Night & Day | Trillium Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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Night & DayNight & Day
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Once again, we partner with Barrington Coffee Roasters to brew Night & Day. In order to reach the higher gravity and fuller-body of this massive imperial stout we employ a reiterated mash technique that allows us to create an unusually rich, high gravity, 100% malt wort. Pouring raven-black with a persistent creamy pale-brown head, Night & Day is seductive with aromatics of roasted dark malt, espresso, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruit, charred toast, and subtle sweet vanilla. At a soul-warming ABV of 11.5%, this bold, imperial stout drinks velvety smooth with mellow bitterness, silky carbonation, and balanced flavors of dark roast coffee, chocolate, figs, affogato and black cherry.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, C-60, C-120, Black (Patent), Dextrine, Caramunich, Roasted Barley, Special B, Pale Chocolate, Turbinado Sugar

HOPS: Columbus

Added by SweetChicken on 02-05-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#505
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
414
pDev:
7.08%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
86
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by DLSheidy:
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4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber date 3/22/15

Pour is extremely viscous and black. It has a very dark tan/mocha head that is super frothy and goes from about 2" down to a 1/2" cap.

Aroma is sweet. Vanilla maybe with subtle coffe beans, cocoa powder, and roasted malts.

Taste is also sweet. Vanilla, sweet dark fruit, sweet Nesquick like chocolate, very smooth, if somewhat faint ground coffee.

Really full bodied. Chewy thick with moderate carbonation. Silky velvet smooth.

Overall, this is a hair on the sweet side, but the coffee flavors are wonderfull and smooth. Not bitter at all. Also dangerously drinkable for 11.5%. I didnt notice any alcohol flavor at all. The body is where this one shines the brightest though. A nice, creamy, silky smooth full bodied stout. Would love to have more. A world class coffee stout for me.

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Photo of nhindian
3.36/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/27/2016.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown that is only a few shades removed from pitch black. At first it doesn't look like much head will appear, but it gradually bubbles from within the beer until it threatens to eclipse the rim of the glass with it's thick, dark khaki foam.

Aroma - The nose, much like Trillium's own Coffee Pot & Kettle, is strongly focused on the coffee roast. However, it is much more roasty here than in that beer, to the point where it even borders on ashy or burnt. The base beer adds a lot of sweetness to help combat this, including a rich chocolate aroma that mixes with caramel to give this a dessert-like aroma.

Taste - The flavor is very expressive. Each characteristic has its turn on the forefront of the tongue, and they really make the most of it. The coffee leads the way, and like in the nose, is incredibly potent. Some of the acrid notes fall away which is a relief, but there is still a over-roasted quality that I don't particularly enjoy too much. I'm not too enamored with the stout base as well; it's surprisingly sweet and there's even a soy sauce quality at times that isn't very pleasant. I'm surprised since my first few sips were great.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is a thick, chewy beer that allows the bold flavors to stand out.

Closing Arguments - Overall, I didn't like this beer nearly as much as I was expecting, especially after the gem that Coffee Pot & Kettle was. The coffee is much less smooth than in that beer, and the base beer in Night & Day doesn't lend itself to the coffee flavors. I was not expecting a real sweet stout, but that's what this is. Surprisingly, this probably ranks new the bottom of all the Trillium's I've had, unfortunately. It hurts twice as much since this was one of my most anticipated beers to try from them as well...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the stout is built as ideal nightcap, and on the flip-side coffee is the morning's pick-me-up, Trillium's coffee-infused imperial stout might be built for both night and day. The beer by that exact namesake is powerful in effects but is a smooth and robust beer that dangerously easy on the palate.

Night & Day pours the expected onyx-black, looking exactly like espresso, even equipped with a tainty coffee-like lace of froth along the surface. The bold nutty, roasty, toasty, cocoa, chicory character of well-brewed coffee emerges first to entice the nose. While its taste is certainly robust and roasty as well, it has a finesse early palate with the creamy smoothness of nougat sweetness and burnt caramel.

Although the stout character is the exoskeleton to keep the beer propped up, the middle palate is easily seduced by the high coffee character that carries earthy root, cocoa, tree bark and chicory along with a hint of licorice, black cherry and plum to accent the dark flavors of roasted grain and cold-press coffee. As its soft marshmallowy texture supports the sweetness, the sugars slowly dissolve and leave the finish with a creamy roast character.

Its full but relaxed body is smooth and silky on the finish with a strong coffee-like bitterness and a spicy booze taste and feel. An aftertaste of nutty breakfast blends, burnt caramel and roasted pecans blend into the next brandy-like sip with ease.

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Photo of beaver69693
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DanGeo
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutFox
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this beer was very promising until you take a sip and it was verrrrrry under-fermented. extremely sweet. it tasted like brew day with a bit of coffee. I can see this being amazing if it were only not so grainy and sweet. Trillium should stick to pale ales because they have those down.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is roasted malt, black coffee, caramel, and cream. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with low carbonation. Makes for a good coffee forward sipper. If you like coffee, well worth a try. I do prefer other beer, but this one is very good.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice now at shares, and this is one of the superior coffee stouts out there. It has a great, silky mouthfeel. The coffee is big and present, but it is not a one-note stout. There is a subtle sweetness that makes this beer extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of ccurrid
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doremite
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sugabootee
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roostor07
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Night & Day from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 414 ratings