Grind Core Espresso Milk Stout
Surly Brewing Company

Grind Core Espresso Milk StoutGrind Core Espresso Milk Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #344
Ranked #15,962
4.03 | pDev: 7.2%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Grind Core Espresso Milk StoutGrind Core Espresso Milk Stout
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 19
Photo of PolskaKielbasia
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Nice, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The coffee flavor is a bit on the bitter side.

I'll gladly buy this once or twice a year, but IMO Coffee Bender is superior.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
From: Sam K.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 18, 2019
Consumed: Jan. 26, 2019
Reviewed as: Milk / Sweet Stout
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 27, 2018 at 2:59 p.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Got this on Sam and Laura’s visit out here. Was excited to have this because of Surly and it being a Milk Stout. Online description had it as, “Brewed with espresso, Grindcore combines intense coffee flavor with the rich, slightly sweet body of a stout, brimming with a velvety, roasty decadence. Rise. Grind. Repeat.” Nice.

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head. Slow moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Excellent spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled roasted espresso, dark coffee, burnt toast, char wood, ashtray, bitter dark chocolate and dark cacao. More of the same from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted very close to the nose, although not quite as good overall. Roasted espresso, black coffee, char wood, ashtray and bitter dark chocolate. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

An outstanding coffee milk stout. Since I don’t drink coffee (but love coffee beers), I have to think this is what a black coffee would taste like. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black dense color with a thin tan head. Smell is espresso roast,chocolate and vanilla. Taste had very nice roasted coffee taste ,roasted malts, and chocolate. Lower carbonation on this with an espresso cold coffee taste some creamy texture in the finish. If you like your stout coffee infused you will love this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grind Core pours a black color, with not much head. Big, giant espresso aromas, smells better then a fancy coffee house. Flavor is big and strong, lots of espresso flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, HUGE espresso flavors, very powerful.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with 1/2 dark mocha head with decent retention.
S: Nice strong notes of dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and cream (lactose).
T: Dark roast coffee, roasted malt, cream, and bitter chocolate.
M: Light body. Darkly sweet and quite bitter. Bitterness becomes a bit too strong into and through the finish.
D: Very straightforward. Was pulled in by the Small Batch designation. A decent brew, but was expecting better.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, roastiness, chocolate and toffee. It was sweet and chocolatey with a nice roasted coffee finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, snifter glass. Dark cola brown, opaque and nearly black, half finger frothy offwhite head, short retention and not much lacing. Smell is roasty espresso, coffee bean, burnt roast, creamy lactose, milk chocolate, more coffee roast. It smells like a fresh grind with a dab of cream. Flavour follows, a bit less of the roast and more of the milk chocolate. Not superbly complex, but has a nice coffee roast flavour balanced out by the sweet lactose and chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, slightly lower on carbonation than most stouts, but within normal limits.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz, canned on 11/27/18. Creamy tan head caps a nearly black ale; head holds good retention. Bold espresso nose with roast ans dark chocolate - but that espresso! The espresso shines in flavor as well; dark chocolate, roasted barley, lactose, leafy & earthy hops, and caramel round out the flavor. Creamy and smooth full body, great balanced finish. The amount of espresso in this one could deter some from not liking it. I love espresso and I thought this was great.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of today will be "Grind Core" and it is a Surly BC Small Batch brew. Before even getting into the brew, I must say I find the artwork eeringly similar to FFF Wigsplitter. (And then let alone that they are both espresso milk Stouts) Hmm...
Anyways, I'm pouring this beer from a 16 oz. can into a snifter glass. This beer pours out dark brown with highlights running throughout. It forms in the glass much darker but with light still penetrating the edges of its dark soul when held up to light. It formed a pinky width of creamy, light tan colored crown that dissipated into only leaving a ring attached to the glass and some small islands. (3.75)
I smelled the coffee as soon as I opened the can. Putting my nose to the glass provided a multi dimensional coffee explosion. Creamer, espresso, smelling into a bag of fresh beans. Astringent, fresh, strong brewed black coffee. (4)
The taste comes in with black, fresh roasted coffee taking my taste buds for hostage before showing me to what little it has to offer of sweetness. This is a real coffee bomb. And one that I enjoy because of the black nature of the coffee. (4.25)
It has a nice, full body for a milk stout and I wouldn't say it's lacking any depth. It's got a warmness to it, that is remiscent of fresh coffee beans instead of say, alcohol. Dry on the finish. (4)
Overall, I would be happy to drink another one. It's a solid milk stout that really follows suit to the style while being an absolute coffee bomb. If you drink this, I hope you like you're coffee black. If not, beware, you were warned. (4)

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Grind Core Espresso Milk Stout from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 19 ratings