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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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.

3.8
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours a reddish dark brown colored brew with a decent sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing and a rocky foam top. Aroma of roasted dark malts, some hard dark fruits, a touch of smoked beef jerky and mild chocolate malt. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of smoked beef jerky, toasted dark malt, a hint of dark chocolate and some grassy hops. Finish continues the smoked dark malt aftertaste with a mild bitterness that slowly disappears. More of a rauchbier than a schwarzbier.

3.9
megawill (16) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 oz Bottle. Aroma: Malt sweetness, slightly bready with a hint of nutmeg / spice. Appearance: pours black. Nice head that lingers, good lacing. Taste: malty, hops are more subtle than you may expect from the description, faint note anise. Palate: well rounded, malt adds a bit of syrupy feel, not a bad note just a bit ’heavier’ / thicker than you’d expect from a lager. Overall: Solid effort. An enjoyable beer.

3.6
Lemke10 (995) - 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!

4
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.

2.5
Nsanders (1172) - 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.

3.7
badgerben (5316) - 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.

3.6
heemer77 (5360) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.8
CanIHave4Beers (4224) - 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.


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