beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2003
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. antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Decent clean aroma not found in other Schell products. Beautiful copper-red color. Small head with fine bubbles and clingy lacing. Sweet malt flavor, lively carbonation, light mouthfeel, light tasty hop finish. Slightly dry,acidic finish. Extremely drinkable and good with food. Thanks to Schell for making this a year-round offering. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
The malt flavor explodes here. Very tasty! Sweeeet flavor! A good dessert type beer. Not much hops at all. Dark red color, with quickly disappearing head. Good session brew. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle in hotel room, picked up at a Hy-Vee in Lincoln, NE. Dark copper orange appearance with an off white head. Fairly toasty, caramel, a bit nutty, husky malty, a bit grassy aroma. Toasty caramel malty, grainy, a bit fruity, sweet malty flavor. Easy to drink. mnblueliner (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2013 does not count
Son-in-law got me to try this one. Aroma is light with a pleasant malt odor. Appearance is a somewhat sparkling amber with an average white head and persistent lacing. Taste is subtle malt with just a hint of hops- not a lot of flavor but very pleasant and drinkable. Palate gets a light/medium feel with slight carbonation and a clean finish. Won’t tell my son-in-law but I might have found my new everyday favorite with this one.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2001
A nice malty take on the Vienna style. Perhapse a little dark but otherwize flawless and quite drinkable. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Hint of vanilla flavor gives this beer an interesting taste. This brewery does not make a bad beer! lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2005
If you expect a heavy beer this is certainly not it.. The name implies something that might be something like drinking tar, but upon first taste you know its very easy on the palate. Very nice orange color and moderate quickly dissapating head. Aroma very sweet, malty, with tiny hint of hops. I agree with the previous post that claims "dessert type beer". When I first tried it I was "extremely impressed", but as I try more things, I am now just "impressed". A good beer. beerfairy (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2009 does not count
This beer ihas a medium copper color with a light head and little lacing. It has aromas of malt, a bit of grain and caramel with a hint of sweetness that I can’t place. It tastes slightly malty, sweet and a hint of bitterness.
It hit’s the back of the tongue with a bit of bitterness then vanishes. Good carbination and goes down easy with no long lingering aftertaste.
This is definitely a good session beer. This is one of the better examples of this style. Not the best but still worth the price. mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Copper color with a creamy tan head. Caramel aroma with a rich, roasted but sweet and malty taste. Hints of bread and caramel in the flavor. One of the finer brews from Schell’s.