Sumi Babka
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #666
Ranked #2,783
4.28 | pDev: 5.61%
Mar 07, 2022
Oct 12, 2018
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Notes: Our chocolate babka-style imperial milk stout is rich with cocoa, infused with vanilla, and finished with just the right amount of salt. This collaboration celebrates the opening of Mekelburgs new Williamsburg location and their beloved chocolate babka. Full bodied in the extreme, its 12% abv is well hidden. Our innovative double mashing technique achieves an unprecedented liquid density and velvety texture.
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Rated: 4.25 by brureview from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Bandi from New York

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is very dark brown and opaque in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of teh glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of vanilla.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate babka cake.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout does a very good job at representing chocolate babka cake and also masks any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can
Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by swanfungus from California

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Hendry from Vermont

Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Jul 12, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Feb 11, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer is extremely drinkable and light for a stout. The smell is mild with hints of chocolate and cocoa. Limited bitterness and light carbonation. I think the greatness is the smoothness of this brew. At 12% ABV extremely drinkable, so brewers deserve some major credit for that!
Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Feb 05, 2019
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
And thanks to our very own @akatz821 I'm popping another Mysteryyyy Beeeer from our NBS BIF 8.5 . Beer Number 9.
His hint: "Salty NY heritage?
So basically, I'm doing this not knowing the beer's name, brewer, style, etc.. until the end of the writing.

Pours a deep dark brown. Like deep stained Spanish leather. Sandy head rises north of a finger, hovers, and then slowly retreats to a thin ring. Slight lacing.
Smells of caramel malt, brown bread (rich brown bread), hint of fig, and an ever so understated spice note barely comes in.
At this point, I'm confused. It's deep and dark like a Quad, but smells more like a porter, or brown ale.
Flavor is more on the sweet side. definitely delivering on the caramel malts and roasted malts. Caramel, fig, bread pudding, subtle hazelnut note, smooth coffee roast slightly noticed, and a gentle wood note on the finish. Sometimes I think I catch a hint of black licorice (normally a turn off for me- but it's so in the background thought it just adds).
Mouthfeel is medium. Sadly, carbonation goes AWOL about a minute or 2 into this. No heat.
Overall, I like this. ABV is SOOOO hidden. Dangerously smooth. Only longing for me, is a more lively beer. A bit too slick for style, and although it shouldn't need a lot of carbonation, some should be present.
Jan 28, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by festizio from California

Jan 25, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Skellbop from New York

Jan 03, 2019
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can thanks to Jon
Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Grimm in Brooklyn.

Pours jet black with a little bit of chocolate colored foam.

Smell is sweet and chocolatey with notes of vanilla, coffee and cinnamon.

Taste is rich and sweet with some wheat dough-like malt holding up notes of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and a hint of salt on the finish. No trace of booze either in feel or taste.

Mouthfeel is full, rich and chewy. Slightly undercarbonated if I'm being picky.

Overall, a decadent, dessert type of stout, rich and sweet.
Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey

Dec 17, 2018
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Rated by jykleo from New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tap @Grimm on 12/15.
Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by CreightonSM from New York

Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours very dark with minimal mocha head. Thick and syrupy, very good. Didn’t buy a can to go - one draft was enough for me.

Draft at Mikkelberg NYC
4 rating
Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: dark brown and transparent. Very similar to Coke when poured. The head is light tan made up of fine bubbles that fades immediately to near nothing.

Aroma: light milk chocolate and vanilla. Sweet smelling with molasses notes.

Flavor: sweet; milk chocolate and vanilla. Little flavor otherwise. One dimensional. The chocolate/vanilla overpower any of the malt flavors. No alcohol warmth or flavor (12% abv).

Mouthfeel: light-heavy. Nice and thick, albeit a bit lighter than expected (or desired given the 12% alcohol).

Overall: this beer is far shy of its hype. It is too sweet and 1-dimensional. I would not buy this again. There is a plethora of better imperial stouts readily available.
Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of light brown head. The head leaves some splotchy lacing before settling into a thin ring.

