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

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Bell's Trumpeter's StoutBell's Trumpeter's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of budgood1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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!

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Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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”?

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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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
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!

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Photo of garymuchow
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.

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Photo of granger10
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of TheDM
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
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.

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Photo of marc77
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of aracauna
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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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.

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Photo of MJR
2.21/5  rDev -41.8%
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.'

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Photo of Realale
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Bell's Trumpeter's Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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