Trumpeter Imperial Stout - Skagit River Brewery

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Skagit River Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RoyalT on 05-07-2004

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Reviews by kmeves:
Photo of kmeves
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Dark brown in color with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The light cocoa and roasty malts are right on track, but there seems to be an off hop balance to this one. I do though like the rather huge brown sugars that come up towards the end.

Taste – This is off. The roasted malts and, again, bitter chocolate are nice, but the sugars turn into a sweet kind of citrusy flavor that is out of place for the style. It ends with a twang of hoppy citrus.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than medium-bodied with a clumsy, disappointing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of an Imperial Stout.

Comments – I hate to slam the home team, and I love the Skuller’s IPA, but this offering from Skagit River misses the mark.

Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of masikon
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brewery is located about 20 miles from my house so when I saw this at Bottleworks I thought I'd give it a shot. Pours ebony with no light coming through whatsoever, head is a dark muddy brown but fades quickly with a fair amount of lacing. Nose is sharp with astringency, not much in the way of typical stout chocolates or coffees. Taste is also alcoholic and sharp, very astringent, overpowering sense of sweetness and somewhat hard to swallow. sadly lacking in anything delicious tastewise, no clear flavors actually at all...too hard to get past the harsh alcoholic mouthfeel. It's unfortunate because I always root for the local brews but this one is pretty lackluster.

Photo of Magpie14
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of BeerZack
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is an odd mix of cake, hairspray and berries. Quite freaking odd to be honest, but curiously less offensive in the nostrils than hairspray,berries and cake are in the ear. Full black color with a firm thumb thick tan head. Fore is roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Not as bad a flavor as I expected from its overall rating. It’s certainly a little narrow in flavor range, but the burnt/alcoholic flavors that dominate fall squarely in the Imperial Stout flavor range. Admittedly it is a bit off..especially the aroma, but it’s not an awful brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass, with a quarter finger light brown head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of dark toasted malt, moch chocolate, and hint of licorice; lightly smoky. Flavor is slightly sweet chocolatey toasted malt, light vanilla and molasses, finishing with nice mildly smoky chocolate malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The flavors are not bold in this stout, but are still rich and very well balanced, covering all the flavors I want from a RIS. I've always considered this a quite underrated stout and local treasure. Really smooth and flavorful. Even after a week of drinking top notch barrel Russian and barrel aged stouts, this is a pleasure. I look forward to this each year and can't believe I haven't rated it here yet.

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of zacharius
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark black body with a foamy tan head, everything a stout should look like. The aroma is roasted malts, baked bread, yeast esters with a hint of hop fruittyness. The baked bread/fresh yeast esters are a bit overwhelming. Taste is dark roasted malt with more hop bitterness and citrus flavor than normal for the style, this is all good though but there is a yeasty ester edge, same as the smell that I'm just not digging in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium thick. Drinkability is average, I had no problems finishing the 22 oz bottle but I don't think I'd want more than one.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skagit River Brewery 'Trumpeter Imperial Stout' @ 10.0% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $8.65 each

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-intial pour nice & boozey , the start of a good 'RIS' ,

T-not creamy smooth more smokey , slight dry finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied , ligering dryness on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , decent 'RIS'

prost LampertLand

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Dark, small head minimal lacing.
Roasted toffee, chocolate bitters, its a simple and dry stout. I liked it, initially.
As it warms, the brew's roast really starts to kick in, aroma and flavor wise.
The initial taste is of coffee, then it gets dark and bitter with toffee and caramel pushing through.
Not my favorite.

Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I saw this on a recent trip to Washington and immediately it reminded me of a friend that used to be a brewers assistant at Skagit brewing. Poured into a small tulip it forms a loose, chocolate milk type head. A coat lacing is left behind.

