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Trumpeter Imperial Stout - Skagit River Brewery

Trumpeter Imperial StoutTrumpeter Imperial Stout

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%

Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RoyalT on 05-07-2004)
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Photo of rlee1390


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, but clear deep amber/brown when pouring, one finger brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, very slight chocolate.

T-Lots of roasted malt and some burnt notes. dark chocolate. not much else. On the bland side of things.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-There was nothing bad about this beer. However there wasn't anything eye opening.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:31:02 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Smurf2055


3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip at bottleworks.

Pours black with a small tan head.

Gives off a rich espresso aroma.

Lots of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits in the taste, very rich.

Powerful mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a slight bitter finish.

Overall, it’s a very drinkable imperial stout. Sure there are betters out there, but it’s a nice local brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 21:18:32 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black, hints of ruby with a frothy one finger dark tan head that faded quickly, leaving light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate with hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste started surprisingly sweet with chocolate, dark fruits transitioning into a nice dark roasted malt ending with a slight bitterness and hints of black licorice. The alcohol was present but not overwhelming.

Mouth Feel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, slightly sticky and a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a nice enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout to enjoy with desert or to sit back and relax with..

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 16:11:08 | More by dtivp
Photo of draheim


3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black w/ minimal tan head that quickly settles to a thin film.

Aroma is bitter and roasty, with some earthy/nutty notes of dark fruit.

Taste follows nose. Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Good balance, alcohol is concealed well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall a solid imperial stout, but nothing superlative. Just a good, well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 07:18:49 | More by draheim
Photo of Bitterbill


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gorgeous pour, pitch black with a 2 finger head of billowy foam that brings some good lacing.

The smell is of a very Malt forward Imperial Stout, bits of chocolate here and there, some roast, and a hint of dark fruits.

Big notes of sweet and dark chocolate kick things off, fairly light on roasted malt, a goodly amount of coffee, especially in the finish and the aftertaste. I don't get any dark fruit in the taste but I reckon it doesn't need any.

I really like this and it's very drinkable with the smooth overall mouthfeel I get from it. I'm too pleased to have had a chance to try it. You should too.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:32:41 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of NWer


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. Dark. Near black.
Mouthfeel, taste, in a word: smooth. Flavors and individual notes are somewhat muted. Can't make out much. I only know that I like it a lot. It is one of those beers that defy analysis. Just sit back and enjoy.
A lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 20:46:03 | More by NWer
Photo of ScreamForMe


4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I try to buy a few bottles of this every year. I might need to buy a case every year. This beer needs at least a year on it - then it transforms into something special. I did a side by side last year and the aged version beat the snockers out of the fresh version. I'm interested to see how it holds up two or three years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 07:33:04 | More by ScreamForMe
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with the added bonus of having some dark fruit and a little bit of anise mixed in. All of the components go well together.

The flavor is full of milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. I also get a little bit of alcohol which accentuates the big, bold flavors present in this beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:20:00 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Bfarr


2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Skagit River Brewery Trumpeter IRS

Deep dark brown with medium brown foamy head with poor retention and lacing. Muddy chocolate aroma. Chocolate and alcohol with roasted malts dominating. Dirty floral finish with strong alcohol warming. Foamy mouthfeel with light mouthcoating and stickiness.

There is an unidentifiable flavor from the combination of flavors that is somewhat interesting. It's good but not terribly complex. I did start to like the earthy flavor though it could be just the alcohol. Overall it's a pretty basic IRS.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:45:24 | More by Bfarr
Photo of youradhere


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tan head, head doesn't linger but a nice crust of brown lacing remains. Smell is sweet roast and chocolate, some fruity yeast esters. Taste is bitter coffee roast, dark chocolate with a dry character. Mouthfeel is thick, however carbonation is high. Pleasant RIS indeed, I have another 22 to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:03:17 | More by youradhere
Photo of sholland119


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ScreamForMe for this one from my SS09 haul.

A-Opaque black with ruby hints, a good frothy head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt and some toffee. Very nice.

T-Very tasty indeed. Sweet up front with dark chocolate rolling into a caramel sweetness. A nice roastiness takes over midway with a nice hoppiness in the finish and a bit of licorice.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated but still smooth.

D-I liked this one alot. Not familiar with the brewery before this but I need to change that.


Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:07:57 | More by sholland119
Photo of snaotheus


2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Pours black or very dark chocolate with a big, thick, slowly fading dark beige head, pretty decent lacing. Smell is primarily alcohol with some cherry sweetness.

