Trillium Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #56
Ranked #201
4.52 | pDev: 5.97%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing

In collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing, Affogato Imperial Stout is inspired by a few of our brewers' favorite summertime pick-me-up (& cool-me-down) Barrington Coffee Roasting Co's affogato. Our Affogato Imperial Stout is delectable, decadent, and smooth. Brewed with a blend of Barrington Coffee Roasting Co. & Mostra Coffee beans, Affogato leads with aromas reminiscent of Vietnamese iced coffee (cà phê đá) - powerful course ground dark roast coffee poured over sweetened condensed milk & ice. Flavors of dark espresso, tiramisu, sweet chocolate cake, and smooth vanilla swirl across the palate. Rich flavor & a dark, inviting appearance, Affogato Imperial Stout is our answer to a sweet summertime treat.

MALT: American 2-Row Barley, Crystal 120, Flaked Oats, Black Malt, Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat Malt, Brown Sugar, Dark Candied Syrup, Lactose

HOPS, ETC: Columbus, Barrington and Mostra Coffees, Vanilla Beans
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heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew: Trillium Brewing Company – Affogato

Intro: 750 mil. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend

Appearance: Dark virtually black color. Ample head, maybe 2 inches. Moderate lacing as we drank

Smell: Coffee in the foreground followed by chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Followed along with the smell. Coffee is not overpowering. The chocolate lead up the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Very well rounded. Very enjoyable.

Conclusion: Easy to see why this is one of the top American Imperial stouts. Was a very enjoyable experience. Would not hesitate to pick up more if it presented itself.

Aug 28, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours opaque, oily black with barely a trace of brown head.

Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge in the nose. Full bodied with an viscous, chewy mouthfeel. Sweet, rich chocolate cake batter on the palate with warming booze, vanilla, and coffee. Finishes intensely rich with boozy chocolate and coffee.

Jan 05, 2021
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 release. Released a month or so ago.

A: Pours black, kinda thin, with a smattering of dark brown head that recedes quickly to a razor thin ring. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S: Medium roast coffee in the forefront, modest amount of dark roastiness and vanilla bark, a bit of cola and chocolate.

T: Moderately sweet milk chocolate and coffee, sharp almost tannic roast, a bit of vanilla extract. Not much complexity, really.

M: A bit on the thin side, with medium, sharp carbonation. Light alcohol burn.

O: Decent effort but nothing to write home about.

Nov 07, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes- Feb 2018
750ml Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours deep black in color with a creamy khaki head that has good retention. Smells of bold roasted aromas, giving notes of earthy and herbal coffee, toasted nuts, cracked pepper and dark chocolate. Tastes is initially sweet, with notes of vanilla cream and caramel, followed by bold roasted coffee that gives notes of dark chocolate, toasted walnuts and earthy green coffee. Lingers of vanilla cream and espresso. Medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

Nov 04, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee black, albeit opaque, with a short but dense creamy mocha head that retains as a thin but fluffy blanket until dying to just a curled ring.

The super round, lusciously fluffy medium-full body delivers creamy fresh vanilla whip swirled into the smooth presence of medium roast coffee exhibiting big punches of dark chocolate morsels all gliding along a tingly carbonation that recedes into a just semi-dry finish. The longer I dig in, the chocolatier and fluffier it gets, developing further hints of mocha liqueur and crystalized toffee or even peanut brittle, while also becoming a little sticky on the lips.

There's a little bit of a charred brown sugar element you might experience in Mexican coffee, and as the lactose builds on the palate it becomes tough to drink, even splitting the bottle with my old lady.

I just couldn't wait to duo dome this bottle with her as fresh as possible after this b2 release, and it was not a disappointment. There's no question why this beer set off Trillium's pastry stout odyssey, as this b2 is no slouch and still the best pastry stout they've put out (with Biscotti & Coffee and BA Affogato being my other tops).

Nov 03, 2020
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pidus from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a review for the 2020 version that was dropped for a day. I am sure this will get great reviews as with everything Trillium but I think most good breweries brew better. Perhaps this ages better.

Looks great. Dark, creamy, little head that dissipates soon enough. For an "affogato" it sets some expectations.

