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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #379
Ranked #1,429
4.23 | pDev: 6.38%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish.
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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml undated bottle into the test glass
A - Chalkboard dark, with a thin off white froth, over time islands of tiny carbonation assemble on the surface.
S - Bakers chocolate, espresso, brown bread toast, dark malt, black strap molasses.
T - all dark here, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark roast malts, add a hint of dark fruits as well,
M - Medium in body, borders on slick but never crosses the line, finish and linger are rich, and cocoa driven
O - A wonderful, straight down the middle Imperial Stout, rich i texture and full of flavors.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a cap of dark brown bubbles. Smell is very rich yet robust, dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, charred wood, black strap molasses, booze, and dark fruit. Taste is more roasted, especially in the finish, with the dark chocolate and complex dark mash leading. Feel is a little hot, but good viscosity and robustness throughout

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and lace down glass. The only aromas I get are roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate. Taste is more roasted chocolate sweetness and a dry, roasted edge, while the booze is hidden although there's a touch of sticky vanilla sweetness. The complexity that is supposed to be present in this beer just doesn't hit me, although it is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a little tulip. Label says April 2018.

Pours black with little carbonation and a fairly small head that fades fairly fast. Smell is richly roasty and coffee. Maybe chocolate. Anise.

Taste is straight up imperial stout. Dark roast coffee, moderate sweetness and deep roasty bitterness with a surprisingly clear hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. I'm digging this beer today. Maybe it's been a long day.

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Photo of Tony210
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, nearly impervious to light, minimal head. Huge aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly yeasty. Massive chocolate roasted/burnt malt flavor, bitter espresso finish, yet fairly sweet. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a very big and roasty imperial stout.

500 ml bottle from brewery (12/18/18)
4.25 rating

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate notes with some dry raisins notes with some liquorish notes. Taste is a mix of liquorish notes with some bitter chocolate and light dry fruits notes. Body is lighter then I was expecting with some good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Weird mix of flavours on this one with too much dry fruits notes and bitter chocolate which didn’t paired well.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Super roasty Stout. On tap at Grimm in Brooklyn.


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark black, healthy head, good retention.

AROMA: roasted malt, tobacco, smoke.
TASTE: semi bitter malt. Roasty.
Feel: not as thick as it looks, but solid. Low carbonation.

Good stuff.


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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mid sized bottle, purchased at the source in Bklyn., N.Y.

Pours dark and imperial stout like. minimal mocha cap, leaves just a thin collar.

Dark chocolate, toffee, cafe au lait on the sniff.

Delicious, smooth, complex n heady stout.....nose carries onto the palate, rich notes of cafe au lait, milk chocolate, Baileys liqueur....well worth a try...mighty fine stuff...go get some

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imagine a world where stouts weren't slathered in maple, vanilla, lactose and the like. Imagine it a world without barrel aging or bourbon nuance. What if it were a world of a simple, tried and true imperial stout. ...and imagine it not in 2008.

Grimm is going somewhat naked with Double Negative- a basic imperial stout that comes with a jet black espresso depth of darkness. As a mocha whipped froth mounts on top, its rich lather releases a robust scent of dark coffee, cocoa, nuttiness, caramelized sweetness, a tingle of spice and hints of grilled fruit. Under the roast, a sweet caramel, toffee and light molasses maltiness leads the way.

As the sweetness merge with the roast, a bold balance of malt and char washes the middle palate with opulence. French press coffee, bittersweet chocolate, candied walnut and beautifully burnt sugars align on the tastebuds in anticipation of a woodsy bitterness that springs from the hops late in taste. Those hints of roasted grape, blackberry and currant add nuanced flavors that hark back to British made, more Russian styled imperial stout.

Full bodied but with a relaxed sense of drinkability, the beer is unmistakably a sipper. Its formidable alcohol reads like Kahlua through a light grassy finish and a long extension of sweetened Americano coffee house flavor.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 4 oz (120 ml) Teku glass at the Grimm Brewery, retasted a decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a taster pint.
A: Pours black color with ruby highlights, a no more than one finger, milk chocolate brown head, retention only to a rim, but some spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of cookie and caramel predominate, although toasty chocolate and dark coffee, as well as plum notes appreciable.
T: Sweet and clearly from lactose sugar. Flavors resemble the nose, with more mocha, sarsaparilla, and star anise. Bitterness, although cumin-like, does not quite offset the sweetness sufficiently, but the overall picture remains enjoyable. Not boozy at all.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy resembling the consistency of cappuccino on the palate.
O: A complex, enjoyable, and very approachable Imperial (milk) Stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from my last trip out east, 22 oz. bomber. Loved the maple bourbon barrel version, but maple+bourbon would make anything better. Even a Kardashian. Split with my wife.

The pour is black & doesn’t look anything like diarrhea, so it’s good in my book. Head smaller than Dean Norris’ top knot. Nose isn’t much to celebrate, sweet malt, bitter roast. Eh.

Double Negative is a throwback to the days when stouts didn’t mingle with barrels. Cast in the mold of Plead the 5th, Founders IS, Narwhal, this is a straightforward big stout. Lovely roast without tipping into bean, the promised bitter chocolate, acorns, with a strong finish of fig. Thick & malty. Serving size is appropriate.

Very good beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a little bit of chocolate colored foam.

Smell is fruity and roasted, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a bit of cured meat and berries.

