It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these random beer reviews, mainly because I enjoy doing the podcasts, but I wanted to try this beer since I first heard about it. After having a few over the course of the last few days, I figured this one can’t wait for a podcast because I’d like you all to try this one. This beer should be added to your holiday assortment.

Schell’s has added a new winter seasonal craft beer to its mix called Chimney Sweep. This is a dark, I dare say black, beer that gives Schell’s a dimension they haven’t had in their offerings. You may ask ‘what about Schmaltz’s Alt?’ Well, that is a great dark beer, but it’s different than Chimney Sweep. In fact, the only thing the two have in common is the color, and Schmaltz’s is lighter in color at that.

Chimney Sweep is a dark lager brewed with a dark roasted malts and a slight hop bitterness that gives this beer a clean finish. There is some lacing, but little if any detection of sweetness. If there is, it’s covered by the bitterness of the hops. The roasted malt gives this beer a slight undertone of smokiness, but by no means overpowering. A lot of dark beers lately seem to have a slight coffee flavor, but this one does not. In fact I think Beer Guy Jerry W. Cook might even like this one.

Schell’s Chimney Sweep is a great beer and available for quite a few months in the winter. It will pair well with roasted chestnuts by the fire, smoky slices of sausage and smoked cheddar, almonds and cashews, and rich red meats. I don’t know that I would like this beer with a sweet dessert, but you may.

I think this is a great offering from Schell’s, whose track record has been nearly flawless over the last decade or so. If you aren’t a dark beer drinker, this may be one to try out.

I give Schell’s Chimney Sweep a Beer Guys Stein Rating of 4.

Brewery: Schells
Location: New Ulm, MN
Beer: Chimney Sweep
Rater: Shane Zeppelin
Rating: 4 Steins