Pot & Kettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & KettlePot & Kettle

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 77
Gots: 63 | 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 WyethBednar
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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 tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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 CoffeePorter
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Stellartaste
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 HattedClassic
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of BigMurph
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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

Photo of ThrashMaster
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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 SebD
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Mersh
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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 MyThoughtsExactly
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of VictorWisc
3.88/5  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.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.
My first beer from Trillium.

Dark brown-black pour, with a small tan head that dissipated mostly, leaving a small ringlet behind; minimal lacing. Pretty basic aroma of dark malts, somewhat roasty; not much else. Standard taste as well, dark malts, some roast and ash, unsweetened chocolate, a little brown sugar sweetness. Now I know this is a porter, but even so, the oatmeal aspect, which usually beefs up the mouthfeel in a beer, didn't really seem to have much effect here. Instead, it was a bit slick and thin, with a lower carbonation that didn't help either. Might be good on nitro, but it wasn't really winning me over. Not bad overall, but not very memorable.

Photo of brunop
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Siebel98
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of MA_hops
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, oatmeal, vanilla, o my! Very rich porter. Well-balanced and has a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of KornWallace
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle opened on 9.8.14

Roasted malts, charred chocolate. A bit grainy.

Thanks Paul!

Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Pot & Kettle from Trillium Brewing Company
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