Over the course of my nomadic wanderings across America and Germany, I’ve consumed my fair share of black lagers, or Schwarzbiers. It’s a lager style of that makes one want to “give into their feelings” and join the “Dark Side” of the force. Schwarzbiers make being bad, feel oh so good.
So when the newest of Grand Teton Brewing Company’s Cellar Reserve Series, the 5 O’clock Shadow Double Black Lager, was recently released there was no stopping this glutton from acquiring a bottle.
As with just about any beer from Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserve, the 5 O’clock Shadow outshines any domestically produced Schwarzbier that I have sampled and even makes this humble glutton question his loyalty to certain Bavarian producers of the style. The beer is balanced and complex, with a soul nourishing light/smoothness that will leave you wondering why you haven’t joined the Dark Side sooner.
Here is my complete review:
Pours dark brown in color with creamy head. The nose is highlighted by notes of coffee, creamy chocolate malt, and spice. Frothy cream up front on the palate folds into dark chocolate, spice, and warm caramel, finishing with roasted coffee and acidity. The Shadow is incredibly light for a dark beer, as well as exceedingly smooth. The best black lager I’ve sampled this year.
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