Icing on the Cake | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.07/5
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96 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Icing on The Cake is a luscious dessert stout that tastes like a liquid slice of flourless chocolate cake. Like the best stouts, it improves as it warms from cellar temperature up to room temperature. Even dessert stouts must be in balance, and for us that means the last sip should taste better than the first.

Added by Knapp85 on 12-17-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,336
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
96
pDev:
5.9%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of TonyLema1
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: jet black, big tan head with nice lacing
S: Chocolate and roasted malt
T: sweet, chocolate, some roast in there
F: not as full bodied as I expected
O: nice sipper, but a little sweet

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Photo of LukeGude
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Clinton St Social Club on New Year's Eve. 10 oz pour. I believe the 10% ABV, but enough dessertyness to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Moohing
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled June 2018. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like cacao, vanilla, roasted malt and milk chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but with the addition of some cream, dark chocolate and burnt/charred malt. It's sweet tasting but there's more roasty bitterness than I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, certainly worth a try if you're into imperial stouts!

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12/17 bottling date, a year old

A: Pours pitch-black with a very tall, very effervescent chocolate milk-colored head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving almost soap-bubble like head retention, interesting. Very little sticks to the glass.

S: Interesting aroma. Very burnt and roasty smelling but there is a nice dark chocolate and sweet vanilla that pokes through anyway.

T: More of the same. Exceptionally roasty, nearly burnt and bitter but not quite. The dark chocolate and vanilla helps balance it back to a more manageable flavor. Lactose probably helps a lot, as you get a nice creamy sweetness to it all. But man, that bitter roast just keeps powering through, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Definitely not a dessert beer, it's barely sweet at all overall.

M: Heavy and bitter with a nice creaminess to it.

O: Nice milk stout but something about the balance just doesn't work quite right for me. The roastiness is way off the chart, even with all the sweet elements.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet black chocolate notes with some vanilla notes also perceptible. Taste is a very sweet mix of chocolate and vanilla and somewhat not that far to cake icing. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Super enjoyable dessert stout even though it does become overly sweet at some point.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TheDoctor
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: 2017


A:
Pours dark black with a wisp of cinnamon head that evaporates. No retention; no lacing. (3.5)

S:
Pretty sweet chocolatey, nutty aroma with some dark fruits. (4)

T:
Pretty much brownies. Dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. (4.25)

M:
Pretty full body with moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet finish. (4)

O:
A tasty sweet stout.
It pours pretty disappointing looking, but is a year old and boozy so I guess it's to be expected to a certain point. The aroma is sweet and chocolatey and the flavor follows suit. Basically like brownies pour cake. Chocolate, vanilla, medium roast flavor. It is big and smooth and kind of soft-feeling. Well-hidden alcohol. A nice big beer that is fairly restrained/on the same page throughout. Really does taste like cake but it's hard to tell how much of that is me being easily lead on by labels. (4.25)

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Photo of Jrosso
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good non-barrel aged stout. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and milk chocolate, and light cream or vanilla to it. Thick full body and low carbonation. A good stout.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Tavour. Dark brown body, small cap of beige head. Ruby tinges at the edge. Roasty, chocolatey aroma, vanilla. German chocolate cake comes to mind. Taste brings some milk sugar to the mix, sweetness, and a nice slick feel. Nice dessert beer vibe, 10% ABV well hidden in the luscious sweetness.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC.
Pours a pitch black color with a quickly dissipating head consistent with the high ABV.
Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate and mint. Smells like dessert cake.
Sweet and sugary flavor of milk chocolate, cake icing, and creamy lactose. Yet, it is not cloying due to a moderate roasted malt and hops bitterness. There is a minty, peppermint and menthol flavor that also provides a counterpoint and adds to the complexity of flavors.
More medium bodied rather than full. The body feels lighter due to the alcohol, which to its credit, is not too boozy. The carbonation is gentle.
Overall, a solid sweet stout that is balanced, not too sweet or boozy, and has a nice roasty character.

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Photo of AltAdr
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2018 bottling.

With a vigorous pour, the foam never exceeded 1 finger. Tan coloured, slow but steady receding. Still...reasonably good lacing considering.

Cocoa, dark and milk chocolate aromas spewing. Roasted malt, some vanilla, some alcohol.

Sweet start with milk chocolate that becomes a little less sweet with the cocoa and dark chocolate chiming in. Light notes of vanilla, a healthy overall roasted malt presence. Very warming going down my gullet. More of a burn, really.

Thick mouthfeel, exemplary carbonation for this beer, I really enjoy taking sip after sip. I'm glad that this is NOT barrel aged because there are enough of them around already. ;)

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Photo of VivaTheHate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imperial milk stout with 10% ABV brewed with cocao and vanilla, sounds great on paper. Fortunately it delivers too as the brew masks the ABV perfectly and was not cloyingly sweet.

Here’s what I liked best about this June 2018 batch: the roasted malts bring char and a mild bitterness that balances out the vanilla and cocoa notes. The flavor has layers of chocolate like dark chocolate, chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder and brownie mix, but the herbal or piney aspects cut through and tame the sweetness and loop in the vanilla accents. It’s so malty and roasty that it seems like burnt coffee grinds, while flowing down super smooth. It’s a milk stout so I expected it to have a thin feel, but Grimm nailed this one as I really enjoyed it. At $11 per bottle it’s a good deal for such a complex and quality product.

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Icing on the Cake from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 96 ratings