Icing on the Cake | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 20
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer, i think my dad scored this somehow?! not really sure where it came from, but we all shared it around the dinner table last night after a fat meal of grilled chicken and corn on the cob. i was surprised to see this looking a bit thin, its decidedly brown and not black, doesnt hold much head, and doesnt have the legs and viscosity of some of the other big grimm stouts i have had in the past. i love the cocoa and the vanilla though, its decadent without being sugary in nose and taste, and whether or not there is lactose in here, it doesnt take it into that realm. instead, its bitter and roasty from the grain, and like fudge that is real dark chocolate focused, intense but not all that sweet. the cocoa in here is amazing, lots of it i assume. the vanilla is more aromatic than flavorful, but gives this a creaminess and a real beautiful natural flavor, not overdosed at all. surprisingly the body is light to me, even thin for the depth of flavor here, i am not used to that from them, but it also isnt sweet which is a huge plus, and it doesnt taste boozy even when it warms up a little bit, so well done there. great use of the additives, somewhat less enormous than in their others, which i dig here, one of the only ones i have had from them that i would gladly drink the whole bomber of solo. these guys are doing a really good job. i always enjoy trying new ones from them! we all liked this a lot, better than dessert!

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While pastry stouts are all the rage, Grimm Artisanal Ales hits the trend for an imperial strength, the roast to match and a healthy heaping dosage of cocoa, vanilla and lactose that's just icing on the cake.

And no other name will do as Icing On The Cake pours with a dark, rich creaminess that builds a dainty skirt of foam. Espresso dark, the scent of coffee is met with cream, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and walnut. After a while, the descriptor terms sound more like that of brownies and that's what captivates the initial palate as those culmination of flavors combine in a sweet and malty first impression.

Its rounded taste highlights aspects of luscious maltiness that hinge on caramel, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, dark roast coffee and an overall black walnut character that reads like tiramisu, brownie batter and an overall confectioner's sweetness to delight the sweet tooth. Nuttiness brings a late palate of bitterness as the cocoa, coffee and hops allow for a broad and woodsy balance to keep the sweetness in check.

Full, lavish and silky smooth, the beer's kahlua warmth adds a subtle spice to assist the moderate bitterness in balance, but still, the beer trends strongly dessert-like with a chocolate cake character looming deep into aftertaste, and yes- with a sugary sweet taste that's just icing on the cake.

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Photo of Ajlvt
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at the brewery.

While this beer is called "Icing on the Cake", it tastes and smells far more like the cake itself than the icing.

Chocolate cake aroma and flavor, with some roasted malts and vanilla on the finish.

It's very sweet, but not cloying. A very good desert stout. So much chocolate with just enough vanilla and sweet cream notes to be worth its namesake. Definitely try this one.

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Photo of Diura
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Khaack
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Grimm. Very much a dessert stout. Sweet, but not over the top... just a hint of vanilla on top of a mound on milk sugar. Mouthfeel is light for a 10% stout, but appropriate for the flavor profile.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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