Grumpy Troll Bourbon Barrel Aged Spetsnaz Export Stout
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Aged 5 months in a bourbon barrel. Base beer is Grumpy Troll Sptesnaz Export Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Pours to a blacker body than the base beer with a nice tan head. Nice lacing. The aroma is HEAVY on sweet bourbon and lactose sugars. Chocolate malt and coffee. The flavor is lactose sugar, chocolate malt, rhubarb, dry roasty black patent, bourbon, and vanilla. I love how the bourbon works in a foreign stout styled beer. (A first for me). The palate is smooth, lightly alcoholic but not fusel. Delicious!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Poured an opaque black color. Head was tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor was similar with mild roasty malt. Slightly sweet on the tongue. Very smooth mouth feel and full bodied. Iím a sucker for barrel aged beers and this was was well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
This has an amazing one-two-three punch. Itís 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 Iíve ever experienced (thatís a good thing) although it didnít 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, Iíd say this could use more subtlety, but the truth was that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11650) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrm1021 (23) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Draft pour from the Brewpub. Pours black with a slight white head. Aroma of Chocolate and wisps of bourbon. Nice, smooth chocolate and bourbon flavor with some malt tones. A very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
On draught at the Malt House: Pours a thick opaque black colour with a large creamy brown head. Aromas of oak, whiskey, and bbq smoke. Taste is rich with strong bourbon flavors and barbeque. Nutty, burnt toast and coffee grounds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Draft. Black with a full light brown head Aroma is a mix of malt, bourbon and wood. Full body. Has a malt start a strong bourbon middle and a wood finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark cola brown brew with virtually no head. Aroma of toasted dark malt and just a touch of bourbon and oak. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt, vanilla, oak wood and some bourbon. Finish is slightly watery with a more distinct toasted dark malt and just barely any bourbon in the aftertaste. Not an in-yer-face bourbonized stout but just a dark beer with some light bourbon character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
On tap at brewpub

Compared to Blake, I did not find this quite as impressive. It is an interesting experiment to be sure as it is not every day you barrel age an export stout. Still, the net result is too much bourbon and too little stout in the end. Thankfully it comes in a six ounce snifter so that you donít have to attempt to drink a full pint. I would recommend trying it but if you are expecting something out of this world be prepared for some letdown.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge one and a half finger tan head sat for ten minutes until the glass began to warm. As it did the head slowly receded to a half height. The body was dark but only borderline black. The bourbon base is obvious from the start in the form of vanilla and oak but it is complimented nicely by hazel and coffee. Pecans and cocoa complete the spread which is worth spending some time admiring.

Flavor / Palate - Much like the non-barrel aged version the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. However, once you get past that this becomes a very enjoyable beer. Vanilla, cocoa and expresso tweak the senses before the hazel and brown sugar hit the back of the throat. As it warms the bourbon becomes more and more obvious until it is all that can be detected. Donít let this one get too far above 50F or youíll be overwhelmed by the alcohol. If I were rating this on the first half it would be a 4.0; on the second half it loses some points. The net result is still a solid 3.6.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Name: Bourbon Stout
Date: 08/08/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

Appearance: black, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma, touch of bourbon, light roasted blended with oak,
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, nice vanilla sweetness, light oak, roasted come in from behind to add the balance,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

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