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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
We have taken the traditional Schwarzbier, intended to be a "session beer" with typically moderate alcohol, and almost doubled its strength to 7.6% alcohol by volume. We brewed our version with a fine balance of crystal and roasted malts and spiced it with noble hops. We fermented 5 O’Clock Shadow at cold temperatures with a select German lager yeast and cold-conditioned it for over four months to create a velvety smooth, easy-drinking springtime brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlcnmeyer (3) - Lees Summit, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2012 does not count
This may not be a glamorous style......not a huge 1000 IBY double IPA or massive Imperial Stout....which I’m guilty of gravitating towards. However, this is an excellent brew which should be tasted....even if you have to cover the label stating "Black Lager". I must admit that I don’t normally seek out beers of this style, but after trying this one, I might start branching out more. I also have to admit that I haven’t been a fan of other Grand Teton beers, but this will make me go back and try their other offerings again. Very nicely done....try it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma roasted malts, nuttiness, and a hint of smoke. Pours a deep brown/black with a mostly diminishing tan head and minimal lacing. Taste is much like nose - rich in taste - roasty flavors, smoke, and a nice bitter finish. A lingering nutty aftertaste is present. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, this is a VERY good beer that just keeps giving from a flavor standpoint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2014
This beer is about two years old and not stored in ideal conditions but still overall reminds me more of an ale than a lager. Aroma is good & true to style. This beer reminds me more of a porter or a brown ale than it does a Schwartz beer/Black Lager. Body is quite soft. Excellent beer on it's own just doesn't seem so much to me true to his style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMCtime (83) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2015
Dark and rich. Lots of flavors. Some malt, some chocolate and a little sweetness. Overall very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2012 verson, aged 4, maybe 4.5 years. Black pour with a thin khaki head. Meaty licorice and dry cocoa on the nose, smokey roast, and something like clove. Big full flavor with some gentle smoke, gentle roasted cocoa, a touch of licorice, and finishes semi dry with some dark cocoa and light smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philtom15 (54) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Pours a medium velvet off white head that lingers, nose is of chocolate with hint of cloves. Color is a dark brown not quite black. Drinks very easy like the style suggest, the extra alcohol did not change this quality. A tasty beer, put on your try list might be only available once. As it is a cellar reserve and they only. Make them once unless it does really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1801) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
i’m surprised this is only its 6th rating. i’ll get a case of this if i see it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
My first beer that I aged in a cellar.... Bottled Jan 2012, so... about 1.25 years old. Poured into a tulip... A: For what this is, the beer looks amazing. Pitch black, somewhat thick. Head is tan and creamy. Great lacing. Best looking lager I have ever seen. S: Pretty complex on the smell which, again, for the style is impressive. Roasty, acidic, a tinge of sour, malt. Pretty much no hops. Chocolate... citrus. T: Tastes pretty amazing. The difference in flavor notes between the acidity and the roast is interesting. A yeasty note as well. Finish is very lager like being extremely clean. Alcohol cuts though a bit. Drinks a lot like a porter. P: Sits pretty smooth but the alcohol begins to cut through as does the acidity. A little light on the mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty amazing beer and hopefully a success at cellaring. I was only able to get one bottle so I guess I’ll never know. Otherwise as this is, for a lager this beer is killer. Great flavor notes. Very complex. Great finish. Only a couple downfalls being the acidity that cuts though and the alcohol is a bit excessive. Otherwise a very impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at Butcher and the Boar. Bumped pint glass. Black in color with half finger of persistent head. Aroma has a smoked quality with coffee, chocolate, and caramel playing well together. Lacing is strong. Rich chocolate with a high depth of flavor. Well balanced. Very professional effort. Hops are there too. Impressed by what the brewery has done here...very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Seek this beer out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Draft. Almost black, brown head. Aroma of burnt toast, coffee grounds. Taste is dark cocoa, coffee with a burnt edge. Nice.

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