Bell's Trumpeter's Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-11-2001

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 52
Photo of jdb288
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Bells.

Pours dark chocolate brown with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is hints of chocolate, roast malt. All flavors somewhat muted. Could be indicate of a dry stout - a style on which I am not well versed. I'd think it's close to an Irish stout (some definite Guiness comparisons here).

Photo of Gryphon69
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler @ Bells
1-11-14

A- Near black with a nice light tan head that stuck around for 10min or so, and still left nice lacing all over the glass. No noticeable bubbles.

S- Barley, dirty earth, over ripe fruit funk. Some light chocolate, vanillas

T- Kinda meh as it was cooler with nothing distinguishing it. Got better as it warmed with roasted barley, hints of chocolate, still had the earthy flavor hanging around. Noticable dry finish with no real bitterness.

M- Medium body but slightly watery feeling, still no noticeable carbonation. No noticeable stickiness.

O- Started off as disappointed as it was cool, but it did get better as it warmed up, still nothing to write home about, but drinkable. Fairly average across the board, guess I was expecting more from one of my favorite Brewerys.

Photo of cagocubs
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bell's Brewery (Eccentric Cafe).

A: Glasses are waterflushed before pour so I cannot factor in the head appearance. Pours a dark brown with a minimal head and absent lacing.

S: Great aromas. Toasted malt, liquorice, pine, hops, earthy, dry.

T: Don't know if this changed, but this was def. an Irish stout. The taste was typical of an dry stout with simple flavors coming full circle. The malt and earthy elements tasted great. There however was one flavor I could not pinpoint, but regardless still enjoyed.

M: Good coating and medium/light body with a nice dry aftertaste.

Photo of lisomiso
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not really impressed with this one. Looks pretty, and it's nice and crisp like a good Irish-style stout should be, but there's something on the nose I don't dig... Almost a touch plastic-y. It rounds out as it warms, I guess... Still an A-OK beer, but it's not my favorite.

Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: medium brown, very light for a stout, flat appearance, no head

S: big roasted barley character along with kiln coffee

T: notes of smoke and roast. This one does a great job at featuring specialty grains. Great balance.

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: nicely balanced stout, a bit on the light side for the style- great amount of flavor

Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Cafe...The color is way too light for a stout, a dark clear copper with lots of amber, ugly and off for the style. A light tan head with bad retention and lacing...The aroma is light but good, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of smoke, black coffee finish. Not really balanced but good...The taste is a big improvement, light coffee, very creamy and smooth. Roast and nuts begin to dominate after a while. Super easy to drink.

A great brown ale, a terrible dry Irish stout which is what they told me this was.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell's Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.

The pour brings a hazy, medium-brown brew with a thin light tan head and a thin collar after that falls. The nose is pretty good with some fairly-strong chocolate dominating and being followed by a bit of earth, light roast, and a touch of vanilla.

The flavor pulls back quite a bit and there is some chocolate behind a flavor that is mostly a bit woody and earthy. Interesting, but not all that grand. Feel is a bit thin for what this is, though not by a large amount. Pretty drinkable in the end, but not my favorite. Out of the four new ones I had, Milk Stout is crowned king.

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another stout on tap at Meridian Pint. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head of small bubbles, leaves a little lacing on the glass, carbonation low.

Aroma is good, chocolate, woods, mildly vanilla. A little coffee.

Beer is thinner than expected, way way thinner. Roasted malts and minimal sweetness are the things I notice first, it's interesting. The finish is a little dry, the flavors are all there but it's still somehow bland. I'd have ti again but wasn't overly impressed with it. The chocolate was the most interesting thing.

Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this one back for Bell's All Stout's Day. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color. When held up to the light you can see ruby highlights around the edge of the beer. 1 finger dirty tan head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass but not much to really write home about.

S- Nice upfront smell of roasted malts. Almost more of a coffee smell than anything. Some chocolate notes in there as well. When this warms a little I could pick out some light vanilla.

