DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle from HyVee. Foamy pour, which reveals a solid black stoutish body. Smell is full of roastiness and some smokey peat. Taste brings in a lot more smokiness. In fact, this really should go down as a smoked beer instead of a schwarz.And I think it’s just fine. Some stout roast, a bit of stout sourness, matched by some not-so-subtle smoke. Maybe more from peat that than rauchmalt, but quite enjoyable.
wlajwl (4690) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Aroma is smoked/mildly roasted malts and a small hint of earthiness. The flavor is smoked/mildly roasted malts, dark grains, very light fruit notes and a tangy/slightly tart finish.
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Unfiltered brown-black body. Standard beige head. Unpleasant dry cocoa aroma, very cheap and oily. There is only so far you can go with cheap malt, and Schell proves this time and again. Clearly brewed with a little intention and knowledge, but the cheap, chalky malt tones really bring it down. Not to say it isn’t true to style; this is certainly the caliber of beer you would expect to find in Eastern Europe for 43cents. Definitely not good, only for the tickers.
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good black lager. Pours dark, very smooth and easy drinking. Good flavor blend with slight bitterness and smokiness.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black mahogany with a big foamy tan head. Nose is malty. Fairly creamy, the taste is big and bold, full of dark roasted malt along with coffee notes and a vague smokiness. Dry on the finish. An excellent sipping beer that can also be enjoyed with red meats off the grill.
joergen (23849) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at yespr.
Clear orange-red coloured with medium sized beige head.
Fruity and light roasted aroma of smoke with notes of hops.
Fruity and light roasted flavour of smoke and hops.
Ungstrup (30767) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A red- brown beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of straw and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, adn caramel, leading to a dry finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.
yespr (36071) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and light breadish. Metallic, dark smoked and meaty. Dense smoked and dark malty flavoured. Toffee and smoked finish.
ccex (1082) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark crimson brown with a one-finger tight beige head and good lacing. Aroma is campfire smoky with lots of roasted malts, beef jerky, and perhaps some dark fruits. Tastes sweet with a smoky, woody finish. Body is medium with light carbonation. I grew up near the Schell’s brewery, and this is my current favorite from New Ulm..
mnblueliner (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: has some malt sweetness, dash of spice with a smoky aroma and maybe anise. Appearance: pours black with a good head and lacing. Taste: malty with noticeable but subdued hops, chocolate and a smoky/meaty(?) flavor. Palate: well balanced but a bit syrupy- very pleasing. Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Not something I would drink all the time but it is certainly on my list of favorites.