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Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 11-16-2012

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
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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with a Crimson Tinge. Has some great lacing and good head retention.

Smell - Barley, Malts, Slight Smoked Ham and a Pils-Grassy scent.

Taste - Rather different than the smell. Rich & Sweet Smoked Ham, Malts, Barley and a strong hoppy flavor that goes very well with the flavor

Mouthfeel - Body is moderate and the carbonation has a slight bite; Which adds to the flavor rather than distract

Overall - This was pretty good. The flavor is nice and balanced and it's easy to drink. The scent lead me off at first but the end result was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown color with a slight, light brown head. Some roasted malts in the aroma; otherwise it’s just a slight smoked scent. The flavor is quite bold with deep, rich malt flavors. Lots of bread tones with a hint of smoke in the flavor. Finishes with a chalky after taste. Pretty decent winter brew that if full of flavor and yet is easy to drink!

Photo of NodakEric
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and near black when its in the glass. Smaller off white/khaki head.

S: Carmel, chocolate and a nice mild smokiness.

T: Lots of bread, carmel and roasted malts up front. A little sweet, more sweet than I would think. Then some smoke comes and balances that out. Not smokey like a rauchbier or, but it's there for sure. Some hop bitterness in the finish balances with a lingering smokiness. Still has a bit of that nice lager crispness to it just like most of Schell's beers do.

M: Medium body. Average carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: Fairly solid. Decent drinkability. I'm a little bummed this replaced Schell's Stout though. Looking forward to see what they replace this with once Spring roles around since this is their extended winter seasonal.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown colored head. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly smokey with chocolate and caramel notes.

T - It tasted of smoke, chocolate and roasted maltiness. A touch of caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice schwarzbier. Another good beer from August Schell in a style that most overlook.

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of smogfood
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of budgood1
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown colour with garnet hues topped with a thick and rich tan head. ample lacing. roasted malt aroma..with hints of smoke and malted milk balls. sort of a coffee creamer touch to it. taste follows suit...more dark roasted malts with smoky overtones, sort of reminds me of a milk stout in lager form, yet slightly astringent...descending into a creamy, ever so slightly bitter and dryish finish. medium lager like body with an incredible smooth and creamy mouthfeel. very nice drinkability....it's unique enough to keep one interested.

overall i'm yet again impressed by another new offering from Schell's. definitely recommended. a great winter drinker here.

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown black...tan lace..

S-Coffee roastiness...cream....light caramel..

T-Very tasty....Nice coffee roastiness with caramel creamer added flavor...

M-Light side of medium bodied...clean....lager like...finishes with light sweetness.

O-This is a really nice beer. i enjoyed it the first time I had it and am enjoying it again as I review...relatively unique in the U.S. beer landscape these days...

Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RaijinQ
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Weli
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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
4.57/5  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
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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 +21%

Photo of Beer4Mike
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mylar
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Mdog
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +0.8%

Photo of TubbyDullard
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NickSMpls
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  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…

Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.