Secret Stairs Boston Stout | Trillium Brewing Company

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Secret Stairs Boston StoutSecret Stairs Boston Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Secret Stairs is our signature Boston Stout. Bold and balanced; satisfying with a substantial body, but not syrupy or sweet. Roasted malt provides a nutty, earthy backdrop to bitter cocoa and little hints of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel with a drying sensation on the finish. We brew Secret Stairs to highlight the unique physical connection between Summer Street and A Street. We raise a pint of Secret Stairs to The Fort Pointer; the neighborhood's favorite protagonist!

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Cara-Pils, C-60, Roasted Barley, Black (Patent), C-120, Caramunich, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate, Special B.

HOPS: Columbus

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,860
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
368
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
68
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 368 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours a hefty two fingers of brown head into my willi becher glass. Retention is average, settles into a substantial, somewhat soapy looking film. Initial lacing looks poor, but we'll see. Body is dark as hell. So far, sub par appearance.

Smell on the other hand is pretty nice. Bitter, roasted malt up front. Notes of coffee. Very clean. A little one dimensional, but it smells good.

Yeah this is a solid stout, nothing too wild, but very good. Roasted malt imparts a bitterness, probably some hop bitterness mixed in as well. Pretty darn dry. This is a nice beer for a cold night. Maybe faint coffee, not any chocolate. Good, clean stout.

Body is somewhat light for a stout, could use a little more umph to it. Carbonation is also a little low. Dryness is pretty assertive and flirts with being too much. Roasty flavors linger for a second on the palate. The mouth isn't terrible, but pretty rough around the edges.

Other than the huge dryness, this is a pretty sessionable stout.

The appearance turned out pretty meh. The small film of head stayed around, which made the complete lack of lacing that much more surprising.

Overall a solid stout, appearance and mouth left a bit to be desired but taste and nose were solid.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dogdrule
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LoudRed
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a deep, murky brown body with two fingers of light tan head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention and zero lacing. Was really hoping this would finally be a beer that Trillium had head retention figured out on, but I guess not.....
S -- Roast, nutty coffee, cacao powder, wintergreen, hint of umami
T -- Follows nose, with maybe a little more earthiness from the columbus hops
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Not silky or velvety, but quite drinkable and with a nice balance of roastiness and earthiness
O -- A solid daily-drinker stout. Nothing crazy, but simplicity is always good too. Nice shout out to a favorite fort point landmark ;)

78/100

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Photo of npolachek
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MAbrew88
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbb77
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPCam
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul-G
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of brewnme
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Good retention. Roasty aroma right out the the open can: milk chocolate, coffee, some nuttiness. Deep flavor with all of the above. Fairly bitter to balance it out. The chocolate and nuttiness shined the most. Medium-bodied. Really digging this.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a thick thin dark beige head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of dark chocolate, lots of nuts, cocoa and mild caramel.
Flavor with notes of nuts, cocoa, a bit of licorice, smoke and some earthiness. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Chocolaty and nutty Stout with a smoke background. Pleasant and flavorful. It did not sin in its sweetness as it frequently happens to this style.

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Photo of Mendonka
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tzieser
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/6/17; 16oz can poured into a shaker pint glass (perhaps my favorite glass type for a standard stout by the way). pours almost pitch black in color with just a very slight ruby hue when held up to light, khaki colored head that dissipates very slowly. Roasted malt aroma with a a bit of burnt sugar and earthy/grassy undertones. Wonderfully complex flavors with dark/bittersweet chocolate, a bit of caramel and just a very light hint of prune. Perfectly dry mouthfeel. I've been saving a can of this since the summer for a cold night. This is hitting the spot right now. One of the better beers in Trilliums lineup and perhaps their most unsung. Recommended.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/6/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, molasses, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, bready, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight chalky roast and sticky hops. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic English stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with really creamy/silky and mildly bitter/drying finish. Very rich with awesome malt complexity for the modest ABV; with mild complimenting earthy hop and fruity English yeast notes. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into my snifter. The beer was part of a trade of hops for stouts deal.
The beer pours a rich chocolate brown color with a foamy beige head of 4 cm even with a gentle pour. the head fades slowly and remains a sturdy edge layer throughout the sampling.
The aroma is rich with roasted malt and some dry cocoa powder notes with some coffee grounds mixed in. I dont really get any hops and the lower ABV isnt apparent either.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with fine tingly carbonation and an average body.
The beer could be a little thicker, but it is actually fine for an American stout. I have to remember its not imperial anything etc. Does make for a drinkable beer with these physical traits.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose, lots of roasted malt, some coffee grounds and again a dry almost chalky bakers chocolate presence. I do get a little black licorice or anice flavor on the finish, which I dont typically enjoy as a flavor, but its mild here. NO hops and no booze coming out on this can. This is a straightforward American stout that isnt flawed and is quite easy to drink. I like it.

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Photo of GNRoofDawg
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Secret Stairs Boston Stout from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 368 ratings