Day & Night
Trillium Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #24
Ranked #2,144
4.2 | pDev: 7.62%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Day & NightDay & Night
Notes: This Barrington cold brewed coffee infused blonde barleywine is the luminous counterpart to our dark, rich imperial stout. In Day & Night, we envisioned the blonde barleywine style as a way to showcase the nuanced floral, fruity, and spicy characteristics found in medium and lighter roast coffee blends. Golden-Amber in color, Day & Night exudes delightful aromas of almond toffee, graham crackers, fruity coffee, lightly acidic berries, and vanilla. Upfront flavors of creamy coffee, honey tinged malt, caramel, and tart berry blend cleanly with a slight coffee-derived bitterness.

MALT: Pilsner, Abbey, Turbinado Sugar

HOPS: Columbus
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jhavs from New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into snifter.

Clear straw orange with thin head, sticky lacing.
Aroma is smooth coffee with light grain.
Flavor is sweet, roasty coffee and a layer of grainy malt.
Soft carbonation and syrupy medium body
Tasty, a bit too sweet for me but hides the abv completely

Apr 02, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange with visible particle suspension. Head is a finger and a half of off-white foam with great retention. Aroma is cold brew coffee, toffee, toasted sugar and nutty, caramely, toasty malts. A peep of the 10% ABV sneaks through and into the nose. Flavor profile is bold cold brew coffee, toffee, molasses, and honey notes right out front. Coffee is a touch bitter, but is tipped towards the sweet side quickly thanks to the sugary notes. Nutty, caramely, toasty malts alongside sticky resiny, citrus hops add bitterness and sweetness, and maintain the lightly sugary balance. Net flavor profile is big and bold coffee, with sugary residual notes and fair malts. Mouth feel is a touch fuzzy with a nearing crisp effervescence. Thickness is medium to medium-thick pending how long it has warmed up in the glass. Overall, big coffee notes in an expressive and sweet barleywine.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Feb 26, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to TheMattJones88 for this brew.

16oz. Can
Canned On: 12/17/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy pale orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a really nice dark fruit complex (cherries, raisins, figs), coffee, vanilla, toffee, graham crackers. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a really nice dark fruit complex (cherries, raisins, figs), vanilla, toffee, coffee, graham crackers, nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a nice complex brew. Overall, a very tasty brew. A nice take on the style. Glad I got a chance to try this. Thanks Matt!

Feb 24, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is golden amber with little head, very light lacing. The first aroma I got was coffee, but that faded quickly to something sweeter (caramel-like). The first taste was full of light roast coffee, but that is balanced with some vanilla sweetness and a bit of graham cracker. I can barely taste the alcohol, dangerous at this ABV, due to the soft mouth-feel. There is a soft bitterness to the finish, just enough to balance the sweetness that comes. Overall, a very different interpretation of a barleywine compared to any other I've had. Very enjoyable, but definitely sweeter than some of the more conventional barleywines.

Dec 19, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2015 bottle I believe.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy amber hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo. Fair amount of suspended particulates.

S - Aromas of nice cold brew coffee, caramel, little bit of malt sweetness, good faint roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with fair amount of sweet malts. There is a pleasant cold brew coffee finish. Caramel and slightly sweet toffee. Finish is a bit stale.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a rather solid barleywine. The coffee is subtle due to the age.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 05, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with rudzud, bottled a least a year or two ago, 2016 maybe?

Pours a decent smaller fizzy head that fades semi slowly, a little lacing, bit of floaties, very hazy candy red-orange color

Nose some coffee, not a ton but some fresh mild coffee, little mild roasted coffee grinds, sweet candy malt, hint of caramel and sweet candy, mild tree fruit, faint wet cardboard oxidation, white raisin and spices

Taste similar, mild cold brew coffee, fresh roasted mild light roast coffee, fruity but roasty, mild sweet candy and caramel, sweet sugar and sweet malt, blond malt, fruity, dried apples, white raisins, etc, little bitterness, sweet syrupy notes, dry finish, little more bitterness a bit of warming tingly alcohol, more roasted coffee

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, OK base beer and decent cold brew that was a little roasty flavored yet light coffee

Aug 05, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/9/18. Whoops, let this go a little longer than I should have.

Caramel-honey color with a creamy head of 1 finger in my mini snifter. Lots of webby sticky lace.

Aroma : lots of coffee grounds up front, with mild indistinguishable fruit in the background. Perhaps citrus or plum, I can't tell. It's bright and acidic in the background.

