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Schell's Chimney Sweep | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
54
Ratings:
200
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by bmike86:
Photo of bmike86
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of Schell’s Chimney Sweep from South Lyndale Liquors in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance --- a dark black color, when lifted towards the light it appears to be more of a very dark brownish red/clear light golden yellow color. Two to three finger cream-ish head, a nice looking lace left trailing down the glass

Smell --- roasted malts, with some subtle smokiness to it

Taste --- roasted malts and an enjoyable smoke to it, background appears to have some chocolate and caramel to it

Mouth feel --- nice medium body with all around smoothness to it, carbonation up front and dry finish

Overall --- I did not know what to expect from this, but figured I would give it a chance. I was initially curious about it, and the description on the packaging sold me on the purchase. Smoked beers are generally hit or miss for me, but this one I genuinely enjoyed. It is easily my new favorite winter seasonal. A very well done offering by Schell’s. If anyone is on the fence when coming across this one, I definitely recommend a try. Prost!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chimney Sweep was swept into a nonic pint. Chim-chim-chi-roo!

A fluffy mass of ecru foam billows to about two-fingers in width, atop a dark brown body with solid streaks of crimson.

The nose softly expresses some wheat, milk chocolate, and barely there roastiness. Some estery notes swirl in and out as well, different. This nose just needs to be bold!

Oh, so much better! Nice to meet you smoked dark lager! The palate is engulfed by smoked ham straight away, revealing the smoked quality that the beer drinker was so hopefully expecting in the aroma profile. The finish expresses a roasted quality with some caramel malt sweetness. That sweetness contributes a milk chocolate note kiss that hangs long after the swallow.

Chimney Sweep feels heavier where medium bodied beers are concerned, creaminess providing a nice lift off the tongue. A crisp lager that goes down smooth.

Chimney Sweep mucks about on the nose for sure, too soft and not smokey at all. The palate finally introduces the smokiness and roasted qualities, with a pleasant splash of sweetness. Again, the flavors could be more bold, but try to drink this and not enjoy it!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Common Schell's lager aroma (it must be the water as it is unique and frequent). Darker malt aroma softly swirls around softly.
Attractive and classic looking lager. Brilliantly clear. Full rich dark head. Deep garnet colors. Nice.
Full malt flavor with hints of smokiness rolling through the palate. Mmmmm. Reasonably drying and holding a quite long finish (esp. for a lager). Just enough hop presence in both flavor and cutting of some of the sweetness.
Classically rich lager Schell's beer. Helps smooth this out, but does limit drinkability somewhat, although I could do two fairly easily. Soft and full carbonation.
This warms nicely too- the caramel flavors start to show through without any excess sweetness. Seems to hold some ale qualities, but clearly a lager, and an enjoyable one too.

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Photo of ZAP
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown black...tan lace..

S-Biggest impression is a campfire like smokiness...also..cream....light caramel..

T-Very tasty....has some bock like impression but with more of a minerally water feel. Light campfire smoke....slight caramel and cream notes..

M-Light side of medium bodied...clean....lager like...finishes with light sweetness.

O-This is a really nice beer. i enjoyed it the first time I had it and am enjoying it again as I review...relatively unique in the U.S. beer landscape these days...

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Photo of budgood1
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown colour with garnet hues topped with a thick and rich tan head. ample lacing. roasted malt aroma..with hints of smoke and malted milk balls. sort of a coffee creamer touch to it. taste follows suit...more dark roasted malts with smoky overtones, sort of reminds me of a milk stout in lager form, yet slightly astringent...descending into a creamy, ever so slightly bitter and dryish finish. medium lager like body with an incredible smooth and creamy mouthfeel. very nice drinkability....it's unique enough to keep one interested.

overall i'm yet again impressed by another new offering from Schell's. definitely recommended. a great winter drinker here.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's Emerald Rye Lager, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, Minnesota. Best by January 3, 2013. Beyond that, no other information. Gratefully, too, no gobbledgook.

So, then, let's crack 'er open. And see what we find.

First off, what's "emerald" about it? This is no green beer. It's poetic license, the green standing for hops, maybe? It's a clear, rich, amber brew, close to crimson. Sizeable, cream-toned head sits atop, leaving lace.

