Icing On The Cake - Chocolate Cherry
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Icing On The Cake - Chocolate CherryIcing On The Cake - Chocolate Cherry
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.16 | pDev: 4.81%
Feb 10, 2020
Nov 20, 2018
Icing On The Cake - Chocolate CherryIcing On The Cake - Chocolate Cherry
Notes: How do you make icing on the cake even more decadent? You put chocolate covered cherries on top! Chocolate Cherry Icing on the Cake is our newest dessert imperial milk stout. It is conditioned on cacao, vanilla, and tart Montmorency cherries. Upon first sip, we’ve entered the chocolate factory with our golden ticket. It tastes exactly like gooey dark chocolate truffles and chocolate covered cherries. The tan foam presents with a hint of pink!
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Skipped dessert tonight? You'll be wise to grab this instead. Just make sure that you have a full stomach to enjoy this on and plenty of time as this was a beast of a beer that deserved plenty of time to savor it!

Such a dark pour to this for something that never approached black, as this beer looked like blood once it settles and dries with all of the oxygen coming out of it. Never saw the pink in the head but the tan head complemented the juicy and syrupy liquid nice as it quickly settled down. Only a few wavy hints of lacing was left behind as it was quite thinner than the liquid was. Lots of deep, earthy, tart cherry, cake batter, and brownie mix as these all exploded on the palate once I gave this a sip. Not quite Wonka-esque, there was something childlike and whimsical about how this beer came across as it seemed like a dessert from yesteryear come to life and updated with modern sensibilities. Sweet, sour, and chalky, there was a *ton* of depth and complexity to this as this took quite a while for me to fully process. Plum, black cherry, and cherry pit notes emerged as this fully warmed up with this beer being the perfect nightcap on a cold winter's day that we haven't had much of this year...

Sure, this was strong and should have been so given the style that it was categorized under. I never had Montmorency cherries before but this gave me a good idea of what they would taste and feel like. The odd, subtly addicting aspects of truffles were present throughout as if this was something brewed by Carton. As I saw it, the end result was a brew that was peculiar, engrossing, and lacking in overt cacao and vanilla but containing the best qualities of those along with the fruit and sweetness that should have been overt from the get-go. This was a fun and inviting beer for those could take the time to be accustomed to such an imposing oddity!

Feb 10, 2020
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2020
4.16 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Aug 19, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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 cherry, chocolate, vanilla and lactose that's a little more than just icing on the cake.

And no other name will do as nicely as Cherry Chocolate Icing On The Cake while it 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, cherry and walnut seemingly in equal proportions. After a while, the descriptor terms sound more like that of pastry and that's what captivates the initial palate as those culmination of flavors combine in a sweet, cakey, brownie-like malty impression.

Its rounded taste highlights aspects of luscious maltiness that once more hinge on caramel, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, dark roast coffee and an overall and cherry character that reads like a fruity tiramisu, cherry covered cherry and an overall confectioner's sweetness to delight the sweet tooth. A walnut-like nuttiness brings a late palate of bitterness as the cocoa and coffee impressions allow for a broad and woodsy balance to keep the sweetness in check.

Full, lavish and silky smooth, the beer's kahlua warmth and cherry tartness that adds a subtle spice to assist the moderate bitterness in balance, but still, the beer trends strongly dessert-like with a cherry inflection on chocolate stout that's just even more icing on the cake.

Jun 18, 2019
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

I like the high ABV stuff and this was very good. I had this on tap at Tre Monte in Tyngsborough. Most dominating flavors were strong hints of cherry and chocolate. Nice head, great balance and feel.

May 20, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Hunamaga from New York

Black in color with very minimal head. Smells of dark chocolate, cherries, cola, coffee. Taste is sweet with chocolate and cherries being the most prominent flavors with some hints of vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer goes down smooth and easy drinking.

Apr 18, 2019
4 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 03, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Mar 26, 2019
4.25 by mrcraft from California on Mar 12, 2019
4.31 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Feb 21, 2019
4.35 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Feb 16, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a custom taster pint: canned 12/18/18 and purchased at the brewery.
A: Pours a black color with ruby highlights, a light brown, less than one inch head, low retention, and low key rings of fine, spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate, cherry, cookie, vanilla, plum, and dark coffee. Slightly tangy.
T: Sweet from what tastes like lactose sugar. Flavors of dark chocolate, cherry, cookie, molasses, vanilla, plum, and dark coffee. Bitterness substantial, but insufficient to entirely offset the sweetness.
M: Full bodied with relatively low carbonation.
O: A really enjoyable and flavorful stout that is entirely akin to Devil's food cake with chocolate frosting and cherry filling. Yum.

Feb 13, 2019
3.86 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Billolick from New York

Tall can directly from the source in BKLYN...canned 12-18-18 stamped on the bottom.

Dark , dark pour, minor darker mocha cap, leaving nice looking super fine lace on the glass.

Sniff of sweet chocolate, dark fruit.

Super tasty and super smooth, more chocolate, more dark fruit, vanilla, light roasty goodness. Complex, flavorful, velvety, well crafted and highly enjoyable....so much great brew being brewed in Brooklyn....beer center of the universe?

Jan 23, 2019
4 by Vivs85 from New York on Jan 19, 2019
4.1 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2019
4.15 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2019
3.94 by Diura from New York on Jan 14, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and chocolate malts are present in the nose along with notes of cherries.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts and black cherries along with hints fo vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the taste of this stout to have a very good balance between the chocolate, cherries, and vanilla. It also did a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: can

Jan 12, 2019
4 by alexsergio from New York on Jan 11, 2019
4.1 by brureview from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2019
4 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Jan 08, 2019
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Dec 30, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

real chocolatey, dark, some vanilla, lactose creaminess, with a nice touch of fresh cherries

Dec 29, 2018
4.13 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Dec 29, 2018
4.08 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Dec 28, 2018
3.83 by eddiefl from New York on Dec 20, 2018
4.12 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey on Dec 17, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jykleo from New York

Tap @Grimm on 12/15.
NIce Dessert Beer.
(cacao/milk sugar/tart cherries/vanilla)

Dec 16, 2018
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