Skyview (6115) - 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. badgerben (5380) - 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. heemer77 (5361) - 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. CanIHave4Beers (4243) - 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.esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
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.
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.
drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
I think this beer is misclassified; it should be a smoked beer. To me there’s 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. Flavor’s 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. LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
A refreshing run of the mill schwarzbier; a style I don’t 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 (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
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 it’s 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. blackisle (2893) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2014
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. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
[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.