Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Bourbon Barrel Aged Spetsnaz | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, wood, light bourbon, and light smoke. Tastes of wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocoalte, and roasty. Bourbon was not overpowering.

Notes from 7/21/08

 277 characters

Photo of Flyer
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has an amazing one-two-three punch. It’s not really complex, in the sense that complex beers have flavor notes that dance around each other -- but it has big, big notes of wood, bourbon, and chocolate. It had the heaviest wood aroma I’ve ever experienced (that’s a good thing) although it didn’t necessarily seem like oak -- not sure if the barrels were some other wood, or if the intensity of it fooled me. The bourbon was equally compelling, and the same one-two punch dominated the flavor, along with nice chocolate overtones. In theory, I’d say this could use more subtlety, but the truth was that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

 643 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

approximately 6oz snifter pour for $3.50 after a long hike

appearance: served in a nice grumpy troll snifter...dark espresso colour, bordering on black...nice creamy tan head with solid retention. solid

smell: creamy dark chocolate, mocha java, very light bourbon, a touch of oak and vanilla...nice aromas and not overpowering

taste: quite tasty and very creamy...bourbon rather hidden though i feel differently about this than dapeculier...creamy dark chocolate, espresso, minimal amounts of dark fruit, milky and delicious.

mouthfeel: medium body, super creamy, nice

drinkability: high

 603 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six ounce pour served in a snifter for $3.50 on a fine, sunny Saturday in May.

Appearance: Jet black with a thin head. Totally opaque. Pretty lacing but not overly clingy.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate, and I do mean big, huge, heaping amounts of each. Bourbon isn’t noticeable at all, which I adore because I am not a fan of bourbon in the slightest. Instead I find rich oak and just the right amount of vanilla to make things interesting.

Taste: Sweet dark fruits, though none of the cherry often found in BBA beers, balanced by dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Woodiness throughout. Subtle vanilla. Booziness is very subdued and controlled.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Balanced. Luscious on the tongue with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Exquisitely rich and warm.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. The ABV is well hidden and the body is not too heavy. Very drinkable.

Overall impression: This is a world class beer. The troll has managed to garner all the benefits of barrel aging without compromising the style or creating a booze bomb. I’m exceedingly pleased with this and hope to have at least a few more opportunities to drink it in the future.

 1,174 characters

Bourbon Barrel Aged Spetsnaz from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!