TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours deep dark brown-black with thin head. Aroma is deep dark bitter roasted grains, coffee, and that’s about it. Flavor is bitter roast grain, coffee, a light dose of sweet malt... but otherwise just plain dark, roasted grain. One-dimensional but still pretty darned good. Tingly palate with long roasty aftertaste.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brown-black pour, moderate brown head leaves a nice lacing. Roasted malt aroma with elements of ash and strong cheese. Flavor leads with roasted, dark chocolaty backbone with a definite iced coffee component, nice hops balance, imparting lemon and pineapple flavors in the background. Full bodied, very smooth, yet still drinkable, has the thicker mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout.
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Opaque black color. Roasty sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet with a pleasant bitter balance. Smooth chocolate tones. Light lactic touches.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one bottled, thanks Dad! Very thick, oily dark brown pour with a thin, tan head. Complex notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, plum, soy sauce, and smoke. Strong but not particularly alcoholic. An excellent example of the style.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown pour with a light brown head. Very roasty and lots of bitter chocolate in the aroma. Plums and chocolate carry the flavor with some light hops. Good stuff.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My brother picked up a bomber of this in Wisconsin and left it in my fridge. Grumpy Troll Spetsnaz is a brownish black beer with a thin film of a coffee colored head that has some pretty nice lacing. It has a nutty and roasty aroma that’s a touch sweet and quite pleasing. It’s pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is very dry. It has a mellow roasted flavor. It’s well balanced and very flavorful. Coffee seems to be the strongest note here. The bitterness is light and grassy. It starts dry, but there is a bit of sweetness at the finish. This is excellent.
shigadeyo (3180) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/16/2007: Grumpy Troll Spetsnaz Export Stout has a dense, tan-colored lasting head and an opaque black appearance. Roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate waft from the beer. The flavor has a really nice blend of semi-shweet chocolate and roasted malts with a soft coffee finish. This beer is really balanced and has a medium-full body and smooth, creamy texture. Well done!
Sample (draught) at the Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant and Pizzeria in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Rating #24 for this beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of ovaltine and coffee,flavor was a splendid mix of roasted malts chocolate syrup and chcolate frosting. More chocolate then many Chocolate stouts,more of an Imperial then Export,a hidden gem
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours a good looking black with some off white to tan head. Nose of roasted malt mostly and some chocolate. Flavors of nice roasted malt and hints of coffee and chocolate. Pretty dry mouth. Good beer!
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark opaque black colour with a large creamy brown head. Burned toast, coffee grounds and dark chocolate flavors. Aroma is sweet, yet strong of chocolatey malts and roasted nuts. Nice brew!