Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: For this collaboration, we took the grain bill for Trillium's Night & Day and combined it with the flavor sugar and spice additions from Prairie's BOMB! to create TrillBOMB! Brewed with cacao, coffee, Ancho chilis, and vanilla, TrillBOMB! has an intense dark chocolate and oatmeal cookie aroma, tastes of hot chocolate, sweetened cold brew coffee, and ends with a subtle warmth from the Ancho chilis.

MALT: English Pale Malt, C-60, C120, CaraMunich, Special B, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Dextrine, Pale Chocolate Malt, Dark Candied Syrup, Brown Sugar

HOPS: Columbus
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Photo of hopley
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the brewery on release and stored mostly in cellar conditions, drank 06.30.19.

Poured dark and sludgy out of the bottle, left a wisp of dark brown head. Didn't get much smell but didn't try too hard. Taste was really nice but all of the adjuncts were somewhat muted which makes sense after the time in bottle. There was a hint of chili but no vanilla or coffee. There was definitely a darker roasty cacao presence which may have come from the cacao or may have been from the grain bill; I'm thinking the former as I don't recall that taste in any of Trillium's other stouts, or Night and Day, which this was modeled after. Mouthfeel was medium to thick - always a standout for a Trillium stout.

Overall, a really good beer and one that, as with all adjunct stouts I would love to be able to have the luxury to drink one fresh, and then drink one aged as I did with this. Cheers!

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Photo of digboy
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one in my phone's notes from mid-January and forgot to rate it it. Had on tap at Canton.

Pours pitch black with a thin head. Sweet coffee and cocoa aroma. Rich dense taste with smoky espresso and cocoa notes. Super smooth and thick feel, very soft and sticky. The 11% alcohol is amazingly hidden in this one - a minor miracle of brewing really.

It was a a distinct honor to have been able to try this one - wish I could have picked up a bottle though :/ Truly one of the greatest beers out of there (and that's coming from a IPA guy).

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Photo of Rristow
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and hints of pepper. Well balanced with sweetness upfront and bitter finish. Mild pepper flavor. Flavors of big time chocolate, coffee and a little vanilla. Some caramel and toffee. Incredible imperial stout. Would love to have the BA version.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a deep brown - very little head. I shared this bottle, so my pour wasn't enormous. It was nicely warmed up at the time though.

The coffee in Trillbomb is surprisingly bitter. I was a bit put off by the bitterness - but it is fairly balanced... not entirely, but decently balanced. I'm curious what Trillium added to this collaboration, because I feel that Bomb is a more solid beer on its own. The coffee isn't bitter. Trillbomb doesn't have the same pepper heat, but it's just not as interesting a beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rooty black color with a tall beige head of 2 fingers.

Aromas of coffee, pepper, hot fudge, oatmeal, lactose, and tobacco. It's insane.

Flavor is coffee first, followed by hot fudge and green peppers, then more coffee, godiva chocolates, vanilla bean, caramel, tobacco, molasses, leather, and more hot fudge.

Feel is less destructive than regular BOMB! but is still pretty substantial. Toasty, dry finish with lingering acidity.

Overall , two great brewers making a really great collab. Love it!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

sweet molasses and milk chocolate, burnt malts, raisins, mellow hit of spice, vanilla, caramel, toffee, very sweet and syrupy but balanced out by roasty coffee notes and some heat from the chili. decent mouthfeel, overall a pretty interesting brew!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with a finger of dense medium brown head that has great retention and leaves behind sporadic lacing. Aroma is exactly as advertised, I get roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla, a touch of sweet caramel malt, and the suggestion of some spicy heat. Taste mirrors the aroma; there is lots is sweet, roasty malt, lots of chocolate, and some subtle spice. Full-ish in body with a bit of a syrupy feel and moderate-low carbonation. Overall this is quite a tasty beer. After a few months the coffee and chili peppers have fallen out and left behind a beer that leans a bit more sweet and syrupy than I'd like. This is by no means the cloying mess that Night & Day can be but it isn't my favorite Trillium stout, collab or solo.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thank you Steve for hooking me up with this bottle on my birthday.

