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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

93 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

5 O’Clock Shadow Double Black Lager is brewed in the German Schwarzbier (black beer) tradition. Schwarzbier is to lager what stout or porter is to ale. Like those dark British beers, Schwarzbier has long been considered nourishing and even curative. German doctors often recommend Schwarzbier for nursing mothers. Our Brewmaster, born in Munich, was the beneficiary of just such advice.

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.

This German lager pours a deep brown, almost black color with ruby highlights. It has soft dark chocolate notes with hints of caramel and a light roasty finish.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-02-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

a77cj7, Yesterday at 06:14 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mikerieder, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

drpimento, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Gobzilla, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

KevinGordon, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into a tulip.

dark brown pour with a nice head. very malty smell with slight hop presence. taste is very roasty...slight caramel. lots of malts. creamy. mild bodied with mild carbonation. drinkability is high, nice feel.

overall drinkable. good.

Axnjxn, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

StoutItOutLoud, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

OKCNittany, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ZEB89, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

kawilliams81, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "2012" sticker. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark black with twinges of brown topped by a creamy tan one-finger head that never completely dissipates and leaves light, soapy-looking lacing as I drink it down.

Smell - Roasted malt and mild undertones of fresh-brewed espresso as well as aromas or rich cacao. Toasted bread and some hint of charred wood, but not smoky.

Taste - Echoes the notes of the smell, with the charred wood and roasty malt flavors at the forefront. Again, the coffee is hinted at, and evolves into a semisweet chocolate finish. Some bitterness as well, but it's hard to tell if it comes from hops or from the charred characteristics because of how well the flavors blend together.

Mouthfeel - In spite of the rich flavor profiles, the body is only moderate and this beer finishes dry and clean.

Overall, a wonderful beer. My first schwarzbier, so I dont have a great frame of reference, but I'm very impressed by the blend of flavors and how well the alcohol is hidden. Grand Teton would do well to open this one back up for production, as it is quite tasty.

LambicPentameter, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

speedvagen, Jun 01, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

tigg924, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Whiskeydeez, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.