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Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 445
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 82
Gots: 72 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into speiglau glass.

Look is pitch dark with reddish highlights at the edges. Head is a rich cafe latte that quickly goes down.

Aroma is roasted coffee and toffee with chocolate notes.

Taste has that wonderful porter body with a mouth coating chocolate and roasted coffee notes.

Absolutely wonderful beer. (337 characters)

Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a winner right here. Oatmeal Porters are under appreciated. The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer.. It is a standard taste for an Oatmeal porter- would love to see a vanilla version. I know coffee comes soon. (217 characters)

Photo of popery
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with just a tiny bit of brown at the edges. Creamy beige head. Roast, caramel, some mild dark fruit. A little bit of chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, moderately dry finish. Caramel, cocoa, more of the same mild fruitiness. Creamy body, relatively low carbonation. Fairly sticky. Definitely an oatmeal porter. (331 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavors are calm and subtle but are well done and delicious. Smoky char, roasted coffee, dry roast, chocolate malt and light embers present a smooth flavor that sits nicely on the palate. (191 characters)

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. Smells sweet and rich, lots of oats. Tastes great lots of flavors going on rich and malty. Notes of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Rich body really smooth beer, great Porter. (193 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for me, this is right about as good as porter can get. its huge in body, but not super dark from bitter roasted unmalted barley, but rather dark from a different specialty grain that gives a coffee richness along with the fluffy feeling from the oats, its a beautiful grain base. expansive and palate coating, but not syrupy or overly viscous even, although it lingers on the teeth just long enough. its smooth as they come, the oats are not subtle in flavor or feel, and raw cocoa comes out in the finish without much bitterness. I get notes of espresso, maple, molasses, toffee, charcoal, and just a kiss of what must me some smoked malt, maybe cherrywood. really delicately added, but it gives it a rustic and autumnal vibe that sets it off and a hint of tobacco that I really like. all in our group ranked this among the best porters in memory, and it might have even been my favorite trillium brew so far. the mouthfeel is amazing, and the layers of grain are unique and expertly engineered. liquid art right here, just amazing on a rainy afternoon. (1,054 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, Roasty, Inviting, Level

A dreamy palate of coffee and chocolate from the roasted malts, delicate caressing smoothness is a well played by the oats. Some sweetness unveils both dark sugars and black currants. Chewy medium body shows off its girth, big perhaps but still very drinkable. A world class brew to say the least, while the beer geeks are clamoring for their hop ladened beer which are great though this is a spectacular run at a dark style and bringing it to a world class level.

STYLE: Oatmeal Porter | ABV: 7.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014) (614 characters)

Photo of Jimboice
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A lot going on here. Pours super dark. Not particularly strong on the nose. Multiple favors with a little bitterness in the end. Not super heavy, so a porter I could drink all day. Me like. (194 characters)

Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to try this from a growler. It pours nice, deep, thick and dark into the glass, with about an inch of foam that dissipates quickly. Well balanced aroma of oat & grains, roasted just right, and a hint of whiskey. The taste is complex and strong but not overpowering, with a bit of brown sugar taste and just enough bitterness to contrast it. Plenty of oats in the taste. It's thick enough for me to enjoy, since I like thicker beers, yet it's light enough that I can still enjoy it in the middle of this hot summer. I'm curious about the bottle version now. If you haven't tried the growler/draft, definitely give it a shot. (636 characters)

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.
Looks black with a frothy, half inch head. Aroma is roasted oats, nuts, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and black licorice. It drinks smooth with a small amount of bitterness in the finish. I don't drink many porters but this one is quite enjoyable. (313 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

041115. Beautiful black color with a nice, light brown, fluffy head. Decent lace, some legs, and good head retention. Dark chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt in the nose and flavor. Everything a porter should be. Seriously delicious finish. Roasted, charred malt and some ground coffee and creamy chocolate. Smooth, great body and a pleasant lingering taste. Just a really good Porter. That's what it is. (406 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, oatmeal, vanilla, oh my! Very rich porter. Well-balanced and has a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Be on the lookout for this porter! The sweetness is well captured along with the silky smoothness of the body. (215 characters)

Photo of brunop
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a growler.
i wasn't as wild about this as i was expecting. a solid porter for sure and a fine example of the style, but for me it was "nothing special". admittedly i am mostly an IPA drinker, but i do enjoy porters and stouts. this one was a little too sweet for my palate. (278 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
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 (231 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (190 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (893 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. 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. (168 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,239 characters)

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Pot & Kettle from Trillium Brewing Company
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