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5 O'Clock Shadow | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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 STATS
Ranking:
#6,787
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
121
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by GClarkage:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with no light penetrating through and minimal head and lace. Aroma is mostly roasted and chocolate malts with hint of caramel. Medium-bodied beer with a bit of breadiness that balances roasted malt and chocolate sweetness. I like my beers of this style a little sweeter but this is a pretty enjoyable lager.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: deep roasted malts, chocolate, big peppery finish with complex hops throughout. Robust solid spiced nose.
Brownish Black in color, mostly clear, Nice foamy head and webbed lace. Full body. Tasty Black Lager with some hops to balance to malty backbone.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

02/03/2017

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Fremont goblet. This is the 2015 version.

Appearance: deep, dark near-black hue with no haze and a rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Head is a finger of frothy light-tan foam with decent retention and a little bit of lace. I think it's quite beautiful.

Smell: lightly sweet with a dash of roast and a touch of caramel. A totally respectable schwarzbier aroma.

Taste: rich, sweet and roasty. It's like a traditional schwarzbier taken up a notch. The alcohol is definitely evident, but overall this is a great tasting black lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: I like the flavor of this beer a lot, but its alcohol does negatively impact drinkability. That said, this beer is still absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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).

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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5 O'Clock Shadow from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 121 ratings