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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Schell’s Chimney Sweep is inspired by the rich dark lagers of upper Franconia. Black in color with a rich roasty maltiness, firm hop bitterness, and a subtle underlying smokiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (913) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2013
This pours a very dark brown color with a slight, light brown head. Some roasted malts in the aroma; otherwise it’s just a slight smoked scent. The flavor is quite bold with deep, rich malt flavors. Lots of bread tones with a hint of smoke in the flavor. Finishes with a chalky after taste. Pretty decent winter brew that if full of flavor and yet is easy to drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (520) - - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 Dark brown with a crimson tinge and good head retention and great lacing. Has a barley, malty, grassy, and slight smokey ham scent. In the flavor the smoked ham scent is much stronger and sweeter, along with malty and hoppy flavors. Body is moderate and the carbonation has a slight bite to it. Overall a sweeter tasting Smoked-Style Ale that tastes quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sthlm (1260) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2013
[Bottle] Pours brown with a small, light brown head. Aroma is very sweet, with fig, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is a little metallic, with dark fruit and toasted malt. Decent mouthfeel, smooth, average length finish. Schell’s has been making some solid offerings lately, but I didn’t particularly care for this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nsanders (829) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Deep brown color with light tan head. Smokey, lightly roasted malt, and wet cardboard aromas. Slightly bitter, but mostly watery. Body matches, light and watery. Drinkable, but plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Dark red color with a large head. Somewhat spicy aroma, mostly nutmeg, with some buttery Munich malt. Light smoke and spice flavor, possibly some roasted malt too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Ruby highlights at the edge of the nearly black body make this a pretty one when held to light. There is long lasting light brown head on top. Toffee and tobacco notes are strong up front with some nice prunes behind it. This tastes like a sweet toff mixed with hints of cocoa. There is also some hint of minerals in the long finish. The nose was promising, but this is just a little to light for a schwarz in my eyes. Still, a nice effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma is mild, consisting of roasted malt and some chocolate; not much for smoke. Flavor is sweet and roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, peat and some smokey notes but not overpowering. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3673) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown almost a Mahogany color The head is big and fluffy and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich, malty and roasty with some nice coffee tones, some light metallic character and mild smoke.

The flavor is clean and lightly roasty. The smoke character isn’t dominant but it brings a heartiness to the beer that is very delicious. The hoppiness is very herbal and lightly fruity, all around it’s a very old-worldy hop character, and that is no knock on it at all, a beer like this deserves hopping of this nature. The beer is rich with a mild malt sweetness and some light bitter chocolate character.

The mouthfeel is big and a little velvety, but the beer is very easy to drink.

So who entered this as an "American Dark Lager?" The commercial deScription tells us "Schell’s Chimney Sweep is inspired by the rich dark lagers of upper Franconia." which immediately points this more in the direction of Schwartzbier... but it’s weird because the smokiness and the richness of the malt make me think Baltic Porter, it’s sure not strong enough to be a Baltic Porter though.... It’s a hybrid beer no doubt... but American Dark Lager seems a weird place to put it. It’s pretty good... whatever it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5325) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Maybe the best American Dark lager ever made. A thick beer, comparable to a stout. Black with thick, lacing foam. Lots of malt with earth and a light smokiness. Rich and full flavored. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Pours dark brown with a 2 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is pretty smoky, seems like a blend with possibly a little peat in there, toast and nutty notes. Flavor is smoke, light char, roast, slightly burnt toasted bread, light earthy hops and nice minerality to the finish. Light to medium body, creamy, slightly chalky feel and light carbonation. Really tasty stuff, hard to beat a good smoked beer for a good price. Seems like it would fit better in the Schwarzbier or Smoked category though.

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