Trumpeter Imperial Stout | Skagit River Brewery

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Trumpeter Imperial StoutTrumpeter Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Disclaimer: Aged 3+ years. Beautiful presentation: dense head with plenty of sticky lace. Lots of dried fruit and molasses. The carbonation is surprisingly high for the age. Prickly. Muted aroma and finish, although the roast aroma comes out as it starts to warm.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black, with a gorgeous effervescent display that lifts a tall, tan head to the top of the glass, lacing perfectly as it retreats. The aroma is mostly of dark chocolate powder, but very boozy. It tastes like it smells, like thick chocolate with a blast of black licorice and burnt malt...and these flavors intensify as it warms. It's super creamy as well, one of the best mouth feels I've ever encountered, marred only by the alcohol burn at the end. This one is super heavy and while I enjoy what it brings to the table, it's almost too much. I have had a hard time getting through a whole bomber, both times I've had it. Maybe I should cut back to a shot glass and dump the rest in a growler to stretch it out a few days...

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive dark brew in the tall Blanche de Chambly (sorry, no Noir!) glass. Reddish tint and a beige foam that lasts well. Nice carbonation as it releases on the tongue. Dark bitter chocolate is the first taste.

Moderately sweet. A toffee flavor with a dose of sweet Vermouth. A lot of the blackened malt taste and a bitter aftertaste. Some sweet caramel, but there is a dirty leafmold undertone that is not so pleasant. Sort of grapey aroma.

Less drinkable than a lot of RIS brews, but worth a taste if you're interested in the style. From the 22 oz bottle I believe I got last fall at the brewery in Mt. Vernon. Maybe it hasn't aged too well.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass, with a quarter finger light brown head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of dark toasted malt, moch chocolate, and hint of licorice; lightly smoky. Flavor is slightly sweet chocolatey toasted malt, light vanilla and molasses, finishing with nice mildly smoky chocolate malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The flavors are not bold in this stout, but are still rich and very well balanced, covering all the flavors I want from a RIS. I've always considered this a quite underrated stout and local treasure. Really smooth and flavorful. Even after a week of drinking top notch barrel Russian and barrel aged stouts, this is a pleasure. I look forward to this each year and can't believe I haven't rated it here yet.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Dark, small head minimal lacing.
Roasted toffee, chocolate bitters, its a simple and dry stout. I liked it, initially.
As it warms, the brew's roast really starts to kick in, aroma and flavor wise.
The initial taste is of coffee, then it gets dark and bitter with toffee and caramel pushing through.
Not my favorite.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skagit River Brewery 'Trumpeter Imperial Stout' @ 10.0% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $8.65 each

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-intial pour nice & boozey , the start of a good 'RIS' ,

T-not creamy smooth more smokey , slight dry finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied , ligering dryness on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , decent 'RIS'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, but clear deep amber/brown when pouring, one finger brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, very slight chocolate.

T-Lots of roasted malt and some burnt notes. dark chocolate. not much else. On the bland side of things.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-There was nothing bad about this beer. However there wasn't anything eye opening.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip at bottleworks.

Pours black with a small tan head.

Gives off a rich espresso aroma.

Lots of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits in the taste, very rich.

Powerful mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a slight bitter finish.

Overall, it’s a very drinkable imperial stout. Sure there are betters out there, but it’s a nice local brew.

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Photo of dtivp
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black, hints of ruby with a frothy one finger dark tan head that faded quickly, leaving light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate with hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste started surprisingly sweet with chocolate, dark fruits transitioning into a nice dark roasted malt ending with a slight bitterness and hints of black licorice. The alcohol was present but not overwhelming.

Mouth Feel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, slightly sticky and a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a nice enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout to enjoy with desert or to sit back and relax with..

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Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black w/ minimal tan head that quickly settles to a thin film.

Aroma is bitter and roasty, with some earthy/nutty notes of dark fruit.

Taste follows nose. Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Good balance, alcohol is concealed well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall a solid imperial stout, but nothing superlative. Just a good, well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gorgeous pour, pitch black with a 2 finger head of billowy foam that brings some good lacing.

The smell is of a very Malt forward Imperial Stout, bits of chocolate here and there, some roast, and a hint of dark fruits.

Big notes of sweet and dark chocolate kick things off, fairly light on roasted malt, a goodly amount of coffee, especially in the finish and the aftertaste. I don't get any dark fruit in the taste but I reckon it doesn't need any.

I really like this and it's very drinkable with the smooth overall mouthfeel I get from it. I'm too pleased to have had a chance to try it. You should too.

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Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. Dark. Near black.
Mouthfeel, taste, in a word: smooth. Flavors and individual notes are somewhat muted. Can't make out much. I only know that I like it a lot. It is one of those beers that defy analysis. Just sit back and enjoy.
A lot.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I try to buy a few bottles of this every year. I might need to buy a case every year. This beer needs at least a year on it - then it transforms into something special. I did a side by side last year and the aged version beat the snockers out of the fresh version. I'm interested to see how it holds up two or three years down the road.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with the added bonus of having some dark fruit and a little bit of anise mixed in. All of the components go well together.

The flavor is full of milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. I also get a little bit of alcohol which accentuates the big, bold flavors present in this beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Briken
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Skagit River Brewery Trumpeter IRS

Deep dark brown with medium brown foamy head with poor retention and lacing. Muddy chocolate aroma. Chocolate and alcohol with roasted malts dominating. Dirty floral finish with strong alcohol warming. Foamy mouthfeel with light mouthcoating and stickiness.

There is an unidentifiable flavor from the combination of flavors that is somewhat interesting. It's good but not terribly complex. I did start to like the earthy flavor though it could be just the alcohol. Overall it's a pretty basic IRS.

