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

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 18
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:
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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Deivos


2.5/5  rDev -38%

04-24-2012 02:26:22 | More by Deivos
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-27-2013 23:35:38 | More by ejimhof
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icehawk

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.6%

08-07-2013 18:16:04 | More by icehawk
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KDawg

Illinois

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
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a dark brown colour, beige head with sparse, frothy bubbling. Slightly uneven, with thin lace on the glass. Head is crafty, frothy goodness. Looks natural and pleasant.

Burnt and nutty on the nose - charry roast malt notes with walnuts, coffee grounds and a touch of carob. Standard, but also fairly blaring, one-track dark beer aroma.

Taste is roastier, with a burnt bitterness lingering from the mid-palate. Spent coffee grounds, bitter cocoa plus some pepperberry, carbon and coriander notes late. Maybe could use some more body; a bit thin, so the roast is fairly harsh. Decent crack at the style, but I don't think it recommends more schwarzbiers to me.

02-11-2013 10:48:58 | More by laituegonflable
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-12-2013 16:01:59 | More by Whiskeydeez
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

10-28-2012 04:18:30 | More by rderedin
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-27-2012 18:24:55 | More by imperialking
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into a Stella glass. 2012 vintage, though I'm not sure that this is something you'd want to age anyway.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy light brown head. Retention is decent and only the shortest of rings of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry roastiness and cocoa powder. As it warms up, this gets maltier and maltier. There's not much else in the nose. It's clean and refined, but simple and pleasant.

3.5 T: There's a hell of a lot more flavor than the nose led on. Potent roastiness, good amount of chocolate, a light caramel, and a moderate neutral lager maltiness. Despite the maltiness, the roast is still stronger than I'd prefer, but not by much. Definitely tasty though.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy. Good enough here.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. Initially the roastiness is unbalanced with the rest of the beer, but after the palate grows accustomed to it, it turns out to be in perfect harmony.

07-20-2012 17:10:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-23-2013 15:09:56 | More by sonofliberty2
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-23-2013 19:37:04 | More by jaydoc
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jrcmlc

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-06-2012 01:58:29 | More by jrcmlc
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-22-2012 01:36:16 | More by CarolinaKev
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

09-23-2012 22:51:52 | More by Hellpop65
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avaldivia

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-17-2012 03:57:55 | More by avaldivia
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casapy

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-04-2012 03:43:13 | More by casapy
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-21-2013 05:31:33 | More by kawilliams81
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kiki3drt292

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-13-2012 17:44:58 | More by kiki3drt292
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt and bread crust.

T - Rich chocolate notes blend with toffee, roasted malt and subtle coffee flavors. Lightly bitter with a silky smooth sweetness.

M - Nicely done. Smooth with a crisp bite. A medium bodied lager that is surprisingly easy drinking at 7.6% ABV.

O - This is a good Grand Teton brew. I've really enjoyed all their Cellar Reserve series beers.

05-31-2012 20:13:31 | More by zeff80
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

looks the part for a Schwarzbier, a deep brown/black that light barely penetrates, but obviously much thinner than most dark beers. a nice mocha head forms, quickly recedes, but laces well.

slightly roasty aroma, molasses, chocolate, a touch of light roasted coffee.

flavor starts off sweet and malty with plenty of roasted coffee a bit of dark caramel and molasses, but it never goes too sweet and it finishes very clean.

light/medium and crisp but slightly slightly syrupy before it finishes clean.

very nice rendition of the style. Not overly roasty, not overly sweet, not too full bodied, not too light. No alcohol detectable... could sneak up on you because this drinks so easy.

02-13-2012 05:35:54 | More by silentjay
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

On-tap at Guthries. Served in a cervoise.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. The body is a dark brown color with ruby glints to it.

S - Smells like a cross between a Schwarzbier and a Baltic Porter. There's a mixture of smoke, dark and doughy breads, dark fruits, and some sharp, slightly metallic, roast characteristics. Perhaps a hint of alcohol as well.

T - I like the taste significantly more, as it gets rid of some of the harsh elements of the aroma. Nice roasted grains, yeasty and chewy bread, light smoke, semisweet chocolate, and a fairly clean finish.

M - Medium body, lightly roasty, with a dry finish. Quite smooth, with low carbonation. Well-attenuated with a crisp lager vibe to it.

D - A solid, enjoyable, and interesting hybrid of a beer. I finished my glass, although it's not the quickest drinking offering from Grand Teton. I'd consider having it again on-tap, but a whole 750ml bottle would probably be excessive.

04-15-2012 03:08:21 | More by MasterSki
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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.