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Spetsnaz - The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 04-02-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Monday at 06:54 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BDeibs, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

"Spetsnaz Stout." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap courtesy of the very generous Duff27. 6.70% ABV per the label. Aside from "stout," no style is identified on the label.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured into an Odell stem-tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is my first beer from this brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Khaki-tan colour. Has a nicely creamy and thick consistency, with a soft complexion and even-keeled texture. Appealingly supple. No lacing sticks to the sides of the tulip as the head recedes.

Retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black, but very dark.

No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's an appealing appearance for a stout, but is far from unique or special. Looks like most stouts, with the benefit of a nice head.

AROMA: Better than I would have anticipated. Decadent oatmeal, wonderful cream, a kiss of roasted barley, beautifully integrated lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, and milk chocolate.

I don't detect any yeasty notes, hops, spices, or off-notes.

It's incredibly pleasant; I can't wait to try this. As it warms, I think I pick up on a kiss of faint coffee. It's such a mellow aroma. Mild in strength. Lovely for the style.

TASTE: Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the core - a pretty standard approach to the foundation for a stout. Lactose sugar comes in and fills out the body nicely, with some complementary cream and milk chocolate in there too.

Sadly, no roasted barley or coffee enters into the profile; they're sorely missed.

Overall, it's an enjoyable albeit simple milk stout with a nice balance, but little in terms of complexity/intricacy and subtlety. Very straightforward for the style.

There is some faint hop character - evergreen and a bit of pine is all I find. Those are good hop choices for a stout.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Nice flavour amplitude.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, a bit silky, full-bodied, and thick. Luckily, it's not syrupy or sticky. I could use more softness and silkiness. Ideally, the creaminess would work against a roasted barley-induced coarseness and dryness, but then again this is a milk stout, and it's conventionally smooth.

Not scratchy, rough, oily, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or gushed.

This texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer or highlight any flavours. The creaminess is nice, but I'd like more of a deliberate texture focused on bringing out the best in the beer.

A biteen overcarbonated.

OVERALL: It's likable drinkable milk stout. I'd prefer this were offered in 6 pack format; bombers are unnecessary. It does a decent job at hiding its ABV. I've certainly had better, but it's nice to know this is available in Wisconsin. It's a nice alternative to Left Hand Milk Stout, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Well worth trying for fans of the style, but it won't impress the discerning drinker.

High C+

kojevergas, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

egrace84, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

oldvines, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

MarshMan71, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dactrius, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jreindl, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Hopheadjeffery, May 13, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, tan head. Roasted coffee in the nose, even the acidity is there; grassy hops behind it all. Black. Starts with a deep, roasted coffee, then moves into the flavor of coffee beans crushed by your teeth; rich, dry, and a bit earthy. There is a build of the hop bitterness (which is floral), which mostly just makes it taste acidic like coffee. The finish is just coffee and roasted malt.

There's hop bombs, and this is a roast bomb. I've never had anything this roasted outside of espresso. A bit light in mouthfeel.
Just great.

TheSSG, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

TonyTalon, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

atone315, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jera1350, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bismarksays, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting.

A- thin black, light tan head with large bubbles.

S- sweet dark malts, slight almost mint aroma

T- nearly same as smell. Still has something I can't pick out, mint?

M- medium to thin.

O- ok. Hard to rate after black ops and abyss!

kawilliams81, Dec 24, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a thin light mocha head that dissapates quickly. Black/dark brown beer. Above average lacing.

S- a real faint sweetness, lactose sugar? Lovin the aroma.

T- touch of roastiness. slight sweetness on the tailend.

M- medium mouthfeel although it is creamy. Low carbonation.

D/O- Overal an above average milk stout. Recommended for fans of the style.

Duff27, Dec 18, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- lucid dark with a creme colored one inch head. A touch of lacing that hangs to the side of the glass for a short period of time. Looks a little watery for a stout.

S-smells like light roasted coffee with a dollop of milk and some sugar. But really, there's a touch of coffee bean and bakers chocolate in the smell with some herbalness too. Very nice aroma.

T-light roast right away. Almost an oatmeal flavor in the middle and a sweet finish kind of like a hersheys bar. Aftertaste is a little hoppy, actually. Pretty nice flavor.

M- somewhat thin for my taste. A touch overcarbonated for a deep flavored stout. More like a porter, but still not aweful.

O- I enjoyed this beer and might have it again if I want roasty flavor that's not too heavy. There's much better stouts out there but this sweet coffee tasting ale ain't bad.

znichols, Sep 19, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout is jet black with a nice sticky tan head. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt, a bit of coffee. The flavor is an intense burst of roasted malt, coffee, yet the sweetness of the beer provides nice balance the bitter roasted malts. The body is full and creamy feeling, with medium-low carbonation, very nice. Overall a well made stout, with good flavor with great mouthfeel, I could have a couple of these, recommend.

uwmgdman, Jul 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a deep brown and appears black and opaque. A 1 inch mocha colored head forms and slowly reduces leaving a large full coverage lacing.

The aroma is great with the primary component being a dark chocolate sweetness. Some roasted coffee components also. Not the sweet/milky I was expecting, but very good.

The taste comes through on the milky lactose components, which are nicely blended with a dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, which combines with a bit of hops. An interesting bakers chocolate component a couple of minutes later is present.

The mouthfeel had a frothy carbonation feel to it. It is creamy with a medium/full body. Well balanced and leaving a nice dryness at the end.

Overall, this is an easy to drink and solid beer. Everything about it is good and the ABV is not real prominent. I could definitely enjoy this one again.

SykDoc, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of DeeMented
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Grumpy Troll brewpub.

The beer arrived in a pint glass. It appeared dark and opaque black, with a thick, tan head. Lots of lacing on this one.

The smell was very toasty; roasted malts and bit of chocolate. Slightly sweet, slightly earthy, there was also a hint of coffee as it warmed. Very nice aroma.

The mouthfeel was smooth, if slightly on the thick side. Good carbonation that really opened things up.

The taste wasn't overly sweet, but leaned toward bitter chocolate with a mild hops bitterness and a coffee finish. The toasted effect lingered long after the hops faded. It tasted like a big beer, but the alcohol content made this a very sessionable brew.

Overall, a very impressive stout that rates right up there with the big boys on the "Best of BA" list.

DeeMented, Nov 03, 2009
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Spetsnaz from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.