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Master Thief - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Master ThiefMaster Thief

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very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 64
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse visit their website
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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 64
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. German Porter, eh?

It's certainly black enough and with an easy pour, has a nice smallish head of tan foam. Lacing? Yep.

It smells roasty, kind of fruity in a weird way, I get some hop profile and milky? Oh and smokey...

The roast starts things off then goes to a sweetish direction that I *think* leans towards a milk stout like thing. A bit of hop bitterness of the nondescript type moves in and out with each sip. As far as fruity, could be my misinterpretation of what the hops are doing. It finishes as roasty as it starts. Good for that and the mild smoke I get.

Pretty light bodied for the style with light carbonation. The foam is now completely gone.

It *does* taste Germanic to a degree. Enough for me to like it a lot. Prost Grimm Brothers!

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Photo of StoutFox
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Axe12001
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of skatingtoolman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of valovine
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jorgerod99
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of famous_mortimur
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SamN
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very, very nearly opaque, inky black. Just the slightest amount of light can get through. Great head; thick mocha foam, very solid looking. Smells are surprisingly faint for a porter. English-style hops come through, maybe a hint of dark malts, but that's really about it. Taste are similarly faint, though less so than than the aromas. Upfront is a lightly roasted character, barely, coffee, a creaminess than a mild fading hops finish. Very easy drinking, just enough dakr beer tastes to be a porter, but nothing about this is obvious or ham-handed. Much like a Master Thief, the characteristics sneak up behind you. More complex flavors emerge as you sip. A bit of grassiness, milk chocolate covered fruits like blackberries, more distinct malt flavors and a bit of sweetness open up. This beer flies under the radar, and I like it. Modest, unassuming but in the end, quite good. Very English-style. Solidly medium bodied, with light prickly carbonation that keeps it from becoming boring.

Kind of a surprise, but more due to it's inherent characteristics. Just a very mellow, tasty beer. I liked this one,

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Master Thief from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.