Fearless Youth

Colorado
United States
Fearless Youth, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Once upon a time in the land of Bavaria, a darkness fell upon the beer in the town of Munich. But have no fear this darkness was born of toasted malt that produces a bready chocolate flavor. This full bodied brew is now know as Munich Dunkel. Our dunkel is made with just enough hoppy bitterness to scare away and overt sweetness. Then it is carefully lagered to produce a cleaness that no one will shudder at.
Fearless Youth is a Munich Dunkel lager. Dunkel translates to "dark" in German. The Dunkel style originated in Bavaria at a time when it was difficult to create a pale lager because the technology to do so was not yet available. In addition, the water in the Bavarian area made it possible to create a very dark malty beer lending to the style.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
46 - 48º F
Hops: 
Magnum, Hersburker
Malts: 
Munich II, Pilsner, Carafoam, Chocolate
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fearless Youth by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is being judged as BJCP category 8A, Munich Dunkel, and is presented in a traditional 200 ml stange glass at 45oF. The color is a amber -orange-dark copper of roughly 13 SRM (on the light end of the spectrum for the style), with bright but not brilliant clarity.   The 2 inch cream-colored foam exhibits fine texture and excellent stand.  

The nose is light and toasty with only a hint of very light chocolate mixed with a soft candy-malt sweetness and a hint of sulfur.  Beneath this baseline aroma, brought out by swirling, is a deeper dark Munich malt character that presents both toasted bread and a dark, sweet maltiness. 

The flavor is creamy smooth and soft  dark toastiness and a modest but notable chocolate character mixed with low bitterness and a nice herbal spiciness. The mid-palate accentuates the full and richly deep malt flavors, while the finish is bright and somewhat dry, short and crisp. A lingering herbal-spicy malt note emerges in the aftertaste blending with what seems like some light carafa malt dryness. Body is medium, texture is smooth and creamy, carbonic bite is low -- indeed, the beer could use a bit more conditioning for drinkability. No matter, it's great to see brewers making this underappreciated  style. 

Overall, a lovely rich and toasty dark lager with clean flavors and dry finish. The beer would pair well with tons of foods, but I'm thinking a well-darkened and seasoned risotto would work splendidly.