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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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85
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2004)
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

dave00100, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, Rock Art doesn't seem to make much of this beer anymore. It's one of their original and best brews before they introduced the Extreme Series.

Color: Dark, pitch black color with a thick, creamy brown head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Smooth and creamy. Chocolatey and very roasty. Coffee notes are present. Creamy.

Taste: Rich, smooth and creamy upfront with a very nice roastiness and even some hop bitterness at the end. Leaves a nice aftertaste of coffee. Another sip confirms the taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, roasty and the dryness at the back of the throat is much desired.

Verdict: A very nice version of an American Stout. I wish Rock Art would make more of this beer because it's a fine example of a drinkable, sessionable beer that would make a good replacement for Guinness. This could be my go-to beer.

Brad007, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1+" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head slowly dwindles throughout the drinking experience, and coral-like lace formation appear along the sides of the glass. Aroma is roasty dark malts, with coffee essence lurking about as well. Taste is upfront with some coffee bitterness, mellows with some sweetness, and then closes with a general dark malt aftetaste. Mouthfeel is great, just seems like it could use a bit more chewiness for a 5, and drinkability is superb. Was pleasantly surprised by this brew, and you should give it a try as well.

ppoitras, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of imagineiii
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very nice jet black color with an inch and a half of offwhite head. Excellent head retention.

Well pronounced dry roasted notes. DARK chocolate notes with sweet alcohol behind it. Wow, that fluffy head is still there...

Roasted to burnt malts are prevelent. Dry finish with burnt and bitter notes on the back corners of the palate. The lower alcohol in this stout makes it exceptionally smooth. Great to see a low alcohol stout with this much complexity also.

The finish is dry enough that this beer isnt plagued by the same gooey sugary aftertaste that most highly rated stouts are. Slight bitterness on the backside can be offputting to some, but not this guy. Carbonation is spot on for the style.

This is as drinkable as any stout not named guinness.

This beer obviously flies under the radar as it comes out of a small VT brewery and its a lower ABV, but I believe this to be as good an American Stout as Ive ever had. Now wheres this cadilac mtn stout everybodys raving about?

imagineiii, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of scottum
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So stoked to see this in a bottle finally!

This gnarly stout pours out a blackness with a huge deep tan head. Dry. Coffee flavor comes through along with some thick malt goodness and a touch of burnt even. Did I mention dry? Ok, but the mouthfeel actually works! When the sip is over you're not gasping for water, your happy to take your time an get another sip in that good old mouth of yours because you know that your mouth deserves it. This is hands down one of the best beers to come out of the green mountains, so check it out soon while the bombers last.

scottum, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

gwiedman1, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of ppoitras

Pours a jet black with a nice, dense, chocolate milk colored head. Lacing is nice as well is retention.
Smell is roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, a bit of hops and a bit fruity.
Taste is a bit hoppy with loads of roasted coffee and grains. Chocolate takes a back seat to the roasted character of this beer. Fruitiness is present, but not particularly well flushed out. This one is incredibly roasty and makes itself known.
The roastiness kind of makes this one hard to drink, at least for me, while it was cold. As it warms to room temp, however, it is quite enjoyable, even if not as smooth as some other stouts.
Overall, a very good Irish Dry, but as far as american stouts go I personally would prefer this to be just a little bit sweeter. Beggers, however, can't be choosers, and this is a pretty darn good beer no matter how you look at it.

LuckySevens82, Apr 03, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

CraigMack61, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev +7%

irishevans, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

Mack, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bomber, served in a becker.

Pours a thick, caramel-oil in color. Densely creamy brown head with admirable retention leaving thinly webbed lacing with equally good strength.

Rich, roasted malts with a whaff of peat giving a touch of smokiness. Heavy cream with dark chocolate. Pine-filled floral hops.

Milk and dark chocolate-flavored, roasted malts. Tones of sweet cream over-taken by a rough floral hop kick, as well as the rich, roasted malts. A dry finish is followed by a slick, smokey aftertaste.

Full bodied; coarse, rich, and chewy. The mouthfeel is on for the style.

A flavorful American Stout; at times, a little too heavy on the peat-smoked flavors. Overall, a well-crafted offering from Rock Art.

NEhophead, Jun 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

MattXT, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Kelp, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

SpasmWaiter, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured two shades shy of black with a frothy, one inch khaki-colored head that eventually settled into a quarter inch, consistent cap. As brew recedes, delicate rings of lacing are revealed. Nose reveals lactose and malted cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, an additional coffee quality comes out, as well as a bit of char at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium/light with a slightly fizzy/prickly background effervescence. Really flavorful stout, particularly considering the low abv. That being said, if the carbonation was little more subdued, this would be one of the best examples of the style I've had the opportunity to try. Nonetheless, an exceptional American Stout.

Jwale73, Oct 18, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.