Taste is way too sweet. It's hard to detect much else, but there's some cherry taste to it and a smokey aftertaste which isn't bad, but still overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Sweetness seriously detracts from the drinkability. I don't hate this beer, it's decent, but I wish I was splitting it with someone.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:19:23 | More by snaotheus
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured slightly lighter than expected, more the color of a porter than a stout, the medium tan head dissipated quickly and left minimal-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma delivers an exciting mix of sharp roasted flavors with just a touch of hop spicieness to add a kick. The flavors do not, however, live up to promises set by the scents. While still a flavorful beer, and one of Skagit's better offerings IMHO, the flavors aren't as bold and well defined as they should be. Plenty of deep roast goodness, a nice mix of flavors, just a everything's a little softer than you'd expect for the style.

Body and drinability are both average for the style. Overall, a beer worth trying if you see it, and if you're in the 4th Corner worth some effort (stopping in at the brewery) to get.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 23:03:29 | More by beertunes
Photo of RedDiamond


2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I started with high expectations for Trumpeter that were met only by the beer's visual presentation. Skagit serves this potent stout in a 12-oz. goblet showcasing its glossy ebony body and beige head. Beyond that the aroma and taste were irreparably marred by fusels. Harsh alcohol notes choked the taste, allowing just a hint of sherry to poke through and a slight measure of roast barley. The mouthfeel was fine. But the rest of the beer was corrupted by cruel medicinals.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 03:47:32 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Magpie14


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep dark walnut in color with mahogany red edges. A busty foamy cap on top...head is monstrous! Not only is the head big its retention is just as good. Head was a soft tan (cappuccino) color with craters, mounds, and dense chunks forming all the while leaving a bleary coating of lace. A very good look to this one

S: I am having a bit of trouble grasping this one but had no problem realizing this one is sweet and rich. Dark roasted malts, chocolates and caramel, and I swear a whiff of dull cinnamon?

T: a very rich offering overall. Roasted malts are drenched in rich chocolates, molasses, and spiced licorice. Malts are augmented by a gust of smokiness from time to time. Aftertaste has a little bit of doughy brownies to it
I could see this on ice cream, with cheesecake, or with strawberries. As it warms the flavor profile is even better and tackles vanilla and coffee flavors in the mix, 3/4 of the beer left and at 10% I am feeling soft and fuzzy already. Only downfall is alcohol notes start to bite through...barely

M: rich profile is paired nicely with a creamy, delicate, and full body. Super light on carbonation and finish is coming through with a gentle woodiness

D: this is a extremely drinkable beer but in reasonable quantities. This is another beer that I bought on a whim and boy I am excited by my random precision in choice. Great dessert offering and might be to sweet for some. I dig it!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 06:53:27 | More by Magpie14
Photo of Reagan1984


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my pint glass (only half way) and a huge shaving cream tan head formed. It was very creamy with intermittent large bubbles. It demonstrated excellent retention. After it faded it really looked like a golden lid on top of the beer. Very interesting color. There as a great deal of lacing left behind. The beer itself was as dark as brown can be, without being black. It was clearly more brown than black.

The aroma was very dark and deep. Espresso and dark roasted malts. Smelled a bit like fresh ground coffee beans. Very nice actually.

Flavor was very smoky. Actually the taste of BBQ beef or beef jerky came to mind. It's a bit hot with alcohol towards the end. It's a tad sweet. There is a chocolate syrup quality to it. Kind of reminds me of taking a big spoonful of Hershey's chocolate syrup. (tasted good, but even as a kid you knew it was a bit too sweet)

Mouth feel was big and thick in body and a bit warm due to the alcohol. On the verge of being creamy, but not quite.

The drinkablity is a bit lower due to the borderline cloying sweetness. The warming alcohol is there as well.

I wonder what this would be like with a bit of age on it...

Pretty good RIS, but not among the great ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:54:43 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of froghop


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and good lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, some nuts, some smokiness to it, and a few malts in the back.

taste is thick, bakers chocolate, roasted nuts, smoked, some licorice, and malt.

overall a very nice brew, the smoke surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:50:01 | More by froghop
Photo of kmeves


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a medium off white head. Aroma is medium sweet with caramel, molasses, licorice and roasted barley. Flavor has more of a malt component and more subtle molasses and nice bitterness. Large bodied, thick chewy texture. Finishes long and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 13:37:20 | More by kmeves
Photo of DIM


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark ruby red, bordering on black. It poured with a medium sized, sticky, light tan colored head.

s: Nice nose on this one. Notes of sweet vanilla lactose and roasty malts that smell of chocolate. Some mild cherry aromas as well. Little to no alcohol to be found.

t: Toasted malts up front that have flavors of semi-sweet chocolate with a little coffee. There is also some sweetness that has a lactic quality. The finish is dry and a bit chalky with faint cherry flavors.

m: Lush, foamy carbonation and a thick, velvety body combine to give this a very creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

d: Even with that little bit of chalk, this was a very good imperial stout. I think I liked it more than the score would indicate.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 10:42:05 | More by DIM
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tall, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Rich malty nose with notes of milk chocolate candies, dark caramel, flaked barley, and sweet licorice.

