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Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
11%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 4.26%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
8
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2023
Added:
Dec 19, 2022
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This barleywine is based around deeply caramelized, long-boiled Maris Otter malt and East Kent Goldings hops. One year spent in cognac barrels added velvety layers of smooth booze to the existing complex notes of dried fig, date, and plum.
Recent ratings and reviews.
 
Rated: 4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 500mL bottle into a perennial snifter. pours toffee brown with zero head. only a few carbonation bubbles here and there. toffee, light chocolate and vanilla and even lighter oak and cognac presence. as it warms barrel becomes more noticeable but for being aged a year in cognac barrels it certainly has to fight to make its presence known. it also presents more dark fruits especially dark cherry and an almost amaretto like aroma to it that i’m digging. even though the barrel is somewhat tame it is still quite complex. taste follows. toffee and caramel in the forefront with plum, raisin and cherry on the back end along with light cognac and oak in the finish. it’s tasty and extremely drinkable for 11% BA BW. this is listed as an american BW but seems much closer to an english-style to me. not a lot of hop presence and plenty of malt driving the bus on this one. speaking of malt, it has a thick, full mouthfeel. very low carbonation to it. bordering on syrupy but never quite gets there. good stuff.
Nov 18, 2023
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 7/28/23.

Pours a dark brown amber, semi opaque, with a short head and no lacing. Aromas of caramel, fig, dates, grapes, malt, some oak, a little cognac. Flavors of caramel, malt, cognac, grapes, figs, light oak. Smooth, a thinner medium body, appropriately carbonated.

The barrels are light but provide solid grape notes and the base barleywine is really nice. It’s a bit more understated than expected, but very enjoyable.
Aug 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a murky brown with basically no head. Small bubbles rising throughout, so definitely not still. The nose is great. I immediately get the cognac notes. Figs, toffee, prunes, bread, and a slight earthy note.

The taste is super intense. Tons of cognac, port, plums, raisins, toffee, and brown sugar. Definitely a sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Wow. Just a fantastic sipper. The alcohol is not detectable in any way. The aftertaste is full of fruity sweetness and caramel. Lovely.
Jun 20, 2023
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This 500ML bottle is my fifth beer from Grimm. They’ve ranged from “eh” to “The Grey Bastards”. Let’s hope this one comes up on the latter part of the scale.

The pour is dark enough to warrant black in imperfect light; deep brown with red sparkling along the edges. The nose is hard caramel & harder cognac.

Last of the Steam Powered Trains is…elegant. Old fashioned hard caramel candies. Cognac swirled by a personal attendant. Brown sugar flown in fresh from Cyprus. Attendant molasses, allspice, flickering booziness. Sticky, sticky, sticky, oozy. Intriguing enough & tasty enough that I’ll have not trouble putting this middle-sized bottle in a my belly (& the wastewater system, later).

Bourbon barrels are so 2021. Bring on the cognac barrels! It’s more subtle, but matched with a beautiful base, adds significantly. Excellent brew.
Mar 09, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown appearance, cant see through when held up to light, otherwise no, beige cap. Love the bottle art too! Smells has dark fruit, cognac, oak, caramel, and apricot in that order. Taste soaks the dark fruit in cognac, oak fades and is replaced by gooey caramel, faint dark nut with barley. Feel is warm and smooth, finishes drier. Not very deep but flavor is pleasant
Feb 02, 2023
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is pretty still, just a few, short-lived, tiny bubbles.

Huge sweetness up front with grapes, toffee, and brown sugar plus hints of molasses, honey, apple pie spice, and raisin. Glorious. The finish dries out quite a bit with prominent oak and strong, boozy Cognac. The finish is good, but I like the start better. Glad to have tried this, thanks to @Braunmeister_1943 for alerting me to its existence.
Jan 27, 2023
 
Rated: 3.83 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 19, 2022
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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 8 ratings