Double Negative | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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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:
#1,152
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
537
pDev:
6.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 537 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shimmyk26
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Richter525
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Fernanch
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Double Negative from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 537 ratings