Chilly Water
Trinity Brewing Company

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #125
Ranked #19,877
3.81 | pDev: 15.49%
Sunday at 02:47 AM
Mar 14, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: This style is a bottom fermented lager traditionally brewed in Northern Europe. We age our interpretation on Bourbon Barrels (American Oak), which imparts a certain dryness accompanied by rich toffee flavors!
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1.54/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Pours a foamy 1 finger bubbly brown head with moderate retention, a bit of lacing, decent legs, basically jet black color

Nose is bad, definite infection, cherry, sour cherry, general fruity aromas, buttered popcorn diacetyl, sour acidic funk, yeast, ash, just bad

Taste is also infected, sour funky yeasty mess, alcohol, diacetyl, a little butyric acid baby vomit thing, there are hints of chocolate and roasty malt, but otherwise horrible infection

Mouth is slimy and boozy, higher foamy carb

Overall horrible, not even a savable infection, I can't get more than a couple sips. Really really sad I spent a fair amount of money on this, and it was deep in CT so I can't go back to get my money back. There's no way this brewery didn't know that it was infected when they bottled it, so either they are horribly incompetent, or giant douches, but either way I'm never buying a beer from this place again!

Sunday at 02:47 AM
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1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by mothman from Minnesota

On tap. Tan head. Little lace. Dark brown color.

This has to be infected. Has a slight sour cherry twang to it. No bourbon, no oak, no vanilla. Doesn’t taste like a Baltic. Terrible. Couldn’t finish 5 oz.

Jul 15, 2021
3.8 by WDJersey from Colorado on May 27, 2019
3.75 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on May 04, 2019
3 by Conradist from New York on Aug 28, 2018
2 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Jun 11, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 10, 2018
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Aug 04, 2017
3.98 by Boone757 from Virginia on Jul 20, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by sjdevel from Utah

Look: Very dark black and pours pretty thick. Low on carbonation. Decent foam ring that hangs around.

Smell: Dark fruit that has ripened / soured. Charred oak, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Pretty subdued though.

Taste: Slight bitterness at first. A slightly sour flavor comes forward. I get some Bourbon, but not over powering. Nice smokey flavor from dark roasted grains and charred wood from a barrel. Has a rich and nutty flavor (almost like a bit of peanut butter).

Feel: Pretty flat - Low-Medium bodied.

Overall: A decent brew from Trinity. I've had some much better ones and they are more widely known for sours/saisons. But this is a decent drinking beer.

May 07, 2017
4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on May 02, 2017
3.59 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 26, 2017
4.1 by JW_WNC from North Carolina on Jan 02, 2017
3.75 by Noelito76 from New York on Dec 26, 2016
4.12 by srw from Virginia on Oct 12, 2016
3.92 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Sep 03, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

375ml, red wax capped bottle. Yay! Not a sour, session ale, or saison! Am I actually looking forward to fall and winter? Maybe I am, maybe I am.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with faint orange cola basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent roiling wavecrest lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, gritty roasted caramel malt, a complex sweet nuttiness, vanilla-forward Bourbon barrel wood, further free-agent ash, faint black coffee, and perhaps a notion of citrusy and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, medium cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, more delicately indulgent nuts, an emerging black orchard fruitiness, ethereal vanillan whiskey barrel staves, some hard to pin down earthy spice, and a weak, but welcome all the same, grassy and citrusy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate tingling and otherwise supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, just a bit of char taking a chink out of the armor here. It finishes off-dry, as the now almost sour coffee-laced milky character starts to compete with the lingering chocolate and caramel notes.

Overall, this is one of the better iterations of the style that I have come across, nice and robust, and easy to drink. I wouldn't go and put it up against the LTM Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique (mostly due to home field advantage), but Chilly Water is a damned fine brew, with a tongue in cheek moniker that I am just now starting to appreciate.

Aug 29, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pitch black pour , very thick toffee, creamy colored thick lacing ring.

S - Cocoa, oak, delicate bourbon aroma.

T - Light char, delicate bourbon, some chocolate, and cream.

M - Medium body, silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very dry.

