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Trumpeter Imperial Stout - Skagit River Brewery

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Trumpeter Imperial StoutTrumpeter Imperial Stout

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 05-07-2004)
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Reviews by zacharius:
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3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

01-25-2005 01:37:57 | More by zacharius
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

05-07-2004 02:33:36 | More by RoyalT
Photo of NWer


4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

11-22-2011 20:46:03 | More by NWer
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-31-2011 00:20:00 | More by Mora2000
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2.83/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

12-12-2005 02:13:27 | More by masikon
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-25-2014 05:05:36 | More by Seattle_Suds
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

01-19-2009 06:53:27 | More by Magpie14
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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

03-13-2008 04:33:07 | More by russpowell
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

05-15-2008 07:27:58 | More by BeerZack
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

01-14-2008 05:32:59 | More by GimmeAles
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

02-17-2006 23:42:44 | More by Jredner
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-28-2013 04:10:58 | More by Hopmodium
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-14-2012 05:55:18 | More by Shawkabukoo
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

03-14-2014 03:31:02 | More by rlee1390
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-05-2011 10:38:06 | More by bespin15
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2014 09:09:54 | More by Birdlegs
Photo of ScreamForMe


4.21/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

11-15-2011 07:33:04 | More by ScreamForMe
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3.61/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

04-01-2013 21:18:32 | More by Smurf2055
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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

07-12-2014 05:30:57 | More by LampertLand
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-25-2014 04:03:06 | More by JRod1969
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

09-15-2013 10:11:40 | More by bernat1971
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

12-07-2008 20:50:01 | More by froghop
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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

03-08-2013 07:18:49 | More by draheim
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

09-22-2008 13:37:20 | More by kmeves
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2.85/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

02-08-2007 06:15:41 | More by DogFood11
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Trumpeter Imperial Stout from Skagit River Brewery
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