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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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85
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
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 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
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.

SixpointJMH, Nov 05, 2006
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 OldSock
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – After trying this one at the American Beerfest I was happy to bump into this 22 oz bomber of it at Marty's a few weeks back. A small stick on the bottom indicates that this beer was bottled November 22nd 2005. The beer pours pitch black with a one-finger tight beige head that slowly sinks to a hazy covering.

Smell – Lots of that roasted barley aroma mixed with sweetness and a hint of acidity. There is also sort of a creamy oatmeal aroma as well.

Taste – Solid stout profile, lots of charcoal, chocolate and a healthy dose of coffee. Starts out sweet, but finishes relatively dry. Hops provide a solid bittering punch, but don't contribute much else to this one. In the back there is also a slight acidic twinge, I assume just from the roasted malt. Tasty, but not as good as I recalled from my sample at the fest.

Mouthfeel – Too much carbonation, it seems like I often say that, but in this case its way over the top for a stout. The body is adequate, but it could stand to be a bit thicker.

Drinkability & Notes – This would make a good summer stout, the mouthfeel combined with the well balanced flavor makes this easy to drink. Between the roast and the acidity Stump Jumper most reminds me of a supercharged Guinness, not bad, but not particularly noteworthy either.

OldSock, Apr 28, 2006
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 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.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
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 LuckySevens82
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of ppoitras

Pours a jet black with a nice, dense, chocolate milk colored head. Lacing is nice as well is retention.
Smell is roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, a bit of hops and a bit fruity.
Taste is a bit hoppy with loads of roasted coffee and grains. Chocolate takes a back seat to the roasted character of this beer. Fruitiness is present, but not particularly well flushed out. This one is incredibly roasty and makes itself known.
The roastiness kind of makes this one hard to drink, at least for me, while it was cold. As it warms to room temp, however, it is quite enjoyable, even if not as smooth as some other stouts.
Overall, a very good Irish Dry, but as far as american stouts go I personally would prefer this to be just a little bit sweeter. Beggers, however, can't be choosers, and this is a pretty darn good beer no matter how you look at it.

LuckySevens82, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So stoked to see this in a bottle finally!

This gnarly stout pours out a blackness with a huge deep tan head. Dry. Coffee flavor comes through along with some thick malt goodness and a touch of burnt even. Did I mention dry? Ok, but the mouthfeel actually works! When the sip is over you're not gasping for water, your happy to take your time an get another sip in that good old mouth of yours because you know that your mouth deserves it. This is hands down one of the best beers to come out of the green mountains, so check it out soon while the bombers last.

scottum, Nov 11, 2004
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Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.