O - Glad to have tried it, wouldn't go for it again.

Jun 06, 2016
4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2016
4.1 by VashonGuy from Washington on May 19, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

12.7 oz. Bottle
Red Wax/Capped

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy/fizzy light tan head, which leaves some oil slicks and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes, slight bourbon, slight oak, slight vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, nice little touch of bourbon/oak, some vanilla. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall, I like this one, kinda on the milder side of BBA brews. Recommended.

Apr 29, 2016
3.69 by dextermcgurk from New York on Apr 02, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mynie from Maryland

The last beer from my horrible adventure in Colorado. Served from a thick bottle at probably too cold a temperature for the style.

Smells of light bourbon and some sour fruit. Nicely mellow but not really complicated enough for a Baltic porter.

Tastes more vinous than whiskey-y, with red wine fruits dominating the front end, oak and porter malts in the middle, and some cream, chocolate, and generic fruit in the back end. Nicely complex without ever getting stupid.

Mar 24, 2016
4.5 by Mix_Master_Mike from New York on Feb 28, 2016
4.06 by johnpalisi from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2016
3.75 by ricoslim from Florida on Jan 17, 2016
3.57 by JoeMans from New York on Dec 28, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Kurmaraja from California

Dark brown with some reddish accents at the fringes. Heavy bourbon character, vanilla, cocoa nibs, butterscotch, big oak, and a dose of anise / licorice. Great dryness. Perhaps a touch thin but considering it's a Baltic that's a minor quibble. A great beer.

Aug 19, 2015
3.93 by Bandi from New York on Aug 03, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass are dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image to the smell, having moderate flavors of bourbon and hints of alcohol "bite" in the finish (the kind of "bite" you get when you drink straight bourbon).
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon lends some warmth to the finish.
O: If you like bourbon barrel aged beers, it is a nice selection, and is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style given its low alcohol content. However, the bourbon flavors completely obscure any of the aromas or flavors of the underlying beer.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 02, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with only a little light transmission around the top of the glass and a thick brown filmy head with light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, dark stone fruit, bourbon with hints of oak. Flavor is a mellow mixture of dark malt, milk chocolate, bourbon with mild fresh and dried dark stone fruit. Finish is dark malt, light bourbon, slightly boozy. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. Hits all the notes expected from a Baltic porter, with nice lightly toasted malt and light fruit notes. Bourbon is noticeable but not forward. Extremely well balanced and integrated. I liked this a lot. I would like to try more from this brewery, but they mostly make wild/sour ales, which are not to my taste. I've greatly enjoyed their porter and stout and hope to run across other non-sour styles to try.

Jul 29, 2015
4.02 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jul 28, 2015
3.61 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Jul 12, 2015
4.02 by SonictheBeerhog from New York on Jul 07, 2015
4.04 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by stakem from Pennsylvania

Thanks BA smoked for gifting me with a bottle of this. Waxed 375ml poured into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with a tan cap. When held to the light it has ruby clarity throughout.

The smell includes notes of citrus and some carbonic character. It is surprisingly very muted but as it warms, some bourbony tang emerges. Also a bit of a cola character to it.

The taste has plenty of oak but it feels neutral and has a spiciness to it almost like cinnamon. A faint rasion and roastiness as it warms up. Like the nose, it almost has a cola sort of feel to it.

This is medium to light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A strange brew that isnt bad, just very mild in character. I appreciate the chance to try this, it was very approachable.

Jun 09, 2015
3.77 by st9647v3 from New Jersey on May 30, 2015
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on May 20, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Moose90 from Washington

Served from bottle into schooner glass

A – Pours a deep dark amber, not black, with ruby hues and edges. Head is thin and coffee colored, lacing is minimal.

S – Smells minimally of bourbon, mostly get notes of chocolate and caramel.

T – Little bit of oak, bourbon, cinnamon, char, coffee, chocolate.

M – Light for the style, thought it would have been more full bodied.

O – Not what I was expecting, very thin for the style with little to no barrel characteristics shown.

May 14, 2015
3.77 by Malefactor from Oregon on Apr 27, 2015
Chilly Water from Trinity Brewing Company
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