Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #106
Ranked #517
4.48 | pDev: 5.58%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing

We teamed up with Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing to create another Italian dessert inspired decadent stout! This time we captured elements of Tiramisu in this Imperial Stout with five hundred pounds of Lady Fingers from Salem, Massachusetts based AJs Bakery, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Brown Sugar, and coffee from Mostra & Barrington.

Tiramisu leads with powerful aromas of deeply roasted coffee, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and a backbone of freshly baked cake and subtle caramelized brown sugar. The palate continues with more dark chocolate, vanilla, brownie batter, and heavy, creamy coffee. A thick, viscous, latte-like mouthfeel leaves a coating on the glass and lingering, satisfying sweetness in the mouth.

MALT: Maris Otter, C80, C120, Flaked Oats, Black Malt, Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat, Dark Brown Sugar, Lactose Sugar, Lady Fingers
HOPS, ETC: Hop Extract
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 131 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hopley
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank 10.18.19 - aged nicely but can't say I was blown away by it.

Semi-aggressive pour led to a nice chocolate brown head that eventually settled out. Remained flat thereafter.

Smell was not really distinguishable, probably some coffee but that's not really my strong point so I'll just give it a 4.25.

Taste was dominated by roasty coffee, maybe a little booze as it warmed; I couldn't get any vanilla.

Feel was not as thick as some other Trillium stouts, but at the same time, not bad.

Overall, too dominated by roasty coffee for me, and I'm not a fan of roastiness in stouts or porters so I can't say it really worked for me. On the other hand, it appeared to be a nicely executed beer and held up well after 1.5 years on the clock for a pastry stout.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pour of double espresso viscosity. Light streams through the laminar pour, but the glass fills with pure blackness with a dark tan head. Coffee dominates right out of the bottle, but it’s quickly swept away, and replaced by dark fruits, vanilla and cocoa powder. I’m craving a bit more body, and more coffee, but it’s a solid beer.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with no head.

Aroma is dark roast coffee . Clearly evident.

Smooth chocolate and coffee dominate the pallet. Lots of sweetness in back end

Mouthfeel while solid, could be a little thicker.

Very solid beer just not quite as good as affogato

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer no doubt, lucky to have had this shared with me, but also why is there lactose in here? its not needed. not that this is overly sweet in any way, but just that the whole thing would still be rich and regal and desserty without it, it makes no sense, seems forced, and pisses me off. i mean, pisses me off as much as i can reasonably be pissed off drinking a beer this rare and nice, and in such good company. i think its cool they put a whole bunch of lady fingers in this, it has a cakey, cookie complexion to the nose and taste that cannot be denied. it also has a distinct brown sugar, molasses, and cooked dessert character, really cool. vanilla is strong but there is roasty grain bitterness too, oaty and coffee driven as well, a really good base beer without all this stuff added in. i like the coffee, i think i recall two roasters on the label, which might be political, but also gives this some neat coffee diversity, an element which shouldnt be overlooked in this. rich and cookie dough-like, but also really balanced for what it is, hardly alcoholic at all, and a ton of fun, especially with a good friend, some epic caprese, and tasty live dead vinyl... i will not soon forget this one, and am even more looking forward to my trip to boston later this month now!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black, dark brown head

S - Cake, cookies, booze, vanilla, lots and lots of coffee

T - Coffee is more bitter here, but still good. Coffee liqueur, bundt cake, vanilla frosting, molasses, maple syrup

F - thick and viscous

O - Not as cloyingly sweet as other Trillium collab stouts. More complexity too.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nice looking beer. Big, menacing brownie colored head that dissipates quickly. Dark and menacing. Nose is mocha, cold brew, lactose, fudge and brown sugar. Like the look, real decadent and rich. Beer opens chocolate, lactose and fudge. Brownie and brown sugar in the middle with a muted mocha sweetness in the back. End is molasses, cold brew and brown sugar. A dessert stout for sure. This is delicious! Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Slight bubbles on the palate and goes down smooth and soft with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Could be a bit fuller.

This is exactly as advertised. Rich, decadent and a meal in a glass. Worth seeking out as this holds its own with the best offerings in the style.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with nice tan head. Aroma is Avery nice vanilla and chocolate. Taste is not as prominent as the aroma with taste fading quickly. A little thin

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Photo of anteatr23
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a one finger brown head. Smells of chocolate, honey, and roasty coffee. Poured at cellar temperature. Taste is decadent chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips. Creamy. This is smooth as butter. Excellent dessert stout. Hope they brew it again.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pour is very dark, aromas and palate are big roasty and sweet notes coming together beautifully. big coffee notes and sweet milk chocolate, creamy vanilla and a cakey creamy character. super smooth and none of the alcohol is detectable. perfect mouthfeeel!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewery

L: 1F brown head with little retention. Tiny ring left. Beer is jet black.

S: Roasted malts, lactose, vanilla, less coffee than you might expect. And damn this smells good!

T: Yup, they've done it. Lots of sweet creaminess but not overly so. Cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and maltiness. So nicely done.

F: Full-bodied, not much carbonation. Superior construction. Docked a little bit because it is a tad cloying. But minor minor quibble. A tiny bit of alcohol heat sneaks in on end.

O: Incredible, but I can also see it getting tiring, so best in a snifter and shared. But a memorable experience.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to Affogato IMO. Perfect consistency. Great head. Great smell. Tastes great but the cold coffee is a little strong. This is a great stout that I would drink any time any day.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source.

Pure black with zero head. Some vigorous swirling swells up a beautiful, brown cap of brownie batter. This beer definitely deserves a stretch -pour from the tap.
Rich cold-roasted coffee with fudge and chocolate in the nose. Shades of Kahlua, booze, and char follow through. Full bodied with a luscious, chewy mouthfeel. Intensely rich and decadent on the palate. Fudge soaked in cold-brew with chocolate syrup and a hint of vanilla. Finishes rich, warming, and a bit sweet.

