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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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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2004

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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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a thick, light, fluffy head beige in color with an uneven and rocky flow. Aromas of biscuit and subtle cream and molasses. The nose is slightly restrained throughout. Flavors are smooth, but slightly watered down. Coffee bitters come through initially, but nothing to really follow them up. Molasses proflies blast by in a flash, but weak and watery. The palate does not get stimulated the way the appearance and smell lead you to believe it will. Big letdown from the tastebuds. The aftertaste is a tangy, sweet, muddled mess that shows hints of overcarbonation. The finish is sharp and light, with a roasted character that hangs on way too long. So much promise that just wilts away where it counts.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bomber of this in Rutland last weekend and was very excited to try it. It poured into the glass black in color with an average head. There was a nice roasted chocolate malt aroma. The mouthfeel was a little on the light side for my liking. The taste had the same roasted chocolate sweetness but it quickly gave way to a bitter hop finish. The aftertaste was a little too bitter for a stout, but maybe thats what they mean by "Gnarly".

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Photo of Amalak
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: looks decent. Black with fluffy light tan head. not sticky. Does not look to be very thick.

S: Smoky, bitter chocolate, and some wood.

T: Pretty balanced but nothing to sing about here. Just a straight ahead stout. Basic flavors that are identical to the nose. Quick finish and dry finish. Does not sit on the pallet very long.

M: pretty thin for a stout...

D: its goes down nice. Just too watery and not enough boldness.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is about time I crack this one open. Extra in trade. Thanks to UA8, Cheers Josh.

Strong pour produces tremendous head. Fluffy malted milk colored head has some very decent staying power. As the head works its way back patchy moth eaten lacing surrounds the glass. Body appears black though when held to the light a deep mahogany body can be seen.

Dark malt, and plenty off it comes across in the nose. Pleasant chocolate and lactic sweetness emerge from underneath. More subtle coffee, medium roast, comes in and out of play.

Plenty of dark roasted malt comes through in the flavor. Weak coffee notes hits the tongue mid palate. Slightly sweet though finishes with a bitter coffee and burnt malt aftertaste which lingers on the tongue.

The beer is what it is. It is good but not great. I appreciate the heavy handed approach with the dark malt but the flavor does not translate well with me in a smaller stout. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, a thicker body may have help. It does go down easy and really has no offensive qualities. Good beer, just not my favorite. Would drink again but probably not seek out.

Body is medium, a little light for the style. Smooth and soft but fails to reach a creamy texture. Carbonation is adequate and the finish is dry.

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Photo of brothercannon
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was lazy and drank straight from the bottle, so I can't say much for the appearance. I'm also congested so the little that I can smell does not offend the nose. Taste, a bit boozie for it ABV but still drinkable. It has the taste and mouth feel you would expect from a stout. Over all a drinkable beer but not one that I would go out of my way to obtain.

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Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of March for $1.99.

Beer was a bit of a gusher upon opening. When things settled down it poured dark brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly.

Not a whole lot going on with the nose. Hints of roasted malts and lactic sweetness are present.

Taste is chocolate roasted malts with a nice bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with no redeeming smoothness.

Overall a pleasant brew but nothing overly exciting.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you SFLpunk

a chocolate aroma of a stout that was dominated by the mineral rich wort. acidic burnt. a good pour of a mocha head... flocculation on the bottom of the bottle... gave it a home brew feel. nottingham yeast biscuit. very mineral astringent... dry. bakers chocolate and ash. a bit lean but substantial. a solid low ABV stout. burnt malt bitter finish.

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Photo of PaleZombie
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with lighter brown hues at its edges. Tan colored head reaches only a modest inch even after a vigorous pour. It dissipates into almost nothing shortly after, but can be revived briefly with some strong swirling of the glass. Minimal lacing, just a stray patch here and there.

S: Chocolate syrup, brownie batter, brown sugar, cola, mocha, chocolate cake, and some earthiness. Very sweet on the nose.

T: Cola up front, earthiness kicks in shortly after. Short-lived flash of chocolate syrup. A touch of chocolate cake and bakers chocolate. Light balancing hop bitterness. Very faint hint of acidity. It dries a lot mid-palate, and tastes of cocoa and smoke come out, along with light char and charcoal. Finishes very dry with lingering charcoal and smoke.

M: On the light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation is scrubbing. A bit creamy and somewhat smooth, but it could use a bit of help.

O: A decent stout. It just doesn't quite come together completely. It needs a little something more. The dryness of it comes as a bit of a shock after the nose seemed so half-baked and chocolatey.

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Photo of OldSock
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – After trying this one at the American Beerfest I was happy to bump into this 22 oz bomber of it at Marty's a few weeks back. A small stick on the bottom indicates that this beer was bottled November 22nd 2005. The beer pours pitch black with a one-finger tight beige head that slowly sinks to a hazy covering.

Smell – Lots of that roasted barley aroma mixed with sweetness and a hint of acidity. There is also sort of a creamy oatmeal aroma as well.

