Coffee Coconut Icing On The Cake
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,204
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #8,613
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 6.76%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
30
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Notes: This rich and decadent imperial milk stout is layered with silky flavors; Kenyan Kieni AA arabica beans, prized by our friends at Sey Coffee for their brightness and berry-like complexity, mingle with toasted coconut flakes and vanilla for a deeply satisfying stout that shows each element in a harmonious balance.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 30
Photo of Tony210
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, impervious to light. Big mocha head lasts for a while. Huge coconut aroma, faint chocolate and vanilla, coffee is more pronounced. Quite sweet, very thick and creamy. Lots of coffee and coconut, mixed with roasted chocolate malt, vanilla bean is noticing. Finish is light bitter espresso. Overall a fantastic dessert beer, love the coconut. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Would drink again.

5/3/19
500 ml bottle
4.5 rating

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Photo of superspak
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense/creamy/fluffy khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, coconut, vanilla, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast, charred, coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, coconut, vanilla, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11.5% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing flavors imperial stout. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, coconut, vanilla, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on with the mellowly bitter/charred/drying finish. Amazingly balanced between super rich malts, lactose, coconut, vanilla, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with nice earthy hop presence/balance against sweetness, and restrained fruity yeast. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier style example. One of their best stouts so far.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sugary coconut cream, with some ashy smoke, roasted malt, gummy vanilla, and chocolate.

This didn't quite do it for me, unfortunately. There's an ashy and smoky note on the back end that clashes with the rest of the beer. The coconut also feels overly sugary tasting, like fake coffee creamer, almost. This just clashes a bit too much for my tastes.

This is medium bodied, silky but kind of slick, with not a ton of drinkability.

This was definitely a bit disappointing - Grimm usually does stouts a bit better than this.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So wow wow. Sips like water for 11.2 percent.

Beautiful, dark head. With lacing along the sides. I definitely get the coffee and icing but no real coconut notes. Just poured it for my bride and she just dropped a “wow”. That’s good. And once she’s done, panties will drop too! Seriously such a smooth potent beer!

Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer but, this beer has such a coffee dominant flavor that the coconut flavor is hardly noticeable. Solid beer but I wish it had more of a coconut flavor.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour into a pint kicks up a tan foam cap a few fingers high that cascades down, leaving ample lacing down the glass... Real nice coffee stout action here - despite the whole cake and frosting thing, the sweetness is restrained, and you get a smooth bittersweet chocolate element and a richly roasted fresh coffee flavor, perhaps lightly sweetened by sugar and cream, but nothing more... Coconut expresses a bit on the finish, as a chewy, woody, sweet flavor... Medium-full bodied and smooth, whiff of drying char toward the back end... Features Kieni AA Kenyan coffee from Sey Coffee... Very nice...

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Photo of q33jeff
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
03/09/19

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick dark black, no visibility, healthy creamy light-brown head, excellent retention.
AROMA: roasted malts and coffee, not much coconut.
TASTE: some hints of coconut here in the taste along with coffee, lighter malt flavor than the nose suggests; also some cola and brown sugar flavors sweeten this up a bit.
FEEL: silky smooth. full body.

Pretty good brew. Would have liked more coconut, but it's pretty decently balanced as-is.
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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger thick foamy brown colored head that was made up of tons of microscopically small bubbles, the head dissipating very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides as it went down. The bottle and the Grimm website both list this as an imperial milk stout, so the head and lacing seem impressive for a milk stout.

Smells of roasted/smoked malts, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, Dunkin' Donuts Double Chocolate donut, mineral water, sheet metal/metallic notes, faint piney notes and bakers chocolate. Even though there's only a hint of hops, this chocolate dominated malt bomb smells really nice.

Man this flavor is rich. Unlike the aroma, the coconut comes through front and center and blends well with the vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder and chocolate milk (lactose). The taste also has strong metallic notes that get washed over by dark chocolate, smoked malts, milk chocolate, soy sauce, hot fudge, caramel, more dark chocolate and then burnt coffee grinds. It reminds me of brownie batter and is full of nice stout components to level set the profile and not let the chocolate sweetness dominate. A touch of fruity flavors trail the roasty notes and help hide the 11.5% ABV. A really nice milk stout which would make for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate along with notes of lactose and coffee with hints of coconuts, the latter of which along with the coffee become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the coffees flavors in this stout, which were complemented with strong notes of of vanilla. It hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Coffee Coconut Icing On The Cake from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 30 ratings