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Amnesia | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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18 Ratings

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 04-02-2007

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Endeavor11
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is opaque brown with thin head and no lacing. Nose is heavily roasted with some slight astringency, cocoa, coffee, and some bitter hop character. Taste is mildly bitter up front followed by cocoa, coffee, and mild caramel. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter. Overall, decent flavors but a little on the astringent side.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is chocolate and roasted malt, as well as being lightly tart. Not sure if this is an early sign of infection or if the brewer intended it to be a little bit tart, but it doesn't take away from the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. One inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, acidity, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness and acidity as well. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, some acidity, and slight alcohol. Overall, a really good baltic porter; not too acidic, well balanced, nice mouth feel.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grumpy Troll Amnesia looks like it's the darkest brown ever, with a thin, frothy mocha head with oily bubbles on top. It smells like chocolate-covered raisins and sweet malt. In the mouth, it's creamy, chewy and medium-full bodied with a soft finish. There are deep flavors of raisin and prune, dark, sweet bread and Dr. Pepper. It's very rich and enjoyable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I forgot what I was going to write. Oh yeah, pours a midnight black color with a soft and bubbly light tan head. Good retention and lacing through the whole tasting though did hide to the edge of the glass.

The nose is limited overall. Some malty aromas with some minor astringent notes. More of a caramel and nutty aroma than anything else. Some minor chocolate and a light lactic aroma as well. They yeast is noticeable but not overpowering. Some minor oxidation notes but ok.

The taste is a bit more descript. The malt comes out versus the nose. A more chocolate malt flavor with some roast on the back end. A light astray note that is a bit of a distraction. The caramel is there with a light fruity plum and fig flavor. Some fusel notes that come out more as it warms. Some spicy almost pepper like notes as well. The oxidation comes out a bit more but there is some sherry notes as well. Would have liked a cleaner taste but some good notes in there.

The body is moderate but with the alcohol coming out, gives it more of a mid-fuller feeling. The carbonation is a bit high, enhancing the roast/astray at the end. Would have liked it backed off for a more smoother feel. Overall I would like a bit more caramel and less fusel, but some nice chocolate and ester notes are nice.

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Photo of blackie
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: nearly black in color, average head with low retention

s: roasty, dark, fruity,

m: low carbonation, full body, syrupy

t: charred roasts, powdered sugar ,heavy and confection-like, weird minty flavor doesn't do so well

d: eh

bomber from the brewpub, split with the dirtman in Madison

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the brewpub, split with the blackest of them all

appearance: poured into a pint glass, dark mahogany body with a light beige ring

smell: dry roastyness, roasted malt

taste: dry and roasty, many stout-like characteristics, licorice, dry cocoa. a mediocre baltic porter at best

mouthfeel: dry and roasty

drinkability: meh

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SurlySober brought this over to my house, and swore up and down it was better on tap at the brewpub. The bottle was extremely carbonated, and indeed he said experienced secondary fermentation in the bottle. There was a powerful pop when I pried the cap off, and the beer foamed extensively in the glass. Color was black with too much head. Aroma was pretty faint, and was a pretty generic dark roastiness. Flavor wasn't bad, but was nothing to write home about. It was dark and roastiness with a bit of coffee and chocolate, but it was faint and just not the same as some other great baltic porters or imperial stouts. Not bad, but not exciting, at least not in the bottle.

Based on this experience, I wouldn't recommend this beer, but I would give it a second chance at the brewpub, where in my experience, the food and beer are both excellent. SurlySober bought this bottle at the brewpub.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, light tan head.

Smell: Aroma of roasty, smokey barley along with chocolate and a lesser note of fruit skins.

Taste: A mingling of roasted barley, baker's chocolate, and dark caramel with a mild sweetness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Faint wisp of smoke. Touch of fruit -- a bit of red grape. Relatively light finish with a lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so as far as Baltic Porters go.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz. Bomber - Pours black in color with a small head - very low in carbonation. Smells of fruit and yeast overpowering the hop aroma. First sip is caramel and fruity (dark fruits), with raisins and fig notes. Not too bad, but not something worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black, deep brown with a thin tan head even with a vigorous pour.

S - Nutty, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate.

T - Very roasty, almost burnt grain giving it a touch of coffee flavor, chocolate and slightly nutty with some hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Slightly on the thin side with low carbonation.

D - A very tasty porter but missing the dark fruit characters I love in Baltic porters. If I would have tried this one blindly I would have guessed robust porter. Goes down way too easy for 8.2% ABV and seems to get better with every sip. I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the Grumpy troll at lunch with my wife on my way through town. Had a few samplers and took a growler of this with me. They did a great job filling growlers there and it was only $9 with my own growler. It pours out a nice deep coke brown with a decent runny head. The body definitely looked like a craft rootbeer. Aroma was filled with deep dark sugars and roasted malts. They used a lager yeast on this so the fruits may have been a bit subdued in the nose. The taste is chewy with a malty sweetness that leaves a heavy dose of burnt sugar. The hops are present more on the bitterness side and dont contribute much for flavor but they balance out the richness of the body quite well. The body was a tad bit thin for a baltic, but not terribly far off the mark. I am not sure what the abv is on this one, but is so remarkably easy to drink that I wish would have gotten two growlers of it. Wonderful beer from a great brewpub!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amnesia is named for a bicycle tire that grew out of a tree in Blue Mound.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, near black with a thick tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate with a nutty dryness. Very pleasing.

Taste: Lots of chocolate mixed with very dark almost burnt roasted grains. Dashes of caramel and toffee. A pinch of nuttiness but no dark fruit. I’ve grown to expect a level of dark fruit (usually prune) booziness in Baltic Porters. This has neither booziness nor dark fruit character.

Mouthfeel: Thick, luscious, creamy, smooth, and roasty with a nicely drying finish.

Drinkabiltiy: Through the roof. This is one great Porter. It’s straightforward but it gets the chocolate and roasty flavors and aromas perfect. As a Baltic Porter, however, it fails on two accounts: 1. it is not strong enough. 2. I didn’t detect any fruity flavors.

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Amnesia from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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