Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57
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Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #96
Ranked #508
4.71 | pDev: 5.1%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57
Notes: Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew.

Permutation 109 draws inspiration from two of our favorite inductions in the series so far: Numbers 52 and 57. Like those batches, for this special beer we took an imperial stout aged just over two years in bourbon oak barrels and blended it with a fresh stout brewed in stainless fermenters. Next, we added coconut, almond, vanilla bean, and our Trillium blend cold brew to amplify the palate with bold depth and decadent flavor. Out the bottle, Permutation 109 pours a jet black color with a mocha brown head, presenting excitable and mouth watering aromas of toasted coconut, milk chocolate, and chewy almond shortbread with hints of bourbon. Each sip offers a chance to explore a layered palate rich with flavors of brownie batter, Almond Joys, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, coconut granola and oaky vanilla. A rush of smooth, roasty cold brew highlights the finish balancing the sweeter elements of the palate with a gentle bitterness. Full bodied with a velvety and viscous mouthfeel, Permutation 109 is the perfect night cap for the last chilly nights of winter.

MALT: Pale Malt, White Wheat Malt, Munich Malt, Flaked Oats Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roasted Barley

HOPS: Hop Extract

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: Toasted Almond, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla, Trillium Blend Coffee and Lactose
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 51
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Traded for this recently, as I've become quite impressed with Trillium's bottled offerings. Without a doubt, this may have been the best of the bunch, as it was even better than their other Permutations and PM Dawn beer that I was fortunate enough to have recently. Yes, this was a beast but given the time that it took to enjoy this, i can clearly say that it was well worth the effort!

This had a decent pour to it as the liquid was dark, thick, and slightly syrupy in consistency. Not a lot of head to it and the corresponding mocha lacing was also thin and short in duration. That was by far, this beer's weakest attribute as everything else about it was wonderful to behold. Brown sugar, molasses, bourbon stickiness, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark wood came through in the nose as the taste was full of those with so much more on top of it. Vanilla bean, toasted coconut, oatmeal grittiness, and a subtle and strong nuttiness came into the fold as they gave this beer a wonderful and rich depth that took hold of me and never quite let up. The carbonation was moderate and the mouthfeel was slick like vanilla extract but it's so rare to find an American Imperial Stout that was so strong, multi-faceted, and rich - all at the same time. An underlying caramel sweetness tied everything in together while staying in the background to the cacophony of notes that were competing to stand out above the others...

Yes, this was strong and yes, the alcohol was overt in this but it was on par with everything else that was going on here. If you like your beers to be dark, strong, sweet, viscous, rich, complex, and deep, then you've found your match here. Easily the best I've had from Trillium and one of the standouts that I've had during my 13 1/2 years reviewing beers on this site. This is a must-have!

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Despite a fairly hard pour, only a film of beige foam was lifted and it quickly faded to a ringlet; spotty lace

Smell: Pure Almond Joy - got the dark chocolate, got the coconut and got the almonds; there is also a mocha character attributable to the coffee, as well as some vanilla

Taste: Very sweet, up front, with the Almond Joy melting across the palate; some fruity coffee flavors emerge but fade into the sweet elements with the chocolate, vanilla and toasted almond flavors lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Admittedly, I am not a big pastry stout fan but I do have respect for what Trillium has created here; I just think the overall impact is too sweet and I don't detect much impact from the Bourbon barrel

Thanks, BeerRay, for the opportunity

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Photo of M_chav
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a very dark brow out of the bottle that turns into a thick looking black sludge in the glass, messy and will ruin any glassware with its black coating.
S - graham crackers and s'mores, all the marshmallow/chocolate/lite coffee fixings, this is going to be delicious
T - now the marzipan/almond and coconut take stage, its thick and chewy, diabetes in a glass. very sweet, share with friends, this would be a monster to solo dome, tons of sugar
F - so its thicc.... a decent amount of coffee is helping to cut through the residual sugars, bordering on overly sweet but it's killing the game as far as #pastrystouts go. I love it but going back for a second and third pour is a little overbearing.
O - I'm feeling torn recently, as well as this one: Coconut vibes b2, BA Coconut vibes, Adjunct Trail are all pushing the limits on what I can call "beer" - we are verging close to straight brownie batter (which is really tasty), its up there with the best blended stout I've had in recent memory and keeps up with the big body I mentioned above... Carbonation was better held in this beer than most Side Project/Angry Chair stouts so I like that. Im all over the place, its full of flavor and sugar so share and enjoy, but overall wished for more barrel.

