Sugarmaker
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #114
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,241
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 7.77%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
128
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 128
Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A shiny black ribbon pours out of the bottle, building a moderate tan foam that settles to a bubbly film and creamy ring leaving even layers of tan necklaces on the glass.

Smell is vanilla, banana skin, a hefty level of roasted malt and coffee with cocoa, nuts and a hint of molasses.

Taste is tangy, nutty maple, coffee, roasty cocoa-esque malt and a hint of woody pine. The maple is light and almost gives a hint of cinnamon, but the bitterness in the coffee wins the day by the slimmest of margins.

A slick medium-light body has a crisp carbonation for the style, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/2017.
Coffee black-brown body with a thin pale khaki finger of head.

The nose imparts mostly roasted malt notes with hints of coffee, tobacco, and fig, with alcohol notes following. Very slight banana. I don't get much of any sweetness from the aroma.

The flavor is mostly torched and burnt malts, with an underlying and slightly peppery coffee base, some mild milk sugar, and a hint, just a hint of metallic maple syrup.

Feel is creamy and milky with a little bit of buzzing carbonation. Slight toasty finish.

Overall, sugarmaker was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting more up front sweetness and less harshness. It's an ok beer but don't go completely out of your way to acquire it.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Feb 2017.

awesome looking beer, pours out dark brown, black in the glass with a super dense and creamy tan head, soapy suds atop...great retention and some nice lacing left behind. aromas are subdued, but definite roasty and sweet malts, slight bitterness. on palate is more roasty malt notes, toasty bordering on burnt qualities, creamy lactose, molasses, chocolate, slightly green bitterness, smooth vanilla, and a sugary sticky sweetnesss likely from the maple, pretty subtle until it warms. overall has an awesome balance of sweetness and roasty/bitter qualities, absolutely no booze detected and mouthfeel is pretty smooth - lactose definitely apparent, medium minus body. insanely easy to drink, great offering and has definitely held up well over the past few months!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown-black with a finger of khaki foam sitting on top. Not much head formation, but what does form retains fairly well with no lacing left behind. Aroma is lactose sugar with immediate sugary-sweet notes of maple syrup, and vanilla bean. Toasted, roasted, and nutted malts add a little oomph - although not much. Flavor profile is a smooth induction of lactose sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla bean. Nice dose of roasted and toasted malts giving it the depth of a nice milk stout. Mouth feel starts off a little thin, almost like a maple syrup (although thicker). Thickness becomes a little more robust as the beer warms on the palate. It has a tiny bit of fizziness to it keeping it from being completely smooth and creamy. Overall, maple syrup and vanilla bean work well within the milk stout style to give this beer a little more a dessert-like flavor. While this would make an excellent dessert beer, it also isn't so incredibly sugary that it actually performs well outside of a dessert beer role.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, marshmallow, fudge, cream, nuttiness, wood, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, maple syrup, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, marshmallow, fudge, cream, nuttiness, wood, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, marshmallow, fudge, cream, nuttiness, wood, toasted dark bread, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, maple syrup, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from hop/roast/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and 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 malt, vanilla, maple syrup, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. Amazing richness and complexity, with perfectly balanced maple/vanilla flavors. Just the right amount of roast/charred notes, without being acrid or astringent for the style. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as I had given up attempting to find Grimm in New York. Going from place-to-place was becoming tiring, so between the Other Half line and what I traded for here in Jersey, it was easier to obtain their beers in that manner. This sat in my fridge for a few months but finally, I got around to it tonight and it was fitting given the recent cool snap that we've had here. No doubt that this was sweet and potent but at the same time, different than what I was accustomed to from Grimm.

The pour to this was solid, as the beer had a molasses-brown hue to it with plenty of tan head on top of it for contrast. Lots of maple and sticky, sugary sweetness in the nose with molasses, bitter chocolate, and booze in addition. Raisins, prunes, and plum were in the taste along with juice from those dark fruits to go along with a brown sugary sweetness that tied everything in together. Strong, sweet, and unassuming, this sneaked up on me and never quite let go as the ensuing sweetness, darkness, and truly amazing wall of lacing combined for a pleasing effect that enhanced the experience that I had with this beer.

No doubt that this was a strong brew as the booze could be tasted, felt, and intertwined with everything else that was going on here. It's not often I come across a beer that's so two-sided but this fit that bill, as it was quite strong but unassuming and easy to quaff at the same time. The creaminess of the lactose took a back seat to the flavors present here as they were wonderfully complex, and harmonious at the same time. Grab a bottle of this and let go - there's pleny going on here to contemplate for hours!

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Photo of JamFuel
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ominous jet black, with soft, creamy foam the color of chocolate. Leaves massive amounts of lacng.

