lostrealities (10) - Shakopee, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Enjoyed this last night. Aptly named for its dark color. Poured smooth with a minimal brownish head. Great compliment to my charbroiled filet. Great experience. mnblueliner (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
Aroma: has some malt sweetness, dash of spice with a smoky aroma and maybe anise. Appearance: pours black with a good head and lacing. Taste: malty with noticeable but subdued hops, chocolate and a smoky/meaty(?) flavor. Palate: well balanced but a bit syrupy- very pleasing. Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Not something I would drink all the time but it is certainly on my list of favorites. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours a black mahogany with a big foamy tan head. Nose is malty. Fairly creamy, the taste is big and bold, full of dark roasted malt along with coffee notes and a vague smokiness. Dry on the finish. An excellent sipping beer that can also be enjoyed with red meats off the grill. UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Dark beautiful color. However, the head doesn’t last long and the beer falls flat quickly. I did enjoy the delicious smoky flavor of this beer. 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.
ccex (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark crimson brown with a one-finger tight beige head and good lacing. Aroma is campfire smoky with lots of roasted malts, beef jerky, and perhaps some dark fruits. Tastes sweet with a smoky, woody finish. Body is medium with light carbonation. I grew up near the Schell’s brewery, and this is my current favorite from New Ulm.. felsenpils (178) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 12 oz. bottle. Pours very dark with off-white foam. Good clarity, subtle smoky aroma. Full malty taste with a perceptible smokiness. This beer has gotten better. It now tastes like a Bamberger Rauchbier as it should. It should not be categorized as a Schwerzbier, but as a Rauchbier. Schell´s is brewing authentic European styles right here in Minnesota. Once again, well done. jmohno (1635) - Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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. mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pour from bottle into a pint glass. Thick mocha head sticks around for a long time. Very roasty black goodness. I’m diggin’ this. Like a long lost non-stout cousin to Guinness. $8.99/6 pack. Now I’m going to go start a fire in my fireplace now that the chimney is swept. 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.