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Photo of StoutshoreBeersnob
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All around 5. This is the best beer I have ever had to date

Nose: Almond Joy, Coconut, Milk chocolate, Sweet Nutty Almonds, Bourbon, Vanilla and a bit of roast coffee

Taste: very similar to the nose, a boozy liquid almond joy, Sweet shredded toasted coconut (and I mean real coconut not that artificial crap some breweries have), Hints of chocolate and vanilla go back and forth, Crunchy Candied almonds, and some bourbon booze that pairs extremely well with the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thick chewy mouthfeel. The head on this beer lasted FOREVER, Good bourbon booziness but yet this beer is so drinkable I could not stop sipping it

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Photo of Holderness
4.58/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Thick, viscous black body with a tiny tan head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and lacing, looks almost still
S -- Almond, marzipan, coconut, coffee ice cream, vanilla, bourbon, oak, fig, prune, dark chocolate. This one has it all
T -- Marshmallow, coconut, vanilla wafers, coffee syrup, touch of barrel character, sugar dusted dried dark fruits. Bordering on cloying, but not as sickly sweet as many of Trillium's pastry stouts
F -- Amazingly thick, velvety, and viscuous. Eminently drinkable
O -- Favorite stout to date from Trillium, just edging out BA Color & Grain


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Photo of jheimbigner
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - black with a small coffee colored head
S - coconut dominates the nose with coffee and vanilla on the background. Cannot find bourbon or almonds
T - follows the nose. Strong coconut, followed by great vanilla, almond and coffee. Missing the barrel.
F - medium bodied, somewhat effervescent. Coats the tounge
O - this is killer. I am docking it because not everything they say they did comes through and the barrel aging, while I cannot find barrel flavor, sure did thin out the beer. Would like to just try a non ba version

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best stout of 2019 for me. Ridiculous complexity that works, you get to taste all of the adjuncts and barrel but without it feeling like a jumbled mess. Coconut, vanilla and coffee all so good.

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Photo of Damian
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Dark brown in appearance and medium viscosity for the style. A thin, finely beaded, cappuccino colored crown topped the liquid and quickly fell to a small collar. Spotty droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Huge toasted coconut presence. Loads of medium roast coffee. Big dark chocolate notes too. Chocolate fudge came to mind. There was a subtle almond quality as well. This totally reminded me of an Almond Joy. Sweet overall but not excessively so. I later picked up a faint spiciness that reminded me of cinnamon or perhaps some type of chili spice.

The flavor profile was just as incredible as the nose. Tons of freshly toasted coconut right off the bat. Semisweet chocolate also came through strong. Creamed and sugared coffee appeared in the center. Good dose of vanilla and lactose as well. Touch of almond. Some roasted malts and booze appeared on the back end and the finish. For 12.4% AVB, however, this drank remarkably easily. More toasted coconut, sweetened coffee, vanilla and lactose after the swallow.

Fantastic rich, full, viscous mouthfeel. Super creamy and slick. Ultra plush on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Holy amazing. After trying nearly every Trillium stout, one starts to wonder how any new variation can be that much better than the previous ones, but then I encountered this. Permutation 109 balances enormous coconut, coffee and vanilla notes exceptionally well, each playing a significant role on their own but never overshadowing the other. My only possible knock against this beer was that the barrel was nowhere to be found. Regardless, this goes down as my all-time favorite Trillium stout and one of the greatest beers ever period.

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Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes you cant believe your taste buds after one sip, and after the second it gets better and the third, fourth and fifth it gets better each time then you know you are on to something special.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.91/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge bold deep coffee aroma, sweet taste, toasted coconut, toasted almonds, creamy vanilla, lactose, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dessert pastry, a little barrel, oak, bourbon, almost cognac note

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - pitch black, no light getting through, half a finger of tan head

S - Coffee dominates, coconut comes out a lot when you let it warm, some vanilla sweetness. Not getting bourbon.

T - Hello bourbon! Lots of barrel, coffee, nutty, coconut, vanilla extract that isnt too sweet, molasses, black licorice

F - 11/10 on the body. The thickest body I've ever encountered. It stopped me in my tracks when it hit my lips.

O - Trillium's best stout by far. These stouts tend to be overly sweet messes, but somehow it all came together here. Superb.

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Permutation #109: Perm 52 + Perm 57 from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 51 ratings