Sumi Zest
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.06 | pDev: 7.14%
May 10, 2021
Jan 12, 2017
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Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with orange zest and vanilla.
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3.96 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Bought this 2017 vintage in 2020 and it has a beautifully detailed label. Pours up dark brown with khaki colored creamy head. Smells strongly of orange and malts. Taste is the same - malty and orangey. Maybe a hint of cocoa and even a little bit of coffee or that could just be the imperial stout characteristics coming through. Mouthfeel is thick with the tiniest of bubbles. Overall it’s pretty good and I don’t think I’ve ever had a stout brewed with oranges before so plus one for uniqueness.

Oct 04, 2020
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jan 19, 2020
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 08, 2020
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4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Jaybeam from New York

Opened this after almost 3 years of it aging on my shelf. It's my first Grimm beer and it's sensational.

As everyone else has previously said, this beer pours black with a tan head. Aroma: smells yummy (can't pick out any notes besides for malts). Taste: is malty and tangy with vanilla notes. Feel: I don't know if it's from the aging or not but it's is nice and smooth.

Overall fantastic beer and I really wish they took this beer out of retirement.

Nov 11, 2019
3.95 by Richter525 from Michigan on Jul 03, 2019
4.04 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York on Apr 25, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

2017 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of milk chocolate sweetness with some coffee and roasted malts in the background. This smells a lot like a milk stout but there's no lactose. The slightest amount of vanilla and orange are present on the nose as well.
T: Taste is chocolate up front with a strong blast of orange zest. Coffee and roasted malts come in as well along with some vanilla sweetness. Nice smoky charred wood notes on this as well but the sweet chocolate, orange, and hints of vanilla keep coming back around. On the finish this one is nice and roasty with some lingering chocolate covered espresso beans.
M: This beer is silky and creamy with a full body. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. The adjuncts aren't too over the top and the base beer is very good. This allows the beer to have some really nice complexity and drinkability. I wish I would have gotten to this one sooner when the vanilla would have been more prominent.

Dec 02, 2018
4.03 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Sep 17, 2018
3.92 by edthehead from New York on Jun 24, 2018
4.25 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

Dark thick or with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing behind. Big roasty, orange, chocolate nose. Tangy, malty, bitter beer. Lots of sweetness, chocolate with orange and vanilla at the end. Pretty great beer.

May 25, 2018
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2018
4.25 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Jan 28, 2018
4.25 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jan 08, 2018
3.58 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 02, 2018
4.21 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Dec 25, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMH73 from New York

Pours black with a one inch tan head that was well retained but left little lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, orange zest, vanilla, molasses and booze. Light bodied for the style, light to medium carbonation, dry mouth feel from the orange zest.

Dec 06, 2017
4 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Dec 02, 2017
4.25 by BltByKrmn from New York on Oct 28, 2017
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Oct 18, 2017
4.04 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Oct 15, 2017
4.12 by durlta from Iowa on Oct 05, 2017
4.07 by thatche2 from Georgia on Oct 03, 2017
3.75 by c_tails from New York on Sep 27, 2017
4 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Sep 21, 2017
4 by fosters9 from New York on Sep 08, 2017
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Aug 28, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki colored foam on top. Nice tight head formation, with fair retention, and no lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and nutty malts right up front, with a bite of booze, orange zest, and vanilla bean following up. Flavor profile is orange zest and vanilla bean up front, particularity straight out of the fridge. Roasted and toasted malts form a nice base for the flavor additions throughout the flavor profile as the beer warms. Mouth feel is velvety and creamy when straight out of the fridge, but gives more of a grainy, filling texture as it warms. Medium to medium-thick in thickness. Overall, nice flavors in the orange zest and vanilla bean, and quality stout notes. Not huge bodied, but still flavorful. Well done.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 22oz bottle.

