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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Stump Jumper Gnarly StoutStump Jumper Gnarly Stout

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for those rugged people who work and play in the woods! This Gnarly Stout rises to the task, being a bit chewy and a hefty 5.8% ABV, cranking plenty of Challenger and Perle hops. The perfect days end for the Stump Jumper in all of us. Brewed with pale, crystal, black, chocolate roasted malts, oats, flaked barley, Perle and Challenger hops.

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Reviews by PaleZombie:
Photo of PaleZombie
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Deep ruby color almost brown, couldn't see through it. Highly carbonated. One finger of brown head that disappeared almost immediately.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, mild hint of coffee.

T - Similar to the nose but slightly magnified. Malt up front mild coffee in the middle and the chocolate malt at the end. Slight hop bitterness at the end once the beer has warmed up a bit.

M - This one is very carbonated(almost over carbonated) and fairly light.

O - I found myself drinking this one very quickly due to the extreme drink-ability however it isn't really impressing me a whole lot. Decent beer and for $1.99 for a bomber I wont pass it up but it didn't do much for me. Let this warm up a bit if you wanna notice any of the hops.

PaleZombie, Apr 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +12%

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby with an almost white thin head. Nose is roasty and coffee.

Taste is very roasted and bitter but not from hops. Dry but very easy to drink and quite smooth. A very easy drinker and an awesome stout.

kingcrowing, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev 0%

JMS1512, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter at room temperature.

A-Deep dark brown, with an ample almost crusty dark tan head that laces nicely.

S-Pungent roasted dark malt with some anise in the background. Nice.

T-Unsweetened coccoa gives way to the richness of chalky coffee-centric malts and an almost oatmeal underwritten body, then fades into an astringently bitter pleasing finish. Astounding that this is under 6 abv. Each and every percentage is locked and loaded for flavor.

M-Lush and full bodied for the style. Well balanced carbonation.

O-Very well done American Stout. Almost Imperial in its taste profile. I have to love a beer that lets me drink more of it. A definate re-buy....thanks to LB for bringing this back from VT for me....

caddybuyer, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of jmz62565
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

I bought this a Cabot in Waterbury VT. This pours a jet black with a huge tan head. The smell has a roasted coffee and malt aroma that's very fragrant. The taste has a chewy roasted flavor of coffee and malt also. This is a very nice surprise. The m/f is medium and very well balanced. This is a classic stout and would recomend it to anyone.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours black with little head, sediment at bottom of glass. Some roast, and roast is the one-dimensional taste of this beer. Not bad for a dry stout, malt in there to keep it from extreme dryness. Drinkable, but powdery and burnt parts. Many other stouts that I would choose over this.

Sammy, May 25, 2008
Photo of CraigMack61
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

CraigMack61, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of zillo043068
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

zillo043068, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of RandyV
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Nice dark of night color, tan head and persistent lacing, as expected for the style. Smells mainly of roasted malt with hints of chocolate, not getting much else.

This has nice flavors, dark chocolate and espresso bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to make this a highly drinkable dry stout. I also detected some smoky notes in the middle to finish, whcih was a bonus. A nice, low ABV offering from the the folks at Rock Art.

RandyV, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +33.3%

dave00100, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a dense dark brown and maroon color with a depp tan head that spun tons of lace and a nice big head.
Aroma of coffee bean, some deep chocolate and black malts with a hint of anise and some roasted grains.
Flavor of robust, dry coffee with some chocolate cream to start followed by a very dry, almost saw dust like taste before some dark malt sweetness cuts just enough to not be detrimental.
Mouthfeel is very astringent with distinctly bitter hop and roast present. Sort of piney hop bittering.
Drinkability was really solid. Hard style to do well and provide some balance but the RA folks have accomplished it. Have not been a big fan of their brews but this one definitely changed my opinion, really solid brew worth seeking out.
Thanks to PPoitras for the bottle.

CRJMellor, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle to HF tulip.

A - Black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of molasses.

T - Roast, semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar up front. Lighter coffee and molasses notes in the background. Fairly sweet overall but not overly so.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew but a touch watery at times. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

22oz Bomber. Brought back from Vermont by my house mate. Consumed 12/14/09

A) Pours with a two finger head - tan in color. Fairly dark - a very dark brown. Lacing is fairly sticky.
S) Coffee. Smoky. Alcohol. Chocolate.
T) Chocolate. Coffee. Bready. Subtle hops win the finish creating a bitter chocolate taste.
M) Thick. Chewy. Full body. Slightly creamy. Light fizziness.
D) A well crafted stout. I'd have another.

u2carew, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%

The Stump Jumper pours a thickish looking near black colour with a chunky tan head that leaves plenty of residue on the glass. Very nice indeed.

