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Cassiopeia | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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3.86/5
Very Good
26 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

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:
#18,674
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
26
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Delli555
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very smooth Porter. It has a nice dark chocolate look to it with a slower fading medium head. The body taste is smooth, as it masks the alcohol taste quite well for a beer of its ABV. The smell is lacking compared to some porters, but the taste is up there with some of the best ones I have tried. Definitely would buy again when in the mood for a winter porter.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sulty
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kinger86
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclejazz
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

the released on and bottled on part of the label is blank.

eyes...
2 big fingers of semi cocoa head, jet black, some bubbles lazily meandering up from the bottom, stick lacing paints down the sides of the glass, certainly looks like an impy stout

nose...
oddly grainy (odd for the style), chocolate notes, the grain note is strong and reminds me of fresh backed rye bread, some sweetness is also fighting for attention, interesting

taste etc...
nice and smooth, perfect velvet carbonation, the mouthefeel is just right there, full and foamy, almost guiness with nitro esque quality, the higher ABV is barely noticeable save for a smidge of the ole warm elbow to the gut, some chocolate flavors with a light cocoa powder finish, slight bitterness is detectable beyond the mostly sweet notes

verdict?
nothing about this beer speaks to me, but it is not a dumper, kind of a really enjoyable trip with no surprises, worth checking out for the tones where it steps outside the style

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Cassiopeia from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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