Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of claspada
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Amalak
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of jmz62565
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
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