Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #24
Ranked #13,941
4.19 | pDev: 4.3%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: This black lager is light bodied and smooth with layered roasted malt characteristics and notes of unsweetened cacao nibs, carob and black coffee. Extra quaffable and dry with a pleasing long bitter finish.
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Gajo74 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the can it pours a very dark chestnut brown color which appears pitch black in the glass. A large creamy head retains well.

Aromas of dark toasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of sourdough. There is a touch of nutty and lightly roasted malts as well as aromas of woodsy and earthy spices.

The taste is moderately sweet with crisp and clean flavors of dark toasted malts along with a touch of nutty and slightly roasted malts. Notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, and caramel. Earthy and woodsy hops provide a touch of bitterness. The finish is crisp and dry.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp, yet it also has some Porter like smoothness.

Fantastic example of the Schwarzbier style! It has lots of interesting flavors yet it is refreshing and easy to drink. I would have again.

Jan 20, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a brief 1.5" tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is round, chocolatey roasted malts, earthy hops, slight leather and dark fruit. From the smell alone, I expected a drier beer, and the taste doesn't disappoint. Bitter notes throughout (baking chocolate) without much appreciable sweetness from the malt. Finishes dry with a full mouthfeel.

Jan 17, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark, cola colored shade of black with some mahogany brown highlights around the edges. Generates a two finger, off white head of foam that leaves a generous amount of lacing. The head dissipates after about five minutes after the beer is poured.

Aroma: Semi-sweet bitter cocoa, almost like powdered Ovaltine or Milo but not quite as sugary. A pleasant, slightly burnt aroma of toasted bread gives it some dimension. Might be my imagination but I'm also picking up notes of cherries, but it's way in the back.

Taste: If you like dark chocolate, you will enjoy this. Upfront flavors of bittersweet chocolate and powdered cocoa with supple undertones of black coffee. Dry on the tongue. It's slightly doughy, with an aftertaste reminiscent of what I can only describe as either funnel cake or unfrosted, plain doughnuts. It's rounded out by a delicate backdrop of earthy, resinous, hoppy cypress.

Feel: Light body with a supple mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Dry. Clean. Very easy to throw back and drink.

Overall: I highly recommend letting this warm up a bit instead of drinking it ice cold. Letting this one breath and open up did wonders for the taste. I've probably only tried about a half dozen or so Schwarzbiers, but I think this is an excellent, if not slightly Americanized version of the style.

Jan 01, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black color, with a big fluffy white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells exactly like what I’d want - light roast, dark chocolate, smoke, light hops and a touch of caramel.

This also tastes like exactly what I’d want. Grimm is sneakily very good at making tasty lagers, all their -os pilsners, their festbier, and now this - it shows care and attention to detail. There’s a dark breadiness, and some approachable roast. There’s a great creamy flavor, and some light smokey and just-barely-there hoppy bitterness.

This is very creamy, but also light and crispy on the back end, with a great drinkability to it.

I hope Grimm doesn’t abandon their work in lagers, as it’s some of my absolute favorite beer from them currently.

Apr 05, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that quickly settled down but constantly left a short layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cola and dark malts are present in the nose; these get a bit stronger as the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of dark malts along with hints of coffee beans with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very malty but is very easy to drink. I found it to be a very good American representation of a German beer style.

Serving type: can

Jan 31, 2020
Lithos from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 13 ratings