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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

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
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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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 23:58:33 | More by DaveMiller
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Doyle

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 18:03:34 | More by Doyle
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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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Lewdd

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-08-2013 03:37:39 | More by Lewdd
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-06-2013 01:37:19 | More by Dactrius
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-06-2013 01:24:21 | More by tdmccarthy
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p-wagz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-05-2013 03:17:01 | More by p-wagz
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-30-2013 03:27:17 | More by mikerieder
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jroberts8811

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-27-2013 22:03:25 | More by jroberts8811
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-25-2013 04:22:18 | More by zeledonia
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Ross_Haddow

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-25-2013 01:52:05 | More by Ross_Haddow
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steveh

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had the stocker find this in the back of the Kenosha Woodman's -- lucky they had it, I don't think they're too aware of everything Schell brews.

A -- Clear, deep ruby to chestnut brown with a firm, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Lightly smoky character, mildly bready malts. Pretty light aroma overall. Some good toasted breadiness comes thru with warming.

T -- Smoked malt hits the palate first with a mildly astringent character, but not offensive at all -- folding into a nearly sweet bready character and finishing with a mellow roastiness and lightly spicy hops for accent. The roastiness and smokiness linger nicely balanced in the aftertaste -- even some mild dark fruit characters. A Rauchbier character akin to Schlenkerla's Ur Bock.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a medium-robust body that finishes lightly dry.

O -- Overall this is a great seasonal brew for the cold weather months. Not the typical spiced, strong seasonal, but very flavorful and robust to stand up to the winter air.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 22:11:44 | More by steveh
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lasznc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-19-2013 00:58:41 | More by lasznc
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MJSawyer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-17-2013 04:36:47 | More by MJSawyer
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chimney Sweep pours to a dark garnet color with a well- filtered, see through body. The nose on this beer is one of light roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and light smoke. The tan- colored foam looks nice and does manage to hold its own.

This beer has a flavor profile that is about what you expect based on the nose. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and smoke are certainly present, and they are matched with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit. The body of the beer is medium and the beer finishes clean.

This is a nice effort for a schwarzbier and I noticed that it is less bitter than others of this style. Some of these black lagers are so bitter that I can tolerate them only in small doses. But Schell took things a little easier with its version of this German specialty brew and this is evident by the moderate to low hop bitterness and more easy- drinking nature.

Chimney Sweep is a good, medium bodied black lager and a beer definitely worthy of a try. It’s considered a seasonal brew, but it is bottled and sold over both the Fall and Winter so there is plenty of time to seek it out and give it sample. Give it a shot- you won’t be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:18:35 | More by BryanCarey
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-30-2013 15:21:35 | More by AnalogErik
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -20%

10-25-2013 04:54:59 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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joh02034

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-14-2013 13:56:11 | More by joh02034
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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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dragomni

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

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

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an old friend that I am just getting around to reviewing.

Poured into snifter.

A Black. Thick creamy tan head remains. Lacing follows down the glass.

S Sweet dark fruit. Smokey. Chocolate. Roasted malt and almonds. Nutmeg.

T Awesome! Roasted malts right up front. Sweetness (maybe some plum or cherry). Subdued spice. Smoke but not that messy in your face smoke that some beers of the style have. A hint of bitterness follows.

M Pretty full. Nice and creamy. Finish is smooth. The burnt/roastiness lingers.

O Great beer. Schell's puts out some top-notch stuff and this may be my favorite of their's. They stay true to the style but still find a way to expand and leave their personal mark.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:01:26 | More by PieOhMy
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tom79mp

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

08-09-2013 06:52:25 | More by tom79mp
Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.