T- This is a full force roasted malts in your face kind of stout I think. There is some underlying sweetness in the full drink but you can really tell of it in the towards the middle and ending of it. Nothing really else going on in the flavor department.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking a little with this beer I think but it doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the stout. Nice coffee flavors stand out on the tongue long after the beer is gone. Nice clean feel to this beer. A little watery but overall good.

D- This is a very sessionable stout in my opinion. Nothing really too over the top which makes it a nice beer. Nice way to end the day which is what I did with this one.

I'm glad Bell's brewed this one again and would hope that maybe it might become a mainstay. Of course we all can't get what we want huh?

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with robertsreality (thanks!).

Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, wood, and coffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and some coffee. Flavors on the weaker side compared to the aromas. A very, very light sourness to it. Thinner body.

Notes from 11/23/05

Photo of JDV
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kramer17801 for the chance to try this one.
Pours almost black, with ruby edges and a lasting beige head that gives lacing. Smell is hazlenut, roasty malt, and cream. Taste is dark bitter, burnt roast in a very pleasant way with bits of coffee, and cream. Thinnish body and nice medium carbonation, but it works very well in this beer and doesn't detract. Super drinkable and reminds me of something like an iced hazlenut coffee.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 2, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Root-beer brown pour, with diminsihing off-white head on this beer. Strong roasted coffee, toast, hazlenut, and bittersweet chocolate. A rich, dusty coffee flavor. Not much background. A little bit of sweetness and a good hint of bitterness on the back end. Finishes smooth and lightly oak. Drinkable, with the palate being a little thin. Good Dry Stout!

Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. poured a dark ruby with a smooth tan head that didn't last long.with very little lacing. aroma, chocolate and raisin with some malt. flavor chocolate, raisins, had a watery mouth feel. not to bad of a beer one of those you can drink a few of

Photo of SheepNutz
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with half a finger of head that dies away quickly. There's almost no lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little bit of roasted malt and anise. Not too strong of a smell. The taste has more of that anise/licorice flavor coming through. A little bit of roasted malt and a touch of hops thrown in. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is fair as well. Just an average stout.

Photo of jsolack
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Very dark and thick. Head seems a little light, but overall nice.

Smell:
Cocoa and a bitter scents come through. Coffee is also strong.

Taste:
Sweet and bitter flavors mix well to form a chocolaty and malty flavor. Creamy tasty.

Mouthfeel:
Rich in thick in mouth but gives way to a slight crisp texture.

Drinkability:
Flavor seems to improve as your mouth becomes accustom to flavor. A hearty beer.

Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with hints of red and a dense light tan head. Smell consists of cocoa maltiness and bittersweet roastiness. Taste is dry, mild chocolate malts, followed by a modest roasted bitterness with lingering sweet notes. Not bad. The body could afford to be a bit creamier, but otherwise this is another fine stout from Bell's.

Photo of ngandhi
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

November 2002 Stouts series, sampled February 2004.

Besides some lightly toasted malt, Trumpeter smells more like Ovaltine than beer. As it warms, the cocoa notes balance out along the lines of New Holland Poet Stout, but with little finesse.

The palette is deep with cocoa and gas station coffee with some mocha creamer or a chocolate donut on the short autolytic (!) finish.

Bell's Trumpeter is a huge dissapointment -- among the most simple and pathetic stouts I've ever had -- a real surprise coming from the makers of the country's top cream, java, and imperial stouts. Alec Mull must have been training someone on this batch . . . .

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of CortexBomb
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trumpeter Stout pours out deep crimson into a pint glass with minimal head with even that giving away in pretty short order.

Scent is mainly of the roasty, malty, chocolatey variety so common to stout but not overly distinctive, this carries over to the taste. I don't know if it's my high expectations based on my love of Bell's, but this hit me as rather dull. The malt is there, the roast is there, and there's a notable cocoa tinge but there's only the barest hint of bitterness, and the finish is just anti-dramatic, the flavour seems to just die immediately on the swallow. Basically this is doing nothing unique...