Taste : Lots of coffee character - grounds and cold brew; with some fading hop in the background. Some bright citrus notes, perhaps papaya or orange rind; and a sticky toffee finish.

The feel is extra carbonated to start, but swarms the tongue and palate with an otherworldly coating of wax and toffee. I've never had a beer stick to my mouth and create such a thick film before. Astounding.

Overall, I think for maximum experience, Day & Night should be tried fresh, as it's not really a good cellar choice. I can immediately sense the faded hops (but they're not gross, just muted), but the coffee notes were still very loud. A very decent offering.

May 28, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a word glass with a moderate head. The lace is large bubbled but fairly coating on the glass. The color is darker gold with a faint haze.

The smell is odd. I get the coffee and I also get the pale barley wine maltiness. I don't catch the alcohol in the nose. Subsequent whiffs are entirely coffee based.

The coffee is dominant which is a visual disconnect given the pale color. The start is surprisingly subtle but the finish is strongly coffee and lasts throughout the remainder of the tasting. The body is light for the style while the carbonation is muted. Less barley wine than novelty, but it is a solid beer.

Mar 24, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 01/09/18
Served in a tulip

Crystal clear, glowing amber appearance. The transparent body was capped by a small, frothy white head that quickly dropped to a clingy collar. Some streaky, spotty lacing trickled down the glass after each sip.

Fantastic aroma. Bright coffee notes came through big time. Fruity, light roast coffee to be precise. Nice caramel malt sweetness. Good dose of toffee as well. Some fruity esters were also noticeable. Hint of light brown sugar. There was a subtle huskiness too.

Coffee notes also came through strong in the flavor profile. The beer was malty and robust up front. Loads of toffee and caramel. Really fruity and bright. Dried fruits specifically. Slightly spicy in the center. Turbinado sugar was noticeable as well. The beer finished with a surprising amount of piney and earthy hops and a fair amount of lingering bitterness. Kiss of booze too.

Super soft, fluffy mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy. Medium-light bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

This was my first time trying a coffee-flavored barleywine, and I really enjoyed it. The bright, fruity coffee notes worked surprisingly well with the toffee-like sweetness of the base beer. Overall, a really interesting and unique take on the style.

Mar 13, 2018
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CHickman from New York

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/amber color that a had ton of sediment floating around like a snow globe that was just shook up. The head was a solid 2 fingers with an eggshell creamy look that left incredible lacing and rings as it went down.

Aroma is mostly the cold brewed coffee, with char notes, biscuit, burnt grains, peppery spices, coffee grinds which resemble the light fruity gourmet coffees, tea leaf, brown sugar and sweet roasted malts. The malty aspects can't break through the coffee dominance, and while it smells good overall for me it wasn't the best complimentary ingredients.

Tastes very similar to the nose with the coffee dominating which brings a chalky bitterness, ash/charred notes, smokes malts, burnt grains, honey, peppery spices, fruity blend coffee grinds, tea leaf, brown sugar, peat moss, nutty hints, burnt coffee grinds, anise, burnt bread crust and campfire burnt marshmallow. There seems to be a fruity sweetness that comes out every once in a while before the coffee bitterness washes it away. This brew hides the 10% ABV masterfully.

Decent mouthfeel with an average level of carbonation, a medium to thick body and a nice sharp level of bitterness that hides the ABV, but this was a slow sipper and I found it confusing with most sips. A blonde barleywine is unique on it's own, so tossing in the cold brewed coffee made this one tough to figure out. It was tasty and enjoyable, but my least favorite Trillium beer to date. I love coffee in my stouts, but it doesn't work the same with a barleywine in my opinion.

Feb 14, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Crystal clear amber with a medium eggshell colored head. Very little activity.

Smell: Strong coffee on the nose. Sticky sweet notes of wildflower honey, wine poached pears, phenols like green bananas, gold molasses, and rye bread.

Taste: Cold brew coffee that comes off a bit stale and golden raisins on the attack. This is just a flash. Then a body of golden raisins, white wine poached pears, raw honey, leather, and baking spices. The finish is lightly bitter with floral hop notes and a sharp alcohol that ramps up a bit.

Feel: Big bodied. Sticky with a dry finish. Medium alcohol that is harsh but not overly so. Carbonation is thin.

