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Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & KettlePot & Kettle

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 78
Gots: 52 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

Oatmeal Porter.
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Ratings: 393 | Reviews: 43
Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz mini growler was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a small layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet and bready oats, char, smoke, roasted, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: Pretty much the same as above. Chewy notes and ashy bitterness in the rear. Everything blends well together.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I think I originally tried this one out when it first came out a few years ago. Good to drink it once again. Will have to say that I like this beer, but really enjoy the big brother Double Pot & Kettle.

Photo of kanno
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 7.5% that drinks like a 5%. Would be a 4.5 but seems slightly over carbonated and just a bit thin. Still delicious!

Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Too thin and overly carbed for my liking. Not bad but there are much better porters out there, even locally.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color with a nice latte colored foamy head.

The smell is incredible with notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes very sweet with a minimal amount of bitterness. The taste profile is very similar to how it smells. Sheer brilliance!

An incredibly creamy beer with mild carbonation.

Wow, i'm happy I picked this up! I'll be on the lookout for this one again.

Photo of Zraly
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with walnut highlights. Fluffy mocha head. Really nice in a Nonic glass.

Earth, malt, chocolate, and a bit of fruit on the nose. Flavor-wise, this is delicious. Slightly vinous as the coffee and chocolate meld together like very sharp 80% cocoa content chocolate. Carbonation is a little high for style; this detracts a bit from fully experiencing the malt all the way through the palate. Some tang toward the end. Slightly creamy finish that ends dry with a lingering of cereal and dark chocolate flavors.

Picked this up on my last trip to Boston. Really nice American Porter. Probably great with everything from beer cheese soup to short ribs.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When is a good porter a great porter? When it's a stout! Trullium brewers cleverly mask the drier and more easily palatable stout with the drinkability and sensibility of porter with tethers of the cereal grain offering modest body and smoothness.

Billowing with lathery mocha foam, the beer's head breeches the rim as its higher than expected carbonation springs from the handsome dark elixir below. Sharp aromas of burnt toast, coffee ground and cocoa powder greet the nose while the taste of charred sugars and light cream settle over top of its expansive carbonation.

As those belgian-esque bubble pop off the tongue, they highlight the acidity of roast and bring out the beer's more peppery balance. With the carbonation highlighting the beer's dryness, only faint glimpses of oat is tasted or felt as a piquant tang emits in the form of grape seed, charred wood, tea leaf and coffee. Walnut bitterness cap off the taste as the beer nose-dives into a quick finish.

Helping only a little, the oats apply a creamy underlay to the medium-bodied beer. However, the high effervescence shreds the malt body to a dry and lightly ashy finish of peppercorn and roast-derived astringency.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has this while watching the Super Bowl. I think it was the reason the Pats won. My Bud Lites were killing them the past few times against the Giants. This beer is perfect - not much more has to be said. So glad Trillium is back

Photo of kevanb
3.07/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Trillium snifter. Enjoyed on 1.13.15, review from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, cola brown hues with a thick, foamy, khaki head that has moderate retention and yields little lace. The aroma is chalky, a bit of chocolate, bittersweet with some rich dark grains and a lightly vegetal coffee aroma, very bland and lacking any robust or coffee character. The flavors have a bit more going for them, light chocolate, rich grains, coffee bitterness and more of a robust profile though again, the coffee flavors come across as vegetal with a bit of spice and almost a jalapeño note, uninvited for sure. The mouthfeel lets this beer down as well, thin high carbonation lightly prickly with moderate coating and a dry chalky finish.

Verdict: An unimpressive offering from Trillium, the lack of coffee profile and awkward vegetal flavors really do this one in, not to mention a really lacking body and uncomfortable mouthfeel. Their hoppy offerings have been excellent and I have no doubts this brewery can craft some serious beer, just not this one.

Photo of Mersh
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Would have rated higher but bottle was infected. Had a sour tone to it and has overcarbed. Still good even with the infection.

Photo of Stellartaste
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as an oatmeal Porter that can be found

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appears black in the glass, but the edges show a good amount of translucency, revealing this to be a very dark brown in color. Forms a minimal off-white head that fizzes away quickly, leaving just a thin bit around the edge. Very little lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Dark malts, chocolate, vanilla along with a mild sweetness and even a bit of hops. Taste is also nice. Again, chocolate and dark malts, along with a touch of coffee, cola, and some vanilla. Mild bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is where this beer falls apart for me. It's thin. It's smooth, but thin. There is no roundness to the beer. No voluptuousness. It needs more body.
Overall, not a bad beer at all. Just wish there was a bit more there.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a black/rich brown with a frothy full head
S: chocolate, coffee
T: chocolate, cold-brew coffee, toffee, earthy hops
M: creamy with a moderate carbonation
O: delicious, creamy porter

Photo of rogacks
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

The smoothness surprised me. Very good beer.