Mouthfeel is thin for my tastes, particularly for a stout, and while drinkability is decent on this, that rating is moot for me, as the beer is solid, but one of Bell's weaker offerings, which combined with the inconvenience of hunting it down will likely keep it from making another appearance in my pint glass.

Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with hazy edges. Vigorous pour produced a thin loose bubbled dark khaki colored head that crumbled down quickly to leave some spots of lace sticking and a firm ring throughout consumption. Aroma is lightly tangy and sweet of roastyness with touches of cocoa and coffee. Gains even more sweeter tones as it warms. Taste flows from the nose with the same sweet tangy sweetness mostly thats kinda dark cherryish or oaky, with a roasted malt overlay and some lightly playful notes of cocoa and strongly blended old coffee bitterness and light dryness creep off the end but the finish gets a bit empty before more light roasted coffee dryness and twinge slightly peaks again late. Feel is a bit thin with some wateryness in there, it has some peaks and valleys for sure, gains some roasty tanged feel and lightly velvety texture, thins out, grabs some dryness, thins out again, and then another nab of dryness comes in and continues to linger with some sweet notes. A weird ride and not all that great really, my first lulling disappointment from the folks at Bell's. And again I'm reminded of the Cherry Stout "with a twist" idea what with the Rye and Susie's Sweet Stout's being similar as well. How old was this bottle I wonder? Anyways...Still gotta thank Feloniousmonk for the bottle - thanks big guy!

Photo of budgood1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a deep dark brown clour with a fine head. the head leaves wisps of lace. pleasant aromas of cola nut, java, chocolate and caramel. hints of vanilla and cookie dough, too. had a hard time pinpointing the flavours, as they seemed muted. some dark roasted maltiness with some coffee notes. a little buttery and yeasty too. mouthfeel was thinnish but smooth. ghostly hop presence. nice stout, but i'm guessing a super fresh sample would be the ticket. overall a pleasant brew.

thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah the beauty of a stout in your glass, all atramentous in color with the crown all frothy and light chocolate in color and after its decomposition, the velum like curtain of lace that clings so lovingly to the glass. Nose has an appetizing coffee aroma with sweet milk chocolate also a nice bit of malt what a treat for both the olfactory and ocular senses, with the front rich in malt and lightly sweet. Top is moderate in its feel to the palate and the finish delightful in its mild acidity, hops are pleasing and not overpowering, droughty aftertaste that continues the sweetness, a nice middle of the road stout, one that might just please the “Lager Lovers”?

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking brew that broke down on further study. The deep dark brown body was capped with an inch and one half of tan foam that left rather quickly to leave a residual layer that created great lacing.

The aroma was mostly roasted malt with a little coffee smell. The taste was largely black coffee with a bitter hop finish and a strong aftertaste. The feel was light to medium with a watery sense being very apparent. Drinkability is good if you like this style flavor, but I found displeasingly bitter and too lasting.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This stout poured an opaque black color with light brown, creamy foam that clung to the glass a bit. The smell was strong: toffee, chocolate, milk/cream (?), roasted barley. The taste was malty with hints of toffee, cocoa, coffee, and some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat creamy but with a touch of sharpness in the finish. The body was medium to medium light for a stout and the carbonation feel was medium. This was a smooth and easy to drink stout, almost porter-like, and with some unusual flavors.

Thanks to feloniousmonk.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is a nice dark brown colour with a head the colour mocha. The aromas are very bready, a tad yeasty, a bit boozy, and quite nice :-) The taste is very roasted, and bready. This is one of the "breadiest" stouts that I have ever had. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and astringent and the drinkability was pretty nice.

Another great Bell's stout!

Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark roast qualities with hints of dark coffee and a slight berry quality to the aroma.
Almost black with mahogeny hues, clear, with a thin stable head.
Overall a rich quality is noted that is present start to finish. Nice smooth roast flavor with berry notes on the finish. Long lingering. Possesses a clean quality.
Fullness and fluffiness from carbonation. A little thin for style.
Very nice drink overall, but not exceptional.

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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.