The aroma brings notes of dark chocolate, vanilla Coke, and sea salt with the most modest hints of mint and cinnamon.

The flavor is full of rich chocolate fudge, dark chocolate and vanilla cream. There are hints of sea salt and roasted coffee with the absolute vaguest idea of mint before a subtle finish of cinnamon and cardamom spices.

The feel is full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and syrupy. Chewy and soft with a faint hint of booze.

Overall, a fantastic imperial milk stout that has a beautiful and rich flavor profile. A wonderful dessert stout for a cold evening. Or morning. I don't judge.
Dec 05, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by untitledeuphoria from New York

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Jrosso from New Jersey

Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown/near black with a finger of brown head that tried to stick around but settled into a thin ring.
Smells of chocolate, vanilla, some roasty malts.
Taste is chocolate and vanilla, hints of salt.
Full bodied with decent carb levels. Smooth feel.
Overall a damn tasty sweetish stout!
Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Shout out to my man Jay for this beast. Thanks dude!

The deepest shade of dark chocolate brown, this beer looks sinister. The thin creamy tan head only adds to the intimidating stance. Fine bubbles flirt with the idea of leaving behind a trace, but decline, holding true to its darkness.

Milk chocolate and cola spices make themselves well known. Burried within those nutmeg and cinnamon like spices, a pillow chocolate mint and an even deeper lightly roasted coffee. None of that shitty single serving hotel coffee, but a fine freshly ground bean fresh from the roaster.

Even though my nose told me so, I was not expecting to taste as similar. This is incredibly chocolatey with a bold mint chocolate chip ice cream wing man. Spiced? A little. Coffee? No, not really. Damn, you can even taste a little milk! There's a little salty splash noticeable at the beginning of each sip as it warms, which is wonderful.

These flavors scream for a thick and creamy body, and it delivers. Rich is an understatement. Fudgy is more like it. This is more decadent than the first time you had an Oreo cookie shake.
Whole milk. There's even a peppermint like cooling factor between sips. It's sweet, yet somehow not overly sweet. Throw a cherry on top and you're in trouble.

This may be the most dessert like beer I've ever had, but even better because it's not disgustingly sweet. It's just right. A true milk stout, in my opinion. Delicious, but I will be sipping on this melted down chocolate bar for a while.

Thanks again Jay! Cheers.
Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

A "pastry stout" if there ever was one! Nose is coca cola, chocolate, liquorice, and roasted malt. Surprisingly mellow. Beer opens chocolate, fudge and cane sugar. Notes of molasses, coca cola, liquorice and brown sugar syrup also. Ends more coca cola sweetness with a touch of roasted malt sharpness at the finish. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Smooth and slick on the palate and actually kind of light going down. I expected something a bit bigger and bolder.

At 12% ABV, something is missing with this beer. That's not to say its not good, but the flavors are a touch light as is the body. Still worth trying but curb your enthusiasm.
Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by beer456 from New York

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by alexsergio from New York

Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Pours black with thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma - Semi sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, light salt.

Taste - Bakers chocolate, salt almost like a salted caramel level, vanilla, roasted malts, Salt plays though out the experience but in a good way. I like that it is not overly sweet more of a smooth bitter saltiness. No sign of alcohol anywhere.

Feel - High side of medium, smooth creamy slightly dry finish light warming from the booze but no sign other than that.

Overall - A really well done stout, I love the saltiness of it works so well with the chocolate and it is nice that it is not super sweet. Smooth adn really easy drinking.
Oct 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Jlabs from New York

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tulip glass via can purchased at Grimm
Color is deep dark black
Smell is roasty chocolate
Taste is semi sweet up front followed by a touch of vanilla and a slight bit of saltiness at the very end
Very little carbination on this but the body is a bit thicker than most milk stouts
Alcohol is very well hidden on this..shocked its 12%
Probably the best stout ive had from Grimm
Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by eddiefl from New York

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by mig100 from Texas

Oct 20, 2018
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