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RATINGS: 169   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Good Stout. Pitch black with a fluffy tan head. Toasted espresso bean on the nose. Thick and full bodied with mocha and some dark chocolate. It doesn’t have the expression or length of top Imperial Stout on the finish compared to better versions.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (777) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bomber. Pours black as motor oil with a solid layer of light brown head. The aroma is surprisingly devoid of the standard Imperial Stout notes of chocolate and coffee. Instead there’s a fair amount of cherry, molasses, roasted malt, licorice and caramelized sugars. The flavor opens up with a heavy dose of caramel, roast malt and espresso as well as some black cherry, date, licorice and alcohol notes. Just a little bit of an herbal hops presence in the background. The body is slightly syrupy with some creaminess and adequate carbonation. The finish is predominately chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. The overall flavor is sweet, rich and smoky with just enough complexity to make it worth seeking out.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2011
pours a creamy rich dark black. aroma strong of smokey coffee, chocolate and caramel. first sip was strong of all aromas and thick creamy taste. overall was a great pour from a local brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir at the STL RB Gathering- thanks again, Keir! 2006 vintage. Pours an almost opaque brown with a small tan head. Aroma of big chocolate notes, dark fruits, roasted malts, and nuts. Just a ton of chocolate in there. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, oaky, earthy notes, and coffee roast. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Has held up great for 5 years, particularly in the nose and appearance. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering into tulip glass. 2006 vintage. Thanks, kier! Poured an opaque dark brown color with weak tan head but fine lace and alcohol legs. True-to-style Imperial Stout aromas and flavors. Dry, fruity, nutty, toasty, very roasty. Hints of black coffee, dark chocolate, plums and wild cherries. Somewhat oxidized in an interesting way, like port, not a flaw. Held up very well to 5 year aging. Recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a dark brown/black color with a brown head. The aroma was dry roasty chocolate. The flavor was roasty, charred chocolate and light fruit. A very good Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5041) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Sampled at the st. Louis rarebeer gathering. An ’06 vintage. I smell chocolate and tobacco. Powdery chocolate flavor with ash. This is smooth and good. It aged very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to Mora2000) espresso brown pour with very dark tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of fudge, rich chocolate, mildly roasty, milk chocolate, nearly decadent in the nose. Taste is very roasty, nice bittering herbal hops, fudge, well balanced and delicious.


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