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Grand Teton 5 O’Clock Shadow

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

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (379) - - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdskinns (194) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5358) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle
Appearance: Cola, nearly opaque black
Aroma: Dark malts
Taste: Slight bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate
Palate: Medium/Light body with good carbonation
Overall: The sharp bitterness makes this a bit less drinkable than I might like, but overall pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours unclear dark, basically black, with a big creamy dark beige cocoa head. Aroma is awesome bringing smooth black licorice and roasted lightly sweet malts. Flavor brings similar roasted malts with a body lighter than expected from the big aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2949) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, malt, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of smoke. Not much for hops. Very nice session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (635) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours brown black with beige fizz. Roasted grainy aroma with sweet dark fruits. It starts smooth with a sharp dark fruit and toasted grain profile then becomes slightly creamy with a velvety dark fruit and bittering roasted grain. A bit strong for the style but well maintained at 7.6%. Really good American take on a classic German beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (196) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
My first beer that I aged in a cellar.... Bottled Jan 2012, so... about 1.25 years old. Poured into a tulip... A: For what this is, the beer looks amazing. Pitch black, somewhat thick. Head is tan and creamy. Great lacing. Best looking lager I have ever seen. S: Pretty complex on the smell which, again, for the style is impressive. Roasty, acidic, a tinge of sour, malt. Pretty much no hops. Chocolate... citrus. T: Tastes pretty amazing. The difference in flavor notes between the acidity and the roast is interesting. A yeasty note as well. Finish is very lager like being extremely clean. Alcohol cuts though a bit. Drinks a lot like a porter. P: Sits pretty smooth but the alcohol begins to cut through as does the acidity. A little light on the mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty amazing beer and hopefully a success at cellaring. I was only able to get one bottle so I guess I’ll never know. Otherwise as this is, for a lager this beer is killer. Great flavor notes. Very complex. Great finish. Only a couple downfalls being the acidity that cuts though and the alcohol is a bit excessive. Otherwise a very impressive beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TizzleJizzle (537) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Huge malty aroma. Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head. Admirable taste of caramel, hay, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and slight smoke. Full bodied. Damn good beer!


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