The Count
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,608
Ranked #11,164
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States
The CountThe Count
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SuzieCreamCheese
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged this for approximately 2 years.

Appearance-This beer pours beautifully thick, like a nice sludgy oil. It is extremely dark and has a nice brownish foam that rests nicely upon the beer.

Smell-The scent has a delicious roasty characteristic. It has a nice, but mild note of dark chocolate. It is not an overwhelming smell at this age.

Taste-The chocolate is the first to hit the tongue. It has a real pleasant dark chocolate flavor immediately. This is followed by a subtle smoky flavor, which is then nicely rounded by deep roasted malty goodness. The bourbon is nicely well balanced and is pleasantly present throughout. I personally would like a stronger bourbon flavor, but the balance won me over as the bottle warmed.

Mouthfeel-It is very thick and almost chewy, which is perfect for what I enjoy in an imperial stout. The alcohol is very apparent, but warms the mouth and reminds me of long winter nights made wonderful by a delicious dark deer. There is also a nice and subtle creaminess.

Overall-I loved it and wished I had saved more bottles to share!

Grimm Brothers continues to impress me!

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Ever so thick as it chugged out of the bottle and extremely as black as black can be. Absolutely no light penetration on this beer. Pour did not produce a head for me but some agitation in the glass created an awesome dark, dark brown finger sized head settling to a fairly thick ring. This is the darkest head on a beer I have ever seen and looks great. Alcohol legs very evident and to be expected at 12% ABV.

Smell: This is an absolutely powerful smelling beer that I could smell as soon as I opened it and in the glass from a decent distance away. Superb notes of the barrel on this one with its huge bourbon presence. This aspect is in your face and very inviting to me. There is vanilla and the oak from the barrel and a nice big chocolate brownie smell. The roast is big on this beer and a mild but way in the back slight coffee.

Taste: Bourbon notes at first with equal notes of roast. Some smoke and char but complimentary. Great vanilla notes oak and some faint bittersweet chocolate mixed in. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting to me in the least as it creates a nice warming sensation. Has a bit of a bitter finish and the bourbon continues all the way through to the finish. Nice!

Mouthfeel: Big thick, chewy and filling. Silky smooth on the tongue and not hot at all. This stays around in the mouth well after the swallow, coating the lips and tongue.

Overall: Not sure what I expected but I really am enjoying this beer. A perfect balance of the bourbon, barrel, vanilla, roast...just a massive complex multi layered beer that continued to open up as it warmed.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

243rd Review
Bomber poured into a wine glass
Didn't catch the vintage/bottling date on this

Thanks joshclauss for bring this to Dublin and sharing! From notes.

A: Viscous black. Quarter (deep mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour. Very thick.

S: Graham cracker, chocolate, dark roasted malt, green pepper, and hint of bourbon booziness.

T: Very strong bourbon presence here that somewhat over-shadows the rest of the beer. Smokey as well. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt are faint. Simply average.

M: Full bodied with soft carbonation. Very rich and creamy. This was the best part of the beer for me.

O: A decent beer, however nothing to write home about. Fun to try, but the booze needs to fade so the other elements of this beer can be enjoyed. I've had better and worse.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fortsambo for the bottle!

Pours midnight black with a small creamy brown head leaving moderate retention and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma Dark Chocolate, vanilla, with a little bit of sweet bourbon. Some good aromas no doubt, but nothing really great.

Taste is very unique. Initial taste is chocolate with a touch of burnt roasted malt. Some vanilla peeks out, but it finishes dry. Quite possibly one of the driest big stouts I've ever consumed. Bourbon is very subtle throughout and the only really dominant flavors are the roasted malts.

Medium bodied medium to low carbonation

Overall this was definitely interesting, but didn't exactly hit the mark for me. I wish some of the flavors were a little bolder and the mouthfeel was a bit more creamy. Very unique beer and worth trying.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Really great aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Great balance of all the flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This was amazing. I had never heard of Grimm Brothers but I am impressed.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: roasted malts with some chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. There are some sour notes as well.

T: roasted malts with bitter chocolate, oak, and a little bourbon. There is a slight sourness here as well.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: a pretty decent beer overall. I think it's infected, but it hasn't come across strongly yet.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Michael recently, beer served in a snifter. Beer is black with a thin tan head with a little retention and a little lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is strong, molasses and vanilla, oak, booze. Very strong.

Beer is medium in body and very boozy, harsh, thick molasses and lots of vanilla on the end. it is strong throughout and I enjoyed it but I probably won't have it again.

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Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the The Count from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse out of Colorado.
Score: 92

2012 vintage bottle from the February 18 release. Served in a CBS snifter and enjoyed on 04/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thin layer of creamy dark brown head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Creamy milk chocolate, raw dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, fig and a subtle booziness. Touch of cherry and a light bourbon aroma. Muted coffee. This a very smooth and pleasant smelling Russian Imperial Stout. 4/5

Taste: First impression is modestly boozy and creamy dark chocolate that quickly turns dry with lots of roast and a good amount of bitterness on the back half. The dryness makes for a really interesting texture that is almost oaty and akin to eating raw Cherios from the box or dry Quaker oats from the tin. The beer's front and back half flavor has an almost day-and-night contrast. There's creamy milk chocolate and fig sweetness upfront. There's some creamy vanilla and brown sugar in the front half too. The midpalate is dry, chalky, and a bit smoky with a modest amount of oak flavor. The front half flavor completely dissipates and is replaced with a bitter cocoa powder, raw chocolate and roast flavor in the back half. There's some subtle bitter coffee in the finish too. Although sweet booziness is apparent upfront, the chalky midpalate and dry finish really hides the alcohol well for the majority of the experience. Certainly a very interestingly flavored beer. Cannot say that I have ever had anything else with this flavor and mouthfeel. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Creamy/chalky mouthfeel (see the description in "taste"). Finishes dry and bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: This Russian Imperial Stout is quite unique. The mouthfeel is just so...interesting, and the flavors are delightful. If you, like me, enjoy that "cottonmouth" feeling from eating dry oats, you really need to give this one a whirl. I am glad I have three more bottles of this; can't wait to see what time does to this beer as the booziness subsides.

