Sumi Babka
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #811
Ranked #3,043
4.26 | pDev: 5.63%
Jul 23, 2023
Oct 12, 2018
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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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased from the brewery as part of a “build your own case “! Can date 1/5/23!

L- Imperial Stout black.

S- Rather faint dark roasted malt.

T- Sweet! Very sweet upfront which gives
way to a complex vanilla, dark chocolate
bitterness. Salt flavor rounds it out.

F- Quite viscous and lush.

O- A very enjoyable pastry stout!
Jul 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown/black color with a small, short-lived tan head and negligible lacing.

Smells and tastes of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and booze. It has a slightly bitter salty, alcohol warm finish.

Medium heavy body with slight carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel.

This is very strong sweet and salty sour sipper.
Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 27, 2022
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 -1.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -8.5%
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
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