Aug 18, 2017
4.37 by jbertsch from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 1/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cream, marshmallow, fudge, orange zest, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate vanilla/orange zest spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cream, marshmallow, fudge, orange zest, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast/charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cream, marshmallow, fudge, orange zest, toasted dark bread, light molasses/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate vanilla/orange zest spice flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild increasing warmth of 11.5% through the glass. Overall this a fantastic spiced imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate vanilla/orange zest spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. Amazing richness and complexity. Solid spice presence, but mostly used to create additional underlying nuances to an already complex malt bill. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 01, 2017
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jun 29, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Crowler
Filled: Jun-19-2017

Pours a thick, impenetrable black with cascading carbonation and a tight two fingers of cinnamon cream. Slow settle to leaving sheets of lacing. (4)

Coffee and cream, cinnamon, vanilla, maple-like woody sweetness. (4.5)

Very sweet. Roasty sweetness with some toffee, mocha and the same vanilla-esque flavor from the nose. (4)

Relatively thin, sticky body with light carbonation and a lingering sweet-roast finish,fairly well-hidden alcohol. (3.75)

A big, sweet stout. This one pours a super thick black with an upside down waterfall of nitro-looking head that ends up as a nice cap. The aroma and flavor are pretty similar. Lots of coffee and toffee mixed with the sweetness definitely coming out on top. As it warms the flavors mellow a little bit but it is definitely super sweet throughout. It drinks pretty well but verges on cloying which definitely cost it a little to me.
Otherwise, though, a great beer. I'd have it again, just maybe a slightly smaller format. (4)

Jun 25, 2017
4.1 by SFC21 from Florida on Jun 18, 2017
4.49 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jun 18, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottle was from January of this year. Haven't had a Grimm Ale in ages and most of the previous ones I enjoyed were hoppy IPA's, or variations thereof, as this was a bit darker and heavier than what I was accustomed to from them. To be fair, this didn't measure up to those earlier beers but it was quite enjoyable but was roasted enough to feel more like a Porter than a Stout; though I think that's more my opinion than an incorrect categorization of this beer.

The pour to this was what I expected - dark brown with a frothy, mocha head that held it's own. Lots of orange zest (no surprise there) and roasted coffee in the nose with more of both of those in the taste, along with mild lactose sweetness, cream, and bitter chocolate in the taste. This had great body to it as the burnt undertone meshed nicely with the mild valencia-like tone of the orange, giving this a very stately, regal, and European feel to it. Wonderful rings of lacing that slid down into the next were left as I worked my way through this, as the roasted notes softly faded away after the liquid went down.

Plenty of booze here but this was deceptively easy to drink. While not Grimm's best, I liked this beer and it got much better as it warmed up. Creamy, slightly sticky, and dark, there was plenty of mild flavor here that complemented the roasted malt beautifully, as this straddled the line between morning coffee and evening espresso beverage. A gentle Stout that felt like a Porter, I'd have this again with some tiramisu or small dessert bites. Another solid offering from Grimm that expanded their lineup at the same time!

May 30, 2017
4.25 by shoegueuze from California on May 25, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

22 oz. bottle dated January 2017

Pours black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like rich vanilla, dark roasted toasty bready malts, dark caramel, chocolate, coffee, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, some orange zest, dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich creamy milky marshmallow-like vanilla, orange zest, roasted toasty bready malts, dark caramel, dark chocolate, dark coffee, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, mild dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real great imperial stout with orange zest and vanilla.

May 22, 2017
4.03 by jaydoc from Kansas on May 12, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

fun one from these guys, a lightly but uniquely flavored stout, not quite as good as the sumi ink, but an impressive beer nevertheless, thanks to my man back east for keeping the steady stream of grimm coming out for me! cheers dude! shiny and heady, always pretty to see lighter colored foam resting effortlessly on coal black beer like this. persistent and airy, very pretty. i smell the orange for sure, its zesty as the name suggests, a little bitter, very true, but its well below the level of potency that would make this smell like a chocolate orange, its not forced, its an accent at the most. the same is true with the flavor, its nicely restrained. the vanilla is subtle too, a nice layer of sweetness with it, a great counterpoint to all the dark malt, which is bitter in the finish, starchy like maybe some oats are in the mix, and its well chocolaty, really nice with the vanilla. i like how its not so in my face, its stout before its flavored stout, and i think thats an increasingly uncommon situation. lots of dry ashy roast here, subtle coffee, burnt bread, toasted coconut, and the fresh citrus cutting through just a little bit. weighty but dry by the end, it has a wonderful texture. huge beer on paper, but its not like that in the glass, no heat to it at all, very mellow which is cool with the freshness of the citrus, its like mature and brand new at the same time. fun one to share with homies, and a cool start to a heavy beer session on a very cold and snowy late spring evening! a neat mix of seasons in the glass too, very nice!

May 01, 2017
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