The smell is sweet, with vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, and hints of wort bread.

Massive taste, vanilla and maple syrup dominate upfront. The back has a great sweet taste of burnt sugar and hazelnuts. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is full, rich and oily. Low carbonation.

Overall, a great stout, by one of my favorite breweries. Great nose, amazing taste and really nice texture.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours cola black. Small tan head. Smell and taste have cocoa, vanilla and roast coffee. Sweet but not cloying. Definite hop notes coming through. Feel a tad thin for the ABV. A really nice Imperial stout.

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

if its possible to love a beer, but to also have wanted a lot more from it, that was my experience with this one, picked up at a rad little bottle shop in saint louis and schlepped back to colorado to share with friends. being a lush for all things maple, i was super stoked on this one, but in the end, the maple seems to do more providing of fermentables than it does of flavoring the beer, and while i do taste it, i feel it more, and i could stand a little more maple syrup flavor to this overall. there is a nice chocolate and vanilla complexion though, and the maple is beautiful with both independently and also together, multiple flavor fusions that are delightful. the base stout too is very impressive, highly viscous, slippery, and dense, flavor packed with dark chocolate notes and roasted barley with a subtle coffee character as well. very earthy and highly refined, not too much flavor to it beyond what the stout offers on its own. the maple is neat here, mellow as it is, reminds me of vermont still, and lingers just a little longer than any other element. smooth and drinkable for its strength, all in our group really dug it, but at the end of the day, more maple would make this even better (personal preference of course!). not to be missed though, some of the better dark beer i have had from these guys, and they are all excellent!

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Photo of Boccu
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black great light brown head that's holds and fades slowly. Supper lacing as it fades. Aroma of vanilla and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose with milk chocolate, oats, half and half and very light maple at the finish. Nice milk stout.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A smaller pour at a bottle share

It produced a significant milkshake like head with pretty good retention.

It smells like vanilla, lactose sugar, some cocoa powder, and a touch of molasses.

A lot of vanilla ice cream like flavor along with some cocoa-milk chocolate and roasted oatmeal like grains. No alcohol despite the abv level. I thought they said maple. Could have fooled me.

Creamy and silky. Super easy to drink.

A great milk stout even at an imperial level. You won't be disappointed, unless you got it for the maple.

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Photo of Damian
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
February 2017
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black and medium bodied in appearance. Standard for the style but surprisingly thin for an 11.5% ABV beer. The liquid was topped by a small fizzy cap of khaki colored froth that quickly dropped to a lasting cap. Some streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma reminded me of a pretty typical milk or oatmeal stout. Malty and fairly robust. There was a strong toasted grain character. Moderately roasty. Smoky. Touch of sweetness. Some milky notes came forth as the beer sat. Not sure I would pick out any vanilla though. Dark fruits were also noticeable. Plums and raisins perhaps. Later, the smoky notes really intensified.

The flavor profile seemed rather rough around the edges. Bit of caramel like sweetness up front before the intense roasted malts took over. Touch of espresso in the center. Hint of sweet cream. Some burnt raisins too. The finish was uber roasty and had an intense char-like presence. Super ashy and acrid. Bitter, earthy hops also came through fairly strong, along with a big booziness. I definitely tasted all 11.5% of this beer.

Super frothy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style but quite thin for an "imperial" milk stout. The liquid contained an aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence that was rather distracting. This definitely seemed quite over carbonated. By the middle of the session, the sugars in the beer left a sticky film on my lips. Later, the carbonation settled a bit and the liquid tuned slicker and smoother but was still quite thin.

Grimm makes some fantastic hoppy beers and sour ales, but unfortunately many of their stouts do not live up to the hype. This maple and vanilla infused imperial milk stout contained no maple or vanilla, and hardly any of the "milky-ness" typically found in most variations of the style. Furthermore, the beer was far too roasty and boozy for my palate.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Black with no head.
Smell: Maple, chocolate, dark fruit, and charcoal.
Taste: Mocha, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of maple.
Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, no booze.
Overall: A pretty good milk stout, I'm always looking for more Maple though.

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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown/black with a 1/2-finger mocha head. The nose is unexpectedly nondescript. Maple and vanilla notes are relatively absent. Milk-shaky when cold, with an almost chocolate-milk-like profile. The beer improves as it warms though, and more complexity comes out, though the maple and vanilla still remain strangely absent. The mouthfeel is standard for the style - thinner than most imperial stouts, but thicker than a single-stout.
Ultmately, not the best Grimm beer, but a solid take on a style I have a hard time "getting".

