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RATINGS: 175   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1550) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2013
No bottle date, assume this is 2013. It’s thick and black, presents with good quilt of tan head. Smells nice and toasty with some graham, some earthy and sharp hops; some coffee and dark hershey’s chocolate on the nose. Flavor is roasty and toasty, some nice bready character, some nice prune flavor, a little leather. Thin bodied with low carb and a slightly sticky finish. It’s an okay beer for $7.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22 ounce bottle
A below average imperial stout merited only a single shaker before the rest was used in cooking. Caught somewhere in that awkward space between high boost stout and rich imperial stout, it suffers from a lack of clear mission. I would give these guys another shot if I could get a few samples but I doubt I will be hurrying to try anything else unless I happen to be passing through.

Aroma / Appearance - A rich velvety base pours clean and dense with an ochre head. Oily legs betray the higher gravity. Chocolate and coffee linger in the air like an unhealthy breakfast combination. The smooth creamy profile gets the job done but lacks any substantial defining feature to leave an impression. Licorice and ash alone will not do it.

Flavor / Palate - The dense mouthfeel owes more to the number of ingredients than anything else. Melted bittersweet chocolate coats the mouth with an oily resin. Raspberries linger a brief second before a bitter transfer to a warm boozy finish. Fruity chocolate and coffee briefly perk up the senses before the tedium returns. This lacks any huge flaws other than the fact that it simply cannot compete with the best of the best. Save some time and money for another alternative.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2777) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4295) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1394) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (653) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (610) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1195) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7070) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1165) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3498) - 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).


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