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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
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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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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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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-23-2013 19:37:04 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2012 06:08:28 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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).

10-23-2012 16:39:14 | More by TMoney2591
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

07-15-2012 02:55:03 | More by Jason
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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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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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mactrail

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

03-10-2012 07:01:51 | More by mactrail
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-07-2012 11:25:39 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-08-2014 02:31:43 | More by GClarkage
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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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasant clear and clean black, with a bubbly but solid head of mild yellow-brown. Lacing is spotty. Body looks rather fluid, but slick, and it holds carbonation well.

Nose is lovely. Toasty malts leavened by a mild touch of something bright, fresh and even a little lemony. Dark rye bread, spread with cream cheese and shallots. It's a beautiful balance between darkness and light. Love it.

Taste is also excellent. Lovely clear lines to the feel and the vectors through the palate, delivering solid toasty malt all the way. Flavours of mild chocolate, a little crust and some dark seed cake on the back. This is all beautifully balanced with a really lovely dryness and a lovely clear but slick feel. Only a lager delivers that integration and lightness.

Overall, I love it. Black lagers are well underrated: this a superb example of why this should not be the case. This is clean and pleasant, but loaded with flavour and character. More craft lagers, please!

09-01-2012 03:35:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-30-2014 00:55:01 | More by afsdan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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

02-02-2012 04:11:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-16-2012 23:33:46 | More by PEIhop
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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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-31-2012 13:16:08 | More by avalon07
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-13-2013 15:21:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-06-2014 23:20:32 | More by Gobzilla
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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-07-2014 06:21:50 | More by drpimento
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

02-15-2014 21:55:05 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-16-2014 15:21:42 | More by KevinGordon
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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.