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.


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