Taste – Solid stout profile, lots of charcoal, chocolate and a healthy dose of coffee. Starts out sweet, but finishes relatively dry. Hops provide a solid bittering punch, but don't contribute much else to this one. In the back there is also a slight acidic twinge, I assume just from the roasted malt. Tasty, but not as good as I recalled from my sample at the fest.

Mouthfeel – Too much carbonation, it seems like I often say that, but in this case its way over the top for a stout. The body is adequate, but it could stand to be a bit thicker.

Drinkability & Notes – This would make a good summer stout, the mouthfeel combined with the well balanced flavor makes this easy to drink. Between the roast and the acidity Stump Jumper most reminds me of a supercharged Guinness, not bad, but not particularly noteworthy either.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby highlights on the edges otherwise opaque. Nice brown frothy head turning more into a iceberg effect.

Milk and bitter chocalate, some caramel and coffee. Nice smell

Sweet and bitter chocalate, bitter coffee, burnt caramel, burnt toast and a little bit of a metallic taste at the very end. Not bad but I've had better.

Medium carbonation, when it begins to warm, the body is more on the medium side; it feels okay. Leaves the lips a little sticky. No alcohol warmth at all.

This is slightly above an average stout. I've had much better. I probably won't be seeking this again in a bottle but if I see it on tap, I will be certain to try it again. It's worth a shot, a little above average to me but maybe a gem to someone else.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle procured from the brewery today. Jan 2010 production stamp on bottom.

Pours a dark, almost opaque black with sudsy tan head. Nose is dominated by roasted malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate. Palate is medium-bodied and zippy with hop bitterness and malt bitterness intermingling in a way that keeps the beer dry. Not a cloying stout at all. Roasty.

Body is my only complaint. I would like to see it a little bigger, but it's an incredibly drinkable dry-style stout and is damn tasty!

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Photo of claspada
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights coming through when held up to light. The head is a massive, two finger thick, light mocha color that slowly dissipates and leaves sparse lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt characteristics in the nose, noticeable from afar. Also coming through are some chocolates notes and molasses or caramel hints as well.

T: The taste is kind of plain jane stout, nothing that makes it different from any old stout. Roasted flavors with hints of coffee beans. The finish is charred and malty.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is mostly roasted with a charred finish.

D: Nothing much to right home about here, just your average American Stout. It's highly drinkable but again, there's nothing that jumps out at you.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color. Looked good on the pour. There's a nice, frothy light brown head of about an inch.
Smell is black patent malt, some roast, and a wee bit of dark bakers chocolate. Mostly malt in the nose.
Taste is bitter and astringent. More dark roasted malts, some nice herbal hops in the flavor as well. Leaves some nice webby lacing on the inside of the glass as well.
Hops continue to dominate the flavor later on. Good bitterness and carbonation. Decent beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy large bubbled 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly, no lacing, something that I expect to see on a 10% abv beer, not one that is half that, super dark brown colored beer, almost black, with faint hints of light sneaking through.

Nose has plenty of dark malts, creamy chocolate, milk chocolate, oats, caramel, black malts but not roasty or charred, lactose too I think, somewhat like a milk chocolate stout, but not much else. As it warms it becomes mostly luscious chocolate and even vanilla.

Taste starts with slightly metallic flavor, then into the dark malts, light bitter acrid black malt with little tannin, but not roasty or burnt. Again the light lactose milky flavor brings milk chocolate, as well as light biscuit for an almost oreo cookie like without the creme filling. Earthy spicy grassy hops cut in quite a bit, fairly bitter as the hops jump in and stump me (forgive the pun). Finish is drier, a little creamy still, light lingering metallic slightly acrid black malt, hint milk chocolate, and long lingering plenty of earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, a nice creamy milky feel, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not great. Nice creamy milk stout like flavors, nice chocolate, but the light metallic acric flavor doesn't come across nicely, and the hops, while a nice hop profile, don't seem to blend too well with the beer as it's more of a milk stout. If they had beefed up the overall malt bill and roasted variety malts a bit then the hops would blend nicely.

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Photo of RandyV
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with a one-inch, yet thin dark tan head that quickly dissipates to leave just a faint, but tight lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma consists primarily of roasted malt and sweet chocolate.

The flavor features a much more pronounced roasted malt flavor, faint sweet chocolate again, but also more of a burnt coffee flavor.

Medium to full body with medium carbonation with just a touch of astringency and alcohol warmth.

This is a pleasant beer. It offers plenty of traditional style characteristics, but nothing that will overwhelm your palate. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Cascade77
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted to burnt coffee with a lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a Stout lover I had to try this bomber. The liquid was pitch-black upon pouring with a thin but sticky brown head. Moderate lacing and retention. The aroma was dominated by roasted malt with some hints of peat smokiness along with dark chocolate. The flavors were similar, roasted malt and milk-chocolate plus dark chocolate sweetness. The finish was distinctly coffee-like, bitter and dry, an impressive use of hops to nail the flavor. The mouthfeel was good, perhaps a little over carbonated for the style, and it could be heavier.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
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