Black Forest
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Wild Ale
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4.23 | pDev: 2.6%
Oct 29, 2021
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.
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4.31 by Delli555 from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BubbleBobble from New York

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
4.15 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Feb 17, 2021
Black Forest from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4 ratings