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Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

Pot & KettlePot & Kettle

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123 Ratings

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Porter.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013)
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Photo of jlindros


4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mocha colored large 2 finger creamy fizzy head that fades at a med pace, nice bubbly lacing, just about pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

NOse is interesting, big roast without char or acrid black malts, roasted coffee, nice toasted and creamy oats, some caramel and dark brown malts, roast finally turns a little charred and slight burnt coffee grinds, little nougaty note, and hint of an earthy grassy like hop note, and a touch of a black malt too. Eventually hint of a nutty note, and nice fresh oatmeal.

Taste starts with lots more dark malts, black patent like malt with a little acrid note, lots of roast with little char, big roasty black malt, into a nice coffee, overly roasted coffee through with fresh beans and grinds, a nutty coffee mostly with little nutty malt as well. A mild fudgey chocolate as well, also with that light fluffy nougat note, oh yeah and lots of creamy oats, almost a fresh oatmeal note with hint of a toasted oat as well. Some mild earthy hops in the middle, it wants to get spicy but is overshadowed by the big roasty malts, and a hint of a warming and even a slight booze flavor way in the background. Finish is dry but sticky, much drier than I expected actually, with a bit more bitterness, lots more oats and creamy feel, plenty more black malts and roasted malt flavors lingering, and touch of very dark chocolate.

Mouth is fuller bod, quite creamy, little lush even, decent carb, very faint warming booze note in the background.

Overall pretty nice, very smooth and drinkable for a bit oatmeal porter, quite creamy lots of great oat characters, nice dark malts with black malt and roast without being too roasty or acrid but touches of char and burnt coffee beans, nice nutty coffee though, just a hint of dark chocolate which I would have liked more with a nice oatmeal porter/stout, hops are OK but I also may have liked a bit more of those, booze is on nicely. Quite complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:56:16 | More by jlindros
Photo of BigMurph


4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Great looking porter, almost stoutish, forms a thick, creamy head. Midnight black. Heavy lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted fruit and cream with a "toastyness" to it. Dark & milk chocolate in there as well.

T - This beer is very, very good. Dark & milk chocolate w light oatmeal with light notes and a terrific roasted taste. Silky smooth!

M - this beer leans more on the side of Stout than Porter in mouthfeel. Although it a porter this beer is super easy drinking.

O - Absolutely my favorite beer!!!! (of the moment)

Serving type: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:11:05 | More by BigMurph
Photo of mynie


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a nice, thick, silky brown head. These guys take head retention seriously.

Smells of bitter, dark roasted barely with medium-strength nodes of oatmeal roughness (which I adore, and I'm sad to see so many breweries blotting them out lately).

I started my evening with Trillium's otherwordly New England Red, and I'm afraid this seems a little tame by comparison. Even after sitting it down for an hour to give me pallet some time to recuperate, it struck me as a good example of the style but nothing to write home about.

But then I took some more sips, and, as with all of Trillium's beers, this one's brilliance is found in its balance and in how subtle nodes mingle with one another to create a cohesive whole. Lately, so many beers have strove to be singularly aggressive, pushing up one aspect of the flavor to blot out all the others. It's very nice to see someone taking a different tack.

Anyhow, this starts off lightly sweet and moves into a middle that's like a traditional oatmeal stout--rough burned barley that never gets so intense it's unpleasant. It ends with a fabulous interplay between light nodes of chocolate and coffee against light, bittersour oatmeal malt aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:50:16 | More by mynie
Photo of WanderingFool


4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pot & Kettle pours black into the glass with a creamy tan head on top. Lots of lacy spots stick to the glass as the foam fades.

The aroma is rich and malty with notes of chocolate, roast malt, nuts, coffee and a hint of oak and vanilla.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, coffee, roast malt, a touch of dark fruit and smoke. Some oak and wood appears towards the end. Dry finish with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt lingers on the palate.

A great tasting easy drinking beer. The flavors improve as the beer warms.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2014 16:46:11 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trillium Brewing Company - Pot & Kettle, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown and settles black with a brown hue and a good sized foamy head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is sweet oaky vanilla bourbon with a dash of chocolate.

Taste - Sweet chocolate with roasted malt and coffee. Oaky vanilla with a slight whiskey burn.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with low carbonation. Warm whiskey boozy but not overly so. Very drinkable. Woody and slick.

Overall - Good brew, the thin body is typical of a porter but the oak gives it some kick. Would recommend. Can't wait to try more of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 16:38:51 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours close to black. Head is a big, dense clump of gooey foam. Lots and lots of thick lacing. Great looking Porter.

S-Smells of charred and burnt malt. Some chalkiness. Burnt coffee and oats. Bitter dark chocolate. Very roasty, very burnt.

T-Charred maltiness, super-bitter powdered cocoa. Black coffee. Light chalk. A sweetness arises as the beer warms. It's definitely coercive and bold, which I enjoy.

