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

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89
very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 107
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 6.45%
Wants: 20
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-02-2012

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
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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Bottled 01/08/2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Grand Teton takes the schwarzbier to higher planes of aroma and taste, without going over the top in terms of ethanol, as could be possible. While it appears like any other schwarzbier, the roast, chocolate, and sweetness are all expressed at a higher degree, along with the expected smoothness that lager yeast and aging will bring. Overall, a very satisfying beer, one that would be enjoyable in the early spring, late fall, or winter months.

Pours a 1cm tall head of tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, with average retention of about a minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the glass with a light cap of wispy foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is present, but fairly minimal, a set of small dots punctuating the insides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, light bringing out amber brown hues. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is very nice, particularly as the beer warms, of noticeable roasted and black malt, with lesser toffee and vanilla scents. The interplay between the darker malts and the toffee-like sweetness with vanilla is enjoyable and pleasing.

Opens with darkly sweet chocolate notes, somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate malt made with bittersweet chocolate, with a bit of acridity in the back and well-done smoothness via the lagering process. Mid-palate is loaded with sweet, roasted flavors that have just a touch of acridity. What this means is a mix of roasted and black malts, some associated charred chocolate and coffee bean flavor, all with a strong undercurrent of caramelized sugar sweetness and a touch of vanilla. Again, the flavors are smooth and easy, courtesy of, probably, lagering. Back of palate features roasted malt, some char, touches of roasted cocoa and coffee beans. Aftertaste is of sweetish roasted and black malts with a touch of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity. The two feel well-paired and generate a mouthfeel that is easy on the palate, slightly foamy from the carbonation, and flows well. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate. (2,242 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, black, black. Very small light tan head leaves fast. Some large bubbled clumps around rim.

S - Charred malt, coffee. Hint of malt.

T - Same as taste, but a little chalky cocoa added to the mix and a hint of anise at finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty clean finish and good balance.

D - Drinks nicely. (329 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black color in the 0.4 litre nonic glass with a beige head. Very smooth and rich, but powerful. Huge flavor and a hot mouthful. Some hops in the aroma but not distinctive.

Acres of roast malt on the tongue and a tingly carbonation. Tastes like smoked malts in the mix. Quite spicy along with the alcohol. Chocolate and caramel. Best beer I've had from Grand Teton. Sensationally drinkable.

On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego. They call it an Imperial Black Lager. Totally peculiar style, like a super dry Barleywine. (518 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons, poured into my Kostritzer chalice. Pours out inky black with soft tan head. Big aroma of roasted malts, taste follows with lots of toast grain bitterness. This is right on the zone and could proudly stand with any German Schwarz. (253 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (594 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled Jan. 2012.

A: Pours a straight black with a nice spongy tan head. Good lacing.

S: Lightly sweet dark malts, coffee roast, lactic sweetness, slight hop resin.

T: Soft chocolate and coffee beans, light smokiness (very Grand Teton), vanilla, doughy malt, subtle bitter hop notes and dark fruit esters. Mild, pleasing dark grain and chocolate in the finish.

M: Creamy soft body with a nice carbonation level. Light enough to be very drinkable.

O: Tastes like a robust porter or milk stout that's been lagered. Quite nice. (580 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown color with a tan bubbly head. Disappears a little and is edging towards patchy. Lacing can be seen sticking to the glass.

S- Moderate amount of malty character with toasted malt and a bit of roasted malt being the most prominent. A slight amount of caramel in the nose with traces of coffee. No real hop aroma.

T- Moderate malty beginning that changes to a rich Munich malt in the middle. Toasted flavor as well as the roasted malt that was noticeable in the nose. Some low bitterness at the end with a clean lager character throughout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth while finishing slightly dry.

O- Full flavored and smooth. Although I was surprised to see a "double" schwarzbier, this one worked out well. (755 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark tan head that's two tone with brown as it swirls. Head falls quickly over a a nearly pitch black beer with ever so slight ruby highlights along the edge. Very clean, singular roast in the nose with a little bit of chocolate. Roast and chocolate follows in the taste with a sweet maltiness. Bitter roast finish that lingers a bit--almost too much. My notes say I had a draft on my wife's birthday at Grumpy's, but I don't remember much about it. I was either entranced by my wife or the beer didn't make much of an impression. Gloria likes schwarzbier and there's no note that she liked it.

