Double Negative
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #531
Ranked #1,644
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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Shiredave from New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big, over priced dimple bottom 17oz bottle. Bottled in 2020 it says.
Great deep brown color with a pocked and craggy, tan head. Excellent lace cling behind the 2 inch head.
Strong roasted malt and hot cocoa aroma, Notes of boiled berries in coffee and pinot noir alcohol.
Rich and sweet with a bakers chocolate bitterness. Sort of smokey with scrumptious toffee and almond thing underlying the scorched malt character.
Hop influence is subdued and comes through mostly on the finish, dry and roasty.
Body is solid medium and highly drinkable with terrific balance and complex stoutness.

Jan 03, 2021
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BerryKumquat from California

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep rich darkness.
S : Strong bitter chocolate notes.
T: A strong dark chocolate flavor with current and berry at the end.
F: A sweet balanced chocolate beer.
O: A dark but not overly heavy chocolate stout beer.

Aug 09, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black. Brown head. Great lacing.

Aroma smells brown. Tobacco, molasses, dark cacao. On quick sniffs a little like a creamed coffee. On longer sniffs alcohol is apparent.


Taste is dark chocolate and berries. Some espresso on the aftertaste.


Feel is a little thin. Light carbonation.


Overall, this is what I like to consider a "meaty" stout. Would go great as a sipper with red meat.


Jun 15, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inky black body topped with a very dense and creamy light tan head. Luscious aromas of coffee and cocoa; bitter chocolate; vanilla. Bitter chocolate and licorice flavors; charred grain; a kiss of whiskey. Heavy body; smooth and velvety; alcohol warmth.

The beer delivers a flavorful and robust dark grain treat to the palate. Creamy and delicious, nicely balanced alcohol presence to offset the thick sweetness. A most admirable offering from Grimm.

Jan 30, 2020
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Kendo from New York

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Body is black with a hint of a chocolate-brown head on top.

S: Roasted barley malt, coffee grinds and chocolate. Touch of dark, dried fruits and molasses. Black cherries.

T: Follows the nose, with roasted barley malt, chocolate/cocoa, charcoal and a touch of coffee-like bitterness at the finish. Hint of raspberries or cherries and maple. It's tasty, and does not drink like a beer that's 10% ABV - though I definitely notice the alcohol as warmth in the belly. Surprising lingering, woodsy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, thick/heavy in heft. Carbonation is modest, though the feel is not slick or syrupy.

O: Very good. I've had better Imperial Stouts, but this one is tasty and easy to drink - maybe too easy.

Dec 20, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

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

This beer needs to served warmer. It develops with warming.

Dark chocolate brown, 3F head in a Spielgelau Stout glass.

Roasted malt aroma.

Very smooth MF.

More roasted malt, some chocolate in the taste.

A solid imperial stout. Not a lot character or nuance, but nevertheless excellent.

Nov 28, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 18, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

May 20, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Arrow Wine. $9.99 for 16.9oz bottle. A strong pour into a small stemmed tulip.

A fine beer but this one did not meet my expectations based on the discussions I read the high ratings I’ve seen. 3.75

A – Pours black, but thin (-) in appearance, with a rocky one-finger tan head. The head dies down to a lasting thin film. 3.75

S – Aromas of roasted malts dominate followed by a very faint smokiness. Tobacco and leather become more prominent as the beer warms. 4.0

T – Coffee, roasted malts, herbal/botanical hoppiness. The high ABV peeks out slightly as this beer warms. 3.75

MF – Medium bodies (thin for the style IMO), dry, slightly smooth finish. 3.5

May 12, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Apr 25, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

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.

Apr 17, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Apr 05, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Feb 26, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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.


Feb 23, 2019
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Billolick from New York

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

Feb 23, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Feb 21, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Feb 10, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Jan 05, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Dec 26, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

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.

Dec 21, 2018
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npolachek from New York

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.

Dec 16, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Nov 25, 2018
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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.

Sep 16, 2018
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untitledeuphoria from New York

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%

Jul 21, 2018
Double Negative from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 616 ratings