The aroma is a welcome mix of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee as well as some more hop notes than expected as well. Again, very nice.

Flavour is a full on roasted malt, coffee, chocolate/cocoa mix wit ha nice dry, coffee-ish finish. Sweetness is mixed in nicely with a general bitterness and a surprising (although no where near imposing) hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and nice and chewy most of the time.

I really dug this brew. I'd be happy to have it year round, but it's especially nice to sample in the colder months. It's just really well made all around. I would love to start seeing the Rock Art bombers around here along with the current six pack offerings in stores. This one is well worth your time if you see it.

SixpointJMH, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Heff19, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

A. It has a pure black color with a brown head and some lacing.

S. An ever so slight metallic scent.

T/M. It has a chocolate malty taste, very dry. It has a mild flavor. Semi-high in alcohol. A bit dully and dry. Carbonated and medium bodied.

O. It has a very dry taste, but it is refreshing even if not overly flavorful.

Amalak, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Jwaks
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%

Serving 22oz bottle

Opaque black body with a medium chestnut colored rim showing a rocky 2'' tall hot chocolate colored head that leaves tons of lacing about the glass. The head slowly recedes into a thick collar; a few quick swirls reveal enough carbonation to reinvigorate the head leaving a nice foam cap. Lacing lasts througout the glass and has no trouble sticking around for awhile.

Aromas of stale coffee, creamy chocolate and sugary chocolate biscuits dominate a mildly aromatic nose; near imperceptable hop bitters tingle the nose with a bit of light molasses.

Goodness quits on the nose without carrying over to the taste buds. How can this be so watery and insipid? Very bland on the entry with a bit of roasted malts and stale coffee, sagging in the mid palate that leads into a slightly bittersweet mild mocha finish with a dash of hop bitters. This is very mild with an overall bitter flavor showing hints of bitter chocolate. Based on the appearance and nose I was expecting a lot more; again this is quite bland and very straightfoward. Flavor is good just very thin.

Very smooth and easy down this is light to medium bodied with a very hallow and short finish. Not much to it.

Finishing the 22oz bomber was not a problem, this would be good as a session stout but part of me would always be yearning for more robust coffee and chocolate flavor along with more complexity.

For the faint of heart and non-adventurous beer drinkers out there, here is your stout; for the rest of us this might serve as a good example of a watered down stout. Sorry Rock Art, you are slowly becoming a sub par brewery in my book.

Jwaks, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an opaque black with a thin mocha brown head. Head didn't last long, but left a small layer on top. Aroma was predominantly a bitter chocolate with some mocha undertones. Taste had a bit of milky flavor, reminded me of a very bitter hot chocolate. Felt ok in the mouth, a bit bitter on the tongue and overcarbonated. Pleasant to drink, only real detraction was the over carbonation in the mouth.

mountdew1, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a black hue with a three finger light brown head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle toasted aroma. Hints of coffee and cocoa as well.

The taste had a mild coffee acidity. There was a mild sweetness detected. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit less than full and dry.

Overall an easy drinking stout. Not as pronounced as others, but tasty nonetheless.

plaid75, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of Jacob007
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jacob007, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Cascade77
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bomber.

A dark beer with big bubbles. Dark tan head forms quickly and goes quickly.

Smells of dark malts, almost burnt. Coffee grounds and a bit of mollases.

Taste is big and roasty. Pretty much burnt tasting, a little bitterness but no real fresh hop kick. Just a touch sweet on the finish. The burnt quality becomes more palatable after a few sips and the malt comes through as it warms.

Pretty significant carbonation but ends up tasting a little thin.

I big full beer with tons of flavor for the ABV. I could see this becoming a regular.

Cascade77, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Aromas of extremely roasted malts; mainly bitter coffee with a little bit of dark chocolate hiding in there as well.
The taste follows nose with strong flavors of black coffee as well as a bit of char at the finish; really roasty and almost smoky.
The mouthfeel is really sticky, the maltinesss coats your mouth which is surprising because this is only a hair under 6% ABV. As this warms the bitterness becomes less intense and some extremely pleasant and necessary/complementary milk chocolate flavors come into play.
Overall this is a great beer for the price point of $4 for a 22 oz extremely drinkable stout. Nothing crazy exciting or complex or revolutionary about this beer, just a good American Stout. Overall a bit roasty (which I prefer in my porters over my stouts) and the sticky mouthfeel is a bit of a turnoff, but for the value, I'm done nit-picking.

claspada, Feb 26, 2011
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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.