Cassiopeia | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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3.89/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cassiopeia is an imperial porter brewed for the onset of winter. Black as the night sky, our imperial porter is brewed from a blend of premium dark malts chosen for their complex caramel/chocolately/fruity qualities. Cool-fermented with a clean Scotch ale yeast that emphasizes malty richness and earthy, mossy aromatics-think of Cassiopeia as a Baltic Porter fermented like a Wee Heavy. This velvety, warming ale is surprisingly well attenuated, light on the palate and digestible.

30 IBU

Added by CaptDavyJones on 12-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,553
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
51
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Photo of Vonhinx
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philcassella
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store from a cool little gypsy brewery out of Brooklyn.

Pours dark as night, with a mocha-colored half inch head, that recedes slowly. Leaves some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. Maybe some oak.

Tastes pretty similar. Lots of chocolate flavor without being overpowering (I don't they added chocolate to this one). Milk chcocolate plays off of dark chocolate, with some milk campfire smoke, vanilla, no real hop bitterness to speak of. Dangerously drinkable for 9% abv.

As stated, goes down quite easy. Full, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation but not flat.

I'm expecting great things from Grimm Ales- this dark ale is the grimmest of them all in look and flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

!0%ABV per 2017 bottle.Pours into a snifter a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy deep beige head atop that settles nicely into a frothy mass.Chocolate and caramel malts stand out most in the nose,a tinge of coffee roast is detected as well.Wow this goes down easy,medium to fuller feel in the mouth with light carbonation.Flavors of chocolate,caramel, and underlying roast with a bit of earth in the back end.This is way to easy to drink for the strength with good flavor,well done.

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Photo of afroskully
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November 2017 bottle from Whole Foods on the UWS, NYC.
Black coffee with a lingering thin head, smells like boozy drip coffee, nice toasty chocolate malts, subtle chili spice/ smokiness, diner coffee acidity, medium velvety mouthfeel. A great Porter, like drinking the blackness around the stars.

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walked into the beer store and the bottle and name looked appealing. I believe it cost me around $13 for the bomber. Very smooth, heavy on dark roasted malt. Hint of vanilla made it very drinkable, coffee is pretty overwhelming. Alcohol was present, but all of the combined flavors helps mask it. Not my favorite, but would consider buying again.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring pretty quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, roasted malts and a hint of lactose sweetness along with a bitterness that increases as the beer warms. Medium to heavy bodied, smooth and creamy mouth feel, light carbonation.

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Photo of brutalist
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an over-sized snifter. The bottle had the ABV (9%) on the label, however on the breweries website it is noted as 9.3%. Not a big difference, but still thought I'd make a note of it. Printed on the lower right half of the label is "Release no" and "Bottled on", however they probably forgot to print the actual release number or bottling date, unless it has been printed using invisible ink. If you were to go to the website, it does say batch# 4.
Okay, moving on to what matters most:
A: Almost pitch black in color, with just a little light passing along the edges. One finger frothy
head that dissipates fairly quickly
S: Not much of an aroma to this porter, just some faint bitter notes. Perhaps with time the
aroma might develop, considering this was a pretty fresh bottle
T: This is very the beer scores big. Lots of chocolate, right from the front to the finish. Hints of
smoke try to come through the sweet chocolate malt notes.
M: Great mouthfeel to this porter; smooth and crisp.
O: This is a really good porter and DOES NOT drink as a 9% beer by any means. The alcohol is
very well hidden. A very well balanced and tasty porter. I think I might be looking for a
couple more bottles to see how it ages. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cassiopeia does indeed look 'Grimm' - it's too dark and opaque to have a shadow. Named after a constellation, there's little brightness here; it looks more like the northern sky than any of its stars. Its drab, greyish head, however, does leaves a nebulae of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has plenty of biscuits, buttermilk, milk chocolate well as darker, more intense notes of espresso and burnt grain. It presents an awful lot of flavour without being too intimidating; I'm not shaking in my boots, but I am thinking this is a beer to be respected and not rushed.

The taste is even better and contains even more flavour than the aroma let on. There's Maltesers milk chocolates, fudge, roasted malts, and black coffee. On the whole, the flavour is rather milky-sweet (like chocolate milk) and has a Schwarzbier-like profile.

Indeed, this medium-bodied, malt-accented dark brew isn't exactly harsh, burnt or acrid but still manages to impress a profound amount of tastes and textures. It's a clever balance: there's dark, bitter notes of raw, unrefined cocoa but also a sweet, delectable Milk-Dud-like character.

It'd be hard to make a better first impression than Cassiopeia; if ever there was a beer to convince me to try a brewery's other beers, surely this is it. It manages to conceal a great deal of character within an incredibly approachable, agreeable framework. It has mainstream appeal but also plenty of bold, craft beer character for those geeks out there.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cassiopeia from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 51 ratings