Overall: Strange. It’s has a lot of different flavors but none of them really pop forward. For such a big beer I figured it would fatigue the palate if anything. The only thing that really shines is that cold brew note but even that comes off stale and mild. A rare miss by Trillium made worse by the potential of how cool the idea for this beer is. It’s worst crime is being inoffensive in every way. For me an American Barleywine should be big and gnarly. This comes off like a leftover Starbucks drink.

Aug 02, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a mostly clear amber. It refracts light pleasantly. Not much head, but the color...

The scent is really intense, freshly ground coffee. Maybe there's some sort of adjunct like vanilla, but it's overwhelmingly coffee.

The coffee intensity is still plenty, although it's dialed back in the taste. The main other thing I get is brandy. So it's coffee and grape leaves, with some bite. Not only the leaves, but raisins, too. There are also woodsy and herbal elements. The wood is somewhere between mahogany and walnut. Herbalness is somewhere between tarragon and the aforementioned vanilla. I know I said the coffee is dialed back, but there's still too much for this to be great, mostly because of the accompanying acridness.

Like any Trillium brew, it's well crafted. Carbonation well integrated and pleasant weight. The main aftertastes are coffee (shocking, I know) and the raisins.

Jul 08, 2017
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Amber colored 1/2 inch head not much retention.......thick clinging lacing

S-Mostly coffee slight vanilla and caramel.....comes across more like a coffee stout than barleywine

T-follows the nose....... coffee forward, vanilla, caramel.......notes of barleywine in the finish as the present of some dark fruits come out

F-medium, creamy, light on the carbonation

O-first coffee infused barleywine........interesting concept, worth a try

May 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What do you know, Trillium taking another style and completing shredding it beyond all recognition. Here I am, again, liking some weird ass take by these guys, not knowing whether to rate it to style or rate it by enjoyment.

Body is brilliant shimmering copper with a lumpy, moderate off-white head.

Palate confusion has me getting elements of blonde coffee and pear to start. Obviously, this is not a barleywine by any stretch of the imagination--maybe it was brewed that way but it certainly doesn't smell or taste that way. This is a little hot, with light chocolate, coffee, caramel, toast, plum, and bread.

The feel is frothy, yet dry.

May 17, 2017
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Rhodes19 from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a slightly hazy, medium burnt orange color.

The smell and taste seem to change more dramatically as the beer warms, in comparison to other beers. When first poured, the nose features tart apple juice and milk chocolate, with only hints of coffee, but within a few minutes the coffee becomes predominant and the fruitiness has faded somewhat. Similarly, the coffee taste also becomes more pronounced as the beer opens up. Hints of sweetness and spice become apparent, too.

One thing that's for certain is that this does not taste like a 10% ABV drink! Quickly began to feel it after, though...

Mouthfeel is very light - so much so that despite the flavor profile feeling more like a winter beer, I could imagine drinking this on a cool summer evening as well.

Overall this is one of the more unusual beers I've had, but to be fair, I don't think I've had a blonde barleywine before. Seems like a nice option for when you want something with those coffee undertones but don't necessary want something heavy and dark. I'd get it again.

Feb 02, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle from 11/30th pickup, bottle split with the mrs. had a former batch of this a little over a year ago and remembered being extremely impressed with the blonde barleywine.

at first the taste of this beer is shocking since the cold brew is so prominent and over the blonde barleywine it is just a flavor explosion. once you get over the initial shock of those flavors, the beer is quite excellent and complex with coffee over a wonderful toffee malt. truly unique and special. for me, hits the spot...same for my wife.

Jan 16, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear orange-amber color with a finger-and-a-half of antique-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Coffee-forward aroma, on the nutty side, with an unexpected touch of chocolate and some alcohol behind.

Taste diverges pretty dramatically from the nose. The coffee, milk chocolate, almond nuttiness, nougat, some strong caramel and perhaps even some vanilla are present up front, but then it abruptly finishes with a sweet, cough-syrup like quality that somehow manages to be light and refined. This latter part introduces a hint of Concord grape. Quite bizarre. The alcohol isn't very present in the taste, but I'm definitely feeling it in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very light bodied for a barleywine, with just a little carbonation.

One of the weirder beers I've had. Still undecided on it.

Jan 12, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours clear copper with an inch of white head. Moderate retention and lacing. Aromatics lead off with fresh coffee with nougat and chipped toffee. Medium bodied with a sticky, slickish mouthfeel. Sweet malt laced with coffee and vanilla on the palate. Finishes with lingering roast, caramel, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

A real sipper and very desert-like. Reminds me of an Irish Coffee.

