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Chilly Water | Trinity Brewing Company

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Chilly WaterChilly Water

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by Mebuzzard on 03-14-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 54
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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kbuzz
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 ricoslim
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of st9647v3
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mersh
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rangerat1
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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 Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 rkarimi
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Jhfinn
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Moose90
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Chilly Water from Trinity Brewing Company
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