Color & Grain | Trillium Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We drew our inspiration from wood for this year's anniversary beer, its natural beauty as well as its building and lasting strength, provides layers in the depth of character in a concentric annual growth cycle. Color & Grain serves as an apt representation of our continued growth at our five year milestone.

Color & Grain: Oak & Chocolate is an Imperial Stout that presents with a deep impression of complex and layered chocolate. Best served at cellar temperatures to reveal all the details! Aromas of chocolate malt balls and bruleed sugar fill the glass. Luxuriously silky mouthfeel reminiscent of melted chocolate bars with an oak derived vanillin subtlety. The flavors continue to extend with subtle roasted malt, then dark, charred figs, dates, then finally with a rich molasses and dry, dark cacao. A minimal, balancing bitterness with subtle warming alcohol reveals a finish expressive, bright and fruity lightly roasted coffee notes. The palate ends with oak tannin structure. Share this stout as a deep, dark and decadent treat to commemorate your own milestone achievements!

MALT: Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Munich, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Wheat Malt, Dark Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Oak
HOPS: Hop Extract

Added by PhineasMcClintock on 03-18-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
38
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of WhatsAnIPA
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip

Congrats on 5 years!

The syrupy, oily, dark brown/black body was topped by a thin film of saddle brown froth. Within seconds, the head completely dissolved and a tiny ringlet encircled the liquid. A few small dots of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really rich and rounded. Nice mix of roasty, smoky and chocolatey notes. An oxidized/metallic quality was apparent initially but it eventually dissipated. As the beer sat, brown sugar and molasses notes appeared. Moderately sweet. Some raisin character too. Touch of bourbon as well. The sweet, fragrant bourbon notes later intensified. A hint of vanilla came forth. The chocolate presence also turned richer and fudgier.

The flavor was quite roasty and a bit harsh at first. There was also a fairly strong metallic quality, but it later disappeared. Loads of rich, roasted and caramel malts up front. Brown sugar and molasses notes were apparent. Some raisins and dark fruits too. Touch of bakers chocolate. Moderately sweet. More roast on the back end and the finish. Boozy, bourbony notes came through strong. This drank somewhat hotter than the ABV might suggest. Touch of lingering oak and tannins. Later, beer turned smoother and more rounded. The sweetness also intensified and the alcohol calmed down a bit.

Phenomenal mouthfeel. Luxuriously thick, rich and viscous. Completely full bodied. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence that turned pillowy soft on the palate.

Many stouts today use adjuncts in excessive quantities to transform the base beer into an entirely different beast, but Color & Grain seemed to utilize them in a much more nuanced manner. The chocolate lent the beer a nice fudgey accent and the oak chips contributed some vanilla, woody tannins and a bourbon-like quality. This is a terrific beer that deserves more attention than it receives.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout aged on white oak & chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Lightly roasted malt, tons of chocolate and vanilla. Not too sweet. Rich and thick feel. Coats the mouth. Shorter finish. Phenomenal. Happy 5th anniversary

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schinebd
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark deep brown, some chocolate on the nose. It's super chocolatey, rich, decadent, like fudge brownies. There's some molasses tinted heat as well. A minimal amount of oak on the finish. This was very well done by Trillium, but I fear a full bottle of this would be too much.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

750ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a frothy light brown foam head. Smells like pure cocoa, fresh chocolate, white oak, dark fruit, dark molasses, dark caramel, toasty dark toffee, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh pure chocolate, fresh white oak, dark molasses, dark caramel, toasty dark toffee, dark fruits, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, slick and syrupy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout aged on white oak and chocolate.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shehateme
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

On tap at the source.

Opaque black with a tan head. Dark chocolate in the nose with plenty of roast and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied with a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel. Rich chocolate on the palate with some warming boozy notes and oaky vanilla tannins. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate.

Very chocolate -forward with some complexity from the oak.

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Photo of Cwarwick812
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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