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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
85
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
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 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 mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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

ngandhi, Feb 12, 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 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 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.

SheepNutz, Mar 31, 2004
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).

jdb288, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

budgood1, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of walleye
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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

walleye, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dry stout. And one of the most translucent stouts ive come across. It's black, alright, its just shows more light through than most of the stouts ive rated.

There is a thin blanket of head on it and a little lacing.

A very roasted nose with a hint of chocolate? I'm not sure but there is also a little sourness present that is kind of intriguing.

There is also a sour twang to the taste. There is also a very malty chocolaty flavor to it. It is pretty good and gets better as it warms.
I changed my #s by the end of typing this.

The website mentions using 3 different yeast strains in this beer. maybe that is why it is so unusual.

This beer is growing on me and i wouldn't mind another.

thanks to FM

elmocoso, May 06, 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 buzze40
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

buzze40, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of shep8821
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

shep8821, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ColdWaffles, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Holland, Dec 30, 2012
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 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.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 09, 2003
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!

tavernjef, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber color, almost black and formed a off white foamy head that let circular lace as is subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. It has a flavor of malt, burnt coffee and chocolate. Some of that burnt aspect comes through in the astrigent finish, which is fairly light for this style.

Wildman, Apr 13, 2003
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
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Upon my first sip, a very familiar flavor hit me. It took me a while to get it, but it reminds me of a coffee blend that I buy, where they mix chocolate and almond roasts. The other flavor, strangely enough, is kind of like slightly burnt popcorn. Quite unique, and not as overwhelming as thier Java Stout. Somewhat thin and carbonated, definitely not a heavy stout. Very dark brown, Small head, little lacing. Somewhat bitter, but not prevalent. This is a cool beer to try (thanks, Al), and I really enjoyed it as a follow-up tonight to McEwan's Scotch Ale and Lion Stout. The flavor grows a little tiresome towards the end (as is the case with many "flavored" beers). Bell's seems quite experimental, and if I lived up there I would love to be sampling these "off-beat" beers. Trumpeter's is not a classic, but if you love coffee (as I do) give it a shot!

JohnnyDuvel, Mar 13, 2003
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 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 stortore
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

stortore, Sunday at 03:07 AM
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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.