Master Thief | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Master ThiefMaster Thief

Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Master Thief is our German Porter. Around the time that England was producing its popular new beer style known as the Porter, a German brewer named Friedrich Hoepfner decided to introduce his version of this beer. The result was a beer that paid homage to its English counterpart while maintaining a decisive German quality. With the exception of a single German brewery, this beer was eventually lost to history and is believed to have evolved into the Schwarzbier (Black Lager). Master Thief weighs in at 5.2% ABV and 20 IBUs. It is a full bodied malty beer that features aromas and flavors of Chocolate, Caramel, a slight roast and a delicate hop finish.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-31-2010

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with a hint of biscuit, cocoa and light coffee. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, bitter chocolate, a little coffee and a hint of licorice and a little light hops in the finish.. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. A nice malty porter with unexpectedly good chocolate notes. The body is a little light for the depth of the flavor, but overall this is a quite satisfying porter. The profile seems very much like the English style of porter, but I have no idea of what a German one would taste like, so this is fine with me. Whatever the base nationality, nicely done.

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Photo of rarigney
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Tlloyd417
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pretext
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WyoBre_8912
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SamN
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jorgerod99
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BryantForestry
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +8.4%
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 valovine
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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 sirhc3034
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brwnchrstpher
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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