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.
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour, brown head..sweet grape like aroma, very easy drinking... Some coffe, good carbonation, over all i like it
Atom (2134) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, molasses, and licorice. Taste of sweet chocolate and molasses, earthy roasted malts, with a bitter hop finish. Lots of nice well balanced flavors and still very drinkable. Nice!
csaso (2065) - Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - big tan foamy head, very dark brown color, big roasty and mild smokey malt aroma and flavor, some fruity hop balance, not bad overall
TheHOFF43 (2039) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a little fluffy tan head. Aroma is smokey, breaded malts with a similar flavor. Bitter aftertaste with a little woody flavor.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a thick creamy tan head.
aroma is roasted malt, light coffee and smoke.
Nice chocolate malt and light smoke flavour. Very drinkable. Not too smokey or too sweet. Very well balanced.
blackisle (1970) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 12 fl.oz. Clear but almost opaque deep brown with a red hue, small frothy tan head, disappears quickly, not that much lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, hint of licorice, subdued smokiness; taste is roasted and light smoky moderate sweet, light bitters; medium body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is mild bittersweet, smokedness most present in the aftertaste; overall quite a nice schwarz especially because of the subtle smokiness all the way through.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by 14JUN13
It’s near black with some nut brown hues below a fine creamy toasted sheet. Smells nice and roasty with soil, char, toast, some prunes and cocoa. Flavor follows suit with some nice roasted malts, dry soil, some hints of cocoa and leather - a really nice beer. Nice light body with a crispy carbonation and a wet finish (surprisingly). I like this beer quite a bit.
jmohno (1507) - Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half inch of head,black mahogony pour but clear with red.Nice appearance.
Nose is almost belgiany.Sweet and spicey with almost a cinnamon spice.Herbal funk? Dark cherry.smoke.The blend maybe makes it seem funky.
I was thinking smoke when I really started thinking chimney sweep. Its there but nice and subtle with roast,smooth malty,spicey mineral,pretty robust roasty bitter finish.Smokey sweetness. Its nice to have a rich malty beer not have to be 8% abv to be malty like this one but still seem rich and strong. Pretty unusually malty for a lager but rich and good.
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
[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.