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Brew Pub Details

Production: n/a
Brewmaster: Rich Becker
Tours: None
Restaurant: Yes
No Smoking
Games: None

Grumpy Troll Brew Pub

105 Second Street
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin  53572
(608) 437-2739

Reviewed by: dfunk
Sunday, February 10th, 2002

The Beer

Trailside Wheat - 60% wheat malt/40% pale malt. Trailside tastes as much like a hard lemonade as it does a wheat. Itís supposed to sweet, but itís not, which is fine. The advertised hint of cloves/banana/apple is barely perceptible. I still canít get into a wheat much unless itís summer.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Phil the Pils - The color is golden; the taste is pale, but malty. It features German pale malt and Saaz hops. Overall, Phil is nondescript, but easy drinking.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Bitter Troll ESB - Wow, what a contrast to the Pils. The ESB has huge flavor. Thereís a caramel malt aroma, and the ESB attacks the sides of the tongue immediately with a big bitter bite. But it is sweet and malty, too. There is also an alcohol taste. This is the most flavor Iíve encountered in an ESB; maybe more subdued would be nice, but it is definitely distinctive.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Red-Eyed Troll Ale - The aroma is light and floral. The taste and aftertaste are creamy, but relatively not that sweet. Red-Eyed has a bit of a chocolate covered cherries finish without the sugar taste. Like many Ambers/Reds, The Red-Eyed Troll would be a good session beer.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

How Now Brown Cow - How Now, indeed. Smooth and chocolate, like bakerís chocolate. Similar to the Red in body and mouthfeel, but with a fuller flavor. Plenty of malt with a nice dry finish, like a cream or dry stout. Itís "bold and tasty," as advertised. I ordered a pint with lunch, but I still wasnít sure if this would be a better one-pint or session beer. Best one so far in the tasting.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Winter Warmer - Billed as nut brown, it felt more like a beer version of between a Rose and Merlot wineó in the aroma, alcohol, body, and sweetness. Plenty of malt with cinnamon and nutmeg undertones. The Winter Warmer does have the warming effect of a winter beer, but it is not as sweet as most.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Rye-Bock - The Rye-Bock is considered the pride of the brewer. Definitely one of their better beers. Basically, it tastes like rye; so if you like rye, you will love this. NMETS (Not Much Else to Say). It had an interesting aroma. One person described it as walking through a mossy woods after a rainstorm.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

The Grumpy Stout - This sweet stout is extremely smooth and enjoyably subdued. Itís equal to the Brown in overall quality and as easy drinking as a stout can be.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Rich Becker

The Brewmaster is Rich Becker, from J.T. Whitneyís in Madison, WI.

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The Atmosphere

An exceptionally well laid out design. The Troll is new and aesthetically pleasant, especially the wood and color of the main dining room. It has a family atmosphere with everyone from babies to grandparents. The staff is friendly, which is a must in a brewpub and in a small town. Also, a Troll claim to fame is the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. car suspended from the ceiling in the upstairs dining room. A must see.

The Food

The choices are pretty decent for a lunch menu; maybe a few more salad or vegetarian selections would be nice. Two of us had Skogstroll burgers. Bakery fresh bun, choice of toppings, a very good pub burger.

Afterthoughts

Possibly something wrong with my palate this day, but all of the beers had a powdery/chalky aftertaste to them. That aside, Iíd recommend the How Now Brown Cow or The Grumpy Stout. If youíre a rye fan or serious craft beer drinker, you must try the Rye-Bock. Overall, a pleasant place with a few good beers. Nothing hugely outstanding, but enough quality to warrant a visit or two.

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Subject: RE: RE: Grumpy Troll Brew Pub [Mount Horeb]
Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2002
EmoticonI will be at Grumpy Troll tomorrow, Sunday, February 10 for a retasting.
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