RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2006
22oz bottle shared by Pailhead. Pours a black color with a light tan receeding head. Nose is chocolate, roast malt, light cofee and some darker fruits. Flavor is chocolate, lightly hoppy and bitter, more dark fruits (raisins and plums)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Aroma has lots of roasted grain, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Behind that is weird combination of rubbing alcohol and peroxide. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head. Lots of chocolate and caramel throughout. Pretty strong acidity begins to sting the mouth in the middle. Roasted grain, light pine, and slightly metallic finish. Touch of black coffee. Acidity begins to fade as it warms and light hints of alcohol become noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Courtesy of acertain. Aroma of burnt toast, vanilla and dark fruit. Poured a nice black with a thick tan head. Flavor was as advertised in the aroma nothing overspectacular but solid. Palate was nice and full and finish was relatively clean. Overall I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Courtesy of Acertain <P> Aroma is an odd mix of cake, hairspray and berries. Quite freaking odd to be honest, but curiously less offensive in the nostrils than hairspray,berries and cake are in the ear. Full black color with a firm thumb thick tan head. Fore is roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Not as bad a flavor as I expected from its overall rating. Its certainly a little narrow in flavor range, but the burnt/alcoholic flavors that dominate fall squarely in the Imperial Stout flavor range. Admittedly it is a bit off..especially the aroma, but its not an awful brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2006
This was not the best imperial stout that I have ever had. It was very light bodied and somewhat acidic, with an overwhelming alcohol presence and that makes for a really annoying mouthfeel. Just not well made at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Deep brown body with a thin, sudsy tan head. Smells like banana bread and milk chocolate with some sharp alcohol notes. Flavor continues the banana bread theme. The combination of yeasty esters and sweet dark malt also reminds me of fruit cake. A decent, but strange beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6434) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, raisins, roast and alcohol. Taste of chocolate, with a dry roastiness, light hops, and faint alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bomber bottle provided by Wolhfs and served in my other Expedition snifter, stoutie rating #500!:

Pours a black hue with a large frothy light brown head and left spotty lace in its wake. The aroma has notes of molasses, chocolate and burnt malting, hints of grapefruit and currants, cashew and dusty yeast esters. The taste is sweet and fruity at first before a mild espresso and charred character takes over. Strange acidic nature runs throughout the beer never allowing it to become overly sweet or cloy. I picked up some liquorice undertone as well. The feel is lively and sharp, thin yet oily with a bit of a astrengent dryness to the finish (but nothing like the Black Sun I had moments before), very moderate alcohol presence.

Have they tinkered with the recipe, because it is much better than most of the reviews before March of 2005? I dig it even if it is not a heavy rich impy, dangerously drinkable at 10+ ABV. Worthy enough for my milestone stoutie rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1930) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2005
22 oz. Bottle: Dark brew with mocha aromas and a fluffy light brown head. I also noticed the high alcohol in the aromas as well as the taste. Other flavors were grapes, alcohol along with a "warm" taset and a creamy feel. The carbonation was higher than I prefer and the prolonged aftertaste was better than the actual drinking of it. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle from LarryPitonka. Black in color with a pleasant sized light brown head. Fantastic lacing is left behind. Aroma is sweet with deeply roasted grain notes throughout. Plenty of cream, chocolate and coffe presence. Full bodied with a lower carbonation level. Slight biting acidity, coffee and cream flavors. Some chocolate and a more than ample hop bitterness are present in taste also. Nicely done.

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