1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Trumpeter's StoutBell's Trumpeter's Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 67
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Izzybone
Izzybone

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +25%

05-05-2013 18:07:24 | More by Izzybone
Photo of Murph
Murph

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 10:29:41 | More by Murph
Photo of Zonian1
Zonian1

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-26-2014 14:30:21 | More by Zonian1
Photo of Sixpack595
Sixpack595

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this to be a very easy stout to like. Strong coffee aroma suggests a harsh bitterness, that never rears its head. Very smooth, easy to get a handle on. Pours a dark red brown. Head was thick, dissipated quickly to a ring, but laced nicely. Mouthfeel was a bit thin compared to Bell's other offerings. Great session beer, ABV seemed fairly low.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 22:57:32 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Mitchster
Mitchster

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite a bit lighter in color than other KBC stouts, closer to a KBC porter, in that it's a dark brown-burgandy, and quite clear at that, yeast bits frolicking with the bubbles..the yeast was actually ionically attracted to the wall of the glass and conglomerated on the sides...how wierd! (looks like a sea-monkey show!). You can see through the brew in a tall thin glass, and it forms a light-colored, yellowish head. The head tends to dissipate quickly, even with an aggressive pour, sitting on top tiny bubbles. The aroma is unique...predominately whisky with notes of oak, grain, vanilla, coca-cola, and distant lambic yeast strains. The taste is also quite unique from KBC's others...a smidge of sourness, but not as much as Susie's sweet stout, lots of oak and woodiness up front (which I haven't experienced in other KBC brews), but not so much in the finish, which is mostly light roast coffee, distant cloves and semi-sweet chocolate. The hops are very well balanced, letting the complexity of the whisky flavor, grains and yeast shine through. The finish is also drier than usual with more woody sour notes, as well as a hint of dry nutmeg and a brief light sweetness. Bell's makes some unique & great stouts, and this is another good example. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 18:55:35 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a medium tan head. Very nice chocolate notes in the aroma. A little bit fizzy mouthfeel. Medium body. A bit of a bready taste (maybe from the yeast). I think a cross-culture of more than one yeast was used for this beer. Chocolate notes are evident in the taste also. Very slight coffee on the tongue. Another great stout from Kalamazoo.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 23:46:04 | More by Bighuge
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-15-2011 17:20:57 | More by nmann08
Photo of ZAP
ZAP

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Nice chocolate aroma...minimal head...creamy smooth with cocoa up front...dry bite on after taste...not overly thick..definitely a dry stout with mild hop bite on aftertaste...much more flavorful than the overrated Guiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2001 22:36:42 | More by ZAP
Photo of PHBoiler
PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-17-2013 16:44:35 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of proc
proc

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent stout offering from Bell's. Pours out to a jet black color in the glass with virtually no head. Taste is that of roasted malt, with slight coffee overtones. A wonderful smooth, yet lightly hop-laden finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 19:19:14 | More by proc
Photo of zerk
zerk

California

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, but not quite enough to block all light... with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma of coffee that is slightly astringent. Flavor begins as bitter coffee with hints of chocolate... a touch of sweetness. The hops are barely perceptible, and add a bit of spiciness to the finish. Body is medium... maybe a bit light for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly. A very well done Irish-style stout. Sláinte indeed!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 14:02:35 | More by zerk
Photo of marc77
marc77

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 20:39:18 | More by marc77
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 22:42:37 | More by jrallen34
Photo of AudioGilz
AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours almost black, not too thick, with a small head that doesn't last long at all. I really enjoy the strong roasty/chocolately aroma. Flavor roasty and nutty, then slightly sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a stout, but it's very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 21:49:11 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, the Kalamazoo company confounds with their meager facts about their unusual brews. What makes this a "Trumpeter's" stout? Was it handed down from an old New Orleans recipe favored by Buddy Bolden? Was the brewmaster scared by a swan? Does it make you feel as cool as Miles Davis when you drink one? Will anyone tell me?
Totally black, with thin, tan head. Potent aroma here, very roasted, plus? smokey, figgy, raisiny...Acceptable texture, though not too complex on the palate. Smokiness carries through, though. Very pleasant, reminds me so much of the classic Irish dry stout style. I'd have one anytime, especially 'Round Midnight.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 17:14:09 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 14:50:35 | More by granger10
Photo of Viking
Viking

Indiana

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

Dark, almost black body with a thin cream-colored head. Good head retention. Rich aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and oak-like earthiness. Wonderful roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Taste is bitter at first, but finish is very smooth and balanced. Nice, creamy brew. Too bad this is only a 'November' stout. A great choice anytime for a stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 17:03:57 | More by Viking
Photo of UncleJimbo
UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 08:40:17 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of TheDM
TheDM

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a very small light brown head. The body is very dark almost pitch black in color. It has a very strong coffee aroma from which you can almost smell the thickness. It also has a very strong coffee flavor. With in a few sips, you can feel the alcohol content in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 15:13:00 | More by TheDM
Photo of inebrius
inebrius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You want roasted barley? Take a whiff of this stout, straight up roasted barley with a wisp of mocha. Spouts a thin headed deep brown. Flavor is a bed of roast with a few nuts finished off with a couple slices of tang. A hair too spritzy and fluid, nevertheless a fine, drainable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 18:45:27 | More by inebrius
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exceptionally dry Stout pours a dark mahogany color with a thin but dense beige head and thin lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain/nuts and a little malt. The finish is a little thin, especially for a Bell's Stout and is mostly coffee. Still another good Stout from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 08:36:34 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of cokes
cokes

Wisconsin

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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 14:48:24 | More by cokes
Photo of Gusler
Gusler

Arizona

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”?

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 01:30:32 | More by Gusler
Photo of mjohn27603
mjohn27603

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a good sized head. Dark opaque in appearance. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste matches aroma with chocolate and roasted flavors. A slight bitter aftertaste. On the dry side. Very drinkable and goes down quickly. Pleasant aftertaste remains on the tongue for a while. Kind of interesting to taste a K-zoo entry into the same style as Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 18:52:54 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of francisweizen
francisweizen

Alaska

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 01:29:05 | More by francisweizen
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.