Pours a thick black inky body with a big brown head that reduces slowly to leave leggy lacing and a ring of retention. This beer is thicccc.

Aromas are big and potent, and come out more as the beer warms up. Chili peppers and chocolate are immediately apparent, coffee and tobacco, burnt sugar, vanilla.

On the tongue is sweet milk chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and roasty charred malt. Some heat but not too much, spices and syrupy toffee on the follow through. Finish is lightly bitter. Thick body, this is a meal. Low carbonation.

Overall a good beer. A BIG beer, this is liquid fudge. Viscous with tons of flavor.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pitch black with frothy tan head, scattered lace. Coffee n Chili aroma. Semi sweet taste with a punch of vanilla n coffee, smoky molasses finish. Super silky soft oily slick feel, wow!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Beautiful pitch black body and dark brown head

S - Coffee-forward with tons of vanilla. Iced coffee with extra cream. Pepper skin and cocoa.

T - So much chocolate. Brownie batter, marshmallow, peppers, bitter black coffee, coffee grounds, dark chocolate.

F - Incredibly thick, but doesn't come off as chewy. Velvety feel and no alcohol

O - A viscous, flavorful dessert beer. One of (if not THE) best of its kind in the "Mole" category. Every flavor is huge and unrelenting.

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Photo of nfedas
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best dark beers I 've ever had. Smells absolutely delicious and tastes just as good. You take a sip, taste chocolate, then say "hey where's the chili" then a subtle chili aftertaste hits you. Great beer!

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Photo of degueulasse
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6 oz pour in a wine glass at Branch Line in Watertown, MA. It smells like a rich, flavorful stout, with a slight sweetness that sets it apart from others of its type. The taste lets the chilis to come through very nicely, making for a moderately spicy beer that tastes like a more refined and complex version of Stone Xocoveza (which I also love). Definitely one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Mpontiakos
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to crack this beer! I'm a huge fan of both breweries. This beer pours dark with little head. This is the straight Lazo treatment for this terrific beer.

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Photo of BrianS54
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Two of my favorite breweries came together to deliver a bomb beer! Trillbomb is a great example of delicious flavors! Pours thick and black like the beard of Zeus

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out very dark brown with a marvelous, beautiful mocha colored head. Espresso, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla and a hint of pepper skin. A bit of building chili pepper heat. Decent amount of sweet, but finishes dry. On the thinner side. Real solid.

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Photo of zonker17
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black draft pour, brown head, some lacing. Nose of coffee grounds, roast malt, some vanilla. Cocoa flavor and pepper seem most prominant on taste, coffee and/or hops bringing a bitter finish, vanilla there too. Heavy body that coats. Light carbonation.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 2/2/17. Poured into Kane chalice and let warm.

L: 1F+ head with decent retention for ABV. Spotty tan lacing with ring. Beer is jet black.

S: Sweet dark malts, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla, and cocoa. The malts seem more up front than they are in BOMB!, if we are looking to make comparisons.

T: Follows nose pretty strongly, malt-forward, followed by the various added flavors. Cocoa doesn't seem to run as strongly through the palate as it does in BOMB!, the coffee and vanilla are a little less pronounced, and the chili perhaps a bit more. Alcohol heat minimal and dovetailed with chili.

F: Medium to full-bodied, light carbonation. Surprisingly good drinker for the ABV, so look out. Exceptional construction and balance.

O: Really, it's pretty close to BOMB!, so if you like that, you'll like this, but it falls a tiny bit short on flavor expression.

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Photo of codytwo
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice, dark, and clear.

Smell: A nice smell consisting of a mix between coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Coffee-stoutish taste filled by a subtle hot spice.

Feel: Full feel that goes down quite smoothly.