Smells Good. Yes, you get the coffee, chocolate and vanilla but the smell gives you the first hint that this is going to be a disappointment. Stouts with lesser alcohol smell better and there are many good coffee and chocolate stouts out there.

First taste is really good. The smell has muted your expectations. The vanilla is there, the coffee not so much. I am guessing they do that to get a better audience but this is an "affogato" with a blend of coffee. There's more of chocolate notes so that's a plus. The aftertaste is too sugary though. By the second sip, a pint seems like a lot but I have been served at the brewery and the taste doesn't live up. Probably needs less alcohol with less sugar and more of a mouthfeel to get a better balance and flavor profile.

I can see that this was a great beer when it was introduced a few years ago but it needs an update. The limited drop is a great way to get good ratings. Try this if you are in the Boston area. If you are making a trip, head to Wakefield in the opposite direction instead. Your local brewery probably makes a better pastry stout.

Oct 24, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a bottle on October 5, 2018. Brewed with a blend of Barrington and Mostra coffee beans. Notes of Fdark espresso, tiramisu, sweet chocolate cake and smooth vanilla. Highly recommended.

Oct 11, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter glass via draft at Trillium

Color is a nice deep brown
Smell is coffee and chocolate all day with slight vanilla and butterscotch

Taste follows the nose as there is rich fudgy goodness upfront with the roastiness of the coffee right behind..vanilla sweetness brings it all together beautifully
Thick and chewy with a BIG body
this was a fantastic stout and i cant even imagine how good this is barrel aged as its already top shelf stuff!!

Jun 30, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black appearance with brown edges and less than a finger of brown head

S - Coffee, vanilla, lactose, caramel, roasted malts, dark chocolate, iced coffee, hazelnut, peanut butter

T - More of the nose, but this is very sugary. Milk and dark chocolate, rich, dark coffee. Vanilla and lactose. Muddled sugar and ice. Caramel, butterscotch, black cherries.

F - Silky and calm feel with no carbonation. Can be sticky and cloying at times. No alcohol warmth.

O - Superb dessert beer. Might be too sugary at some points, but is complex and tasty.

Feb 03, 2018
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wolffad from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers Ive had from trillium (non IPA). While their sour game is on point, you cannot snooze on their one-off beers like this. Wish I had more than 1 left of these bad larrys.

Jan 30, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Espresso, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, caramel and lactose.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. The flavors are amazing. Easily one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Jan 07, 2018
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great jwb collab drank on 1/6/17

Great beer here. Tons of coffee and a nice addition of vanilla. Milk chocolate with a creaminess from the lactose. Not super thick but medium feel. Easy drinking for 13%. Really enjoyable stout. Barrington coffee is excellent

Jan 07, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the 750ml bottle two ways; chilled out in my fridge since the release. Not sure if some of the sweetness and coffee flavor was subdued by Father Time but, if it was, that only would've made the beer taste that much better to my pillow-soft palate. Heavily flavored stouts, especially big coffee brews, taste cloying and acidic. I was fully prepared for this beast to be over-the-top sticky and sweet but it turned out to be an exceptionally full-flavored stout with an incredible mouthfeel. I wouldn't reach for a bottle every weekend but, damn, I'd sure as hell like the chance to have it more often than once.

Pitch black with a puffy, cardboard-colored head. Thick and inviting when it's there, the head doesn't last long but it makes an impression.

The aroma - like a puppy made out of German chocolate cake and expresso, sitting in your lap and breathing in your face. Unavoidable, powerful, aromatic.

The description is no liar - "tiramisu, sweet chocolate cake, and smooth vanilla." I shit you not, brothers and sisters. But, as I stated before, it's an expert blend that pulls together the components to create a cohesive sweet, slightly bitter and coffee-forward taste that slides over the palate, pumps the brakes and takes it's sweet time pulling away.

Thick, viscous, full-bodied. Huge mouthfeel; like a hippo in kiddie pool.

Awesome beer. Wish I had more.

