Local Grind | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnQVD on 01-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
26
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
41.65%
 
 
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1
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

light hint of coffee was a nice twist on the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery 1/26. Drunk 1/26 & 27.

Local Grind is a wee heavy brewed with added coffee which is roasted by local roaster/coffee shop Cafe Kubal.

Pours dark brown, with a thick foamy nut-brown head that dissipates quickly with no lacing to a thin layer. The initial smell is of roasted nuts and caramel, with virtually no trace of the coffee. Mouthfeel is very light for a Scotch Ale and is more reminiscent of a porter, but the malt profile is right, with coffee overtones and a little extra bitterness. It's not as sweet as other scotch ales because of the bitterness from the coffee. The initial taste is bright with lots of carbonation with a nutty aftertaste and a light, lingering bitterness.

Overall, this beer is quite drinkable. While not a strict interpretation of the style, it is an interesting variation that doesn't beat you over the head with its differences. The coffee is not as prominent as it is in most coffee stouts and mostly adds an extra dimension.

This is only the second batch, and is only available at the brewery, but the first batch sold pretty well, so it may become a more regular brew. This is well worth checking out if you like the style and you're in town.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnGray
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hints of coffe are excellent. Kind of flat and not as complex. Still a very enjoyable beer

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KWolf
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew has been tweeked since the initial review and all for the better. The nose smacks more of rich coffee with subtle toffee and caramel hints. The initial malty sweetness never cloys thanks to the perfect hop/ coffee balance through finish. More of a mainstay on tap these days and a welcome pint that's even better with hearty dishes.
Prost!

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Local Grind from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
4.01 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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