Master Thief | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 68
Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can to a nonic glass. Reviewed from notes dated August 22, 2016.

A-The head is huge at first, about two-thirds of the glass is foam from a gentle pour. It does settle after a bit, but the medium-brown foam leaves no lacing. The beer beneath is an attractive ebony color; almost black.

S-The aroma is heavy on the semi-sweet chocolate notes. I also sniff some wisps of smoke or charred grain. The earthy aroma only gives up faint hints of citrus hop.

T-The taste tracks the smell with strong flavors of baker's chocolate, dark roasted grain, smoke, and hints of coffee. The finish is a bit medicinal and there are just faint suggestions of lemon beneath all the malt flavors.

M-The body is quite light for the style with a high level of carbonation. The beer feels like champagne at first and it drinks strange for a porter.

O-I enjoyed the pungent, earthy flavors of Master Thief. It managed to do lots of dark chocolate without actually adding chocolate, which is a nice change from the flavored beers that are out there these days. My score would be higher if not for the odd mouthfeel. I don't know if it is a canning issue or what, but that porters should not drink like this.

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Photo of SamN
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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 Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
German Porter

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a three-finger plus creamy/foamy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is very nice, malty, lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Overall a very nice GP, would buy again.

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Photo of Mighty_Miguelito
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has a carbonated feel, not as smooth as expected. Also the smell does not quite match the taste, smells more bitter/sour than the taste. Otherwise very nice.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampling right now on 12/22/14. Comes in a nice '1 pt. 6 oz. (22 ounce) bottle for around $6.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pitch black (or close to it) in color with a creamy 1-finger beige head that settles down to a thin layer on top and mostly along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, molasses, hint of coffee and chocolate. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of licorice in the mix with a very light hint of smoke also. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Very tasty brew that goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Really liked this Porter!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of mevett89
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, with a nice thick, fluffy brown head that stays around for a while.

Aroma: roasted malt in the fore. Chocolate notes prominent with coffee in the mix too.

Taste: roasty and chocolaty, with some bitterness coming from the roasted malt. No hoppiness of note.

Mouth Feel: medium thick with some decent bubbliness. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: basically a dark, roasty take on what a Dunkles would be if made into an ale. All in all, pretty good. I am enjoying this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body crowned with a thick, tan head. Unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, and mildly roasted grains make up the bulk of the aroma. Smooth, light chocolate flavor with a soothing bitterness in the background. Soft, medium-light body; semi-dry finish.

Man, maybe more brewers should take a stab at brewing a porter. This one, apparently fermented with an alt yeast strain, is pretty decent. It is not as thick and robust as some porters can be, yet seems to hit all the key points for making a tasty, memorable porter.

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Photo of denver10
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep dark chocolate brown with a nice mocha head. Aroma is roasty and rich; chocolate, roasted barley, brown sugar. Flavor pretty much followed suit with some nice roasted barley, some rich and semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of some hidden coffee (my only kinda wish would be for a stronger coffee presence). A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a great German/English stout that stands in the same league as it's neighbor in Fort Collins, Odell's Cutthroat Porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of Jasonrm72
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

German-style porter (says so on the bottle). Pours dark with virtually no light passing through it. No head to speak of. Smells of roasted malt. Solid mouthfeel for a porter. Failry rich, smooth, chock full of roasted flavor.
This is what porters used to be and I missed them greatly. Superb representation of the porter style I really enjoy.

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Photo of skatingtoolman
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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 ScorpyX
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown/black coloring. I didn't see any light get through even when holding it up to my kitchen's ceiling lights. Finger-width brown head which gradually gives way. Some carbonation is visible with bubbles sticking to the sides.

S: Picking up some burnt chocolate scent and roasted coffee. Pretty rich smell.

T: Very heavy coffee presence in the taste with a dominating bitterness. There's a hint of sweetness accompanying, but not too much. It's a nice complement.

M: Finishes sticky and sweet. Pretty heavy on the throat. Good for those chilly winter nights.

Pretty good porter. Might be my favorite I've tried at Grimm thus far, though I'll need a little more sampling from the brewery's offerings before I settle that decision.

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Photo of twoax
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly dark beer with very little head retention. I do like the overall opacity of it though, but am disappointed in the lack of head. It does have a sweet odor to it, but overall isn't too complex. The sweet smell of it transfers over into the taste of it with a light coffee and chocolaty flavor. It has little carbonation but is full bodied. Overall it fits the bill of a German porter.

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Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is actually a German Porter, though of course made in America. Not as much head as I might like to it. Otherwise I am believe I am under ranking this but I'm not trying, I don't believe it deserves any 4.5's and the appearance and smell wasn't hardly anything to remark about.

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Photo of Axe12001
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Master Thief from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
4 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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