Vanilla Truffle
Trillium Brewing Company

Vanilla TruffleVanilla Truffle
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.66%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
101
From:
Trillium Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
96
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Vanilla TruffleVanilla Truffle
Notes: Collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing

We teamed up with Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing to create another dessert-inspired stout! For this edition we simplified things and go to the root of all tasty treats. Vanilla Truffle is an imperial stout with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.

Vanilla Truffle announces itself with a big aroma of brownie batter and charred marshmallows. The palate provides deep vanilla, pot du crème flavor with subtle notes of toffee and caramel. A full, rich mouthfeel leaves a coating on the glass and lingering, satisfying sweetness.

MALT: Maris Otter, C80, C120, flaked oats, black malt, chocolate malt, Munich malt, Midnight wheat
HOPS, ETC: Hop extract, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rossracing:
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rossracing from Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2019
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Worcester90 from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am loving these big pastry stouts from these two breweries. Pours black as night with a nice 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Typical high alcohol stout boozy smell on the nose, but not much else. Little bit of chocolate, but disappointed there wasn’t more. Taste makes up for the nose though. I’m a sucker for coffee stouts but I like the use of just vanilla here. Vanilla, brownie batter (as advertised), dark fruits, cookies?, and an overall sweetness contribute to what you’d expect from a big, sweet stout. The feel is great, but wanted a little more heft. Overall, another great entry in this like from them. I’d put it behind Tiramisu & Affogato, but not far. Hoping for a BBA version of this.

Jun 06, 2018
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1levelabove247 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 21, 2018
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ScottP from New Hampshire

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

Jun 23, 2018
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 08, 2018
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 10, 2019
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

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

Jun 09, 2018
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 27, 2018
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djbrown13 from Massachusetts

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

Oct 15, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black body. Finger of light brown head.

S - Some booze and overall sweetness. Molasses and a touch of bourbon and roast. Barely any vanilla.

T - Follows the nose. Some good roast and coffee. Goes back to some molasses. Bourbon is subtle from the beans. Where's the vanilla?

F - Thick and velvety. No booze.

O - Great as an imperial stout, but I got no vanilla.

Jan 06, 2019
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 05, 2018
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thomasarose from Tennessee

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 01, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle. Dark cola brown body, nearly black, one finger offwhite head, short retention. No lacing. Smell is milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla bean, brown sugar, a little bit of caramel. It's fairly straightforward, but comes across better on the palate, a nice vanilla sweetness, a fair bit of caramel and milk chocolate. Dark fruit. Slightly bitter cocoa. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, good carbonation. Mildly bitter cocoa and raw vanilla bean finish. Solid, hoping for more vanilla. And the vanilla that you do get is a little bit artificial.

Aug 20, 2018
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shehateme from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 28, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, with tan head. That head isn't retained for long. Vanilla and chocolate on the nose. This is thicc (as the kids say), chocolate and vanilla with enough viscousness. It's very good and it's between this and Macaroon for my favorite stout collab.

Jul 23, 2018
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 17, 2019
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BAsbill from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2018
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jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

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

May 29, 2018
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slick oil black little too no head smell is pure vanilla upfront . Taste is sweet on sweet the vanilla does shine but too one note left looking for something else to balance it out.

Nov 17, 2018
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 01, 2018
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Duffman79 from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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fthegiants from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 09, 2018
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Peter1977 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 30, 2018
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paulish from New York

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

Mar 17, 2019
Vanilla Truffle from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 101 ratings