Double Negative Stout by Grimm

© 2015 poponhops

© 2015 poponhops

Tasting: January 11, 2015
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 687

Double Negative Stout

Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. The Grimm’s story mimics many others that have turned a passion for home brewing into the reality of commercially making beer for the masses (at least the nearby masses). Their story has a bit of a wrinkle in that they are nomadic brewers. Like notable nomadic brewers Evil Twin and Mikkeller, Grimm produces their beer by contracting with established facilities to bring their recipes to fruition. It’s an interesting model in that they certainly avoided the massive start up costs and they don’t have to deal with rents, labor and equipment.

While waiting for a growler fill, this bomber-sized bottle of Double Negative Stout caught my eye. Not only because it was oddly out of place amongst a slew of bottles from Jack’s Abbey but the label fired a few neurons in my brain. Reading the side label confirmed my hunch that this was a notable stout. This 10% alcohol by volume stout won a silver medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the imperial stout category.

Even though my pour is on the cold side, Double Negative stout delivers a massive flavor dominated by a dry chalky bitterness like a dark baker’s chocolate. Some coffee comes into focus as it warms a bit and I also get an ever so subtle berry. Mouthfeel is beautiful and the roasted bitterness lingers on and on. I’ll put 93 points for Double Negative from me.

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