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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of Izzybone
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Murph
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of Zonian1
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Sixpack595
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of marc77
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 AudioGilz
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Viking
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 TheDM
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of inebrius
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +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”?

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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.