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Photo of youradhere
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tan head, head doesn't linger but a nice crust of brown lacing remains. Smell is sweet roast and chocolate, some fruity yeast esters. Taste is bitter coffee roast, dark chocolate with a dry character. Mouthfeel is thick, however carbonation is high. Pleasant RIS indeed, I have another 22 to see how it ages.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ScreamForMe for this one from my SS09 haul.

A-Opaque black with ruby hints, a good frothy head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malt and some toffee. Very nice.

T-Very tasty indeed. Sweet up front with dark chocolate rolling into a caramel sweetness. A nice roastiness takes over midway with a nice hoppiness in the finish and a bit of licorice.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated but still smooth.

D-I liked this one alot. Not familiar with the brewery before this but I need to change that.


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Photo of snaotheus
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Pours black or very dark chocolate with a big, thick, slowly fading dark beige head, pretty decent lacing. Smell is primarily alcohol with some cherry sweetness.

Taste is way too sweet. It's hard to detect much else, but there's some cherry taste to it and a smokey aftertaste which isn't bad, but still overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Sweetness seriously detracts from the drinkability. I don't hate this beer, it's decent, but I wish I was splitting it with someone.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured slightly lighter than expected, more the color of a porter than a stout, the medium tan head dissipated quickly and left minimal-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma delivers an exciting mix of sharp roasted flavors with just a touch of hop spicieness to add a kick. The flavors do not, however, live up to promises set by the scents. While still a flavorful beer, and one of Skagit's better offerings IMHO, the flavors aren't as bold and well defined as they should be. Plenty of deep roast goodness, a nice mix of flavors, just a everything's a little softer than you'd expect for the style.

Body and drinability are both average for the style. Overall, a beer worth trying if you see it, and if you're in the 4th Corner worth some effort (stopping in at the brewery) to get.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.49/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I started with high expectations for Trumpeter that were met only by the beer's visual presentation. Skagit serves this potent stout in a 12-oz. goblet showcasing its glossy ebony body and beige head. Beyond that the aroma and taste were irreparably marred by fusels. Harsh alcohol notes choked the taste, allowing just a hint of sherry to poke through and a slight measure of roast barley. The mouthfeel was fine. But the rest of the beer was corrupted by cruel medicinals.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep dark walnut in color with mahogany red edges. A busty foamy cap on top...head is monstrous! Not only is the head big its retention is just as good. Head was a soft tan (cappuccino) color with craters, mounds, and dense chunks forming all the while leaving a bleary coating of lace. A very good look to this one

S: I am having a bit of trouble grasping this one but had no problem realizing this one is sweet and rich. Dark roasted malts, chocolates and caramel, and I swear a whiff of dull cinnamon?

T: a very rich offering overall. Roasted malts are drenched in rich chocolates, molasses, and spiced licorice. Malts are augmented by a gust of smokiness from time to time. Aftertaste has a little bit of doughy brownies to it
I could see this on ice cream, with cheesecake, or with strawberries. As it warms the flavor profile is even better and tackles vanilla and coffee flavors in the mix, 3/4 of the beer left and at 10% I am feeling soft and fuzzy already. Only downfall is alcohol notes start to bite through...barely

M: rich profile is paired nicely with a creamy, delicate, and full body. Super light on carbonation and finish is coming through with a gentle woodiness

D: this is a extremely drinkable beer but in reasonable quantities. This is another beer that I bought on a whim and boy I am excited by my random precision in choice. Great dessert offering and might be to sweet for some. I dig it!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my pint glass (only half way) and a huge shaving cream tan head formed. It was very creamy with intermittent large bubbles. It demonstrated excellent retention. After it faded it really looked like a golden lid on top of the beer. Very interesting color. There as a great deal of lacing left behind. The beer itself was as dark as brown can be, without being black. It was clearly more brown than black.

The aroma was very dark and deep. Espresso and dark roasted malts. Smelled a bit like fresh ground coffee beans. Very nice actually.

Flavor was very smoky. Actually the taste of BBQ beef or beef jerky came to mind. It's a bit hot with alcohol towards the end. It's a tad sweet. There is a chocolate syrup quality to it. Kind of reminds me of taking a big spoonful of Hershey's chocolate syrup. (tasted good, but even as a kid you knew it was a bit too sweet)

Mouth feel was big and thick in body and a bit warm due to the alcohol. On the verge of being creamy, but not quite.

The drinkablity is a bit lower due to the borderline cloying sweetness. The warming alcohol is there as well.

I wonder what this would be like with a bit of age on it...

Pretty good RIS, but not among the great ones.

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Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and good lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, some nuts, some smokiness to it, and a few malts in the back.

taste is thick, bakers chocolate, roasted nuts, smoked, some licorice, and malt.

overall a very nice brew, the smoke surprised me.

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Photo of kmeves
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a medium off white head. Aroma is medium sweet with caramel, molasses, licorice and roasted barley. Flavor has more of a malt component and more subtle molasses and nice bitterness. Large bodied, thick chewy texture. Finishes long and sweet.

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Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark ruby red, bordering on black. It poured with a medium sized, sticky, light tan colored head.

s: Nice nose on this one. Notes of sweet vanilla lactose and roasty malts that smell of chocolate. Some mild cherry aromas as well. Little to no alcohol to be found.

t: Toasted malts up front that have flavors of semi-sweet chocolate with a little coffee. There is also some sweetness that has a lactic quality. The finish is dry and a bit chalky with faint cherry flavors.

m: Lush, foamy carbonation and a thick, velvety body combine to give this a very creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

d: Even with that little bit of chalk, this was a very good imperial stout. I think I liked it more than the score would indicate.

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Trumpeter Imperial Stout from Skagit River Brewery
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