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RATINGS: 164   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 (1448) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (2809) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Belle façon d’attirer mon nez et mes lèvres. La présentation n’est pas parfaite mais elle est de toute beauté. Les arômes sont dominés par des grains rôtis (avoine?) qui perdent une petite fumée. Un mélange d’alcool, de cire d’abeille, de caramel et de réglisse viennent brouiller mes repères. Les saveurs suivent les parfums. Le caractère rôti n’est pas négligeable. De même que l’alcool et les houblons qui ne peuvent fonctionner l’un sans les autres. En bouche, je découvre un corps moyennement dense. La texture est grasse comme un verre de lait fermier. La finale est une tirade de fumée chocolatée qui affirme une amertume qui, au fil des gorgées, devient de plus en plus chaude. Pas mauvais. J’aime sa fine brutalité mais je n’aime pas son alcool malhabile.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3066) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very thick near black color with a moderate tan pillowy head on it. Nose is darkly roasty with a fair amount of smoke coming through. Taste is roasty and bitter up front, but has a velvety finish that is slightly sweet and chocolatey. Really quite interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1489) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of vanilla, creamy chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors of cafe au lait, cocoa powder, dark brownies and roasted malts. Dry and slightly bitter. Warm finish. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2013
22 ounce bottle thanks to o Prufrockstar. Dark pour. Tan head. Chocolate roasty stout. Thick. Coffee in finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1198) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Extra bottle in a nice trade - thanks Chris! Dark black pour - not thick though. Tan head. Nice slightly malty nose. Huge chocolate bitterness, hop bitterness and tobacco in the taste. Bitter finish. Nice for a very cold day.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (891) - , Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Niiice aroma roast chocolate smoke. Black pour no head. Taste when cold was great and less so as it warmed. Definite roast and chocolate in taste. Some burnt flavor and some bitter and alcohol. Good brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (2665) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt and dark fruits round of the flavor. Bitter burnt finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1573) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black with a small head that fades quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma lacks complexity but is still pretty nice. Mostly chocolate and roast, touch of smoke. Taste is a bit on the sweet side for me. Not enough bitterness to counter. Good flavors though, rich chocolate, roast, smoke, and some caramel too. Love the mouthfeel, thick and oily. As the beer warms it turns into sticky tobacco, which I love. This was an excellent extra to receive in a trade. Thanks Mike.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (557) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Deep black pour, thick, dense, resilient head. Aroma is light roasted malt. Flavor Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and significant bitterness in the middle. Mouthfeel is slight thick and velvety. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Pretty nice stout that pushes the limits of intensity for me, but stays out of "overdone" territory. If I wanted a big, intense stout, this would be a good choice. Definite aging potential here, although not sure whether this is bottle conditioned/filtered.


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