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Magic Mirror - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Magic MirrorMagic Mirror

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BA SCORE
82
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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"An imperial version of our Snow Drop that has been aged on oak. It was a very limited release of only 1200 bottles."

A "imperial" German Köttbusser. Brewed with water, barley, hops, oats, honey, molasses, and altbier yeast.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 06-10-2011)
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An Imperial Kottbusser. Pilsner, wheat, oats, honey and molasses. Pours a semi-hazy golden color, actually very close to what this is based off of, Snow Drop. A good off white head with good head retention and lacing. Some legs when swirled in the glass.

The nose is subtle but has lot going on in there. Some grainy notes but a stronger presence from the honey more than anything else. Almost like a braggot. There is just a hint of wood and vanilla. Some hints of brett but not over the top.

The taste is bit more complex vs the nose. The grainy flavors come out more but the honey is still a noticeable component. The wheat is subtle but is noticeable in the finish. Very clean for the alcohol but some notes are detectable. Some minor yeasty notes.

So I get that this is a dead style and its hard to judge based off of what it is. But overall for the alcohol it is very easy to drink. The oats gives it a nice finish. The carbonation is light but ok for a German style. Overall I thought it was pretty good. Should age well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet bready cereal malts and clover honey with a little yeasty banana.

The flavor is sweet honey malts with some off tasting bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy with low carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It was overly sweet and the off tasting bitter notes clashed.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light brown body, lacey. Aggressive carbonation. Honey and mollasses. Not getting interesting flavours here, very little wheat. Not great, still thanks Jason B for sending a fresh bottle of something different to try.Simple but does not work for me.

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Grimm Brother's Brewhouse - Magic Mirror [Fabled Series | Imperial Köttbusser Ale brewed with honey and molasses] (22oz ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 9.5% ABV : 36 IBU)

Having wanted to try a Grimm Bro's brew for a quick minute, when I saw the limited edition release, I thought it'd be a good idea that this be the one!! It poured a minutely hazy light gold with very little carbonation, but with a quick forming 2 inch head that dissipated almost as quickly as was formed leaving no signs of lacing... First thing on the nose is the honey, possibly an easier scent to pick out as I just brewed an english style honeynut brown ale, but none the less the foremost scent... A bit of brown sugar sweetness integrated amongst some bread notes are also mixing amongst the honey scent... First sip was definitely sweet, with just a touch of bitter that faded quickly as the other flavors developed... And develop they did, nothing too extremely complex, but some buttered biscuit tastes definitely became more prominent with the honey subtly developing more as well, adding good balance to the molasses sweetness still lingering slightly... The mouthfeel is, though much fuller than I'd assumed from the pour, still relatively light; but set the beer down for a minute and a nice satiny mouthfeel develops with those biscuit and honey notes... As mentioned earlier, not an extremely complex beer flavor wise, but the flavors that are present are definitely brought forth in a classy way, allowing them to showcase themselves delicately without fighting for "stage presence..." - ESPECIALLY since they hid that 11% so well amongst so few dominating flavors... Without being insulting, I'm hoping to describe this as an extremely well presented "Busch" league beer; or an athlete that was consistently MVP in AAA, but just can't bring themselves to perform in the "Majors..." Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy at my 22nd birthday. 22oz bottle. Bottle number was left blank on the label. Into a tulip. An "Imperial Kottbusser Ale."

Poured an unfiltered straw yellow, minimal head leaving a thin film, some bubbles and a collar. Nose has some honey, grains, light herbal qualities and some melon/honeydew notes. Taste has a bit more honey, breadiness, light grain notes and a general sweetness about it. Melon notes are somewhat hidden. Minimal alcohol in the mouthfeel was surprising, sweet feel but not cloying. Medium full body, low-ish carbonation. Nothing special, but the sweet honey and melon notes make this somewhat interesting.

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive big foam on the pale amber brew poured into a heavy-based tall glass. Aromatics are crazy.

This is really sweet, like powdered sugar on a vanilla malt cake, but the oak is astoundingly strong. That aromatic, woody, vanilla is so intense it is fascinating. I think the nose is one of the more remarkable experiences I've had with a beer. Drinkability is a little wobbly, but it's worth a try just to see what fresh, exuberant oak taste like.

This is supposed to be the "Imperial" version of Grimm's Snow Drop Köttbusser which is in the Altbier category. And they say this uses Altbier yeast, so isn't it an Altbier? But it's strong and strange, so who cares.

Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I shared this one at a recent tasting at Schmittymack’s house. Poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foasm. Aromas of straw, citrus, yeast and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, citrus, yeast and light earthiness with a smooth lingering citrus finish.

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of QueerBeer
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy orange with very little foam. Aroma of molasses. Taste of molasses as well as honey, sweet without being cloying. Mouthfeel a bit slick- honey more prominent in mouthfeel than taste. Alcohol burn on the finish. Have seen others compare it to a mead- would enjoy doing a side by side with this and a good mead.

Photo of peteh2112
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of denver10
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a deep darkish yellow with an off white head. Aroma is has the wheat malt, honey, and molasses giving off a ton of sweetness, then amped up even more with the sugars derived from the oats. Lots of alcohol present too. Flavor is ridiculously sweet, tasted like alcoholic butterscotch. Not diacytal related butterscotch, just the blending of all the ingrediants together. Medium bodied. Overall, worst beer I have tried from Grimm. I could not come close to finishing it.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this beer deserves more credit on here i think. maybe its the kottbusser style that has people thrown off, which is an old world german thing, something between an alt and a belgian strong conceptually, with the addition of highly fermentable sugars such as honey and molasses for increased alcohol. this one has both of those sugars in it, and they are really forward in the flavor of the beer. the raw cane molasses and the more delicate floral blossom honey are primary flavor agents, not just alcohol producers here. i like that in this full bodied blonde beer with a tall and lasting white head. its super sweet to the nose, both sugars again evident, and the flavor is also quite sweet. i can see that being off putting to some, but with a rather efficient ale yeast and enough patience, its metabolized just enough to be drinkable, for me at least. there is a fruity middle to it, and lots of body, maybe some oats or something in the grain bill for that. carbonation is great, cuts the thickness and sugary body and finishes it almost clean for what it is. never would have suspected 11% abv either, its not hot at all, and actually drinks quite mellow for that intensity. i think this is one of the better, and certainly more unique beers to come from grimm brothers. it deserves a revisit i think if you though unfavorably of it. its definitely different, and i think grimm is at their best when recreating these classic styles and educating us all. love the mission.

Photo of peensteen
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sammy's bottle

Hazy deep golden colour, collar of white head with no lace. Smell is yeasty, banana notes, honey is most certainly present, in a way this smells like a wheat beer but quite mellow in most regards. Taste is slightly yeasty, honey, some medicinal flavours, clove, some spicy points, but lots of honey. Medium active carbonation, medium body and a fairly good feel overall. This wasn't bad but it didn't resonate very well with me I don't think fairly drinkable but the sample was enough though.

Photo of dmadsen
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Magic Mirror from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.