M-Great body. Mellowed carbonation. Bitter. Alcohol is light. Very drinkable. Went through a mini-growler far too quickly.

O/D-I enjoyed how this was a more assertive Porter. It wasn't just another exceedingly sweet take on the style. It was very unique and I would love to try the barrel aged version if they do it again.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2014 19:19:40 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Andrew041180


3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured from a 32 oz. growler into an oversized wine glass. The beer is black, I can't see any other brown hues sometimes identifiable in a porter. Brown head comes up slowly, and recedes quickly. There is a skim of head left on the beer, but it doesn't leave any lace.

S - Minimal. I smell basically the roasted malt that one would expect.

T - Underwhelming. As the beer warms up a bit a sweetness develops that I don't really expect. There is a bit of chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt, but the main flavor is the milk-stout like sweetness.

M - Maybe it's supposed to feel this way, but I don't like it. Very slick. Very little substance. The finish leaves a lingering burnt bitterness in my mouth.

O - I acknowledge that my ratings are far below the average, and I don't know why. I drank this growler four hours after it was filled at the brewery. I'm not a huge porter fan, but everything that I've had has been better than this.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2014 13:19:33 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of NHbeerguy

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Pours black with a nice tan head. The head goes away quickly but stays around the edge.
S- you get a nice kick of the whiskey. Slight chocolate smell
T- this is the amazing part. A fantastic blend of chocolate and a tiny hint of coffee. You can taste the barrel aged flavor which in my mind is a perfect combo!!
M- very smooth and leaves a nice taste of chocolate and whiskey.
O- the whiskey is so smooth that it just completes this beer. This is a very well done and fantastic beer. My first one from Trillium Brewing and will not be my last!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:19:11 | More by NHbeerguy
Photo of dar482

New York

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a almost black color with a white head.

The aroma has roasted and roasted malt, some chocolate.

The flavor follows with milk chocolate, lots of coffee, a bit of creaminess, some robust roasted malt. A bit light on the mouthfeel.

A very smooth and clean drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 00:45:21 | More by dar482
Photo of smcolw


3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One finger thick head that settles to a fine layer of bubbles. Excellent ring lace after each sip. Dark brown where no light passes, even on the edges.

Lots of deep roasted, darker malts with only a touch of chalk. Dark chocolate and cream are the strongest aromas.

More biting than most porters. The malt leans to burnt while still retaking the dark chocolate flavors. The body is thin, not for the style, but more for the big taste. Lower carbonation helps make this brew more fuller. The aftertaste is like powdered cocoa with a touch sourness that would likely go unnoticed by most.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 19:25:22 | More by smcolw
Photo of Siebel98

New Hampshire

2.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Lights are low so it's a little hard to evaluate the appearance, but it looks like it should. Half a finger of creamy tan head on a 16 oz pour.

Aroma is primarily of roasted barley, but some dried fruit comes out as it warms up.

Flavor comes off a little sweet for me, almost like a milk stout. The roasted flavor doesn't quite balance out that sweetness. Aftertaste is a little burnt and bitter.

I really wanted to like this one, but it seems a little out of balance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 00:04:25 | More by Siebel98
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Half growler from the brewery.

Two fingers of dark tan foam atop a black body that reveals no highlights.

Deep dark chocolate aroma. Bits of coffee. Hints of oatmeal. Some dark fruits.

Taste follows nose. Deep chocolate. Scoop of oatmeal. Shot of coffee. Dark fruits.

Slick oily full mouthfeel.

A superior porter. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2013 03:01:33 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of HattedClassic


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice and slightly light tan that dissipates quickly but leaves a little bit of film on top of the beer. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate brown that borders on black on first sight.

The oatmeal certainly comes out along with the chocolate sweetness that seems to dominate the nose. The toasty smell is there but rather faint compared with everything else.

The beer has a very interesting contrast between sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness, and hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is out front but it's dulled a little and almost overcome by the chocolate sweetness. There also roasted malts but they are delegated to the aftertaste or subtle hints that complement the main sweetness. Additionally, the beer has some subtle dark fruit taste along with a bit of caramel malt as well. The beer's aftertaste is the bitterness of dark chocolate or cocoa.

Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. Almost feels like drinking chocolate milk (a good thing) and bit heavier than most porters. The feel is smooth but more along the slick side of things.

A very good porter and one of the best ones that I've had so far. I enjoy the balance between bitterness and sweetness as well as the complexity of the flavor and slickness of the beer. My only regret is that I cannot get this beer in DC.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2013 00:27:04 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 32oz growler.

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black color, but some light still passes through. Little bit of white head rests on the top of the beer from the growler pour.

The nose is alot of oats, roasted malts, toast. I get a very faint smoke smell, which is a nice addition.

The flavors come together well. Subtle milk chocolate, roasted malts, little bit of of toffee, and oatmeal. The roasted flavor gives off this unique smokiness, which I really enjoy.

