yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
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. surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2008
NTH TRIAL: Pours a perfect balck with a moderate light brown head; smell is roasted malt, burned pizza crust; flavor is delicious bitter chocolate, more burned pizza crust, sweet roasted malt, and some delicious hoppy bitterness; finish is spectacular and leaves just the right amount of bitter chocolate and hoppiness on the tongue. I love the Grumpy Troll. In fact it’s probably my favorite brewpub in the world, and this "always-on-tap" beer is one of the reasons it’s my favorite. A delicious brew that manages to be quite complex, while still completely drinkable... Absolutely delicious! gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
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. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
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 I’ve described above.
I thought this beer alone was worth the trip to Mount Horeb.
I had this on draft at the brewpub. MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Tap. Black with a medium head.Malt & chocolate aroma with a nice thick palate. starts malty with a coffee middle and a chocolate finish all three are very distinct. Think I’ll walk over and fill my growler :)
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
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. It’s almost like a super dank dark chococlate brownie. Rich and very smooth body with low carbonation. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
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. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Tosa gathering, growler: Opaque with a small ring of beige frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla and chocolate, toasty and smoky malts, coffee, hint of anise, prune and leather esters. A heavy toasted character greets the drinker with a noticeable bittersweet chocolate and fruity tone as well. An earthy yeasty midesection completed by a smoky and nutty finish. The mouth feel is lush and biting, slightly warming and has a dry mineral like aftertaste. The whole is even better than the parts, a great brew. I need to taste more from this brewery, seek and destroy. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
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 daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
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.