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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.9%
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
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 GOGRANDE
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

GOGRANDE, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

SFLpunk, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

CHADMC3, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A recent trip to Vermont provided the opportunity to stop by this small, but remarkable, brewery for a tour, free samples, and a couple of 22-ounce bombers, of which this was one.

The initial pour bursts forth in a magnificent gusher of brown froth, one that slowly evolves into a glistening buttery head crowning a pitched-black body. The lacing is thick and slobbery. The nose discerns some sweet notes of cocoa powder as the palate is warmly greeted with intense dark chocolate that retains some bitterness at the finish. There is a doughy mouthfeel, all warm and toasty.

Rock Art is an unassuming brewery that continues to gain a reputation for their quality craft brews. Unfortunately, their size ensures a limited distribution area - thus depriving many beer lovers of a chance to enjoy these fine beers. Rock Art is definitely worth a stop.

jjboesen, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

kzoobrew, Jan 09, 2010
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
Photo of brothercannon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

brothercannon, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 02, 2009
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 kingcrowing
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
Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

mountdew1, Nov 02, 2009
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 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 strengthdoc
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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".

strengthdoc, Jun 14, 2009
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 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
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 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 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
Photo of Jwaks
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Jwaks, Mar 14, 2007
Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.