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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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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
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3/5  rDev -19.8%

AnthemOfTheSun, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of joh02034
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

joh02034, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of fitzgerald88
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

fitzgerald88, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of dragomni
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

dragomni, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -19.8%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of PieOhMy
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

PieOhMy, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of tom79mp
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

tom79mp, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of jkroese
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jkroese, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Schell's chimney sweep

A - pours a deep chocolatey brown with about two fingers worth of light tan foam on top.

S - nose is a bit muted but still quite pleasant. Very malt forward. Notes of bakers chocolate and mocha with grindy city roast coffee around the edges.

T - silky smooth flavors. Dusty cocoa, dark chocolate syrup and grainy cereal up front. Notes of coffee-like bitterness enter in the middle creating a balance to the malty sweetness. A hint of herbal bitterness toward the backend. Finish is bittersweet with the touch of the herbal hop character.

M-medium bodied. Silky smooth texture. Medium-high carbonation.

O - nice schwartzbeer. I have always liked this style and this is a pleasant american version. Would definitely drink again.

Teleweizen2, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

elec, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +7%

zenwatts, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of jcparish88
3/5  rDev -19.8%

jcparish88, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +7%

optimator705, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of four91
4/5  rDev +7%

four91, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Ragnarok88
4/5  rDev +7%

Ragnarok88, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Foam
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a couple single bottles to try . Didn't know it was a schwarzbier until I looked at b.a.
Definetly not at the level of Monchshof / Kostritzer but an ok American take on the style ...
I'd say it's a good session schwarzbier seeing as how it's just 5.2% abv .
Probably good with roasted meat and other hearty dishes . Probably a good cheddar cheese pairing, as well, something tells me .
A fairly thin consistency unlike its German counter-parts which seem to have more soul and heft to them .
A slighty caramel roasty aroma when sniffed .
Taste is roasted malt lager darkness .
Mouthfeel is perhaps its best attribute . A nice rounded slightly fruity thing going on .
I'd be in no hurry to probably ever buy this again but , oh well .

Foam, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of heytomcat
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

heytomcat, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass though some light gets through around the edges, rendering a slightly brownish clear highlight. Thin layer of soft offwhite foam across the surface, that parts fairly soon without much lacing to speak of. MInor sudsy spots after a swirl and sip.

Softly roasty aroma, sweet fruity plum, carob or cocoa. Dry taste, less sweet than the aroma lets on, though there is a slight amount. Dry cocoa, light unsweetened chocolate, dried dark fruit. Light and drinkable, though not without substantial flavor. Drinks like a nice porter more than a schwarzbier, and that's a good thing.

emerge077, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of DrZeus10
4/5  rDev +7%

DrZeus10, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of kguyty
3/5  rDev -19.8%

kguyty, May 28, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 14JUN13

It's near black with some nut brown hues below a fine creamy toasted sheet. Smells nice and roasty with soil, char, toast, some prunes and cocoa. Flavor follows suit with some nice roasted malts, dry soil, some hints of cocoa and leather - a really nice beer. Nice light body with a crispy carbonation and a wet finish (surprisingly). I like this beer quite a bit.

harrymel, May 27, 2013
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.