PM Dawn Vanilla
Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #603
Ranked #1,985
4.28 | pDev: 5.61%
Nov 06, 2021
Oct 18, 2018
PM Dawn VanillaPM Dawn Vanilla
Notes: Continuing our exploration on the base of our bold American Imperial Stout infused with cold-brew coffee, we are proud to present Vanilla PM Dawn. We took our base recipe then slightly dialed back the ratio of cold brew Italian Roast from Barrington to allow the heavy dose of vanilla bean to balance the beer and perfectly accentuate its flavor profile.

Vanilla PM Dawn presents an opaque black with brown head and lacing. On the nose, an inviting freshly, roasted dark coffee aroma draws you in as highlights of Madagascar vanilla and burnt sugar syrup entice the palate. The flavor profile displays vanilla lattes, pot de crème, dried red fruit, molasses, and bitter baking chocolate. As with all of our PM Dawn variants, Vanilla PM Dawn offers a medium to heavy body with a luscious mouthfeel and a light bitterness for a balanced and smooth finish.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Caramunich, C-60, C-120, Dextrine, Black (Patent), Roasted Barley, Special B, Chocolate Malt

HOPS: Columbus

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4.33 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 06, 2021
4.22 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2021
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

On tap. Tan head. Black color.

Really nice coffee here. Kind of cold press like. Not roasted. Nice vanilla but not too sweet. Chocolate. Caramel. Full bodied.

Oct 10, 2021
4.08 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 08, 2021
4.36 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Oct 01, 2021
4.71 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Sep 03, 2021
4.34 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Sep 02, 2021
4.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2021
4.5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2021
4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida on Jan 30, 2021
4.51 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jan 20, 2021
4.4 by KBarn from Massachusetts on Jan 19, 2021
4.37 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jan 14, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Rastal Teku IPA glass from a one pint can on July 22, 2020.

Oct 13, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Another PM gem. Jet black pour with little head present. Smooth, silky pour and mouthfeel. Vanilla mingles with chocolate malt flavor, and coffee gives this stout a bit of a tannin bite to keep things interesting. This is superior brewing.

Sep 03, 2020
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 25, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. The coffee is immediately noticeable on the nose, and there’s also
milk chocolate and vanilla notes as well.

The vanilla really shines on the taste, mixing with the milk chocolate flavor to balance the coffee flavor, which is abundant. The mouthfeel is on point, a bit creamy and substantial enough to provide the backbone this 9% ABV beer requires.

What a pleasure it is to drink this beer.

Aug 23, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - pours a loud, crackling, fizzy sodapop head and somewhat thin body coming out of the glass. Mostly brown with the itsy bitsy teeny tiniest crimson magenta ring around the bottom of the glass where the light hits it just right.

S - deep, roasted coffee beans and dark fruits. Dates, cherries, figs. Regular Coffee brings me vibes of Carton's RC series and a few of the variants like Irish Coffee and Cafe Y Churro. Sticky molasses and caramel sugar.

T - vanilla hits hard up front with a nutty burst of smooth, Fluff-esque marshmallowiness and brown sugar. Seems to be fighting, or keeping at bay, the looming bitter ground coffee bite. Like a game of Whack-A-Barley with your vanilla hammer. Ultimately blends together at the end as the vanilla syrup seeps away and the coffee dissolves (coffee can do that right?)

F - not as thiccc as a beer like this probably should be, but features medium-ish fullness with a peppery carbonation that seems a little misplaced, but does serve to accent the bitter bean bite.

O - a nice rendition of PM Dawn. The flavor is excellent and intriguing even if the vanilla adjunct doesn't jive too well with the base beer. Drinks more like a porter than a stout with its restraint on sweetness.

Aug 15, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can from Evan, dated 6/11/20, into Goose Island Nonic Pint.

Pours a dark brown-to-black with a khaki-beige half finger of head that quickly recedes to a popping fingernail.

Aroma is dirty black coffee grounds, slight shades of caramel and chocolate, black table pepper, and very faint marshmallow. The aroma is not far from straight black burnt pot coffee, but has some hidden elements of dessert-iness in there, so it's not bad.

Flavor is black coffee, blackstrap molasses, grape candy, soap, and slight caramel. I am missing the vanilla completely. Roasted malts, smoke, and faint hints of marshmallow (there it is) arrive on the finish.

The beer burns my throat instantly like acid reflux. It genuinely could be acid reflux, but this beer made it happen instantly. Soft but prickly carbonation, some slickness, perhaps oiliness even, and a moderate alcohol heat with some roasty dryness cap this one off.

Overall, although there is nothing inherently wrong with this beer, it just doesn't gain solid footing for me. I have never been a fan of Trillium's PM Dawn series, and it is an achillies heel for them as far as I'm concerned. They fare much better with their sours and IPAs, with the exception of Pom Pom which was an excellent milk stout.

Would trade for again : no

Aug 11, 2020
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jul 27, 2020
4.31 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2020
4.33 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2020
4.31 by BPCam from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2020
4.25 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jun 28, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Deep dark brown color. Small beige head. Decent lacing of minute bubbles.

Rich aroma of milk chocolate, malt, and perhaps some peanut butter.

The taste leans sweet, almost like a carbonated version of Cocoa Puffs. The body is as rich as any without a large presence of sugar. Carbonation tends to the low side. The vanilla adds to the richness but the tale of the tape is the strong cocoa start and finish.

Jun 27, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Pours dark and opaque. Aroma is coffee, roasted chocolate with a tinge of caramel. Taste is amazing combination of the aroma with a good amount of vanilla. Medium feel. Overall, really enjoyable stout.

Jun 24, 2020
4.29 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jan 07, 2020
4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
4.06 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Nov 25, 2019
4.5 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Oct 13, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2019-08-25 in the Pittsburgh, PA area from a 16oz canned on 2018-10-13

A - Completely opaque dark brown with a 1-finger tan head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Espresso latte with semi-sweet chocolate syrup

T - Rich milk and semi-sweet chocolate, plenty of vanilla, medium roasted grain, coffee, earthy spice. Moderate roasted bitterness. Very good

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Silky.

O - Excellent balance. Rich, desert-like without venturing too far into the overly-sweet pastry stout territory.

Aug 25, 2019
4.04 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Apr 06, 2019
4.08 by Dankacheese from Illinois on Mar 22, 2019
4.17 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Mar 17, 2019
4.25 by joemochas from Florida on Mar 15, 2019
4.41 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2019
4.24 by Big_V from Maryland on Mar 05, 2019
4.33 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Feb 26, 2019
4.17 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2019
3.35 by rebelrocky from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2019
PM Dawn Vanilla from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 109 ratings