Black Forest
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Wild Ale
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4.26 | pDev: 2.58%
Jan 16, 2023
Feb 17, 2021
Notes: Collaboration with Freigeist Bierkultur

Black Forest is an exciting collaboration with the perpetually-creative Sebastian Sauer of Stolberg, Germany’s celebrated Freigeist. When we proposed a sour ale based on the classic Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, Sebastian was excited to help design a dense, rich cake-like sour. Brewed with velvety dark malts, fermented with a mixed culture in our oak foeder, refermented on tart Montmorency cherries, and conditioned on rich cacao, this is an uncompromising and complex sipper.
Recent ratings and reviews.
Rated: 4.35 by Hendry from Vermont

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by Delli555 from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear reddish brown, minimal head. Has an interesting cherry-chocolate aroma with a touch of acidic funk. Flavor is light cherry followed by light chocolate. On the finish, both flavors marry nicely. ABV is unnoticeable. Gentle tartness and very light acidity make this a very easy sipper. Overall a tasty, unusual beer.

500 ml bottle, 2021 vintage
4 rating
Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear, rich amber, almost like an amontillado, with a fizzy 1" head that settles out to nothing, no lacing, a bit of visible carbonation. Nose is lactic and a little grassy; dark fruits (prune, raisins), but brighter cherry pie filling as well. Not getting much in the way of cocoa on the nose. Taste is far more balanced than I expected, with some nice bracing sour funk up front, cherries mid palate, and a pretty intense dry cocoa punch on the finish. It delivers a chocolatey flavor without amping up malt and sugar, giving the beer some alkaline bitterness. Deep in the finish the two flavors combine to something like a flourless chocolate cake, but without the cloying gunkiness. Mouthfeel is light with no trace of alcohol. Without the cocoa it'd still be a great beer, but the addition sans sweetness makes this really strong. Was super excited by this collaboration and thrilled that it didn't disappoint.
Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Feb 17, 2021
Black Forest from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 5 ratings