heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, smoked meats, anise/licorice and bready malts. A tad thin with light chocolate, licorice, peppery yeast, smoke and some light molasses. Finishes up spicy and yeasty.
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isnít dominant but it brings a heartiness to the beer that is very delicious. The hoppiness is very herbal and lightly fruity, all around itís 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 "Schellís Chimney Sweep is inspired by the rich dark lagers of upper Franconia." which immediately points this more in the direction of Schwartzbier... but itís weird because the smokiness and the richness of the malt make me think Baltic Porter, itís sure not strong enough to be a Baltic Porter though.... Itís a hybrid beer no doubt... but American Dark Lager seems a weird place to put it. Itís pretty good... whatever it is.
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A refreshing run of the mill schwarzbier; a style I donít visit very often. Aroma was roasted malt and that typical lager aroma. Pour was a nice dark brown with red hues and a one finger off white head. Taste was very spritzy. Strong carbonation bites the mouth with roasted malt and lager taste are left after the swallow. A little one dimensional, but a decent beer. Could benefit from a little stronger flavor.
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - 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 itís 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.
drpimento (2883) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer is misclassified; it should be a smoked beer. To me thereís 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. Flavorís 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.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Very dark brown cola colored pour. Rocky tan head remains on top. Notes of toasted nut, cocoa powder, toffee and dusty grains in the nose. Flavors of chocolate malts, caramel, faint smoke, grains and earthy notes. Good body. Lingering dry graininess in the finish. A nice sessionable beer. Tasting notes from 8/2014.
piscator34 (2270) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark reddish brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of mocha and light smoke. Flavors are an interesting balance of ashy roast malt, pilsner malt, smoke, and a hint of dried cherry. Light bodied. Would pair well with grilled meats.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.