A Note on This Beer
Of the many beers we enjoyed during the recent Great American Beer Festival, one brew from Grimm Brothers Brewing - a wicked combination of darkly roasted malts and easy drinking - was almost a fairytale experience. We managed snapped out of it long enough to order this delicious reality for the trip home.
Fearless Youth Dunkel Lager is a chocolate smooth, full-bodied testament to German brewing history that scored Silver at this year’s GABF.
A traditional Bavarian brew, Dunkel Lagers are the perfect storm of malt forwardness and mellow mouthfeel thanks to decoction mashing. In this process, a portion of the grains are removed and cooked before returning to the mash. This produces a series of Maillard reactions that intensify bready chocolate and caramel malt flavors, and Lagering yeast brings a crushable balance to the malt bill. Grimm Brothers elevates Fearless Youth with careful additions of hops, subduing malt sweetness with a subtle bittersweet edge.
Don’t fear the pitch black pour in the glass - this dark beer provides a mouthful of lightness. An English-toffee aroma dances to a roasted tune. Buttered caramel, black espresso, and dates caress your palate before a spicy, yet refreshingly clean finish.
With its incredible infusion of malt power and 5.3% ABV drinkability, it’s no surprise that Fearless Youth is one of Grimm’s most beloved beers. Available for the first time on the West Coast, you don’t need a fairytale wish to make this dream come true.
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