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:
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 RandyV
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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".

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?

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 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.

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.

Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.