Spetsnaz | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 04-02-2007

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3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jet70
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice chocolate. Roasty. Some bite.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

"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+

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of TheSSG
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Spetsnaz from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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