Taste is roasty with notes of coffee and oak up front. Hot on the heels follows licorice, some smoke, chocolate and a smooth bitterness. No hint of booze except for a slight warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very subtle and elegant stout, that could use a little bit more body for me.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby black + viscous; meat, salty licorice, + some smoke; fig, ash, Raisinettes, blueberries, cocoa powder + chocolate mousse end; light-ish + smooth.

4 4.25 4.5 4 4.25

Dark fruit over chocolate or coffee - almost plays like a porter that way. Feather body - steps lightly, which is not so easy at 10%. Does not read as an RIS at all, and better for it. An incredibly delicate dessert beer.

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Photo of npolachek
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Porous dark black with a good head and mild lacing. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. Very drinkable, but a bit bitter for my own personal taste.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses and roasted malts.z

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, plums, rasisins and charred wood.

M - Medium body with medium carbnation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft dry finish.

O - Very solid Imperial Stout. The flavors are nice mix of rich dark flavors and dark fruits. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is very good and many wisps of lacing are left.

4.5 S: Super fruity with an almost spicy note of cinnamon. Sugar plums, maraschino cherries, raspberry, blueberry, figs, dates, and dark currants. It's really amazing how fruity it is and it makes me question whether I'm smelling a stout of something that New Belgium would put out. Underneath all this we get the more standard stout aromas - lots of caramel, molasses, roast, licorice, and toffee.

4.25 T: Taste is more of the same. Fruitiness as per above with focus on cherries, plums, figs, dates, and berries. The finish and aftertaste is all figs and dates. More roasty than the nose suggests with bootstrap molasses, layers of caramel, and a touch of boozy astringency, though overall the ABV is well hidden.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Moderate carbonation. It could definitely be creamier as during portions of the sip fell flat at times. However, very smooth with a warming on the finish that only starts halfway through the first glass.

4.25 D: Solid brew with I dare say a unique fruitiness. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head, dark brown, but a tad lighter than the prototypical Imp stout. Chocolate and caramel flavors comes through, with a hop finish to keep things from getting too sweet. Got a little boozy at the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Grimm. Slightly bitter at initial pour, but mellowed dramatically once it had time to warm up. Coffee, cacao, roasted malt, and a moderately sweet finish. Good, but not great... sneaky at 10%

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a chalice

There finger rich, creamy, silky brown foam cap over motor oil

Aroma of roast malts, coffe, dark chocolate, whiff of tobacco

Taste of roast malts, bitter dark roasted coffe

Bitterness lingers and coats the tongue

Good beer

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted biscuit, dark bread, raisin, plum, prune, fig, currant, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice; with light notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/black/bready malts and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted biscuit, and dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, prune, fig, currant, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal/woody/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted biscuit, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and minimal acrid/astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/roasty/drying finish. Amazing rich and well rounded imperial stout malt complexity; restrained fruity English yeast and balancing earthy hops. Pretty close to Russian Imperial Stout qualities for the style. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of scootny
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge head with tones of sticky lacing and syrup liquid cling. While it is actually a super dark brown, one is forgiven for thinking it's black. The "blackness" is opaque and light absorbing. After a slow fade the top is covered by a light covering that stays all the way down.

Nose is surprisingly low key for a beer this big. don't get me wrong, it's yummy and inviting, just not a huge aromatic presence. Lots of bittersweet chocolate with an undercurrent of coffee. A big malted molasses sweetness that carries into a massive dose of char and roasted barley.

Taste follows nose. Bitter front with chocolate and coffee closely tied in to make for a delightfully dry and refreshing brew. Lots of roasted barley, charcoal, and molasses flow sweetly across my tongue leading into a dry bitter finish that has a healthy earth and brown bread finish. No sighs of the alcohol anywhere. While the finish is on the longer side it is relatively clean.

Feel is full, velvety, thick and chewy with a gentle carbonation that sits atop a lovely, syrupy motor oiliness. This swallows with a refreshing, quenching quality that belies its weigh and abv. I drinks like a Guiness and hits like a velvet hammer so watch out!

This is an American imperial stout done the way I love them. Dry and supremely drinkable with a oral sensory satisfaction that is sublime. I went through the bottle by myself easily and would willingly session another without bating an eye.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a fingernail of brown. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of intensely bitter roasted barley and a touch of German grassy hops. I'm tasting days of roasted barley and a moderate smoke presence. The mouth is thick and viscous.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was bottled Mar 2017. Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Viscious , average head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness, roastyness, a little chocolate

T: Follows the nose & vanilla too up front, much dryness as well up front. Charred grains, dryness, a kiss of vanilla as this warms, a little cocoa too, some smokeyness. Finishes dry, roasty, a little smokey, slight cocoa & vanilla sweetness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Very tradition Imperial Stout that checks all the boxes, Must try more from these guys

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, black color with a two-finger, tan head of foam. It smelled of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Good roast coffee flavor, chocolate, toffee and caramel. A nice bitter bite, too.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts and baker's chocolate with some slight dried fruit notes.
T: Taste is dark and roasty up front with some chocolate and black malts, slightly smoky with a little bit of bitter black coffee flavor as well. A little dried fruit at times also. Swallow is more roasted malts, dark chocolate, and lingering coffee with some lingering smoke in the finish.
M: This beer is thick and slightly velvety on the palate with soft carbonation which is perfect for the style. The beer has a finish that is on the drying side as well.
O: Overall this is a really solid imperial stout. Great flavors with some decent complexity and a nice feel on the palate. Fairly approachable as well. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Double Negative from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 594 ratings