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Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kguard, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

tjb27, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +7%

Hopstout, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of mrjbrown27
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

mrjbrown27, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of shadetree67
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark brown / garnet red color. A strong pour yielded a 2.5 finger headed. Not much in the way of lacing the head dissipated quickly

Smell - The isn't much aroma with this one. Bready / roasted malts. Baker's chocolate

Taste - Roasted malts, a slight hint of smoke / char, and hint of bitterness from the hops. The finish is a nice toffee which lingers on the tongue for awhile.

Mouthfeel - Thin to medium body and low to medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty decent beer but was hoping for more smoke

shadetree67, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4/5  rDev +7%

BurnMeInMyBar, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DaveMiller, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Doyle
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of drpimento
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
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

drpimento, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Lewdd
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Lewdd, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Dactrius, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

tdmccarthy, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

p-wagz, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

sgttibbs, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +7%

mikerieder, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jroberts8811, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

zeledonia, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Ross_Haddow
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Ross_Haddow, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

steveh, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of lasznc
4/5  rDev +7%

lasznc, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

MJSawyer, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

BryanCarey, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

LXIXME, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

AnalogErik, Oct 30, 2013
Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.