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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

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 StoutFox
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Axe12001
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 akolb
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of valovine
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jorgerod99
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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Master Thief from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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