Photo of KornWallace
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: 11/17/14
Location: Trillium Brewing Company
Draught/Bottle: 750ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Pouring a black/dark brown until it's edging which is coffee to clear with light tan carbonation. The retention and cling of the carbonation is short and nonexistent.
Aroma: The aroma has a lot to offer starting with roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The bitterness moves towards sweetness as I get an almond milk/lactose aroma with oats making the beer cereal like.
Taste: Roasted coffee and chocolate again starts but this time is taken over by a mellow charcoal malt flavor. The sweeter lactose and cocoa help to balance out the charcoal and the beer in general.
Mouthfeel: Medium body but a super slick, oily mouthfeel left by the oats. Medium low carbonation that helps push around the course charcoal feeling throughout the mouth.

Notes: Dated 10/9/14

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Nice porter that is a great mix of rich dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Little bit of hops and vanilla. A well done example of the style.

Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to UtopiaJane for this one. Didn't take notes when I had it last night with OKComputer, but thought it wasn't as bold and flavorful as I would have liked. Very subdued all around.

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/09/14. Almost three weeks old.

A: Dark brown pour with a tall, fizzy and frothy medium/dark brown head. Head fizzes pretty quickly; soda-like. Head disappears completely with no lacing whatsoever. Looks practically still after the first minute or so.

S: Nice toasted malt. Fresh toasted bread. Nutty and grainy. Actually reminds me of a nice toasty, nutty brown ale. I would have never guessed that this was a porter. Light hints of chocolate when swirled.

T: Loads and loads of toasted malt and nuttiness. It's like peanut butter on toasted bread. Really nice fresh, strong and sharp flavors. Super heavy and smooth. Malty and borderline sweet at points. A little bit of light bitterness and char in the finish helps balance it. Lingering toasty nuttiness forever between sips. Like peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with lower carbonation. Combined with oatmeal's smoothing effect, this tastes much thicker and heavier than you'd expect. It's closer to a 10%+ RIS than your average porter.

O: A really nice heavy and smooth oatmeal porter. As described above, the heaviness can't be underestimated, it really feels like a beer 50% bigger. Drinks wonderfully though with great balance.

Photo of nkelley77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took a nice trip to Trillium yesterday to check out the place and got a few goods for myself.

Pours dark brown with a nice off-white two finger head which dissipates quickly leaving light white lacing.

Aromas of dark malt, mocha, burnt sugar are present.

At first sip, there is a shot of dark roasted coffee followed by a light milk chocolate center, leading to a gradual finish, leaving a fantastic velvet chocolate finish.

Amazing smoothness as swallowing of light sweetness and flaked oats.

Well done Trillium! I wish I made some Benton's bacon and over easy eggs for dinner to go with this well refined beverage

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle opened on 9.8.14

Roasted malts, charred chocolate. A bit grainy.

Thanks Paul!

Photo of WyethBednar
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had, and probably my favorite porter. A great balance of malty sweetness and dark roasted flavors, along with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and a really inviting, sweet aroma. Just fantastic.

Appearance: Awesome. Opaque black, with a little bit of light showing through a deep brown at the bottom of my mug. A thin vanilla-colored head that stuck around pretty well, especially for a growler pour

Smell: Super inviting. Very sweet, obvious notes of chocolate and/or coffee.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between sweet roasted malts and more bitter, smoky flavors. A definite kick of alcohol in the finish (in a good way)

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Really, really easy to drink for a medium-high ABV dark beer.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge fluffy brown head and a clean black/deep brown body. There are faint hints of roast on the nose and a hint of bakers chocolate. The taste is almost like a beer float. Not in a vanilla or lactose way but just a rich creaminess. The body is fairly straightforward. The roast is not big and there are no "key" flavors. It's a big porter that tastes true to style with a bit of mouthfeel and creaminess added by the oats. Tasty beer that would be more appropriate in a 4 pack or 6 pack considering the 7.5% ABV.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the brewery, it's in the alley behind Row 34 off of Congress Street

Samples only served at the bar. Doing this from memory.

Dark brown, slight taupe cap.

Good aroma of rich malts

Smooth start, clean finish. Served very chilled

Good beer, best of the three samples on tap.

Worthy of a repeat visit to refill my growler

Photo of SebD
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutty notes, some oats and faint dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some roasted malts, dark chocolate, some nuttiness, light vanilla, oats and some faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap about a week ago at Dive Bar, Worcester. Full pen and paper notes taken at time of review.

A- Poured from the tap to a pint glass with a black as tar body and a silky, light mocha tan head. Cap builds up to about one finger with fairly good retention. Medium frothy ring leaves thin but plentiful lacing webs.

S- Roast bitter, slightly burnt grains are the main thing here for me. Notes of caramel, toasted nuts, toasted oats and slight raisiny fruit blends in with the dark grains.

T- Dry with roasty, dusty dark cocoa nib feel from the chocolate and roast grains. Notes of toasted nuts, ash, oats, dark red fruits and raisins. Caramel, cracked grain dust, slight bread and something spicy.

MF- Fairly thick body with a medium dry feel. Some chewiness and the body overall is silky with that oat smoothness. Carbonation is medium with a fairly roast bitter finish.

Dry and roast with a nice contribution from the oats, especially in the body.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid cocoa and oatmeal qualities, but the metallic flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

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Pot & Kettle from Trillium Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.