esagz (6) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2004 does not count
Very decent American dark lager. Good roasted flavor, but not overpowering. Decent color, not too heavy, and very drinkable. If you’re in south Minneapolis, check it out on tap at the Chatterbox Pub where it’s the house specialty known as the Chatterbox Lager... Obfuscate (568) - Minneapolis, - JAN 14, 2015
Pretty decent session beer. Really drinkable like most Schell’s beers. Sweet caramel with a light bitterness. The ’Firebrick’ is better, try that. benfergy (248) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 12, 2010
The color of the beer is a bold brown, mostly clear, minimal head. The aroma has a strong note of caramel malt; hops are definitely present as well. I like the flavor as well; the caramel really comes through, and the palate is not rough. Schell’s Dark was a beer I had very little foreknowledge of; it turns out that it’s quite good! I recommend it. portableparty (2346) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle. Pour is brown with copper hue and creamy head that dissipates to a ring on top. Aroma has bread and some sweet malt notes. Taste is mild and bitter bread. Palate is thin like water with a chaulky feel. I enjoy this one by schell. superspak (5503) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice dark lager style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 23, 2004
I thought this was some pretty good stuff. This was the cheapest of the Schell beers at the liquor store so I tried it and was somewhat impressed. bpreo (2832) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Another good effort from August Schell Brewing Company. Has a really nice color to it, reds, oranges, yellows, and browns in swirling layers. I am quickly becoming a fan. I have three more to sample yet. Nsanders (1136) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Nothing special here, but again easy to drink. Roasted malts. Clean-watery taste with light carbonation. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours a light mahogany/copper with good sized tan/white foam. Nose is yeast and malt. Nice and creamy on the palate, the taste is fairly mild of lightly roasted malt, a hint of carmel and a light touch of hops. Very pleasant quaffable brew that pairs well with roast beef on sourdough. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MatSciGuy. Pours copper with a small tan head. Smells earthy with some dark fruity hints. Tastes of roasted malt and spicy with some nice caramel hints on the finish.