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

5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 120 ratings
5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,111
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
120
Liked:
108
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
8.87%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle Capped
Bottled On: 02/23/12
2012 Vintage

It's been quite awhile since the last time I've had a GT Brew. Nice to see them available to me now. I bought a few different 750ml bottles.

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a light tan fizzy creamy head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, some nice roastyness, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, with some dark stuff, nice roast/nut notes. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, would buy again. Very true to style, with a little kick. Recommended.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours the complete opposite of white, lol. Nice offwhite head of foam that's not a stayer but it makes up for it with the lacing.

I get smoke, chocolate, and an overall very malty nose With a mild hop bitterness in the smell. I dig the smell so....

Plenty of that ^ in the taste as well. Nice level of smoke with a very malty backbone that does not get overly sweet thanks to the ample amount of hop bitterness. It does finish decidedly on the malty side though and I am loving it. I notice some toffee as well. The abv is higher than I normally like for the style but it isn't intrusive by any means.

Fairly light bodied overall, the mouthfeel is still quite good.

This is yet another very enjoyable Lager in a series of Lagers that I have tried recently. If you see it around your neck of the woods, give it a try!

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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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 120 ratings
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