In the final analysis, it's a good beer but the roast is out of balance with the smooth lager characteristics. Had this beer twice and that's going to be enough. If you like a a heavy roast, give it a shot. If not, find another dark lager. (849 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here's a good Schwarzbier. I guess it's an Imperial Schwarz, but you can't really tell. What you can tell is that it's a glass of roasted dark malt goodness. You get a pretty good whiff as you bring it to you mouth. Taste follows suit, fairly complex compared to your typical Schwarz, although as it warms it doesn't get more complex but instead a little boring. That may only be the case with me, so I would recommend it to anyone. This is a really good showing by Grand Teton in a style that is only now gaining some traction in the US. (542 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

4.5/4/4/4/4 (697 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of chocolate, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, some dark chocolate, malt, caramel, and light hops in the finish. The chocolate notes are not overpowering, but certainly welcome. A well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While Schwarzbier isn't my favorite style of beer, this is definitely one of the more drinkable examples, especially from an American brewery. (623 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (432 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Bad Apple.

Roast + burger = tastiness, right? This stuff pours a deep dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose is a straight-up blast of roasted malts, with touches of dark chocolate and coffee creeping in at various points as well. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the coffee and dark chocolate are more intense, creating quite the panorama of dark flavors on the tongue. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a damn fine impy schwarz, one that delivers on its roasty promises (and then some). (613 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Bad Apple.

A: pours opaque black, minimal head, some lacing

S: nose features roasty notes with a healthy dose of smoke, pleny of cocoa, some bitterness, very nice

T: the flavor features bold and roasty notes, hints of smoke, some sweet malty notes, nice balance

Mf: decent sized body, mellow carbonation

O: very nice and full flavored, great roasty and smoke balance (391 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (418 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Bottled on 1/27/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (593 characters)

Photo of KuehneBe
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tried this from a 10oz tulip at JL Beers in Moorhead.

Appearance
Reminiscent of a heavy stout, for obvious reasons. Opaque, with a very nice head.

Smell
The predominant smell was smokey, dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

Taste
Damn good! Malts, heaps of coffee and dark chocolate. The dark chocolate and coffee add some pleasant bitterness. A flavor that I would describe as "roasted" and caramely.

Mouthfeel
I was surprised by the amount of carbonation in this one, until I remembered that it was a Schwarzbier and not an ale. A little less carbonation would make this one even more enjoyable, I think.

Overall
A tasty and wholesome beer. I would suggest letting this one warm up slightly before drinking it. After about 10-15 minutes in the glass, the flavor improved dramatically. (797 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a thin layer frothy brownish head. The head fades pretty quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted and burnt chocolate malts with some coffee, along with some earthy smells.

T - Starts off with some heavily roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of earthy flavors and some smoke. Through the middle, some more coffee and lightly burnt flavors come through. The finish is a mix of sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops, and some smoke.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry and lightly sweet and smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced flavors with a great roasted malt character with some nice complexity from the hops and smoke. (766 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.23/5  rDev +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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a little light transmission in the glass and and fine half finger dark khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, grass and hay and a hint of sweet lactose. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, hints of brewed coffee and char, vanilla. Finish brings out more charred dark malt and mocha. Quite nice creamy body with great mouth feel and carbonation. Delivers much more than expected. Spot on traditional schwarzbier flavors, but enhanced with elements from a rich oatmeal stout, the creaminess and smooth dark malt. This is very satisfying and delicious. A few days ago, I reviewed something with a fantastic aroma and relatively disappointing flavor, this is somewhat the opposite; the aroma is good, but doesn't promise much beyond a schwarzbier. The full, rich flavor comes as a huge, pleasant surprise. An interesting idea that turned out great. Well done, Grand Teton. I'm going back for another one of these. (1,057 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark, brown body with a thick, creamy tan head. Excellent roasted grains, dark chocolate and cocoa, and dark roast coffee dominate the smell. It maintains its lager smoothness and lightness while conveying the great dark tastes promised in the aroma. There is almost a hint of tartness or 'brightness' to the beer, but the malt characteristics are the showpiece. Finishes with just enough bitterness to bring great depth to this offering. Excellent beer...gonna get me another... (486 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with raisin colored highlights, and a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

The taste has dark roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa. Does a nice job of combining the light sweetness of cocoa and caramel, with the bitterness of dark roasted malt. Neither is overpowering. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Slightly creamy. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A very nice Schwarzbier from Grand Teton. (502 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (516 characters)

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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.