Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white/light tan head that disipates clean. Aroma of dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of molasses and some sweet lactose. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with some flavors of dark malt, some chocolate and a little hop character. Finish is sem-sweet with a dark malt chocolate aftertaste.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possibly the best foriegn stout I have tried. Black body with a khaki colored head. The aroma has some coffee and milk chococlate. The taste was dark chocolate with some espresso and bread crust. Itís almost like a super dank dark chococlate brownie. Rich and very smooth body with low carbonation.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black with a light tan, tight bubbled head. Aromas of roasted malt, light vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of espresso. Full feel, but not too syrupy and sticky. Flavors match up with the aromas along with some earthiness and touch of wood. Seems to sweeten a touch toward the end with a simple caramel flavor. A nice stout.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Grumpy Troll brewpub. Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Malty taste that matches the aroma with a mild bitter coffee finish. I was expecting a bit more but the Troll would have none of it.
nuplastikk (3831) - 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.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black body with a white head. The flavor is roasty with lots of anise and lactose. Charred malt and lots of black patent stand out. The aroma is lactose and black malt with that distinct foreign stout quality. Roasty charred palate. Coffee and chocolate are also noticeable. A delightful Foreign Stout.
shigadeyo (2919) - 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.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
My palate was beginning to get a bit tired so this made a nice change of pace. They advertise it as an imperial stout but it is definitely not; if anything it falls more under the heading of an export stout. There is also a barrel aged version available which I did not get a chance to try on this visit in May.
Aroma / Appearance - Without being extremely dark it was still a dark and mysterious color. The body swirled effortlessly around the glass leaving no lacing or discoloration. Coffee, hazel creamer, wood smoke and malt form the first wave. This is followed by anise, pepper and dark chocolate. There is alot going on within the confines of the sampler glass.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression is a little thin but the flavors are unaffected. Strong black coffee, almonds, smoke, peanut butter and burnt malts make their way down the throat leaving behind evidence at every sip. The only flaw is that it gets a little overpowering at the end - for that I have to knock it down a point or two. Otherwise this is a well made beer no matter what you call it.
madvike (2399) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewpub - Wanted to try this one at the brewpub but went with a couple other brews instead. Saw a bomber in their cooler on the way out and went for it. It pours deep and dark with a small foamy tan head. Smells of raisins, sweet malt, and toffee. Taste is light roast with some milkiness, caramel, and some smoky malt on the finish. Itís a little light-bodied, but smooth and well-carbonated. This is a fine beer, and one that Iíd love to have next time I make it out to the Troll.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mr levifunk sent me this bottle. thanks! pours black with small ochre head. nice lacing. a largely roasted nose, full of milk chocolate, nuts, and coffee..great mouthfeel leads to, again, a a largely roasted backbone that ends very dry and nutty. big choco, big coffee..somewhat earthy and slightly bitter.