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Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & KettlePot & Kettle

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58 Reviews

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 490
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 26.21%
Wants: 92
Gots: 83 | FT: 11
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

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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 490
Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +5.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -38.8%
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 +5.1%
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 +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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pot & Kettle from Trillium Brewing Company
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