Friday, September 30, 2016

Schell's Chimney Sweep with Cocoa Nibs

This beer is from the August Schell Brewery of New Ulm, Minnesota.  It is a limited release variation on their Chimney Sweep smoked lager that can be found in their Prost fall sampler pack. Schell's brews a wide variety of beers, both under the Schell's label and as contract brewers.  In addition, they now own and brew the Grain Belt line of beers.  They are the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States (over 150 years and counting).  I think that Yuengeling is probably the oldest family owned brewery.

The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black, and dark ruby in color. There is a relatively short head of light tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, with a hint of smoke, and quite a bit of cocoa. The taste follows the aromas, and amps up the smokey note. The beer drinks easy, a touch of smooth softness, with light carbonation. The finish is dry, with a light dark cocoa bitterness.


West O 6 Foot 6 IPA

This is a 6.6% ABV India Pale Ale that uses Horizon and Glacier hops. It is from the West O Beer Company of West Okoboji, Iowa. They invest part of their sales in the preservation and improvement of the Iowa Great Lakes Region.

The beer pours lightly hazed, deep golden and apricot in color. There is a short head of white foam. The aroma is light, citrus, orange, very light tropical notes. The taste follows the aromas, with the tropical notes being passion fruit and guava. The beer drinks very easy, a bit smooth, with soft carbonation. The finish is dry and with moderate bitterness. This drinks nice enough, but doesn't overly impress.