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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A ďBig BirdĒ 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Poured the color of a shaded shadow enclosed with dark tan froth. Burly coffee aroma bursting with roasty dry grainy fumes..pungent coffee flavors with tart chocolate malt & firm background bitterness. Full body, dry, and warm...this is a nice change, for its an interesting take on Imperial Stout with loads of grainy fresh ground coffee notes

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2005
Horribly biting hoppy and smoky essence... really hard to digest... biting everywhere... acidic, tough to swallow... has some decent cream and smoky malt aroma, and some regular smoky chocolate flavor, but the thing that drives me away is the harsh, acidic texture and mouthfeel. Too much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Dark black, thin white head. Little aroma at first, but as it warms it starts to show caramel, molasses, soy, licorice and roasted barley. Very sweet sticky malts up front, treacle, molasses, lots of roasted barley and a long bitter finish. As it warms, this really comes together, licorice, raisin, plum, and a shot of alcoholic heat. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Very dark brown colour. Big aroma - chewy, rich, thick maltiness like a side of roast beef and a burnt fruitcake. A little raw, uncouth, with mass toffee and bludgeoning chewy maltiness. Same big, straightforward brute I remember from ten years ago.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JFGrind (1808) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Sampled the same bottle as hopdog from EDA. It was the first beer of the night for me and I was already out to a bad start. Looked great and had an excellent roasted coffee aroma. After a few sips all I could taste was lime. Not fruit, not roasted malts, just lime.

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Sample from EDA. Poured a dark black color with a small tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. So far so good. With high hopes, I took my first sip. What the heck was that. Maybe my taste buds were playing tricks on me. I better quickly take another sip. Terrible tastes of lemons and limes. Very sour. I took one more sip and the rest of my glass went into the drain. Bad bottle? Iíll give this beer another chance if I ever have the opportunity to try it again, but felt it was my duty to rate it as is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Interesting, and gets much better as it warms. Pours pitch black with a great beige head but little lacing. Aroma is of coffee, dark fruits, and smoky malt. Flavor echoes the scent, but it a bit on the alcoholic side. Itís complex as well. Strong apricot and raisin taste as well as coffee/caramel. Palate is astrengent from the alcohol, but it has a nice mineral feel that offsets it. Overall, itís a great offering and worth seeking out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Itís no wonder that I found this beer to be so overpowering in the alchohol category, look at the damn percentage! Other than the alchohol, I found the beer to be chock full of a vinous quality like that of kalamata olives and bitter bitter chocolate. This ultimately lead the beer down a far too one-dimensional path that was never kind on the palate and even less so in the finish. This could definitely use some mellowing out, or perhaps a more pronounced malt profile and less alchohol.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark black color with tan head & mild lacing. Nose of one dimensional astringent dark malts & roast. Taste is HOT of alcohol & sweet overripe fruit. Finishes metallicly sweet, some sherry & licorice. A dirty imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Black with a huge foamy tan head and very nice lacing. Nose has a lot of strong dark malts such as roast and coffee. Bitter hops as well. There is a sweet hint of fruitiness about as well. Damn. No hiding hte alcohol here. Itís just a lot of dark malts, which isnít bad, just chocolate and bitter roast mostly. Strong. Too much in the alcohol sense, rather than the flavors.


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