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Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 543
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.64%
Wants: 104
Gots: 115 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Our signature porter, brewed with oats, has a soft, velvety mouthfeel with layers of chocolate and roasted malt on the palate. The ominously black appearance belies this porter's approachability; Pot & Kettle is satisfyingly smooth and nourishing, but never lumbering or heavy. While not sweet, dark fruit notes, such as cherries, dates, and raisins, reveal themselves as the beer warms.

MALT: American 2-row, Rolled Oats, Pale Chocolate, Black (Patent), Carafa III, Caramunich, C-120, C-80

HOPS: Columbus
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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/06/15 notes. 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery the day before. Poured into my Trillium tulip.

Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt malt,s cream, earthy notes, and light vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing too crazy, just a really well made porter...worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with two fingers of tan head that leave a ring as you sip. Chocolate, oats and just a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Creamy and fairly thick bodied for a porter, with strong carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt up front with dark fruit in the background, showing more in the aftertaste. Pretty solid.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick tan head

Smell-coffee and chocolate. Kind of week smell.

Taste-exceded my expectations based off of the smell. Perfect balance of roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.

MF- Oh my. Velvety smooth. The mouthfeel sets it apart and makes it the best porter I've ever had.

Overall- best porter I've ever had. Best oatmeal beer I've ever had. Try it. Trillium is for real.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brownish/black with a creamy off white head.
Malty, chocolatey, coffee? Aroma.

Velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate, oats, coffee?
A bit thick/chewy but great.

Exceptional porter.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into tulips:

Appearance: deep, dark brown with a medium (one finger+) tan head that lingers for a while. Not much carbonation present. Mild lacing.

Aroma: plenty of roast, along with lots of chocolate scent. Slightly bitter on the nose, but the smell is inviting, and carries lots of sweet roastiness in addition. I also picked up some lactose, though I don't think that was used in this brew.

Taste: lots to like here. Starts with the bitter roasted malt, and quickly melds into a sweet, chocolatey flavor. The finish is smooth and the combination of roast and sweet makes for a very nice Porter.

Feel: medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and it finishes very easily. Not a "sipper"at all; more of a traditional Porter than some modern porters who overwhelm with heaviness and added flavorings.

Overall: an excellent example of a more traditional Porter.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle into tulip glass
L: Impressively dark, poured a nice 1 finger head of a very light beige color. Nice even silky appearance to the head. Some lacing but nothing crazy.
S: Very sweet. Comes off kind of like a cream stout. Reminicient of sweet dark chocolate, with hints of ethanol (but very faint).
T: Top notch taste. Despite the aroma, it is not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as expected. typical flavors of a porter but subdued and balanced are what make this beer so good.
F: Firstly, the beer drinks so well. It is effervescent while also heavy, like whipped cream. Also has a milky smoothness to it that is balanced out by the medium carbonation level. Also not at all astringent or drying like some robust porters.
O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer, quite honestly may be my current favorite porter.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a light cream head, bubbles linger but not much for a head or lacing.
Smell is light roastiness, Chocolate which does provide a bit of sweetness.
This is an astoundingly drinkable porter. It is velvety yet pretty light in body, very well balanced. A little bit of dark fruit flavor accompanies the chocolate, bready, oat characteristics of this beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent porter. Full rich and remarkably well balanced. A porter drinkers porter.Went to Trillium for the IPAs and the big coffee stout variants Had really underestimated this beer, and am soooo glad I grabbed a bottle ( based on BA reviews). Do not pass this up if you get a chance.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottled 12/08/15. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a tight, quarter inch, off-white head that settles into a thin, solid cap. Spots and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses lactose, cocoa and artificial sweetener. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. All and all, a decent porter, but nothing to write home about. I'd take Smutty Robust Porter hands down over this offering.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Oct-17-2015 (Consumed: Dec-19-2015)

Pours a black as pitch with a uniform little two-finger dollop of brown head that sticks at half a finger then a heavy film. Very good retention; sheets of sticky lacing. (4)

Creamy spiced chocolate. Cocoa, soft/creamy oatmeal backbone, caramel, cinnamon, leather. (4.25)

Mocha dark fruits. Dark fruits and some bitter chocolate with a creamy coffee feel to the finish there is a light, bright cherry juice hint that comes through in the middle that is really something. (4.25)

Velvet with a lingering roast character on the palate, medium+ body with soft carbonation. (4.25)

Excellent porter.
This is a beer that I have been hankering for for the past couple years as I saw more and more people talking up Trillium. I am really glad to have gotten to try it.
A rich, smooth porter that feels exactly like it should (this is one of my most important factors when drinking one of my favorite styles). Everything is as it should be, balanced and delicious. The best and most unexpected part of this beer is the train-lights-in-a-tunnel of light roast fruity character in the mouth. Almost thin but the oatmeal helps fatten it up. Great beers, the roast flavors are really tight and there is a great really fruity malt flavor that comes off light and juicy. Very nice. You're the man, KC.
This is a great beer. I will seek this one out in the future for sure. (4.5)

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World class porter. Enjoyed within two weeks of bottling. Dark brown body with a pourus head. Very faint aroma of chocolate, roasted oats and a bit of smoke. Taste follows suit with an emphasis on bitter chocolate, very slight sweetness of cherries and bready malt, all of which are subservient to the roasted oats and toasted bread favors. Nice creamy feeling lingers after the bitterness subsides. Awesome beer from Trillium - smooth, mellow and complex. Between this and Jack's Abbey Framinghammer anyone in MA is embarrassingly rich with two choice porter options.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice roasty porter from Trillium. Beautiful jet black pour, nice aroma, and pleasant coffee notes from the dark malts. The only issue is the feel, which is surprisingly thin for an oatmeal porter.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a tan head and great lacing. Notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and lightly sweetened oatmeal. Medium body, creamy and drying. This was fantastic, big coffe flavor packed in and great balance of roast bitterness and sweetness. The overly drying finish is the only thing holding it back a bit.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. Growler poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color with Ruby hints. About a finger of light brown head that quickly dissipates. Great aroma, lots of roasted malts with coffee most prominent and some toffee notes. Great taste more coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal smoothness, and some toffee sweetness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, approachable yet complex.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark brown beer with some red to it. A good-sized tan head that dissipated quickly.
Dark roasted malt aroma. Oatmeal.
Really nice coffee taste, Strong dark coffee,. Oatmeal. A hint of chocolate.
Medium-bodied, very smooth.

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Photo of kculrich
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml into a cool tulip. Deep dark brown with reddish highlights and a generous tan foamy head. S: Raisins and burnt string (good smelling burnt string). T: Ice coffee and toasted oats, sweet fruit and tobacco. F: Smooth and creamy, carbonation is nicely understated, medium body, sticky on the palate. O: Very enjoyable. This is my last bottle - I had a case but it seems to have gotten itself drunken up more quickly than I had intended.

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Photo of Nickcal
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strangely I loved this the first time I had it and didn't care for it the second time I had it. The second time it might have been too cold. Both were from the same batch so I can rule that out. Will give an update after my 3rd bottle that is also from the same batch.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.52/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Black body with an ample off-white head. Roasted malt. Bubble gummy. Taste is coffee and roasted malt. Yeasty flavor here, too. Oatmeal. Fruity. Has some off flavors. Medium body. Well carbonated. I haven't been impressed with Trilliums non-hoppy offerings, and this is no exception.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not as heavy on roast as most porters which was actually a nice touch in this brew. The oatmeal rounded out the mouthfeel nicely, however it was still thin for my liking. Overall great balanced flavor, not too sweet, not too roasted, not too bitter. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Pot & Kettle from Trillium Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.