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Grand Teton 5 O’Clock Shadow

Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Schwarzbier
Victor, Idaho USA


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (2725) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2015
On Tap dark brown, mahogany edges. Thin wispy light tan head. Roasted earthy aroma and flavor. Strange musty notes, a bit off, or maybe I just dont get it. Big for a Shwarz and Im not sure I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8591) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft. Dark pour. This is a stout-like schwarzbier, i feel bad giving it a super god rating because it is not to style whatsoever. Huge cocoa notes and a smoothness that is lacking in many other imperial lagers of this type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (531) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at Butcher and the Boar. Bumped pint glass. Black in color with half finger of persistent head. Aroma has a smoked quality with coffee, chocolate, and caramel playing well together. Lacing is strong. Rich chocolate with a high depth of flavor. Well balanced. Very professional effort. Hops are there too. Impressed by what the brewery has done here...very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Seek this beer out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Now here’s a style that usually has a lower abv, but the amped up recipe works quite well. Wonderful aroma especially of malted chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Nose kept returning to the glass. Otherwise, very solid across the board. Flavor much the same as the aroma...maybe a little sweeter than is typical for the style, but it was delicious and complex. Well done! One of my favorite’s in style."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2387) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2014
This beer is about two years old and not stored in ideal conditions but still overall reminds me more of an ale than a lager. Aroma is good & true to style. This beer reminds me more of a porter or a brown ale than it does a Schwartz beer/Black Lager. Body is quite soft. Excellent beer on it's own just doesn't seem so much to me true to his style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
(1L bottle) Pours a dark mahogany (near black) body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some burnt grains, and licorice with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (753) - - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle, 2012 Cellar Reserve. Roasted barley aroma with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Pours black with a thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Roasty flavors disappear into chocolate and caramel malt notes, before finishing dry with just a hint of bitterness. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is roasty, grains, chocolate, some hops. Taste is kind of bitter, chocolate, roasted malts. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
In short: A sweet and slightly chocolaty black beer without interest. Very boring.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed a few months after purchase but I think this was many months old.
The look: Black body topped by a persistent small tan head.
In long: Nose is very much like smelling generic black cake with a lot of icing, same kind-of-chocolate sweetness sensation. In mouth the beer has a heavy body but a soft texture and a soft carbonation that would be better suited for a 5% thirst lager than a big black beer. Taste is pretty much like the aroma. This tastes like a melted generic black cake with a lot of icing with black liquorice and molasses. Too sweet for its own good, chocolaty but not the enjoyable bakery black chocolate, inexpressive cake malts. This beer offers the sweetness of a digestive beer but without the depth or richness of a good digestive beer. Nothing bad per say, just very boring and with a drinkability that is abnormally low for a below 8% black beer. I keep buying Grand Teton bottles even if clearly I don’t like this brewery, the 911 operator and the paramedics are right, I’m someone who never learns from my mistakes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. The flavor is similar, with the addition of a bit of mint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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