Grimm Cassiopeia

When Val and I were in Hawaii, I loved looking at the stars because you could see so many more of them because of the lack of light pollution. I still like looking at the stars here, it’s just not quite as nice.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cassiopeia is an imperial porter brewed for the onset of winter. Black as the night sky, our imperial porter is brewed from a blend of premium dark malts chosen for their complex caramel/chocolately/fruity qualities. Cool-fermented with a clean Scotch ale yeast that emphasizes malty richness and earthy, mossy aromatics — think of Cassiopeia as a Baltic Porter fermented like a Wee Heavy. This velvety, warming ale is surprisingly well attenuated, light on the palate and digestible. Cassiopeia is best served in a tulip glass or snifter at 45-55* F. It will age well, developing pleasant sherry notes in the bottle with extended cellaring. It pairs perfectly with chocolate, roasted and smoked meats, blue cheeses, and cold winter nights.”

Random: This beer has candi sugar added to it.

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with dark chocolate, espresso and some smoke as well. The taste had a bit more complexity than the nose. I picked up the same dark chocolate, espresso and smoke, but a caramel sweetness came through next. It paired nicely with the vanilla and leather notes. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with chocolate and espresso. I cellared this beer for awhile, so I don’t recall the price, but I always pick up beers from Grimm, no matter how expensive they are. I thought this was another outstanding beer from Grimm. Since this is a Winter seasonal, you’ll have to wait another six months to get it, but it’s worth the wait.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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