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Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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4/5  rDev +7%

SaxmanRick, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

Cramerican, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

wapavz, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of bmike86
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

bmike86, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

tempest, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

bsp77, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

pisomojado8, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

mjryan, Nov 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

morimech, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

MN_Beerticker, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Schell's

"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."

Pours out the deepest mahogany color possible with a velvety khaki head of foam that has terrific retention and leaves loads of lace all around the glass.

Sweet caramel malt with a light chocolate presence and a hint of smoke underneath.

Moderately malty sweet with some graininess up front followed by subtle notes of chocolate, toasted malt and smoke. The finish has a bit of smoke with a solid hop bitterness.

Medium feel with lots of velvety soft carbonation washing across the palate. The finish is drier.

A really nice beer here that drinks wonderfully. I could easily consume a few of these in a sitting. I was personally hoping for more of the smoke to come through, but that's just me. A wonderful addition the the winter lineup for Schells.

jera1350, Nov 16, 2012
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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.