Sumi Zest | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.05/5
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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): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with orange zest and vanilla.

Added by TomMorris on 01-12-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
110
pDev:
7.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Reviews by MarshallBirdhouse:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ichorNet
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely would consider myself a big fan of Sumi Ink, so without further ado let's see what's going on with this orange zest/vanilla imp stout.

Pours a brutal, dark brown which builds up to a black beer topped off with a dollop of creamy mocha head that sticks around for the entirety of the time I sip at my glass. Lace seems quite great and the obscure appearance is at once inviting and imposing.

Nose has some bright citrusy fruit, obviously from the orange zest, atop a sweet and roasty stout base. Creamy milk chocolate and dominant orange are the most apparent notes here; even the vanilla gets a bit pushed away by both of these aspects, but it's still definitely there.

On the tongue, this comes across very heavy-duty... an industrial-strength imperial stout laced with slight asides of orange, creamy vanilla and chocolate. It's not as sweet as its bigger brother, but it definitely isn't overly-roasty or citrus-dominant either. There's a pretty fair treatment of the adjuncts here, honestly. I definitely get both of them but neither are overpowering. As in the nose, the chocolate flavor is the biggest thing here, kind of bolstered by the vanilla and playing off the tang of the orange. Slight dusty yeast and chalky cocoa powder meld with semi-sweet chocolate notes and a good kick of orange zest, while the finish comes across full-bodied and semi-sweet as well.

Not as dry as it should be, probably, and that might be one of my biggest faults with this, which is otherwise a fantastic beer. It doesn't feel as decadent as Sumi Ink, but it doesn't have to either, and delineates itself quite nicely without feeling inept by comparison. The carbonation is on the lower end, probably intentionally, and the body has a chewy quality.

Sumi Ink was a very good vanilla BBA stout, and, while this one doesn't have the barrel treatment, the base beer is fantastic and the addition of oranges livens up the flavor and provides depth while not overtaking the palate. I'm a fan, once again!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacemanspiff13
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my teku the beer was a very dark brown color. There was a medium-sized tan head and lively carbonation. Some delicate lace.
Aroma of chocolate and vanilla. I had a difficulty picking up the orange zest. In fact, even with allowing the beer too come closer to room temperature, I'm not sure of the zest.
Chocolate and vanilla taste. Sweet. Orange zest showed up late and lingered into the aftertaste.
Smooth and sweet.
Good beer, just not as good as I was anticipating.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ark500
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice tasting stout

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Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingforaDay
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barely translucent black pour turns pitch in the glass, with a fat finger of dark foam that slimmed into a shimmering cap and trailed motes of lace down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, vanilla, and chocolate on the nose. The flavors are right in line - suggestive of an orange creamsicle pop dipped in dark chocolate. The feel is round and soft, medium-full-bodied, and smooth. Aftertaste has some orange zest and chocolate lingering behind with a mild bittersweet roast.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeisGuy
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boccu
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chocolate coloring. Nice lacing that hangs on snifter as it fades. Aroma chocolate and vanilla. Taste dark rich chocolate,vanilla,light nutty tone then bam orange zest. Brings it way up. Weird. I'm a huge stout fan this one is a bit strange. Had it cold and room temp. No big difference in flavors coming out. Love Grimm. I loved sumi ink.

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Photo of c_tails
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Sumi Zest from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 110 ratings