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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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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Sammy, May 25, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

djrn2, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

metter98, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

jlindros, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice three-finger head. Light beige and modest dome. Dark brown colored liquor where no light can shine through. Leaves ring lace after each sip.

Sweet chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Slight chalkiness. Very mild black patent malt in the background.

"Darker" flavor than the smell lets on. More burnt toast and slight coffee-ish tastes. Relatively thin body for the style. Great aftertaste of hop and burnt barley--very dry.

smcolw, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 19, 2009
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 plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Kelp
4/5  rDev +7%

Kelp, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 24, 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 TheSevenDuffs
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
Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

claspada, Feb 26, 2011
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
Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

tommyguz, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

muskiesman, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +7%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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
Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -19.8%

kaelingirl, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

arizcards, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

thekevlarkid, Sep 19, 2008
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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
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