Schnickelfritz | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

SchnickelfritzSchnickelfritz
BA SCORE
52.2%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 232 ratings
SchnickelfritzSchnickelfritz
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States
sauconycreekbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pennsylvania German’s translate “Schnickelfritz” to mean a Nix Nux, or a naughty rebellious child who is always getting into trouble. That sums up our family here at Saucony Creek, so in honor of our Pop-Pop’s chocolate covered cherry addiction during the winter months we brewed an Imperial Chocolate Cherry Milk Stout. Schnickelfritz is brewed with dark caramel malts, chocolate malts and lactose to create a smooth creamy mouth feel. Milk chocolate and real cherries are added for a winter warmer treat.

Added by Knapp85 on 10-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,585
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
232
Liked:
121
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of PorterThwarter
1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of TopherBreski
1.81/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

With all the ingredients that the bottle lists that are in this beer, you think something would stand out but it just tastes like a creamy stout.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of kwkdmk
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok, thin taste for me

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Photo of atrocity
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't a fan of this at all. The nose was offputting.

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Photo of ordybill
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a smell that reminds me of coffee and chocolate.
Appearance- A pitch black pour with a thick tannish colored head.
Taste- Didn't get it, it was semi-sweet but I didn't like the mesh of flavors. The milk chocolate, cherry and beer didn't work for me
Palate- A full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture.
Overall- An average beer at best. I liked the look and aroma but the flavor wasn't for me.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of bossmanbuzz
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of jp312
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of 57md
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of creamy head. The nose smells like cherries, but it’s more like something artificial than something that may have grown on a tree at one time. The taste is dominated by a cherry cough syrup flavor which is quite unpleasant. I did not get any hints of chocolate and it was difficult to judge the stout qualities with the nasty cough syrup flavor getting in the way.

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Photo of corby112
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey roasted dark malt aroma with a strong burnt/acrid character with hints of charred toast, used coffee grounds, ashtray and liquid smoke. Very subtle chocolate presence and a touch of lactose but I'm not picking up any cherry or dark fruit sweetness. As it warms, I'm picking up some dark cocoa, oatmeal and a faint sweeter chocolate presence but the roast /burnt malt is really overpowering.

Medium body and slightly over carbonated but this beer has more complexity and interesting flavor than the nose suggested. There's still a heavy roasted malt character but it's decently balanced by sweeter notes, lactose and subtle cherry sweetness. Up front there's some smokey, deeply roasted malt flavor with hints of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and robust coffee grinds. This is countered by some lighter malt sweetness with milk chocolate, caramel and toffee while the lactose gives a sweet and slightly creamy presence that counters the heavy roast. As it warms up a bit, the cherry flavor stands out a bit more but is still heavily muted by the prominent malt bill and creamy lactose. The carbonation and mouthfeel are a bit off but the ABV is well masked making this beer pretty easy to drink. Overall, not all that exciting but decent enough.

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Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjvanston
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of kb2250
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had this at Brewhouse Grill in Camp Hill

Not sure what was going on with this beer...after reading more I discovered it is a cherry stout
it had tart and fruity flavors I don't expect
The color is deep brown like walnut shells with frothy almost nitro creamy looking head with good retention. The smell has a faint fruit and sour cherry aroma with very little in the way of malt or roasted grain, light sour odor. The feel is okay, moderately carbonated again a bit tart for th style with mild alcohol as it warms

The flavor is not bad, but the feel leads you one way and the flavor another - tart fruity flavor slight yeast taste with mild caramel notes and tangy from start to finish, no creaminess or real roasted flavor you would expect in a milk/sweet stout - not very sweet but alcohol is noticeable as it warms. overall I had finished this so I consider it passable for the style - it just doesn't seem like a traditional take, -it has a fruit taste that distracts from any stout character that supposedly it is based on -I would prefer a more solid less thin base if this is a milk stout with sour cherry fruit addition

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Swedey2k
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of stakem
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tulip appears dark brown with a khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is raisony with a slight medicinal aspect and slight chocolate roast. There is a strange burnt herbal thing going on as well. As it breathes it has some licorice aspect.

Taste is earthen and roasty with plenty of fruity alcohol leading to a bit of a medicinal tang about it with a touch of black licorice, smoke and something thar reminds me of jaegermeister mixed with tobacco.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. This is strange and not at all what i was expecing based off the description. I dont meed to have this again.

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Photo of Duff27
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly above average sweet stout. Taste is sweet and dark chocolate, cream, roasted malt and light dark cherries. I wish the cherries were more pronounced. Would not pass this up, but I prefer others.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Highly let down. It tasted like an average homebrew at best. The adjuncts are just not here with these guys. It looked and felt more like a brown ale than an imperial milk stout. You could kinda sorta taste a hint of cherry if I told you it was in there. If you tried it blind, you would think odd brown ale.

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Schnickelfritz from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Beer rating: 52.2% out of 100 with 232 ratings
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