Schell's Chimney Sweep | August Schell Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.95%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Metalsnota
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 ounce bottle on May 30, 2015.

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Photo of ANiklaus
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I see some of these reviews and wonder what some of these people are expecting. This beer has smokiness, but not more than other beers. How people are commenting it's like they think it should be classified as a grätzer. Don't let them fool you. This beer is appropriately smokey and carries the taste to be expected of a black lagers. This beer isn't trying too hard and you shouldn't expect a ton from it but it delivers for being usually under $10 for a 12 pack. Look: Extremely dark. As dark as most stouts, pours with a few fingers of foam into a pint glass. No problems here. Smell: Worst quality of the beer. Doesn't give out much but smells kind of cheap actually. Taste: Tastes as good as many other 'craft' beer black lagers. Nothing too complex but there's a little smoke, but mostly malts with some hop. I can't complain, it's not like it's a fancy craft beer that promises the world. Feel: A good overall feel to the beer, not much to say here. There's nothing to complain about the beer. It's good for winter to spring and will warm you up. It's tasty and not too much that you can only drink one or two. I recommend the beer for anyone looking for something that delivers and is cheap.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slim_720
1.6/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Carbonated liquid smoke. Absolutely awful....

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Photo of d5001986
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jakemn91
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_G
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALC82
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigP83
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark dark dark crimson.Smell is roasted malts. Taste is very smoky, dry, slight bitterness. Has a little cigarette ash taste to it

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into an imperial pint glass

A: dark mahogany with ruby at the edges when held to the light; 1 finger khaki head
S: toasted grain, lager yeast, a hint of smokey meats
T: Like the nose, though there's also an edge of grassy hops toward the end, and there's a bit of dark fruit and caramel malt in the middle; the smokiness isn't too strong, but it is present from the middle of the mouthful all the way through the end. The grain notes that I get from most of Schell's beers is here throughout, but it isn't working to pull everything together quite as well (for me) with the other flavors as it does in other beers.
M: medium to low carbonation, a little flat despite the faint hoppy zest that gives the mouthful an edge. About right, for style, in terms of chewiness.

overall: this has all the elements, some of which are emphasized just right, but... the way it all adds up leaves me wanting something to be a little different. I did it side by side with the Bauhaus Schwarz, which doesn't have as much smokiness and has more mellow chocolate, which I preferred a bit. In the right mood, this is a solid choice and I don't turn it down.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is dark mahogany with a huge tan head that lingers for quite a while before settling into a thin foam. Semi-sticky lacing. Smell is roasted malt with dark fruit and a hint of some smoked meat. Flavor is caramel malt with some chocolate that finishes with some smoke and hop bitterness. Body is medium with ample carbonation. Its a very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, it's very good.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Goodspeed83
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SWesterberg10
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeubTube
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a fiesta ware glass.

Appearance (4) : A dark plum/black body, 80% opaque, with a three fingered khaki colored head on top. Head remains steady and recedes very slowly.

Aroma (4) : Oat, blueberry, wheat, plum, and a faint dusty smell. Some grape stem, too. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (4) : A rich roasted flavor with a hint of smoke at the end. In the middle are fire-roasted plums, fig, hop leaf, and barley malts. It finishes strong and robust, with the smokey character remaining on the palate.

Mouthfeel (4) : Light to medium bodied, stiff and woody, lightly carbonated with a parched finish.

Overall (4) : This beer is a double edged sword - great for easy-drinking beer nights, and great for rich and flavorful beer nights. It drinks like a lager, but tastes like a hand crafted ale. I highly recommend Schell's Chimney Sweep. Cheers!

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Schell's Chimney Sweep from August Schell Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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