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

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Bell's Trumpeter's StoutBell's Trumpeter's Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

tectactoe, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of jsolack
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

jsolack, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, not completely opaque. Nice 1/4 head, somewhat lacy (more head than a lot of Bell's). Real coffee-like aroma, a little sharp as well as deep. Sturdy and strong malt, very roasty and verging on burnt, approximates java but longer and with husky qualities. Light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a bitter tang and a hint of butterscotch in mid mouth. Satisfying, hits my flavor buttons well. All hail Kalamazoo, the "czars" of Stout diversity.

ADR, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of Zonian1
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Zonian1, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, approaching black. Thin tan head fades out to an edging.
Wonderful aroma or charcoal, cocoa, mild-roasted coffee and earth.
Starts off with very bitter chocolate hues, before turning more roasted and leaning towards coffee. Continues to smolder, and ends up with some lingering charred flavors. A touch of organic earthiness in present towards the finish, as is some trace milky sourness (from the yeast).
Thin bodied, but very drinkable.
This must be very solid when fresh, considering the bottle I am reviewing has likely been mishandled for the past 10.5 months.
Another nice one from K-zoo

cokes, Sep 19, 2002
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

CharlesDarwin, Aug 04, 2006
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?

alleykatking, Nov 03, 2009
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.

CortexBomb, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of lisomiso
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

lisomiso, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Murph
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with some light seeping through the sides of the brew with a nice big brown head on top that gets bonus points for sticking, pun intended, around. Nice aromas of big roasted malts and lots of chocolatey aromas in there as well which leaves the aroma less astringent than most of the style. Taste starts off very roasted with some nice bitterness on the tongue. Then the chocolatey sweet maltiness of the brew comes through and balances things out very nicely. The brew smooths towards its finish riding the chocolate and maybe caramel? or some other sweet flavor through before a quick bitter-roasted flurry in the finish. Amazing smooth and creamy characteristics considering that this came out of the bottle, nice full roasted/malty body makes this beer a joy to drink. I absolutely love this brewery. Thanks to Proc for the sample.

Murph, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of buzze40
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

buzze40, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of MJR
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy brown. There's no head to speak of, even with an aggressive pour...just a tiny ring around the top. This is a stout?

Smell: The main smell that hits me is that of buttered movie popcorn! Tons of diacytel. A touch of roasted grains, perhaps a bit of chocolate, but not much else.

Taste: Imagine buttered movie popcorn...roasted, with a touch of weird sweetness. A hint of chocolate is in there. One of the most unusual flavor profiles I've ever encountered. A diacytel bomb...

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin...very surprising considering it's a Bell's stout.

Drinkability: It would be seem to be high, considering it's surprisingly thin body and easy-going character. I could put down many of these, but with the strange flavor, would I want to?

My third of the November stouts, this one's quite a disappointment... Either all of the other reviewers for this one are nuts, or my bottle's 'off.'

MJR, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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”?

Gusler, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

stortore, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Gryphon69
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Gryphon69, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrMindbender, Today at 07:00 PM
Photo of jcalabre
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 8 November 2002.
Appearance: very dark brown/black, however, the body is very light
Aroma: A schauzola full of coffee is what you whiff
Taste: The flavors are very dry, w/ coffee overtones. This is very drinkable.

I think that it is an interesting version of a stout.

jcalabre, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep brown hue, w/ slightly hazy garnet around the edge of the glass. Creamy, dense, sticky light tan head leaves countable rings and lace. Nutty, toffeish malt and mellow dark chocolate dominates the aroma, with lightly burnt roasted barley notes adding a coffee impression. The depth is aroma is widened by a mild hint of diacetyl. Perhaps the most aromatic dry stout I've encountered thus far. Aromawise, it's akin to their Third Coast Old Ale in aroma, albeit with smooth roasted character. Snap of roasted barley bitterness initially in flavor yields to bittersweet chocolate and dark caramel malt notes. Subdued peachy fruitiness complements malt sweetness. Mild, Goose Island like impression of unfermented, hopped wort partially due to the relatively low hop bitterness appears mid palate. Moderate in body for style, with a smooth, dextrinous mouthfeel that needs no doctoring from nitrogenation. Finishes lightly chocolatey, with a mild and pleasant lingering berryish fruitiness. An odd, uniquely Bell's take on the style. Trumpeter stout is fruitier and lower in hop bitterness than the norm, but consequently possesses greater overall character and quaffability. Thanks, Feloniousmonk, for sending this tasty stout.

marc77, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the palest of the Bell's stouts since you can actually see through this one. Great big roasty aroma, a bit of chocolate. Same in the flavor but a bit sour. Would be better if a bit richer and less sour.

aracauna, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At first sight it seems a bit thin for a stout. The head is also lacking somewhat. But the aroma of coffee and chocolate draws me in. The taste does not lie. I taste a solid coffee flavor that sticks with me the whole way through including the finish. Other flavors also come into play: a subtle dry woody flavor, some milk chocolate, and ever so slight amount of fruitiness (raspberries). The body is thin and so is the finish but this is still a great brew from my favorite Michigan brewery.

granger10, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

pererfromtheinternet, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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

hopdog, Nov 14, 2008
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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.