Aroma: Hops are here, and grow louder with time. Grassy, grapefruity, lime and lemon, …lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Spicy rye malt greets the tongue first, tasting like liquid pumpernickel. Which hops are hanging on top? Can't tell, don't know, but it's keeping things tasty. Some caramel malt flavors shine through, a trickle of cocoa, traces of toffee.
Medium-bodied, but fully flavored. Sturdy mouthfeel. Solid. Absolutely solid. Soft, malty finish, hops hang in there through it all, without sticking out or making a scene.

This one's a unique effort from August Schell. It fits no particular style, and doesn't try to …there's nothing to say but, "it is how it is." And it's sessional and delicious. That fits into their wheelhouse, as people like to say these days.

Mmmm, mmm, good beer and you can drink it.

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Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights, huge head.

Smell: Moderate roasted aroma, bit of sweetness like sweetened cream.

Taste: Roasted flavor, bit of sweetness and chocolate flavor, hint of smoke in the background.

Feel: Creamy feel.

Overall: This is a tasty schwarzbier, I wish I had picked up a Sprecher to compare it to. Nice balanced flavor with sweetness and roasted notes. Not as much smokiness as I was hoping for, but it does show up. Creamy, easy to drink. A good one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A mighty impressive pour indeed, with a bubble show producing a fist of foam on top of the mahogany colored liquid; gobs of splashy lacing hang around

Smell: Hints of black bread, caramel, chocolate and, to an even lesser extent, meaty smoke

Taste: Toasted black bread, caramel and a touch of chocolate, up front; a hint of meaty smoke builds in the middle, though the finish brings some sweeter tones rather than smokey ones; clean, though, like a lager should be

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice twist on the style; I like the touch of smoke here that makes the beer interesting

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of drpimento
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby hues along the edges of the glass. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, roasted malt, toast, smoke, and hints of milk chocolate. There is a lot going on in the aroma of this beer, and the taste is no exception to that. There are lots of caramel and roasted malt notes with a subtle yet apparent smokiness that permeates the palate tying everything together. Like the aroma, there are some nice backing notes of toast and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really, really well done beer in a style (Munich Dunkel/Schwarzbier) that I enjoy immensely. I can see myself drinking a lot of this over the course of a tough winter and wet spring.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Four Firkins and paired it with a piece of Thanksgiving pecan pie. The aroma has a clean mix of caramel and cocoa malts, with a mild roasted edge. The flavor mixes in a touch of smoke to the dry chocolate and toffee to make a tasty black lager that's not too thick, but by no means simple. Give it a try.

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Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: France44 dot com
Date: Best by 04/12/2013
Glass: Tulip

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown colored head. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly smokey with chocolate and caramel notes.

T - It tasted of smoke, chocolate and roasted maltiness. A touch of caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice schwarzbier. Another good beer from August Schell in a style that most overlook.

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Photo of AndyH
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with an attractive two finger head that caps the glass off nicely. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma that consists of chocolate and caramel with a pleasant smoke component. Maybe a little noble hops as well.

In the flavor there are notes of chocolate, caramel, a touch of roast, and smoke. The smoke flavor is just like what you get from rauchbiers from Bamberg but just not as strong. Solid bitterness with some grassy hop flavor.

Light body with adequate carbonation. Feels just like almost all August Schell lagers. Good but nothing spectacular.

A combination of a schwarzbier and a rauchbier. Not as refreshing and easy to drink as other schwarzbiers because of the smoke and roast, but this is unique and should definately pique the interest of smokey beer lovers.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight smoke, slight roasted malt, yeast, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August Schell's Chimney Sweep pours a deep cola-colored brew under a cap of loose tan foam. The nose is dark malt and a bare hint of smoke- applewood, maybe? Up front is a good dark roasty/bready flavor and that note of smoke, off the back, mildly bitter herbal hops for balance. It has a medium body to my taste, off dry, and very drinkable. I'll miss Schell's Stout (which Chimney Sweep is replacing)- I imagine it was a bit out of August Schell's institutional contort zone, though their Chimney Sweep is German all the way…

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper brown with tan head.

Flavor is very smokey with notes of bacon and roasted malts. Some vanilla and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smoked and roasted. Medium bodied with a bit high on the carbonation z ends dry but clean.

Great beer. Easy to drink. I love the smoke!

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Photo of kguyty
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 200 ratings