This is very smooth and balanced. Overall, very drinkable, and another great option from Trillium.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2013 21:44:10 | More by nmann08
Photo of VictorWisc


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into basic beer goblet. Pours dark chocolate brown to black, opaque. Moderate short-lived dark tan head (fairly large bubbles), minor lacing.

Smell is a bit off, green oats first, then earthy, almost fungal. Not "fungal" barn smell, mold or mildew, but more like shiitake mushrooms while being cut up. Slight but noticeable alcohol afterburn. No chocolate or malt notes to speak of; no hoppy aroma of any kind; very mild coffee note in the background.

First taste impression is that of a typical good stout--dark roasted malt, light hop bitterness, coffee notes of a medium roast--slightly acid, slightly acrid, nothing overpowering. Some fungal "umami" notes. Finish is rather boozy with more mild bitterness. The interesting flavors come out in aftertaste. Bitter chocolate, some dark fruit and more coffee bitter flavors hit the palate all at once, but only after most of the beer clears the mouth. Lingering for a while, then turns sweet but still fungal/umami, like a delicate chanterelle risotto.

Body is confusing--seems light for a porter, especially one this dark. I would peg it as light to medium for porter, not even close to a stout. Typical oatmeal smoothness, but alcohol is a bit sharp for 7.4% ABV. Carbonation is unexpectedly powerful, grainy.

Seems to be a different batch from some of the earlier reviewers. Oatmeal might have been overdone, while malts are uncharacteristically hiding in the background. Fairly high carbonation and pronounced heat are also confusing and distracting--I expected more creaminess from an oatmeal porter. It's as if this batch is having an identity crisis. One could suspect the effect of sitting for 72 hours in a growler, but it was well refrigerated, unopened and well taken care of. High carbonation clearly mitigates against a growler effect as well. A very good porter, but not my favorite. The best taste is left for ... aftertaste, when the liquid has already passed the mouth. The confusing flavor notes resulted in me changing the taste score at least 5 times while analyzing. I might be wrong, but reducing oats and increasing Crystal/Caramunich malt presence might make this recipe truly spectacular, as it will make it sweeter and less earthy, as well as a touch heavier which would hide the alcohol better.

Likely would buy more, if for no other reason, to test different batches. But this one is not at the top of my Trillium shopping list right now.

PS: Unsurprisingly, I really do like this beer more once it's finished than I did while drinking it. The lingering aftertaste is quite pleasant--I just wish I could taste more of it while drinking it.

PPS: Left a bit less than a pint in a half-growler overnight without refrigeration. It's a much better beer now. There is a bit of a bready pumpernickel bite upfront and a bit more of a coffee note. The smell is a bit more ripe, but still mostly less than pleasant, still missing the strong chocolate and coffee and pumpernickel aromas that I expect from something this dark.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2013 04:03:59 | More by VictorWisc
Photo of ThrashMaster


4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: black, reddish brown around the edges. Very slight head (poured very gently). Looks still in glass. Very little lacing or fingers. Basically looks like dense black coffee...which is to say quite appealing

s: roasty malt, a bit of alcohol. A bready smell that reminds me of....croutons? Fairly fruity for the style, but hard to place which fruit.

t: roast, coffee. A tiny little jab of alcohol up front. Balanced sweetness in the middle. The aftertaste seems to change from sweet to dry, and back and forth, which is a pretty nice trick. The fruitiness in the smell comes across as a vinous quality in the taste. Earthy restrained bitterness throughout, but by no means hoppy.

m: As a porter its a 5 for the feel, if it was sold as a stout I would expect a somewhat bigger body. Slick, buy not syrupy. The carb is very mild (but not so still as cask ale). Satisfying to hold on the tongue. Creamy....as in half and half, not guinness.

o: Damn good beer. As mentioned by the previous review this is not entirely unlike the Maine Beer Co porter...but its far far cheaper, with a much more interesting aftertase. There is a an alcohol note in the smell, but not an off putting one.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2013 22:14:06 | More by ThrashMaster
Photo of JordanPhraczek


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Trillium pub glass bought at the brewery 2 hours before.

A - Nice looking porter. Even out of the growler forms a nice creamy head. Dark maple/black complexion with an off white head that has a slight tan tinge. Gleaming lacing.

S - Fruit and cream with a toasted note. Nice. Really nice. Milk chocolate in there somewhere.

T - I have already downed the first glass by the time I've got to write about Taste; jeesh this beer is good. Faint milk chocolate and oatmeal with light pomegranate notes and a fantastic roasted porter/stout taste. Smooth as silk.

M - I would have gave it a better mouthfeel but I feel this beer leans more on the side of Stout than Porter in that aspect. Porters are recognized for their high caloric density, and this beer is super easy drinking.

O - Cheers to this Porter. This can hold it's own in the ring with King Titus Porter or Rogue Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2013 22:28:43 | More by JordanPhraczek
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