This is a very delicious brew and I don't understand the prior low ratings.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - glug glug glug out comes the motor oil. Very dark brown, bordering on black. Beautiful frothy brick of foam parks itself on top, holding strong. Looks great.

S - initial blast of vanilla is jarringly cut short as burnt coffee roast and chiles elbow their way to the front of the line. Kind of a strange combination. Has that bittersweet dark chocolate coolness inherent in vanilla beans. Earthy and herbal.

T - base is best described as vanilla bean, tug-o-warring between sweet mocha cream and bitter black coffee. Minty fresh and dry. Definite rolled oat presence. Blends all the flavors together, providing seamless transitions. Vanilla comes out more as the beer warms, riding a wave of sweetness including other flavors such as Starbucks latte and woodsy cold-brewed coffee. Lingering in the background from start to finish are burnt chili peppers in flavor only. Not much heat, if any, but drums up lively excitement in every sip.

F - ridiculously creamy and one of the best parts about this beer. Gotta be monster oats. Milkshake quality.

O - lots of great flavors that seem a teensy bit muted in the grand scheme of things, but that might just be the oats smoothing everything out and rounding all the sharp corner. Bold and biting, yet sweet and supple in many ways. Emphasis on vanilla bean.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Worden Hall in Boston.

Pours a jet black, with a thick chocolate colored head.

Smell is massive, with roasted coffee, chocolate and a hint of chilis.

Taste is equally huge, the dark chocolate and coffee gets some company in the form of some creamy vanilla. There is a hint of the taste of chilis, but little heat, thankfully.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, oily and creamy.

Trillbomb was one of the beers I most hoped to find in Boston, and it did not disappoint. Delicious in every way, and combined with a s'more créme brulée, it should almost be banned.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: jet black. Matte. Head is dark tan but fades quick.

S: STRONG! Coffee, dark chocolate, oak, chili, toasted Malta

T: freshly ground coffee, toasted Malts, sweet milk chocolate, slight chili kick, touch of oak

M: heavy, definitely a supper

O: amazing beer. True sipper that is complex and smooth

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Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Even in appearance, this is clearly a Trillium stout first and foremost. Glistening solid black, almost purple, with a thick uniform mocha head leaving thin tan walls of foam on the glass.

Smell is roasted malt and chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, creamy milk, and only a hint of chili pepper on the back end, and its more like a fresh pepper at the market, somehow not quite a roasted or dried chili.

Taste is all stout. Nice, luscious, chocolatey roasted malt in spades, with some sweetening but round vanilla, hints of fruity coffee, and again, only a sparse hint of chilis in the background.

Feel is super smooth, slick, round, a little on the sweet end, and full with some thin froth, finishing relatively wet.

This is no BOMB! substitute. The spices do not really turn this into a mole or Mexican hot chocolate. However, as with other Trillium stouts I've had, it's still delicious and very well made.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate bomb! Minimal heat is my only complaint. Drinks super viscous, hard to do a bottle alone. Share this one. Tons of chocolate and coffee...aroma and flavor. Fantastic brew!

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Photo of SiepJones
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles while in Boston for EBF. Poured into a Teku glass. Jet black in color with no clarity or visibility through the glass. About a half inch of creamy, deep brown head sits on top. Great lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is predominately coffee with rich chocolate and chili peppers. The taste is a little different order. Big chocolate flavor balanced out with a slight bitter roast coffee and some heat from the peppers on the finish. Where coffee dominated the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor. Chewy body with plenty of carbonation zip. Good looking beer, with a great balance of flavors and spice.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Fort Point in Boston
Black with dark tan bubbly head and boozy lacing, smells like deep dark roast coffee, smoky chocolate syrup, damp dirt, and for some reason I get hints of a BLT, taste is sweet chocolate syrup that transitions into mild boozy bitter roast coffee and earthy spice that lingers, robust velvety smooth mouth feel. Like drinking cool thick spiced hot chocolate mixed with coffee, smooth deliciousness.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 241 ratings