Icing On The Cake
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #216
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,274
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 6.36%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
107
From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  13
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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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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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metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts along with bits of roasted malts and hints of vanilla. No bitterness is perceptible. As the beer warms up cacao becomes noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You need to let this beer warm up to let the flavors to balance out. While the beer starts out with flavors of roasted malts, it mellows out as it warms up as these begin to be replace by hints of vanilla and subtle sweetness. It definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is rather well masked.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 13, 2018
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beerrat from Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 29, 2019
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travolta from California

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jul 09, 2019
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kevindp9 from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 06, 2020
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Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 23, 2019
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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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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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NEhophead from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle marked December 2017, served in a tulip.

Opaque coal in color. Thin, lightly coffee colored head that breaks before it really forms. Sparse lacing with minimal strength. Aromas are sweet vanilla, boozy kahlua. Notes of rich, dark chocolate. Attractive aromatics, but rather one-note on account of the sweetness. Flavors are similar to the aromas, in your face sweetness highlighted by the vanilla. Milk chocolate joins a boozy quality at mid sip and contributes to a slick mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the sweetness and booze tip the scales in the wrong direction. Even in small quantities this has the potential to end your palate's night. Quite possibly the only beer from Grimm that I haven't absolutely loved.

Jan 18, 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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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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andylipp from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 21, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at Ryan and Caseys in Greenfield. The beer pours with a black color appearance and a thick, light brown head. Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate could be sensed from the aromas. Sharp dark and milk chocolate mixture up front with a bitter aftertaste. Very, very creamy texture. Overall, a great beer to end 2017!

Jan 01, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 04, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2018
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2018
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 11, 2018
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trevorpost from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 18, 2018
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 23, 2018
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joemochas from Florida

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

Apr 07, 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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raycoll from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 02, 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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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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craftaholic from New York

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but Grimm can do better than this.

Jan 08, 2018
Icing On The Cake from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 107 ratings