Chilly Water
Trinity Brewing Company

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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #154
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,695
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
69
From:
Trinity Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  6
SCORE
88
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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Photo of sjdevel
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i love baltic porter, we need more of them in the world. i know i always say that, but its so true. these are hard to find, and this one is amazing. the oatmeal side of it is quite prominent, and the bourbon isnt the least bit sweet. the body may be a little thin, chalky matte black in color, but still letting in some light. head fades fast too, but it lacks that viscosity and density and luster so many barrel aged dark beers have, so its attractive for its uniqueness. smells oaty for sure, and a lot of lager yeast. no denying the science here, its definitely done cold, and the dry, flavorful bready fresh baked dark brew stands out in my mind for that. we drank this next to another limited baltic porter from michigan, and i dont think the comparison was close, in that the flavor of the bourbon barrel was intense, but the sugar element was not there at all, leaving it drinkable and distinct, especially for its abv. i may have been more impressed by this one than anything else i have had from trinity in a long time. its such a decided departure from their funky stuff, and is a testament to the skill of their brewers. this may also now rank with my favorite baltic porters on the market. the oatmeal and the use of the barrel make it world class.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a thick and creamy, light tan head; good lacing clinging to the glass. Gently roasted grain nose; dark chocolate; cocoa; malted milk balls; caramel. Big toffee flavor with a tangy/sour hint (from the oak-aged bourbon barrels?); chocolate; sour cherries. Medium-heavy body; smooth; creamy; semi-dry finish.

A big and bold beer with a certain hard-to-describe deftness towards creating a satisfying taste and feel. Excellent job in bringing flavor forward while taming the ABV.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie and served in a snifter. Dark black with zero head. Aroma is malts, dark fruit, porter. Flavor is nice, dark malts and the wood aging is apparent. Nice flavor, easy to drink and sort of complex with the wood aspects. Nice beer.

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Photo of Rangerat1
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite Porter out there. It has a slick feel on the mouth and is one of the easier drinking Porter you will find. It does not feel or sit heavy like many do. It does not have a harshness to it like others do either. It's a beer you could enjoy many of back to back without feeling full.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Baltic Porter using lager yeast, aged on Chauchalalate wood.

I would say this is a "simple" beer, but it really isn't. From the appearance to the aroma, taste, feel and overall there is nothing that stands out. It's not overly complex. It has a nice 'drinkability' to it.

With that said, the subtleties is what makes this beer pretty darn good. Coffee, espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dates, leather and plum are blended quite nicely. Nothing really stands out, although the chocolate and espresso may take the honors. The wood is less woody and more earthy, if that makes sense. I think it adds a grassy-cocoa to the beer, and nice smoothness.
Hints of spice throughout--nutmeg, paradise, maybe cinnamon.

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Chilly Water from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 69 ratings