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

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BA SCORE
86
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-11-2001)
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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 Mitchster
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!

Mitchster, Jan 07, 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 inebrius
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.

inebrius, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of BitteBier
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with amber highlights at the edges. Abbreviated tan head disappears quickly and laces only slightly down the side of the glass. Appealing nose with light roasted notes being overtaken by an interesting coffee-with-cream aroma. Taste is less interesting than the smell, though it shows the same mix of roasted and creamy flavors. Some dryness at the onset gives way to the roasted tastes; this beer finishes better than it starts. Mouthfeel is good but would be better if the end notes didn't persist for so long. Quite a drinkable stout.

BitteBier, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of zerk
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!

zerk, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy dark brown-black color, with a small tan head. roasty nutty, smokey aroma. Burnt malt, nutty roasty flavor has a sharp dryness in the end., has some sourness. medium body with a creamy, silky mouthfeel.

maxpower, Dec 15, 2002
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 Realale
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown - surprisingly light for a Bell's stout. Head dissipates quickly and completely.

Nose is bitter coffee, with a nice supporting cask of roasty-malt aromas. On the palate, its quite thin (again, for Bell's), bordering on light, with a brisk acidity. There is not a lot of malt on the palate, but there is good bitterness, and nice dark-roasted coffee flavors. Very easy to drink, but definitely a much lighter style for Bell's.

Sample purchased at the brewery two days before tasting.

Realale, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of mjohn27603
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.

mjohn27603, Nov 27, 2002
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 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 proc
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.

proc, Nov 01, 2002
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 Viking
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.

Viking, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Mar 24, 2002
Photo of ZAP
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.

ZAP, Dec 11, 2001
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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.