Local Grind | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

BA SCORE
3.87/5
33 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States
empirebrew.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnQVD on 01-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,485
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
33
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by WesWes:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark mocha brown, with a small white head, and a good bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel, nutty coffee, dark fruit, and toffee.

The coffee character on this one is suprisingly really quite nice, it's nutty and mildly chocolatey. It does kind of bury the scotch ale base, I'm not really able to clearly tell much of the character of the base. I do get some nice caramel and fruitiness, though.

This is medium bodied, and pretty creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

I have not traditionally been all that impressed with Empire in the past, but this is surprisingly pretty nice.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnQVD
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Blackop555
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Short, foamy, off white head that fades quickly to a ring.

Smells caramel malt, coffee and grounds, earthy and toasted malt.

Right off the start is a fruity Tang followed quickly by coffee grounds, roasted malts, light fruit and hint of chocolate finish is dry with an earthy linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ER527
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit sour overall for my taste. Not bad, but not a great scotch ale.

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Photo of bobstockwell
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strange sour taste didn't really match my expectations. Used to founders backwoods and dirty bastard, other scotch ales........was expecting more along those lines. Very thin body, but the initial taste just doesn't do it for me

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mflamar
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Local Grind from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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