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Skagit River Trumpeter Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A “Big Bird” by any measure! This years Trumpeter is a huge beer with rich layers of smoke, chocolate, roast, caramel, jet fuel, motor oil and hops. Blowing above 10% abv, this bird should walk not fly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Beer #12 of 13 in blind tasting.
Notes getting even shorter than short. Decent. Muted acidity (???), slightly mineral. Overdone dark malts.
In the aggregate, slightly above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3825) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle. Not expecting much here. Pours opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is a bit burnt, anise, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, molasses. Flavor is light sweet and medium bitter, lots of blackstrap molasses and roasty notes. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid straight impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1260) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Imperial stout blind tasting, sample #12 of 13. Cardboard, marshmallow, nuts. Body is thin. Cardboard again. Lightly sweet. Milky, chocolate is faded. Maybe tasty at one point, but my feeling is this is old and had lost its soul. 7/4/7/3/13.

Incidentally, I’ve had this several times before, and have always really enjoyed it. Surprised I haven’t rated it before, but my memory is it’s more of a 3.7+ and one of the area’s hidden gems. Even though blind tasting came in at 3.4, I’m upping it by 0.1 to reflect previous experiences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (566) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle, aged 1 year. Very dark pour with a huge tan head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate and dark fruits with a touch of cherries. Flavour is mostly chocolate with licorice, roasty malt, some dark fruits. Fairly thick palate, lingers a little bitter and roasty. Pretty nice standard imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (576) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma of smoke and malts. Taste is smoky and a bit dry. Flavors of complex malts, fruit and tobacco. A very good imperial stout. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (877) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
22 Oz bottle pour split. Pours a near black color with a moderate head. Really fine coffee aroma with an aged feel to it. Medium to light body stout here with a really dry, wood like flavor finish. Overall a unique stout with good flavor. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6216) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle - Dark fruit, smoke and light cocoa. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Big start, liquorice, booze and roast malts. Really big beer, worthy of the Imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1113) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Aroma of dark chocolate, nutmeg, a little soy, and worms(?). Black with a frothy tan head. Taste is toffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, but hey...no worms. There’s a slight late alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3301) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Une bière noire avec une mousse épaisse. Un nez de grains rôtis au chocolat et de houblons herbeux. Une bouche forte en poussière, de moyenne texture. Une finale sur les houblons résineux et herbeux fort décevante. (Bomber merci Pat).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15410) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Black color with generous brown compact head. The aroma is very interesting, tobacco, cigar, some ashes, bread. Good body strength, yet with a lean mouthfeel; the flavor is a bit chocolatey, but unfortunately is too much roasty and ashy, burnt coffee too; the bitterness level is high, and the final slightly salty.
A robust, roasty Imperial Stout.

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