Recommendation: If you can stand a modest booziness in your Russian Imperial Stout (it's nothing like the booziness in the Courage Russian Imperial Stout), then seek this one out. There's not a strong bourbon flavor from the barrel aging, but there is plenty of chocolate, creamy vanilla and roast to satisfy fans of the style.

Pairings: A really moist chocolate cake a la mode.

Cost: $13 for a 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of davey101
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. 2012 release aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. This was apparently around a 900 bottle release. Huge thanks to fortsambo for this brew!

A - Pitch black oily body which lets no light through. This beer has one of the darkest heads I've ever seen in a beer. A three finger high dark khaki/brown head dies down to a thin cap and some edging with large bubbles. Great lacing and retention with boozy legs. A swirl produces more of this super dark foam.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away. Amazing bourbon notes on this beer. Oak and vanilla with a great roasty and bitter finish. The roast is really strong here so the usual coffee/chocolate stout notes are hidden. Slightly smokey and salty.

T - Very roasty malts with some salty and smokey elements. Some faint milk chocolate and espresso beans. Sweet vanilla and oak barrel notes on the finish. I see some of the other reviews saying how its really boozy, but it seems fine to me. Some warming alcohol notes on the end but certainly not too intense to distract from the flavors of the beer. Mouth feel is near perfect, silky smooth and chewy.

O - An excellent B/A stout. Awesome bourbon notes laid on top of a great roasty/malty porter base. Wish I had another to lay down for a year two, but its honestly drinking quite well fresh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fortsambo for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours pitch black. Thick consistency as it pours. Single-finger dark mocha head rises up from the liquid and falls back somewhat quickly into a thick ring, leaving a bit of lacing on the edges of the glass.

The nose carries deep bourbon and a bit of oak plus mild vanilla and cream. As it warms, some additional vanilla comes through. The flavor is a bit boozy, though that mixes well with the bourbon flavor and slight milk chocolate notes. Interesting and inviting on a cold rainy day.

The body is fairly-thick and chewy. Close to being oily. Really nice there, though the 12% makes itself known and keeps the feel from getting up to a 4.5.

Overall, a really well-made barrel-aged stout from a brewery that is new to me. The depth of the feel and vanilla from the barrel are quite nice. I'd just like a bit less booze through the finish.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours inky black with a small very dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is chocolate, roasted oats, dark fruits, vanilla-wood, and bourbon.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, black licorice, dark fruits and some boozy bourbon in the finish with some roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit viscous.

Overall, a nice impy stout. A bit boozy but fairly complex.

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Photo of slowjohn
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with kkrez of beeradvocate from a bottle. Pours a blackish chocolate brown, seemingly without carbonation - but give it a swirl and it shows you the deep, dark chocolate-like malts that comprise this beast. Smells of bourbon up front (booze, oak char, vanilla, caramel), deep roasted malt and chocolate, and a bit of apple and fig. Tastes of rich bourbon char, nearly like a sip of whiskey at first, but is soon taken over by espresso, roasted malt, a grain-like character suggestive of roasted pretzels, then a sweet dark chocolate note simply lingers and plays with the whiskey on the back end of your palate. The warmer it gets, the more the malt shows up and blends with the whiskey flavors. Awesome. I love the Master Thief, the base for this beer. I was pleasantly surprised that the roasted pretzel malt flavor of that beer came through in The Count as well. The malts are Caramunich and Dark Munich - really a German Imperial Stout!

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Photo of kkrez
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Count is actually one of the 1st brews that Grimm Brothers came up with and won several medals for before they went pro and opened their brewery. It's a beefed up version of their Master Thief porter only with a lot more malt and aged for 9 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel.

Bottle courtesy of slowjohn. Shared at my house.

The count pours motor oil thick, black, with a mocha head. It sticks to and stains the glass.

Served cold, the aroma was straight up Buffalo Trace. Once past the bourbon notes, aromas of anise, chocolate, and burnt coffee came through. As it warmed even more of these latter aromas were present.

Taste at first was similar to the aroma at first, just huge bourbon. I actually blew air out as if I had just taken a shot. But as the beer warmed up, many other flavors came through. Flavors of anise, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, burnt coffee, a little vanilla, oak, with a slightly dark fruity alcohol sweetness rounding it out. The bourbon notes remain present throughout the drinking experience but subside and integrate more and more with each degree increase. At closer to room temp, it was just one beautiful layer among many others.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. The beer lays heavy on the tongue. I was told it was staining my teeth brown.

Overall, this beer was a big bad ass barrel aged imperial stout. I typically serve my beers cold, like directly from the fridge cold, and drink on it until it gets to room temp. When this beer was too cold it was an unbalanced bourbon bomb. But once it was closer to proper serving temperature it became a masterpiece.

Top notch. Wish I had a couple more that I could put some age on. I think I'll have to go ahead and make that happen. Cheers Grimm! Well done!

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