Double Negative | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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:
#1,825
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
567
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
156
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Photo of bluehende
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Timfromthemainland
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 wilymobastardo
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Tcsox
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bylerteck
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knickfan3
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CMC73
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 567 ratings