First drink and I was thinking it was a bit soft for an "imperial stout". Of course it has the usual charred malts and a pretty good hop presence but it just failed to become big or deep in any aspect. Hard to say how much this has aged since there is no bottled on date. I did buy this at a reputable place with dimmed lighting and all the beer is stored @ cellar temps. Powdered sugar is prominent. A bit dry and cakey on the finish.

Notes: I love Imperial stouts and this is forgetable.

Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive dark brew in the tall Blanche de Chambly (sorry, no Noir!) glass. Reddish tint and a beige foam that lasts well. Nice carbonation as it releases on the tongue. Dark bitter chocolate is the first taste.

Moderately sweet. A toffee flavor with a dose of sweet Vermouth. A lot of the blackened malt taste and a bitter aftertaste. Some sweet caramel, but there is a dirty leafmold undertone that is not so pleasant. Sort of grapey aroma.

Less drinkable than a lot of RIS brews, but worth a taste if you're interested in the style. From the 22 oz bottle I believe I got last fall at the brewery in Mt. Vernon. Maybe it hasn't aged too well.

Photo of czechsaaz
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very dark roasty aroma. Hop aroma is there but pretty light. A little bit of dried fruit aroma. Not really as complex smelling as I like in a big stout.

Dark, no light gets through. Very small tan head.

Flavor is very malty sweet up front. Continues to be sweet with just a hint of darker roast malts. It doesn't linger though. The roastiness is there for a second then its washed away by the sweetness. Well, it does linger a bit on the aftertaste, but by then the roast is kind of burnt tasting. Hop bitterness seems almost non-existant. Basically it's overly sweet.

Big bodied and creamy. Nice viscosity in the mouth.

This is tough to drink. It really is too sweet. Needs more bittering hops or some more roast malt to make it more palatable. It was a struggle to get through 22 oz. A struggle I eventually gave up.

Photo of jletts
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Trumpeter Stout

One of the first beers I added to my cellar last November, a 22 oz served in a Stone IRS tulip.

Black in appearance with a thin toffy-brown head; chunky particulates swirled in the bottom of the glass. Smelled strongly of milk chocolate, cocoa, and black pepper, with notes of chocolate milk and hints of vanilla bean and tootsie roll. Tasted of cocoa powder and dark chocolate, lactose, dark molasses, some black licorice, hints of black pepper and leather. A chunky, swirly mouthfeel. A syrupy brown-sugar glazing clung to the glass at the finish.

Notes- This aged version was wonderful! A truly enjoyable Imperial Stout. This beer aged very well and improved greatly from the fresh version last year. I will be stocking up on these this year to add to the cellar.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really impressed me. I had this warmer at 06 Winter Fest held at Hale’s. Tasted in a 5oz sampler.
A: A very dark thick liquid with no head.

S: A mild nose of roasted malt and almost disguised by the notes of ETOH.

T: The best characteristic of this beer. There is a very strong/sweet taste of malt. The double fermentation helps make the ETOH jump up another notch and then that’s when that terrific Russian Imperial Stout comes out.

M: A smooth well-balanced beer that has a medium body almost chewy.

D: This is a good Russian Imperial Stout, definitely worth giving a shot.

Elbows Up,

Photo of Iguana
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I picked this bottle up at Belmont Station in Portland, OR about 9 months ago, since then it has weathered the temp changes in a cabinet. Pours jet black with a 1 inch beige head, looks great for an imp stout. Nose is a bit alcoholic, hints of dark fruits and roasty malts come through with a hint of licorice in the back. Taste is quite complex, alcohol soaked cake, dark fruit, roast coffee, and hints of licorice on the back. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, feels like I could cut it with a knife its so thick, but thats a good thing in this case. Drinkability, man I wish I had bought a few of these to lay down, gauging by other peoples reviews I think this one probably benefited greatly by the aging, despite the keep refridgerated warning on the label. This beer holds up with the best of em after some aging in my opinion. Complex, rich, and tasty, cant ask for more than that.

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Trumpeter Imperial Stout from Skagit River Brewery
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