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RATINGS: 168   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 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. It’s 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, it’s a great offering and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2005
It’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (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.

   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. It’s just a lot of dark malts, which isn’t bad, just chocolate and bitter roast mostly. Strong. Too much in the alcohol sense, rather than the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Darkened ruby. Tiny-bubbled, slow rising carbonation beneath a grayish tan foam spackle with stellar retention. Earthy hop aroma with vaporous alcohol, cocoa, and fruity yeast notes. Understatedly roasty, caramelly, and slightly phenolic. Brilliantly utilized coffee hint, as well. Slightly airy, yet with a fluffy thickness. Alcohol heats the innards right away, yielding to sharp roast and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Minimally vinous, with a just a pinch of prune. Char astringency is met with softening hints of fruity yeast. Chalky roast punctuates the oxidation, which is beginning to develop. Roasted wood dryness accompanies the chest-burning alcohol and phenolic clash with lesser notes of grainy cocoa and burnt espresso, which lend a more Imperialish attitude to the brew. Lingering notes of bittersweet chocolate-dipped black cherries, rum-soaked malts, and phenolic belches as the alcohol and astringency make it a challenge for you to take another sip. Lots of personality here, particularly in the nose and unique yeast character, although the alcohol is hot and completely unmasked, let alone the phenolic esters and astringency, which are somewhat distracting. Clearly a different recipe from years past, as it used to be fizzier, roastier, much thinner, and less interesting, overall. Respectable effort, but not one to cellar, due to the slight phenolic and oxidation apparency. Thanks, HeRftYDrF.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Dark color, medium body. Taste is a little roasted, but mostly soy. Quite easy to drink, but not a whole lot of interesting stuff going on in the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Bottle pours an almost black with dark mahogany highlights.   Head is of a light brownish frothy variety.   Roasted malts on the nose, as well as some grains.   Taste is of burnt malts, molasses, some dark chocolate, and a mild coffee.   Finish yields a minor hop tinge with bittersweet chocolate.   Mouthfeel was a bit thin.   Not as flavorful as I would have hoped on the finish, but still a good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Available at College Inn 12/5/2003: Dark brown, opaque, with a dark khaki head. Relatively hoppy aroma with a pretty good snootfull of fruit and molasses. Semi-sweet and full bodied with a burn astringen bitter finish. A good imperial stout.

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