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Milk Stout brewed with vanilla and maple syrup. Roasted malt, toasted coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and earthy maple flavor. Creamy lactose feel. On the thinner side. Nice sweetness. This is good.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter at near room temperature bottled February of 2017. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a massive 3 finger brown head that has excellent retention as it slowly settles into a thin layer of light bubbles, leaving webs of lace everywhere.

Smell is sweet milk, vanilla, maple, baker's chocolate, coffee grounds, and biscuit.

Taste follows sweet lactose milk, vanilla, maple, biscuit, chocolate milk, and some subtle expresso.

Mouthfeel is above medium, moderate carbonation and no complaints, I wouldn't say this one is dry at all, and drinks way way to easy for 11.5% ABV.

Overall this thing is very nice, really a huge stout with plenty of chewy ness, but dazzles how well the alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

February 2017 bottle, it pours pitch black color with a solid 1 finger dark tan foamy head that was full of bubbles, fading very slowly and leaving really nice foamy lacing rings as it went down and a creamy layer on top. Head went down like an imperial stout but settled like a milk stout.

Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, heavy cream, brown sugar, cocoa powder and burnt coffee grinds. No sign of the maple syrup in the nose, but the milk stout sweetness is the dominant aspect of this aroma. Nice and complex with a good variety of malt, char and sugary sweetness represented.

Tastes like Whoppers candy and chocolate half and half up front, followed by basically the same line-up as the aroma: dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, heavy cream, milk chocolate bar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cold espresso, dark fruit, coffee grinds and some charred wood or light smoky aspects. The roasted grains, sugars and chocolate milk must cover up the maple syrup as I only detect a lot of sweetness, but no true syrup. The lack of syrup does not take away from the fact that this is a very complex and tasty milk stout which hides the 11.5% ABV very well.

Mouthfeel is as smooth and creamy as expected with a nice level of bitterness, light smoky aspects and sharp vanilla before the chocolate, roasted malt and coffee sweetness take over. The milky elements from the lactose bring an extra smooth feel and help this go down easy even with the minor alcohol burn. A really good milk stout.

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Photo of do_ob
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had a beer worth reviewing but this one broke the monotony..

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Black body with a decent 1" foamy head of tan foam. I poured relatively aggressively. Big nose of almonds, chocolate, maple, caramel, vanilla extract, sweet malt, lactose, honey, and cocoa powder. A weird aroma, kinda, but very strong. Strong is good in my book.
Taste is big GIANT cocoa/chocolate, but kinda dry-tasting, with notes of molasses, sugared honey/candy, light toasted malt, honey, butterscotch, raw vanilla beans, and love.
The feel is perfect for the label; "imperial milk stout". Not heavy/cumbersome, but thick enough to satisfy. Damn perfect.

Probably the best milk stout I've ever had. If I hadn't bought the last one off the shelf, I'd go get another.

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Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a dark brown body with nice lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and very slight maple. Taste follows with a bit more maple than the nose exhibits with a little marshmallow fluff somewhere in there!?! Nicely complex and changes a bit as it warms with a maple finish. Let this sucker warm up a bit! Feel is very nice and overall a delicious dessert beer that one should seek out!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark beer with a fluffy tan head. The smell is chocolate, vanilla and maple with a ton of roastiness and char. The taste is sweet with all of the flavors on the bottle. The vanilla and char are in the middle and the syrup comes in at the end with a nice char bitterness. Really great beer.

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Photo of BEER88
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split and poured into two snifters. Bottle dated February 2017. The beer has a nice look, dark pour with a thick tan head leaving solid lacing as you consume. The beer smells like dark roasted malt, faint maple, woody (but it's not Barrel aged), dark fruit, sweet milk chocolate, hint of cinnamon. The taste was different; initially I get a punch of roasted malts followed by extremely subtle maple, then a sweet malty taste mixed with a woodiness, followed by bitterness. Feel is thick and chewy with an astringent type mess in the back end! Overall I got no vanilla, very little maple, and some malt mess in the mix. Grimm used to be spot on but I feel the past few sours and stouts I've had have not been on their level. Cheers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In turning beer into dessert, the team at Grimm Artisanal Ales picks the larger than life imperial stout at its base and begins building layer upon layer of complexity upon its roasty foundation with milk sugars, vanilla and maple syrup for a taste that doesn't pair with dessert; but rather replaces it altogether.

Sugarmaker pours pitch black with a dainty espresso creme swirl. Light on lace, the beer's swirling scent is of deep and dark roast coffee, toffee, caramel and nuttiness. Much the same in taste, the stout's taste is of sweet char with a smoky chocolate edge. Coffee, cream and sugar cookie round the beer's introductions.

