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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2004)
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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Amalak
3.38/5  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.

Amalak, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of MarkSmithVT
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

MarkSmithVT, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mkeene78
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev +6.7%

irishevans, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -20%

nh2032, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -20%

kaelingirl, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of tdexterc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tdexterc, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Heff19, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of DZales1000
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DZales1000, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +33.3%

dave00100, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of RandyV
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

RandyV, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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
Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

rtepiak, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

mavbrew, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

9InchNails, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Cascade77
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Cascade77, Mar 24, 2011
Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.