Double Negative | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.23/5
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526 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 04-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,137
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
526
pDev:
6.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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100
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152
Trade:
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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 95
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 TheHopsman
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of peterpunk15
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mixmastermeat
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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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Photo of jpleonardi
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Talk about an ultimate stout. Really great finish. If you can buy it, you should be getting it and stocking up on it.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

August 2016 bottle cellared at 50deg for almost a year. Nice complex smokey malt character. Can Grimm do any wrong? Not in my book, Another solid top notch release.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclejazz
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a batch 2 or possibly batch 1, so had a few years on it. There was some oxidation, but still a nice level of carb and solid body. No off flavors aside from the oxidation from aging. Nice dark chocolate and roasted barley backbone with a touch of chicory and blackberry. Good but probably better in 2015 than now. Failed experiment:(

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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottlecaps for around $15

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Photo of Delli555
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you like a good stout, this beer will satisfy. Strong, but the alcohol taste is not too over the top ruining the flavors. Some porters smell a good game, but then don't walk the talk with the taste. This has all your classic stout traits- thick, dark and creamy and rich look, notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee, and tastes dark and deep with a smooth finish without the potency of the alcohol ruining the flavor at the end. Good work again, Grimm. Going away from their standard sours to prove they are artisanal quality in all beer styles.

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Photo of GregJ
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afroskully
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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Double Negative from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 526 ratings