As the palate acclimates to the intense flavors, the sweetness resists any fade and the middle palate remains sweet and malty. Bittersweet chocolate, sweetened espresso, caramel, maple and creamy all carry a sense of butterscotch with a bitter char to close the session. Mild grape esters and licorice spice rise late and link up with the lasting sweetness of lactose which can come across like aspartame in nature.

Full bodied and smooth as silk, the beer's velvety textures take on milkshake impressions as the taste of malted milk and stout join forces for a long, savory and smooth aftertaste that's laced with boozy rum sweet and spiciness, and laced with soft maple syrup. So, where's the pancakes?

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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a nice dark brown, near black, with a nice tan head that lasts. Reduces to a ring around the edge and a very light film on top, with a fair amount of lacing.

S -- A nice charred malt quality, dark chocolate, with the syrupy sweetness you expect given the adjunct and the lactose. I'm missing the vanilla at first, but warmth reveals a light note.

T -- The syrup, vanilla, and lactose come through strongly right from the start, in a very nice way. The roasted malts provide a lot of balance to the sweetness, and there's the light earthiness from the hops that balances things out very well.

F -- Medium to full body, creamy, and not especially carbonated, which all fit the style.

O -- Delicious. Milk stouts haven't been high on my list of styles to acquaint myself with, but this changes that opinion. I very much enjoyed this one, a lot of nice notes for this freezing cold March night in Brooklyn.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated February 2017

Pours black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like lactose, dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild dark fruit, vanilla, maple syrup, toasted bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet maple syrup, vanilla, creamy lactose milk sugars, dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild dark fruits, toasted bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial milk stout with vanilla and maple syrup.

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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Classy label design. February 2017 vintage. 22 fl oz format. Purchased at a Whole Paycheck in New York City. Unbranded black pry-off crown cap.

"Imperial milk stout brewed with vanilla and maple syrup." 11.50% ABV.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Yields a healthy ~5cm worth of froth. Khaki-tan colour. Soft enough, with a somewhat creamy yet robust consistency. Billowing and even. Recedes slowly, lasting a good 6-7 minutes.

BODY: Predictably and true to form, it's an opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an imperial (milk) stout, but a generally appealing one.

AROMA: Rich genuine vanilla bean mingles with chocolate malts and dark malts to good effect, hinting at notes of caramel and malted milk balls/Whoppers. Maple syrup isn't overt at all; I'd be shocked if anyone could pick up on it in a blind tasting.

No overt hoppy or yeasty notes (to style). No off-notes. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Suggests a balanced drinkable imperial milk stout of limited complexity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The mouthfeel is wonderful, boasting an approachable comfortable softness along with a silky smoothness and an apt medium body. Never too thick or syrupy, lacking the overbearing sticky heft often observed in beers of this style. Carbonation is a bit high, but it's forgivable. No booziness whatsoever. Wet, unrefreshing, robust but not heavy. This texture is spot-on for the style, and helps elevate the beer in spite of its simplicity.

And simplistic it is; there's little here aside from reticent vanilla bean (though it is genuine, never feeling like artificial vanillin or evoking imitation vanilla extract like many vanilla stouts), chocolate malts, dark malt sweetness, and lactose sugar. Maple syrup was wasted on this; barely any comes through at all and then only because I'm looking for it (I find it in the third act, reticent and shallow as can be).

But it's incredibly well-balanced, never crossing the line into too sweet/cloying - and that's tough to do in a milk stout without roasted barley, charred barrel flavour, or burnt malts. Effective as a result, though many discerning drinkers will crave more intricacy - and it'd be nice if it committed more to its adjuncts. When you bill an imperial stout as a vanilla maple syrup stout, people are going to expect overt vanilla and maple syrup.

Depth of flavour is good but not great. Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is moderately high (to style).

I'm a bit surprised at how well hidden the ABV is; this stuff is dangerous.

OVERALL: Grimm again defends their high reputation with this superbly well executed imperial milk stout, sticking to the basics of the style admirably, but failing to fully deliver on the vanilla and maple syrup elements of the premise. I'd care more if the beer wasn't so damn good; relatively simple though it is, the impeccable balance alone makes this worth trying, and that coupled with the incredible texture really makes this a wonderful brew.

Not so much highly drinkable as highly inhaleable, Sugarmaker is a big bold stout sold by the bomber that I'll easily take down in one sitting and will then want more of. If Grimm put this out in 4 or 6 packs of 12 oz bottles at a more reasonable price, I'd regularly be all over it...and even Left Hand's Milk Stout would have market share to lose. Unexpectedly delicious work from a brewery that is justifiably in high demand. Hat tip to the cats at Grimm for a beer well done.

B (3.63) / GOOD

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Sugarmaker from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 128 ratings