esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
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. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
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.
On tap at brewpub
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
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.
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. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
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. It’s a little light-bodied, but smooth and well-carbonated. This is a fine beer, and one that I’d love to have next time I make it out to the Troll.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Sampled at a tasting event. Draft, from old notes. Coffee and chocolate with dark fruits and raisins. Not too bad. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
On tap at brewpub, pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head, slight chocolate and coffee aroma, the front end is heavy with the chocolate and there is a decent amount of chocolate in the finish, mouthfeel was a little thin, not bad. CloakedDagger (2498) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an opaque black with a very lively and lacing beige head. Subtle, sweet vanillaish aroma. Medium body, very dry roast and a bitter - malt bitter finish. Appears bigger than it is. 081114 badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2010
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. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
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.