Icing On The Cake
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #215
Ranked #6,240
4.09 | pDev: 6.36%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: 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.
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, no head, no lacing to speak of, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits. Heaven.

T: Chocolate, oak,. Goood!

F: Full bodied, full flavored, smooth.

O: Excellent barrel aged imperial stout.

Nov 17, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First warning - this is really sweet.

I like sweet, especially in imperial milk stouts that are brewed as a dessert stout.

So away we go, with a pour that is black as onyx, minimal leakage on the tippity top of the edges, and a condensed tan head.

The nose is the best cup of hot chocolate that you’ve ever had with vanilla added - and then more dark chocolate dumped on top. This has now entered “colossal milk stout” territory.

The taste is all about the chocolate, of course, but it’s the vanilla that moves this into “world class” territory, IMHO, lending a creamy mouthfeel and texture to this beer that is not usually found in the imperial stout style. A decadent delight, IMHO.

Oct 07, 2019
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled Dec 2017

L-The beer pours a silky black with a modest 2 finger tan head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving moderate lacing behind.
S- The nose has a bit of roast up front which gradually gives way to fairly strong milk chocolate presence.
T-The flavor here is more balanced than the nose. The chocolate aspects are closer to dark chocolate. The bitter sweet balance here is very well done leaning ever so slightly bitter. This keeps it drinkable for a dessert stout. The vanilla leaves a little lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.
F-Mouthfeel overall is medium to medium full. Carbonation is fairly light, but has enough to keep the beer from getting heavy or cloying.
O-This is probably the most balanced and drinkable dessert stout I've had. I'll have no problem draining the bomber. Highly recommended.

Mar 10, 2019
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber in to a snifter glass.

Near jet black color, opaque, with a dark tan cap. Not much to the head but it held up and left some spot and wisp lacing.

Chocolate and dark roasted malt, slightly sweet.

More chocolate and malt, slightly charred and sugared.

Full body, equally sweet and bitter. True to form, better as it warms.

The icing and the chocolate cake, two for one.

Mar 04, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Jan 14, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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!

Dec 19, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Dec 10, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nov 30, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: 2017

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

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

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

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

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)

Nov 26, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Sep 25, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Sep 19, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Sep 05, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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. ;)

Aug 24, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Aug 18, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Aug 16, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Aug 09, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Jul 31, 2018
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untitledeuphoria from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jul 21, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a full one inch tan head over an almost black body with very little lacing. Nose of chocolate, fudge, and malted milk. Taste mirrors nose with alternating flavors of a milk stout and Russian Imperial Stout. Some coffee notes appear in the aroma and flavor upon warming. Fudge is predominant after further warming. Good feel for a milk stout and overall, a nice fudgesicle beer right here. Cheers!

Jul 02, 2018
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afroskully from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

smooth creamy and sweet but not too sweet. big chocolate, coffee flavor in a very easy to drink imperial stout, but no particular flavor pops or stands out. not boozy at all, well hidden abv. a crowd favorite at a party tonight filled with people who's only stout experience was Guinness.

Jun 16, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black color with tan head. On the nose it's mostly like a sweetened coffee with cream. Taste has roasted malts, light lactose sweetness and roasted coffee on the finish. Well balanced flavors and well hidden ABV.

May 26, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle dated December 2017. Purchased at Yankee Liquors in Sturbridge, MA on 4/6/18. Poured into Kane tulip glass and allowed to warm.

L: Small 1F light tan head with no lacing and a partial cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: Roasted malts, sweet dairy, cocoa, vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee.

T: More or less follows nose. Not sweet at all, quite neutral from start to finish. Cocoa comes through strongest.

F: Medium bodied, practically no carbonation. Construction and balance are fine.

O: It's fine, but lacks the intensity of flavor it advertises.

May 07, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with some fine chocolate colored foam.

Smell is sweet with creamy vanilla and chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste starts sweet and chocolatey with notes of cream, vanilla and cocoa. As it warms, the sweetness blends in a bit more, and some offee pops out.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, well carbonated.

Overall, a great stout. I expect nothing less from Grimm.

May 01, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in December of 2017, drank from a 16oz tulip glass.
Look: Pours black in color. 1 fingers worth of a tan head. No residual lacing on glass.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, with a slight bit of booze, which may be intermingling with the vanilla. Slight coffee aromas as well, but mostly roasty malts and chocolate.
Taste: Chocolate forward, with a roasty malt backbone. Slight coffee presence. Vanilla is very minimal on the finish. No flavors of booze. As it warms, the chocolate really becomes more prominent. Very easy drinking.
Feel: Thin in feeling but somewhat medium in weight. Wish it had more body to it.
Overall: This beer is very tasty. It is easy drinking, and the booze are masked very well. Not as sweet as you would think given the name, but very enjoyable. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Apr 27, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to look at. Roasty malt, sweet chocolate and vanilla scent much stronger than taste, which has a nice blend of flavors but also a slightly strange tangy flavor. Mouth watering feel, mild alcohol presence, not a bad sipper but not great.

Feb 28, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 107 ratings