Pot & Kettle - Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey Barrel Aged | Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & Kettle - Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey Barrel AgedPot & Kettle - Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JCTetreault on 12-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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First bottle release from Boston's Trillium Brewing aged for I believe 3 months in Bully Boy Whiskey Casks. Very exciting to have such amazingly crafted beers being made locally.

As a standard Porter I will say that Pot & Kettle hits the nail on the head. A brilliant smooth and light mouthfeel opens the experience of subtle roasted characteristics, dark cocoa, rich malt undertones, and a slight creaminess in the nose.

Aging this in the whiskey barrels has softened the beer and given a wonderful oaky, woody, boozy, and vanilla taste. It makes me yearn to crawl up next to a fire and dry my snow soaked boots. Hints of deep dark fruit become present as well: think sticky plums. Slightly sweet bread pudding like characteristics are also at play.

Carbonation was low but still present making this one dense and beautiful. I enjoyed this very much and would easily suggest seeking it out if possible.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a snifter

The dark brown liquid was topped by a creamy, bubbly, one-finger tall, khaki colored head. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass. The crown slowly faded to a thick, lasting ring of bubbles.

The aroma was pleasant. Slightly roasty with strong semi-sweet chocolate notes. A subtle, chalky yeastiness was detectible. Dark fruits were also noticeable. Lots of raisins and brown sugar sweetness. Slightly boozy with a distinct, rummy quality.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile left much to be desired. A thin, overly roasty malty backbone was soon overtaken by hot, harsh, whiskey-like notes. Lots of ashiness. Touch of smoke and burnt coffee. Somewhat woody and tannic. The finish contained subtle notes of bitter, piney hops, which became more prevalent as the beer warmed, and a sharp booziness.

While the mouthfeel on the non-barrel aged version of Pot & Kettle is creamy, slick and smooth, the whiskey barrels really thinned out the body of this beer. The liquid was light and frothy, and contained a very fine and mild effervescence.

Trillium's Pot & Kettle Porter is a solid beer, but this barrel-aged version was really disappointing. In addition to the whiskey notes completely overwhelming the base beer, the barrel significantly thinned out both the mouthfeel and the flavor profile. Due to the relatively low ABV on this, I doubt it would improve much with age.

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375ml bottle courtesy of EnronCFO (Thanks Rob!). Served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a three-finger, tight, khaki-colored head that eventually settles into a consistent, quarter-inch cap - some spots and swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses buttery notes, toasted oak, a whiff of vanilla, ethanol and a slightly vinous quality layered on medium-dark malts. Taste consistent with nose - the whiskey definitely dominates and the malt backbone is a bit underrepresented. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (a little watery in my opinion) with an easy carbonation and a kiss of alcohol heat towards the middle and back and a slightly silky texture. Overall, a very good offering that I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to try. Not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion.

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