Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Pour is opaque brown with a khaki head. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, ground coffee beans, and burnt toast. Dry mouth-feel with medium carbonation.
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!
andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler at Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb, WI. Appearance is pitch black with frothy off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is nice, distinct nuttiness, bitterness from coffee, light roasted chocolate malt, bit of lactose. Taste is good, finishes dry/bitter from the coffee, includes all of the aforementioned aroma elements. Strong, standard stout.
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black coloring, clean of any yeast and quick fading tan head. Strong coffee nose with a lot of dark roasted malt character, very very light chocolate sweetness late with a slight smokiness to round it out. Modest coffee flavor to start with a nice smooth roasted middle and finishes slightly dry with a light dark chocolate taste. Modest body, smooth texture with a just a touch of dryness from the dark malts at the end. Overall one of the beers I had multiples while at the Grumpy Troll. Great coffee and dark chocolate flavors.
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.
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, from the brewpub, spit with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, licorice, coffee. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, coffee, a little smokey, licorice, with a bittersweet, chocolate finish.
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 thatís a touch sweet and quite pleasing. Itís pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is very dry. It has a mellow roasted flavor. Itís 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.
doubelknv3 (995) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, espresso, and roast coffee aroma. Black, with creamy tan head; lacing. Roast coffee, chocolate, and hop finish. Watery, with medium bitter finish. Decent.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short, I thought this beer was awesome. This beer had a touch of sweetness, and a ton of dry roastiness that was clean, dry, and offered plenty of the "burned pizza crust" character I crave.
The beer appeared opaque and thick, with a medium amount of head. Aroma was a bit chocolatey, and offered a ton of dry roastiness. Flavor and mouthfeel was terrific, and as Iíve described above.
I thought this beer alone was worth the trip to Mount Horeb.
I had this on draft at the brewpub.