Schell's Chimney Sweep | August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's Chimney SweepSchell's Chimney Sweep
BA SCORE
63.8%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 199 ratings
Schell's Chimney SweepSchell's Chimney Sweep
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

Added by jera1350 on 11-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
199
Liked:
127
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
13.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beerlover
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lostbeer35
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer.

The look is a very dark amber. Beautiful creamy head formation and retention. The smell is a rich, malty one; no smokiness/ hops in the smell. The taste is not roasty, but it is smokey. The smokey taste is immediate upon sip. The taste then transitions to a nice combination of malt. The feel is relatively full bodied, but not weighing you down by any means. Overall, fantastic change of pace beer. The strong smokey notes could make interesting combinations with food. I used this beer as a base in my "hot as hell" chili and it turned out quite sinister. Get sweeping!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Cholinger10
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +19%

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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Photo of Schimms
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark reddish brown with white head.

S: Mostly roast

T: Slightly sweet with more of the roasted smell coming to fruition. Carmel in the middle. More predominant sweet at the end - almost like prunes. Some hops

F: Medium body with dry finish.

O: Very good dark lager. Schell's is always a very solid choice. Chimney Sweep is no exception. Very well balanced - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a hint of ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger light tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty malt driven aroma that is smokey and fairly sweet. Roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, cream, coffee, and smoke with a subtle beef jerky like scent. Decent hints of earthy and grassy hops that provide a nice balancing bitterness to the dark sweetness. A pretty good dark lager aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a roasty and smokey taste that is well balanced. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark and milk chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, cream, biscuit, coffee, and a nice kick of smoke.A little bit of nuts and burnt sugars also is tasted. A fairly earthy background with a decent amount of earthy hop bitterness providing some dryness. A really nice balanced taste with some smoke lingering throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A really good version of a dark Germain style lager. Good dark roasty taste while still keeping it fairly light and balanced.

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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 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 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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant ceep dark brown under a moderate light tan head that takes 2 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. Foam has a very fine bead. S: moderately high rich malts, traces of caramel and clean fermentation aromas. Roast is subdued with some prune and light chocolate. Nothing harsh or burnt. Hop aromas are medium light. T: Moderately to moderately high rich malt flavors with traces of chocolate and prune. Nothing harsh or burn. Very mellow, well rounded, roast malt flavors with a medium low biter hop accent. Hop flavors are low to none. F: Medium body to medium light, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A nicely done Schwartzbier that is flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of wapavz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dizztracted
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of thugherman
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RaijinQ
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby highlights, and a 3 finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, and smoke.

Roasted malt is the most dominant flavor, followed by smoke, some chocolate malt, and light caramel. Not really sweet, or biter, but nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slight roasted malt and smoke aftertaste. A nice subtle beer which accommodates food nicely. This would be great with pizza.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body with an off-white head of suds. Good retention.
S: Rich malty aroma. Chocolate, licorice and lager yeast. Smells almost as good as some of my favorite doppelbocks.
T: In contrast to the sweeter (suggesting) nose, flavor packs an assertive initial smokeyness. Not rauchbeer level, but more than a hint. A big dose of black and roasted malts follow the smoke, ending with a bit of sweetness that seems to pick up as it warms.
M: Body is on the medium to heavy side with full, fine carbonation. Works well with the flavors. Despite sweetness, it still maintains a fairly dry feel.

Enjoying how this beer packs a dense load of flavors without being a huge, highly alcoholic imperial. A great beer in a style lacking for great, widely available options in the U.S. This is up there with Black Bavarian.

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Photo of darky
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep caramel brown, medium head

S: Lots of chocolate on the nose, smoke, with dare I say, a hint of very high-quality peppered beef jerky(!) -no joke...

T: Direct reflection of the nose; chocolate and dried peppered beef. This is my second try of this beer, and I gotta say, it's far better than first. Maybe it's because I'm using a pilsener glass instead of a basic pint, maybe it's because I'm consciously trying it again for the first time, either way, it's really showing it's true colors here. To clarify, the peppered beef comparison should not suggest that this beer is spiced, it's not. I just find it highly reminiscent of the smell and overall flavor of the finest beef jerky I've ever had with a wonderfully subtle smoke quality.

M: Full-bodied and creamy; plays well with the smokiness.

O: This is a perfect example of what Schell's is good at; making incredible lager beers that drink like ales. If you've never tried Schell's, this is an GREAT place to start.

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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 63.8% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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