Great stout but so rich it's tough to finish even a half glass. Very much like a PM Dawn on steroids.

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Photo of Worcester90
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft last week at release:

Look: Poured a nice slick-oil black with a bubbly mocha head. Looked like someone just gave me a glass of espresso.

Smell: A big coffee stout should smell like it, and Tiramisu doesn’t disappoint. Very roasty with some hints of caramel to boot.

Taste: Again, this is a coffee stout, and that’s exactly what you get. However, there’s so much more to it. Vanilla, fudge, definitely brown sugar, and even some verrrry slight maple. Definitely less sweet that Affogato, but it’s still a sweet pastry stout. Some booziness, but standard at over 10% ABV I think.

Feel: Thick and viscous, just how a great imperial stout should be. Like drinking black coffee that’s somehow been infused with syrup.

Overall: Trillium and JW should need more stout collabs, because Affogato was one of my favorites from last year and this is definitely my favorite of 2018 so far, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I liked this slightly more than Affogato due to a reduction in sweetness. Cannot wait to grab this is BA form.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer Pours Black with a medium frothy khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of chocolate cake, subtle vanilla, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, and maple. It tastes of brown sugar, molasses, roasted coffee beans, subtle vanilla, chocolate cake, and maple. The mouthfeel is medium and sticky. This is a great stout from trillium, i like it better than Affagato.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewery

Light foamy head fades semi quickly, about jet black colour

nose started with loads of freshly roasted coffee, then into mild cookie dough biscuity toffee and caramel, nice cocoa and dark chocolate shavings, little creamy milk choc, little vanilla

Taste again super coffee up front again, fresh coffee grind, roasted malts, a little char, mild background biscuity cookie, little caramel, backend finally brings some lady fingers flavor, thick sweet bit syrupy, little vanilla rich smooth, plenty of dark chocolate cocoa

Mouth is thicker chewy smooth rich but cloying sticky sweet, light carb too

Overall pretty good, not incredible like people are going bananas for, but a tasty beer, little too sticky sweet, light carb, coffee is a little too upfront.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave wispy lacing.

S - Aromas of nice dark malts, light roast, enormous coffee notes. Not much in the way for vanilla or cookies. Coffee is super assertive.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with excellent dark malts, really nice bold coffee flavour good roast. Nice light biscuit notes, faint vanilla. Good rich fudge and chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is rather lightly carbonated, bit on the thin side. Heavy and syrupy.

O - Overall perhaps my expectations were too high. This was quite cloy and sweet, but the biggest fault is the coffee overpowers the other additives.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is big coffee, vanilla, and cookies as the beer warms. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with low carbonation. Makes for a tasty dessert beer. I prefer Affogato for the collaborations.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Trillium Canton.

When poured, this powerful stout is a viscous black color. While it initially boasts a nice frothy head of tan foam, it quickly bubbles away, leaving its memory in the form of some nice sticky lace retention around the glass. 

The nose on this told me right away that this stout was going to be something special. Roasty coffee hit first, immediately followed up by a sweet combination of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. All these swirled together in perfect harmony and gave the aromas a perfect balance. Slightly bitter from the roast, sweet nuttiness from the toffee, and richness from the caramel that is tamed just enough from that vanilla tail.

The flavors are literally Tiramisu in liquid form. You get those same mirrored qualities that you got initially on the nose... coffee, caramel, and vanilla. The more prominent presence of malt and cocoa in the flavors created yet another level of complexity, and it finishes with a touch of bitterness that is served up by the added hint of molasses. 

Look, lots of beers are good, but when the mouthfeel is as superb as what you get in every Trillium stout, the beer becomes something really special. Medium-full, incredibly creamy and smooth. It seemingly coated the tongue in soft, sweet, sticky stout goodness, with just enough froth so that it doesn't become unpleasant. I've had many a good stout, but never had I tasted so many stouts from the same brewery that have such consistently incredible mouthfeel. In my opinion, it is the backbone of a really good stout.

Overall, I've been recommending this to everyone since I've had it. If you can trade for this bottle, or have connections in Boston with those who have a bottle, get in on it. Stouts have such a broad spectrum and can be brewed with so many different things. It can be difficult for some breweries to have theirs stand out from the crowd. I promise you, this one won't disappoint. In fact, it may even have you speaking Italian. Saluti!

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Photo of Damian
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Served in a tulip

Viscous, pitch black appearance. The dense, oily looking body was capped by a small, saddle brown head that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was outstanding. Coffee notes dominated. Bold Italian roast coffee. Malty and robust. Loads of sweet cream. Big vanilla presence too. Dark chocolate was noticeable as well. Chocolate fudge came to mind. Brown sugar was also quite apparent. Quite sweet overall but not excessively so.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and also fantastic. Huge coffee presence once again. This tasted like dark roast coffee with lots of sugar and heavy cream mixed in. Super milky. Malty and rich. Strong vanilla notes. Loads of brown sugar sweetness too. Powdered cocoa came through in the center. Just a hint of roasty bitterness on the finish. Brown sugar notes lingered after the swallow.

Despite the fact that the mouthfeel was only medium-full for the style, it was ridiculously creamy and plush. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. By the end of the glass, the beer left a thick, sticky film on my lips.

Tiramisu is yet another amazing, coffee-infused, Trillium X J. Wakefield collaboration pastry stout. While slightly lighter in body and lower in alcohol than Affogato, I thought this beer was better overall.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another extreme coffee forward stout by trill. Vanilla comes out more once warms. Mildest hint of ladyfingers. Killer Decadent mouthfeel. This one was well done.

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