Taste: Smokey dark maltiness with tastes of chocolate and caramel. Chewy sweetness. A spadeful of top soil. A spicy, earthy bitterness that's a touch acrid latches on a pulls you away from the heavy malts for a moment before returning you for the bittersweet chocolate, smoked anise finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, Skagit. A respectable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 02:40:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is seriously underrated here on BA!

Pours pitch black with creamy tan head, at least one-finger that leaves fine lacing.

Sweet vanilla scent is most prominent, almost a bourbon barrel vanilla smell. Hints of toffee, caramel and molasses. Some banana and spicy bubblegum; milk chocolate.

Rich and slightly roasty malty goodness. Toffee and caramel with a salty edge and earthy hop bittering.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, still with a decent amount of carbonation. This was a surprise, very drinkable and excellent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 07:27:58 | More by BeerZack
Photo of dnichols


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was poured a pint from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a very dark brown body with a half finger dense bubbled chocolaty head. The head fell quickly leaving clumps of lacing the soon fell into the liquid.

S: It had a distinct roasted malt, dark sweet fruits, and bitter chocolate aroma followed by a citrusy hop odor that was suprising for the style.

T: The roasted malts and chocolate flavors were diluted and overtaken by tangy and citrusy hop flavors. The overall affect was to give the brew a bitter chocolate front followed by a biting coffee back. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

M: It was a medium to full bodied beer that seemed a bit watery for a RIS. It had a tangy presence due to the dominance of hops and a nice warm and clean back.

D: It fell short of a RIS but it still had the bang in the end. It would be difficult to take this one on in a long session but it was worth the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 21:00:02 | More by dnichols
Photo of russpowell


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with 1 finger of tan head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & a bit of roasted malt. plus a touch of brown sugar

T: Big time sweetness caramel, vanilla & chocolate, plus some coffee & roasted malt up front. Roasty malt & some bitterness start fighting back on the sweetness, bur Hershey bar sweetness prevails as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with dark chocolate & roasty chocolate& some nice boozey warmth.

MF: Sticky with medium body & low carbonation

Sweetness detracts a little from the drinkability. This would be a great desert beer

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 04:33:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours dark chocolate brown color with a modest light beige head that fades to a ringlet but laces the glass surprisingly well

Smell: Strong aroma of char, almost like bacon, even though this is not smoked; it must be something in the marriage of the malts and the hops that is creating this weird aroma

Taste: Opens with a chocolate, molasses flavor that builds in a citrus hop direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the char takes over along with a citrusy hop flavor; the alcohol pierces through and is not well-hidden

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: If you are going to craft a hoppy RIS, you better have a huge malt bill to go along with it; while the abv of this beer is above 10%, it fails to balance out the hops and ultimately is a disappointment

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:53:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of GimmeAles


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ink black as it should. Any resemblance of carbonation struggles to make itself know via a thin, quickly fizzling mocha-colored head and lazy, errant streamers. Only a light ring of bubbles is maintained and virtually laceless, totally acceptable for the style.

Nose is bludgeoned with huge, dark chocolate, char and burnt toffee. Earthy, herbal hop character struggles to make itself known. A woody, vanilla character emerges as is warms smacking familiarly to a strong bourbon-barrel porter from the same brewery which blew my mind recently. Definitely some malt-bill sharing going on here.

Massive body brings big, bitter dark chocolate and toffee sweetness to the fore, laying a sweet foundation to subtle alcohol heat, small hits of vanilla, and wisps of anise. Alcohol is well hidden among these flavors, but present in a warming way. A bit of Americano coffee, a bit more dark chocolaty sweetness and a flash of brine in the finish.

A top-notch Imperial Stout. Will definitely look for it again -- have a feeling this would hold up very well to other, more well-known options in this field.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 05:32:59 | More by GimmeAles
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Trumpeter Imperial Stout from Skagit River Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.