Dec 30, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy, dark orange-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is roasted coffee, toffee, and honey. Heavy body, high carbonation, sweet and roasty...Every much a coffee beer..Really well composed. One I will get again.

Dec 25, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've definitely had this before, but I'm pretty sure I split it with a friend and didn't review it, as I can't find a review for it anywhere on my hard drive or on BA, so it'll be nice to revisit this one. A big, bold barleywine clocking in at 10% ABV and infused with cold brewed coffee, Day & Night is the "light" version of Trillium's Night & Day imperial stout (also with coffee).

Pours a nice looking medium-amber with a retentive chalk-white head that laces decently and in defined tiers. Tons of particulate matter in my pour, but interestingly enough for Trillium, it isn't just one big homogeneous liquid. There's a lot of translucence here, giving me full view of what I can only assume is a mélange of hops and coffee floating suspended within, almost like they're within a gelatinous substance. Very curious looking beer, especially for Trillium. Great color, head formation, retention and solid lace make this come together despite how you may feel about the suspended solids.

Nose is mocha-heavy with a lot of milk and white chocolate-like elements, espresso, vanilla, toffee, caramel, milk sugar, brown sugar, slight floral and earthy hops. Slight ripe red berries, a kiss of ethanol and a touch of grapefruit in there as well for good measure. Very complex, very intense. One of the best examples of a "blonde stout"-style setup I've experienced. I assume the higher ABV helps this all come together, as it doesn't come across much on the nose but the heftier malt bill makes the coffee pop big time.

Flavor is very smooth and incredibly detailed with coffee, caramel and English toffee taking up the forefront while a punchy, pushy and bright hop note kicks around in the middle of the palate, bringing out notes of lemon pith and grapefruit peel before fading to a smooth finish. Slight vanilla right before the transition to the middle of the palate helps bring a bit of sweetness to the proceedings here. Carbonation is lighter, lending this a heavier body which makes sense for its 10% ABV... and it feels very much in that realm after a few sips. This hides its strength for a while, especially when consumed at fridge temp, but it quickly reveals its dark side with some heftier, deeper flavors and a very slight burn towards the finish.

Overall very tasty and the coffee comes right out to the forefront, as is desired in a beer like this. Kind of seems to tiptoe between several style lines, for sure, but American Barleywine and/or American Strong Ale feel fine for this kind of extreme, off-kilter brewing. Excellent job, Trillium!

Oct 29, 2016
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TheRossness from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Trillium's brewery in Canton. It blew me away. I never knew barleywine could taste this way! It looks very much like a new england style IPA- thick and carmel colored. It smells like coffee, and drinks thick. I get coffee, vanillia, gram crackers. The ABV is well hidden. It drinks kore like a blonde stout than a barleywine. Its the best example of this style I've ever had. I liked it so much, I bought a case of it. Cheers!

Oct 20, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours hazy rusted amber orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like fruity spicy floral light roast coffee, orange, berry, apricot marmalade, caramel, vanilla, almond toffee, graham cracker, bready biscuity honey grains, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fruity spicy floral creamy light roast coffee, caramel, biscuity bready honey malts, graham cracker, almond toffee, vanilla, orange, berry, apricot marmalade, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice blonde barleywine with cold brewed coffee.

Oct 15, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/23/15 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a large snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, caramelized malts, some brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong coffee flavor that is quickly followed sweet flavors of fruit and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The coffee flavor remains quite dominant throughout. The flavor combination doesn’t seem to mesh well in my opinion. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and quite sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent variation of style, I can see that it’s a good beer overall despite the fact that it does not appeal to my own personal tastes.

Jun 04, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

This beer is kinda weird all around. Color is orange amber... not quite red ale, not quite barleywine. Nose is not quite english barleywine, not quite american barleywine, and not quite IPA but a combination of all three... oh, and there's a bit of cold brew coffee aroma floating around in there. Taste follows the now. Sweet with hints of molasses, syrup, honey and brown sugar balanced by coarse coffee grounds and a light hop creaminess. The feel doesn't really do the flavor and favors. A bit too light bodied. The carbonation is on point but when its light and flat, it just doesn't taste quite right. Dry finish.

I feel like Trillium really put itself out there with this offering but it doesn't really work for me. Strange and although its not bad, the flavors don't complement each other that well.

Apr 18, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting. Light golden color decent off white head. This one really doesn’t work for me. The coffee comes off somewhat peppery and there needs to be more sweet malt to balance it better.

Apr 02, 2016
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