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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

67 Ratings
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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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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
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aracauna

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 00:49:09 | More by aracauna
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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
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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
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BitteBier

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 16:34:47 | More by BitteBier
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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
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maxpower

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 13:52:43 | More by maxpower
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MJR

Missouri

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.'

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 17:24:42 | More by MJR
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Realale

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 12:19:53 | More by Realale
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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
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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
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 09:46:29 | More by ADR
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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