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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

88 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
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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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-14-2014 02:20:36 | More by mattmarka1
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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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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-08-2013 03:51:05 | More by OKCNittany
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-13-2013 15:21:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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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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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-26-2013 01:28:26 | More by ZEB89
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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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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:02:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:27:15 | More by LambicPentameter
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-01-2013 11:09:07 | More by speedvagen
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 14:52:25 | More by tigg924
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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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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-08-2013 00:17:03 | More by cadaugherty
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:29:29 | More by falloutsnow
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-16-2013 17:30:25 | More by outdoor7or24
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2012 12:34:30 | More by jcreegan
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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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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-28-2012 02:07:50 | More by RandyKemka
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-23-2012 21:33:53 | More by bluckbeyes
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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).

Serving type: on-tap

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-22-2012 01:36:16 | More by CarolinaKev
5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.