Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla Beans | Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla BeansPot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla Beans
Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla BeansPot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla Beans

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this rendition of our signature porter, brewed with oats, we added a heavy dose of vanilla beans. Aromas of cream soda and pungent vanilla are followed by a smooth mouthfeel and flavors conjuring root beer floats, tootsie rolls, and a subtle fudge undertone.

MALT: American 2- row Malt, Rolled Oats, Pale Chocolate, Black (Patent), Carafa III (Dehusked Black), Caramunich, C-120, C-80

HOPS: Columbus

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 86
Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy into a small goblet with a black body and a nutty light tan cap. The head ascends to a maximum height of two fingers with a thick foamy texture and very good retention. Lacing somewhat rare with just a few foamy patches on the glass.

S- Vanilla oatmeal chocolate chip cookies instantly come to mind. Dessert like aroma but not one that is overly decadent or fudgey by any means, luscious without going over the top. The vanilla beans are authentic and come on with intense strength. Nutty, cocoa, roasty and toasted malts beyond that.

T- More reminiscent of the base brew here and some balance is restored although the silky, delicious vanilla bean is still very strong. The grains open up more and hops also come to life providing more depth. Earthy and slight citrus hops join the toasted nut, roasty, bitter dark chocolate and slight dark fruit base flavors. A harmonious combo of flavors after a few sips.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a substantial creamy texture that brings on some chewiness. High end carbonation and the finish brings a mix of hop and roasted bitterness.

The insane vanilla in each sniff is brought down to earth with a more balanced mix of flavors on the palate with vanilla, deep malts and moderate hops married well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like creamy and sweet vanilla frosting, with chocolate malt and brownie batter.

The base Pot and Kettle is pretty roasty from what I remember- that characteristic seems to be downplayed in this variant- as there is lots of vanilla and cake frosting- it's definitely a pretty sugary vanilla character. There's some sweet chocolatey malt character, too- with some cream soda and very light coffee. This variant is not as good at the coffee Pot and Kettle, but I'm still enjoying it.

This is creamy and deceptively thick, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is maybe a little bit too sweet, but it's still a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Ruby red out of the can and sits black in the glass with two fingers of almond head.

S - Big coffee and big vanilla. Cream soda, fudge brownies.

T - Vanilla is a bit more subtle on the taste and the coffee is dark and bitter. More fudge flavors and a nutty quality.

F - Full with good carbonation. Coffee lingers.

O - Good dessert beer. Vanilla made it a sweeter experience.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, dark black in color with 1/4 inch headTaste is Swiss chocolate, baker's chocolate, and vanilla. Medium bodied, sweet, roasty, with moderate carbonation. Like drinking a fine candy bar. Would get this again..Unique and tasty.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a dark chestnut brown black with a strong head that later settles to just a lacing around edges

S: aromas of deep chocolate malts, cocoa nibs, and a hint of vanilla among coffee roasted malts

T: Sweet vanilla here. The beer itself is very dry in a good way, as an American porter should be, with brown malt prominence, chocolate malt and a well rounded vanilla bean flavor that lingers without being unnatural tasting.

M: Medium to thick body for a porter with a mild carbonation

O: Overall a very solid offering from Trillium in the porter area. I have had and really enjoyed their PM dawn stout but this is their first pot and kettle and I am impressed. Well done

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Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: vanilla and some softer chocolate tones rise from the glass.

Taste: bread, roasted malts, oats, vanilla, bits of chocolate, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a tremendous porter with a nice vanilla accent. Real easy to drink this beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Canned on 10-05-17
Served in a tulip

The dark mahogany body was topped by a finger-tall, tight and creamy, khaki colored crown that quickly dropped to a frothy collar. Some spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

Outstanding aroma. Vanilla came through big time. High quality vanilla extract for sure. Loads of chocolate too. Big milk chocolate notes. Roasted and caramel malts were also apparent. Touch of booze. Somewhat raisinsy. Sweet but not overly so. A Kahlúa dunked oatmeal cookie came to mind. As the beer warmed, the vanilla intensified even further, taking on a creme brûlée-like note.

