Sumi Babka
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #722
Ranked #4,503
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
Sumi Babka from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings