5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scratch69:
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance- Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers worth of tan head and nice lacing.
Smell- Smoke and roasted malt with faint chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste- Roasted malt with bitter chocolate and hints of caramel.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Crisp and smooth with smoky finish.
Overall- Very nice. This is one of the best Schwarzbier that I have tasted.
04-05-2012 19:04:33 | More by scratch69
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Big ass 25.4oz brown bomber. Vintage date on the bottle.
LOOK: Clear dark leather brown, head stays for a long while
SMELL: Brown malt, juniper, toast, herbal, evergreen, clean alcohol, light brown sugar
TASTE: Smooth creaminess, mild char, clean, minty, moderate hop bitterness, chicory, toasted bread crust, unsweetened chocolate, herbal, warming alcohol, clean mildly roasted finish
I am happy to see US brewers break out into their own style even if they are originally inspired by more traditional styles. Double Black Lager just has a certain ring to it and this beer has won me over.
07-15-2012 02:55:03 | More by Jason
3.89/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, opaque
Smell: roasted malt and bosco--not really attractive smelling
Taste: light coffee, sweet chocolate, cream--caramel and extra char on the finish
Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation, medium body, very sweet with nice char bitterness at the end
Overall: Was not expecting such an impressive beer after such a disappointing smell. However if you can get past the average Bosco type of smell, this beer really delivers. Taste wise it is up there with the best domestic schwarrzbiers I have had. This beer is incredibly smooth for the style. I would certainly split this one again.
05-20-2013 14:52:25 | More by tigg924
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
Fresh bottle from Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Midnight black colour with suitable white head. Strong roast aroma. Significant chocolate, mild roast, good drinkability and not very complex, consistent with the style.Slightly above average mouthfeel. Worth seeking out for people liking this style, or stouts.
05-29-2012 05:28:42 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Deep brown, nearly black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.
Smell - Dark chocolate. Some coffee. Distinct schwartzbier aroma.
Taste - Very chocolatey. Some light coffee and dark roast. Dries out in the back. Slight nutty aftertastes and bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Nice body. A little chewy. Dry. Well carbonated.
Overall - It's a decent tasting schwartzbier. Surprisingly enjoyable.
07-09-2013 01:02:06 | More by Alieniloquium
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of khaki colored head very good head retention & lacing
S: Charred grain & carob
T: Follows the nose, some cocoa & coffee grinds, plus dryness up front. Faint chicory notes as this warms, along with woody hops, slight persimmon & praline flavor present as well, plus more carob & just bit of anise & black currant with boozey undertones. Finishes fruitty with some boozey raisin notes & smokeyness
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, skews sweeter than most Schwartzbiers, a bit hot too
An interesting take on the style, a touch too big & sweet for me, but worth a try
03-23-2012 14:36:37 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a deep dark black with some dark clear mahogany highlights, a nice sticky dark tan head with lots of lacing.
The smell is very good, big char, smoke, and a bit of leather.
The flavor is both full and restrained at the same time, lots of nice complex flavors going on with none of them overpowering the others. Nice levels of smoke and char along with subtle chocolate and a nice touch of earthy bitterness giving it a very nice even quality.
The mouthfeel is very dry and clean.
Very nice big Schwarzbier.
02-28-2012 02:40:22 | More by bashiba
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
Dark brown color that appears black in my pilsner glass. Not quite one finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass during consumption.
Aroma has a little roasted and caramel malt notes. The hops add some grass and spice. There is also a sulfer smell.
Just a slight roasted malt flavor that compliments the stronger caramel malt. The hops do not play a large role, but do add some spicy notes. Alcohol does come out in the flavor and adds some warmth.
Nice carbonation and texture. The body sure does not feel like a 7.6% beer as it seems light. But that is the nature of the style.
Quite flavorful and well crafted lager.
02-25-2012 19:10:43 | More by morimech
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
From Grapevine. I would barely call this black. Very thin layer of light tan head.
Aroma, A nice malty caramel, more chocolate. Light earthy roast with some cocoa.
Taste, pretty strong roast malt, chocolate, some peat. Light coffee and cocoa finish, fairly dry, lingers well.
Nice mid bodied lager. The fine carbonation was just about creamy. Drinks quite well, though I wish the abv was a tad lower. Above average.
02-22-2012 02:37:38 | More by Bung
3.43/5 rDev -14.9%
poured from 750 into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy head
Very pungent with aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and loads of roasted malts. Good depth on the aromas as well
medium bodied with a smooth feel, but the flavors overpower a bit. The flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate aren't out of whack, but they feel like they are fighting for attention a slight bit
I think I would've liked more balanced and nuance to this. It's certainly a big schwarzbier and doesn't aim for balance as much as blunt force on the flavors.
03-01-2012 20:42:29 | More by KDawg
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Picked this up tonight at the COOP on the way home from work... it pours deep dark walnut brown.... when held to a light the stem end of my glass glows a deep ruby.... Dark tan head sticks around for a bit leaving nice drapes of crusty lacing.
The nose is roasty.... a bit coffee like... some dark toast is rounded out by hints of malty sweetness.... smells pretty clean.
Flavor mirrors the aromas.... very clean... no fruity esters... just nice malty goodness.
The body is a solid medium... carbonation is good small bubble... everpresent.
Interesting brew... I would drink it sooner than later... I doubt cellaring will do anything to help an already fresh clean brew.
02-02-2012 04:11:37 | More by JohnGalt1
5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.