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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
45
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 10, 2018
Added:
Oct 24, 2014
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  10
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Rated: 4.18 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Jul 10, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a murky consistency. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A solid aroma of caramel, malt, some fruit, and a slightly boozy quality.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of caramel (especially in the finish), apple, plums, raisins, malt, and a sugary quality. The flavor here is much more fruit-centric than other Scotch Ales, but this works for it. Big, tasty, pretty well done.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Full-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a very drinkable beer. Robust and flavorful.
Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by osant37 from New York

Nov 02, 2015
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Rated by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Best scotch ale I've ever had. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Perfect amount of boozy sweetness without being over the top like so many.
Oct 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by bgold86 from New York

Sep 05, 2015
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
From a 22 ounce bottle, this is an absolute gusher.....I lost 20% of the bottle, and the beer remained unimaginably, violently carbonated for almost 15 minutes. Unfortunate. The smell, although, is nice. Malty, breads, sweet. The flavor is similar, but extremely yeasty and the carbonation is distracting. Could have been so much better.
Aug 22, 2015
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Reviewed by logicalparadox from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BAM! A scotch ale that impresses, where so many wee heavy ales can tend to be a wee bit "meh" (at least for me). The malts come through with dark fruits on this one: plum, apple, baked pear, and fig newton cookies. Big caramel nose and toffee on the palate. Candied sweetness, rounded out with an earthy, woody character from the aging process. Packs a punch at 8.3 ABV, but the alcohol is fairy well hidden, occasionally coming out to play with the fruits just enough so as to provide a light boozy fruit dessert effect (jubilee anyone?).

Very nice overall and would definitely try this one again.
Aug 10, 2015
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a dark brown color with a small, foamy, khaki-colored head. It smelled malty and earthy with notes of caramel and toffee. Great blend of rich, sweet malts and bready/toasty flavors. A nice grassy/earthy hop bite.
Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by -Rick from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of herbal/grassy notes. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, a slight burnt sugar, hint of herbal/grass, slight spice, yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a really good Scotch, I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jun 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Jun 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Phigg1102 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep brown with a thin line of foam that flattens out quickly. Apple, pear, and cherry in the aroma with a strong earthy presence. Nice mix of sharp acidity and rounded sweetness. Earthy funk comes through towards the finish to linger with the tartness.
Jun 10, 2015
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The beer pours a sweet caramel orange color with lots of golden yellow hues. Fat creamy tan head that fell off well enough. Nose is wood, a slight but distinctive sweetness from brandy. Cherries give a bit of texture to the background. Earthiness from peat. A few sweet esters from alcohol. The taste is tart from the cherries but the earth and malt are smooth underneath. The brandy, is vague at times on the palate but is more often a woody, flowery character. The base beer has some dark fruits and caramel, even spice. Malty medium mouthfeel . Sweet, fruity , earthy and a touch of friendly warmth As it warms a touch of nuttiness comes over the nose and the palate. Finishes with brown sugar and cherries.
May 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana

May 12, 2015
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Reviewed by pjf4611 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really surprised me. Both styles are represented pretty well without conflicting too much. The beer smelled sweet like caramel and dark, dried fruits. The taste was pretty similar though the caramel became darker into an almost burnt sugar taste. The fruity flavors balanced out the sugar very nicely without becoming too sweet. Body was more like a Scotch ale, very light and moderately high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting concept that was really well executed, wouldn't mind finding another of these again.
Apr 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.97 by ninaturner from Florida

Apr 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.18 by BMESSER88 from Florida

Apr 18, 2015
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Big toffee notes in aroma, with a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is toffee laden, buttery, nutty, and moderately sweet. There's a touch of plum and muted cherry dark fruit character. Diacetyl coats the mouthfeel.
Apr 17, 2015
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 45 ratings