Dec 18, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Split 3-ways thanks Sam!
Pitch black with almost no head, a brown head dissipating very fast, even with a heavy pour head doesn't want to stay.
Smells a good amount of coffee, black chocolate, roasted malt, sweet vanilla.
Taste follows up the smell pretty much, smooth coffee, feels like drinking an espresso with a nice sweetness and hint of vanilla. Coffee with the "Vanille française" style.
What is the most disappointing part is the mouthfeel, it feels so watery, I don't really know why tho, I can't figure out how a 13.3% coffee, lactose and vanilla stout can be as light body as this, seriously it feels like I could just chug the whole bottle by my own.
I don't really know how to feel about it, did we had a problematic bottle? I don't really know it's the only one I've drank.

Dec 16, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to Kevin for sharing this beast.

A- Pitch black 750ml pour to a few becher around the Thanksgiving table. A thick and foamy deep tan cap up to a finger before it slowly falls to a medium belt at the edges. Small sheets of lace wrap down the glass.

S- A bold aroma of... Affogato. The rich dark and milk chocolate aromas follow up very strong espresso, vanilla, caramel sweets, roast barley, cocoa powder and chocolate milk. Really on point for affogato or ice cream sundae.

T- The espresso and roast grains pick up compared to the aroma and it really helps bring things together in harmony. Medium-dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark cocoa powder, chocolate milk, hot fudge sundae lead to vanilla beans, espresso, lactose sweets, caramel, general desserts and all things cocoa. A dessert beer for sure.

MF- Thick and massive body with a slick and syrupy texture. Medium-low level of carbonation and an oily feel. Ends a bit warm but this beer doesnt feel within miles of its ABV.

Affogato hot fudge sundae beer. Starts out amazing but the sweetness is eventually just a bit over the top to the point where a 1/3ish pour of the bottle was beyond enough.

Nov 27, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours really dark brown with small mocha head. Very strong coffee on the nose. Good coffee notes on the palate, and the alcohol is well hidden. Slightly sweeter, but I didn't get the thick mouth feel that others claim. Didn't really pickup on the vanilla. Overall a well made beer, but a little overpraised in my opinion.

Nov 20, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and dark. Very thick. Very good considering it has not been barrel aged. Coffee and vanilla come through great on the taste. Smell is like a tiramisu with a nice coffee smell. Mouth feel lasts after and tastes excellent.

Nov 10, 2017
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer I've ever had. Luscious, creamy, coffee is strong, sweet without being overpowering. It's really enjoyable from beginning to end.

Nov 02, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice beer, however it fell dramatically short of hype for me. Overall, i felt like it was a very sweet version of prairie bomb, slightly thinner. Overall it is very nice, super smooth for the abv, and tasty.

Oct 11, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has lots of fresh roasted coffee and sweet malts. Taste has astringent coffee, sweet malt and a light roasty bitterness. Balanced and tasty.

Sep 20, 2017
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with minimal head. Hint of vanilla on the nose. Not as aromatic as when you taste it. It's a syrupy sweet coffee. It's like dark chocolate syrup with a touch of coffee. Not overly complex. Not boozy, but it feels very heavy. That might be a result of the low carbonation. It is very sweet. Overall, it might be one of Trillium's best stouts.

Sep 20, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a coffee and vanilla blend that is very nice. Taste is a very pleasant coffee with vanilla accent without any alcohol aftertaste.

Sep 16, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery

Amazing velvety, palate-coating mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carb. Quite similar to Speedway Stout, but less aggressive on the booziness. At over 13% ABV, this is dangerously drinkable and tastes more like 9%. Flavors and aromas are definitely on the sweeter side, and mostly accentuate the coffee character. The coffee is not stale in the least. This is the first non-hoppy Trillium offering I've had and am very impressed.... more impressed than with most of their hoppy offerings, actually


Sep 16, 2017
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful coffee notes to the nose and taste. I was a bit surprised that this is not richer - the mouthful was slightly thin compared to Monster's Park we shared shortly afterwards.

Sep 15, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

You don't feel the 13% until it gets into your brain. This very impressive, extremely delicious beer is absolutely incredible for an imperial stout. Seek this out if you can. Now. Then buy as much as you can.

Sep 06, 2017
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