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Master Thief - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 07-31-2010

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body crowned with a thick, tan head. Unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, and mildly roasted grains make up the bulk of the aroma. Smooth, light chocolate flavor with a soothing bitterness in the background. Soft, medium-light body; semi-dry finish.

Man, maybe more brewers should take a stab at brewing a porter. This one, apparently fermented with an alt yeast strain, is pretty decent. It is not as thick and robust as some porters can be, yet seems to hit all the key points for making a tasty, memorable porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Axe12001
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review, it will be fitting to be the first review for this beer. Sampled at the brewery. They explained it as a "German Porter" which is a bit sweeter and coffee and chocolate flavor. I think they hit it on the head. A black colored beer with a soft tan head. Smell is sweet with a noticeable chocolate and coffee aroma. The taste is the same. Some sweeter grainy notes but very good. I really liked this beer. Kind of has a milky finish.

Photo of skatingtoolman
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth American Porter. No bite, velvety finish. Hints of espresso. More like a German style porter. Not much of a head. Smooth enough for a summer evening. Very easy to drink, almost sessionable. Not what I expected. Will most likely try this one again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of SalukiAlum pours an opaque black color with a fluffy cap of tan head. Retention and lace are just ok.

Nose is dusty chocolate, leafy hops and a light hazelnut aroma. Smells good

Taste is good too, I love a good English Porter and this is a good rendition. The old world hops (Hallertau maybe?) are a nice touch and give it an earthy leafy character. The yeast gives off some complimenting nuttiness to go along with the cocoa and roast. Everything works well with each other and the ABV is well integrated. This would be a regular in my rotation if it were readily available here.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted, brown to black coloring, with a dark tan, fluffy head. Nose of roasted bitter coffee, molasses, chocolate notes, and an overall toasted character. Flavors are smoky and roasted forward, with a campfire character, bitter coffee and cocoa nib, and a dry, light body. The aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate, with a remaining smoke presence. Light, smooth, smoke lingering finish.

Photo of twoax
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly dark beer with very little head retention. I do like the overall opacity of it though, but am disappointed in the lack of head. It does have a sweet odor to it, but overall isn't too complex. The sweet smell of it transfers over into the taste of it with a light coffee and chocolaty flavor. It has little carbonation but is full bodied. Overall it fits the bill of a German porter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of mevett89
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, with a nice thick, fluffy brown head that stays around for a while.

Aroma: roasted malt in the fore. Chocolate notes prominent with coffee in the mix too.

Taste: roasty and chocolaty, with some bitterness coming from the roasted malt. No hoppiness of note.

Mouth Feel: medium thick with some decent bubbliness. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: basically a dark, roasty take on what a Dunkles would be if made into an ale. All in all, pretty good. I am enjoying this one.

Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is actually a German Porter, though of course made in America. Not as much head as I might like to it. Otherwise I am believe I am under ranking this but I'm not trying, I don't believe it deserves any 4.5's and the appearance and smell wasn't hardly anything to remark about.

Photo of denver10
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep dark chocolate brown with a nice mocha head. Aroma is roasty and rich; chocolate, roasted barley, brown sugar. Flavor pretty much followed suit with some nice roasted barley, some rich and semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of some hidden coffee (my only kinda wish would be for a stronger coffee presence). A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a great German/English stout that stands in the same league as it's neighbor in Fort Collins, Odell's Cutthroat Porter.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Super smooth porter with a light roasty taste, dark chocolate, coffee on a dry finishing beer.

Photo of ScorpyX
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown/black coloring. I didn't see any light get through even when holding it up to my kitchen's ceiling lights. Finger-width brown head which gradually gives way. Some carbonation is visible with bubbles sticking to the sides.

S: Picking up some burnt chocolate scent and roasted coffee. Pretty rich smell.

T: Very heavy coffee presence in the taste with a dominating bitterness. There's a hint of sweetness accompanying, but not too much. It's a nice complement.

M: Finishes sticky and sweet. Pretty heavy on the throat. Good for those chilly winter nights.

Pretty good porter. Might be my favorite I've tried at Grimm thus far, though I'll need a little more sampling from the brewery's offerings before I settle that decision.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampling right now on 12/22/14. Comes in a nice '1 pt. 6 oz. (22 ounce) bottle for around $6.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pitch black (or close to it) in color with a creamy 1-finger beige head that settles down to a thin layer on top and mostly along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, molasses, hint of coffee and chocolate. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of licorice in the mix with a very light hint of smoke also. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Very tasty brew that goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Really liked this Porter!

Photo of Jasonrm72
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

German-style porter (says so on the bottle). Pours dark with virtually no light passing through it. No head to speak of. Smells of roasted malt. Solid mouthfeel for a porter. Failry rich, smooth, chock full of roasted flavor.
This is what porters used to be and I missed them greatly. Superb representation of the porter style I really enjoy.

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Master Thief from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.