Schell's Chimney Sweep - August Schell Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +11%
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.
09-07-2013 01:01:26 | More by PieOhMy
3.51/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-21-2013 18:24:05 | More by Teleweizen2
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
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 .
06-19-2013 00:39:02 | More by Foam
3.94/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
06-11-2013 02:40:15 | More by emerge077
3.86/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
05-27-2013 07:31:15 | More by harrymel
4.04/5 rDev +8%
12oz bottle out of a 6-pack sampler (a schell's sampler, not a mix six), no date on the bottle although i have a hunch it's near the 'best by' date
dark brown amber, soapy khaki head. smell is light and grainy. taste starts light and grainy, with a smooth roasted malt kick at the finish. vanilla, cocoa beans, and charred wood.
05-09-2013 08:02:49 | More by jimmah120
4.06/5 rDev +8.6%
From: France44 dot com
Date: Best by 04/12/2013
Chimney Sweep is an excellent, sessionable black lager from Schell's that balances Munich and roasted malt with caramel and cracker-like bread. The hops only accentuate each flavor character, making this all the more enticing. With a fairly low ethanol content and pleasantly complex roasted-sweet character, Chimney Sweep is an excellent session beer for the fall through spring months.
Pours a generous 2cm head of khaki tan foam, retention at about two minutes, well above average. The head declines to a thin cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, a sheet of beige foam wrapped around the entire inside of the glass. The body is very dark brown to black, with light bringing out slight amber brown highlights around the edges. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque beer, but it can be seen moving along the sides of the glass at fair quantity and pace.
Aroma is of moderate intensity, with scents of caramel, lightly roasted malt, and slight hints of smoke, all with a cracker and bread-like backbone. It's almost as if someone made saltines from dark and caramel malts. Quite nice for this highly sessionable dark lager.
The beer's flavors are best described by caramel, rich bread, slightly acrid roasted malt, light chocolate and smoke. Tasting opens with a nearly bock-like breadiness and sweetness of caramel malt, but one that's been influenced by chocolate, Munich, and smoked malt as well as all these malts lend their associated flavors to this lager. Mid-palate finds tastes of rich caramel malt, Munich malt, baker's chocolate, slightly acrid cracker-like flavors, and smoke. Slight European hop bitterness accentuates the light roast of the malt. Back of palate finds increased flavors of roasted and Munich malt, with underlying caramel and bread-like sweetness with continued mild bitterness. Aftertaste is quite substantial, though fading, of crackers and lightly roasted malt, actually quite delicious.
The body is medium-light in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a surprisingly full, foamy, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry with a bit of astringency from the dark malts and hops used.
04-13-2013 05:24:21 | More by falloutsnow
Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
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