The Rock Art Brewery Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout comes from Morrisville, VT. The ABV is substantial at 5.8%. Referring to itself as “Gnarly” made me curious to try it. It pours a substantial head initially. The maltiness is pleasant but it’s the hoppiness that demands your attention. The flavor is a nice surprise for those who don’t want a traditional stout. Also noticeable are definite notes of chocolate and coffee.
The term Stump Jumper refers to “those who work and play in the woods.” Maybe the next time around I’ll go for a hike and then give this beer another try. Recommended, but not for the fainthearted. You must like hops and you must like stouts.