Day & Night | Trillium Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-20-2015

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

Photo of Naughead
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.

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Photo of smi69
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogdrule
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
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

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Photo of jlindros
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

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Photo of hophugger
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of eagle109
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tscanlon51
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Damian
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.

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Photo of Andrew3000
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bunuelian
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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