The flavor was also impressive though not quite as punchy or as interesting as the nose. Roasted and caramel malts were noticeable on the front end, with vanilla following. The vanilla was fairly intense but nowhere near as potent as it was in the nose. Touch of bittersweet chocolate as well. The roast became stronger as the liquid moved along the palate and crescendoed on the finish. A touch of bitterness lingered after the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel. The oats definitely contributed a creamy slickness to the body. Super smooth on the palate. Medium-full for the style.

Trillium’s Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter is a great beer, but the vanilla in this variation really brought things to another level, adding complexity without overwhelming the base beer. All in all, a terrific take on the style and one that hopefully makes a regular appearance in Trillium’s core lineup.

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Photo of keith40
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased at the brewery dated 10/5/17. Dark chocolate look and a nose that begins as vanilla coke and progresses to more chocolatey as it warms. Complex flavors come in and out that include coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and oatmeal. A very creamy texture, smooth and filling.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks and smells absolutely lovely. Tastes quite the opposite. Way too heavy handed on the vanilla. CloyIng. Oily coating on my tongue that tastes and finishes like NyQuil. Like Vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans.

Trillium, I love you, but this was a miss.

Og pot and kettle is perfect as is. Although I like the coffee variants Its not needed. But it works. But vanilla and the base beer just don't seem to pair. Toss a coffee batch and a vanilla batch in A barrel, bump the abv to 10+ and you might have a winner. But this is just vanilla extract and molasses.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark brown, with large khaki head that receded relatively quickly. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Vanilla, licorice, bark, and milk chocolate.
Taste: Vanilla, licorice, bark, and milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Light and creamy.
Overall: Love the base beer, and this is s great addition. Tastes like a root beer float.

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Photo of Holderness
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a very dark brown, fairly filtered body with a big, light tan head produced with moderately aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Complex combination of nuttiness and chocolate. A touch of coffee, oats, caramel syrup, and vanilla
T — I just love these vanilla-infused porters and stouts. It just makes them so much gentler on the palate. This one jumps out with dark chocolate, vanilla cola, and sarsaparilla. Also getting roasty malts, hazlenut, and maple syrup
F — Slick and oily. A little velvety when the carbonation is still prevalent. Medium mouthfeel. Minimal bitterness throughout
O — A perfect ‘night-cap’ beer. Not too sweet, but has that nice desserty quality imparted by the vanilla. Just really luxurious overall. Reminds me a lot of Night Shift’s Awake, but more chocolatey


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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Challenging my self awareness on this one. I’ve proven that I’m not a big fan of vanilla added to beer (outside of the occasional BA super stout). However, when Trillium serves up some vanilla on top of one of my favorite porters I have to give it a go.

Smooth as all heck, this one is. The vanilla does a great job of playing a bit role to the stars of the show, namely the coffee, chocolate and char flavors coaxed out of the malt.

Roasty, toasty and slightly sweet - the beer’s flavor components all play in harmony and complement one another. There is a slightly chaky aftertaste that I attribute to vanilla (don’t know if I’m right in assigning cause) but it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment. Nicely done with a reasonable ABV. Nice to prove yourself wrong every now and then!

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Photo of Tommo
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would buy more of this for sure. very smooth overall, medium-light body, with a very mellow yet present vanilla aroma and flavor. Overall ultra smooth

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 10-05-17

Pours dark brownish black with a dissipating frothy tan brown foam head. Smells like fresh vanilla, dried fruits, apricot, fig, plum, some oats, chocolate, cola, coffee, cream soda, root beer, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted bread, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh marshmallowy fluff-like vanilla, dried fruit, oats, chocolate, cola, coffee, cream soda, root beer float, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted bread, tootsie roll, fudge, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice oatmeal porter brewed with vanilla.

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Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter W/ Vanilla Beans from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 86 ratings