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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

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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JDV

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:32:56 | More by JDV
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 01:31:26 | More by CharlesDarwin
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walleye

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 02:19:33 | More by walleye
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 05:25:42 | More by SheepNutz
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jsolack

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 02:31:42 | More by jsolack
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alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 00:36:25 | More by alexgash
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ngandhi

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 22:05:59 | More by ngandhi
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CortexBomb

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 00:57:07 | More by CortexBomb
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 03:53:43 | More by tavernjef
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budgood1

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:29:23 | More by budgood1
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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
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:53:49 | More by AtLagerHeads
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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
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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
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 18:41:16 | More by garymuchow
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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
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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
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jcalabre

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 20:47:49 | More by jcalabre
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elmocoso

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 20:48:20 | More by elmocoso
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Wildman

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 15:55:58 | More by Wildman
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 21:11:31 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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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
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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
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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
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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
Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.