bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 I really liked this beer. It was deliciously malty, with just a hint of hops in the aroma and flavor. The red amber color is beautiful. Another typically wonderful Schell product. This is definitely a keeper.
badgerben (4405) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not bad. Not quite as strong a malt presence as a dopplebock, but heading down that line.
ChrisMikeBrown (2) - Owatonna, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2003 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
A small lager with just enough hop to smooth the malt sweetness, and a flavoring hop with the essence of licking an aged hearth.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firebrick pours out a clear coppery reddish color with a one finger high head of yellowy puffy loose foam that sits for a good time eventually diminishing to a solid skim on top always present and leaves tons of spotty clear lace and small sheets.
Smell is faint but present of sweetish malts, fresh and crisp, a touch of musty grain and a nice yeasty sweet bread dough quality.
Taste is more of the same with favorable but short sweetness of malts, toasty and breadish, some grainy unevenness when cold but goes away as it warms. It finishes soft and lightly drying with a bit of a yeasty bitter sweet grab that lingers nicely.
Easy and simple with close to medium body in feel with a quick creamy start and gaining some bolder qualities as it reaches the midway point and through to the clean crispy lightly dry finish. Quite a nice little brew, the finish is my favorite, and once it warms a bit is very nice and very drinkable. One of the better Schell's brews IMO.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty good stuff, possibly my favorite of the schell's line, plus the bottle is pretty scharp
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a small quickly diminishing head. Moderately malt nose with hints of toffee. Flavor is lightly sweet with strong malt notes, touch of bitter.
gsmitty80 (1803) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I liked this beer the best out of the sampler pack. It has a light hoppy taste which is what i like the best . The finish is smooth and it is a good beer.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 I have to re-rate slightly since the first bottle, I've become a fan of this stuff. The first sip was dissappointing, but as I drank the glass, the flavor actually seemed to improve. It poured a light brown with little head that dissappeared quickly, but leving a creamy lacing throughout the glass. Could have more carbonation. The mouth feel was a bit weak, but the flavor wasn't bad at all. I bought this in a Sampler Pack, which comes with 6 different beers, including the current seasonal brew. So far I may buy the Sampler again. At least I get some variety, until I decide which ones I'd buy a sixer or 12 pack of. If you're curious about Schells brews, This is the way to go for a first time. So far, I've got no regrets for goin with the sampler pack.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a quickly dimminished light cream head. Mild malt and hops aroma. Touch of anise in the flavor and finish. Watery finish feel leaves you wanting more. Maybe not more of this but something more.
ElGaucho (2211) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted Malt aroma. Small, white, mostly diminishing head. Amber body. Quite malty in the taste, but not overbearingly so, and in keeping with the Vienna style. Very light bitterness. Not a special brew and it didn't change my luke warm impression of the Schell line of beers. They do a fine job of brewing contract beers, but of course, that's with somebody else's recipe. Good luck, however, getting any real information out of them on their contract brews.