of August Schell's institutional contort zone, though their Chimney Sweep is German all the way…

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wapavz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bmike86
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of Schell’s Chimney Sweep from South Lyndale Liquors in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance --- a dark black color, when lifted towards the light it appears to be more of a very dark brownish red/clear light golden yellow color. Two to three finger cream-ish head, a nice looking lace left trailing down the glass

Smell --- roasted malts, with some subtle smokiness to it

Taste --- roasted malts and an enjoyable smoke to it, background appears to have some chocolate and caramel to it

Mouth feel --- nice medium body with all around smoothness to it, carbonation up front and dry finish

Overall --- I did not know what to expect from this, but figured I would give it a chance. I was initially curious about it, and the description on the packaging sold me on the purchase. Smoked beers are generally hit or miss for me, but this one I genuinely enjoyed. It is easily my new favorite winter seasonal. A very well done offering by Schell’s. If anyone is on the fence when coming across this one, I definitely recommend a try. Prost!

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of pisomojado8
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark, lightly smoked lager bier from New Ulm Mn. Mild dark chocolate, caramel and smoke aromas. Milk chocolate, honey and bacon flavours. Um, yeah, sweet smokey bacon goodness. Not raw and in your face. Very subtle. Delicious. Finish is balanced, slightly sweet, vague smokey astringency. Did I say delicious? Is this what they drink in Franconia? Lucky Deutchelanders.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.