Trillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-Aged
Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-AgedTrillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #952
ABV:
14.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #11,346
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
12
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Trillium Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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One-off
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Trillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-AgedTrillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-Aged
Notes: After a long year spent in oak bourbon barrels, we are proud to present Barrel-Aged Vanilla Truffle, our imperial stout collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing conditioned on luxurious Madagascar vanilla beans.

Out of the bottle Barrel-Aged Vanilla Truffle pours jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head. Bringing the glass to the nose, rich aromatics of brownie batter, charred marshmallow, and blackstrap molasses meld with an elegant barrel character of toasted oak, vanillin, and bourbon. Taking a sip, the palate offers endless layers of sticky toffee, chocolate covered raisins, luscious devil’s food cake, and smooth iced coffee tied together by wash of s’mores, crème brûlée and decadent notes of bourbon. Full bodied with a rounded and viscous mouthfeel, Barrel-Aged Vanilla Truffle has a long, warming and satisfying finish, inviting you to sit back and explore its nuances.

Malt: Maris Otter, C80, C120, Flaked Oats, Black Malt, Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, Midnight Wheat

Hops: Hop Extract

Additional Ingredients: Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 12
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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
06/20/19
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a thick and slick, near pitch black, like used motor oil. A small, flimsy, burnt sienna colored film of bubbles capped the body, but this soon fell to a pencil thin collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma had an old school Russian imperial stout-like quality to it. Rich and robust with deep roasted malt and intense dark fruit notes. Dates, raisins and dried figs were quite apparent. Big and boozy. Moderately sweet. Lots of brown sugar and burnt caramel character too. There was also a noticeable oxidative presence, which intensified as the beer warmed. This definitely had more aged Port than bourbon barrel qualities. Hint of vanilla.

The flavor profile followed the nose to a T. Rich, malty and robust. Big roasted malt presence. Dark fruits again came through strong. Loads of dates and raisins. Sweet with punchy molasses and burnt sugar notes. An oxidative quality was again apparent. The Port comparison was obvious. An intense booziness appeared on the back end and lingered in the finish. More roast after the swallow.

Fantastic rich, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. Super slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained an ultra fine, frothy, velvet-like effervescence. After a few sips, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

I rarely think stouts are too intense, but this one might have pushed the envelope a bit far. Between the overt booziness and the lack of vanilla character, this was a bit disappointing. As a side note, on day two, the alcohol calmed down significantly and the vanilla notes really came forth.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in canton.

Pitch black with a finger of caramel colored crown. The nose brings a huge booziness mixing with vanilla, bourbon, leather, oak, huge raisins and dark fruit.

The taste brings that boozy, vanilla soaked goodness back. Thick chocolate, leather, oak and bourbon with more of that dark fruit. Really sweet and syrupy thickness. As stated, very boozy but not hot.

Overall, it’s good but a little bit cloyingly sweet, which is rare for me.

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Photo of StoutshoreBeersnob
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose: Brown Sugar and Sticky Bourbon mixed with some sweet fudge chocolate and a tiny bit of oak char. Not getting any vanilla on the nose for a vanilla bean stout but still outstanding

Taste: Sweet Fig, Sticky Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Oak Char, Chocolate Covered Blueberry, on the end some vanilla floats through but not getting much vanilla compared to the non BA version. Maybe my palate is off but even though this sounds nothing (except the bourbon) like I was expecting the taste is great

Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied, Sticky mouthfeel, Very easy to drink for a true bourbon soaked Stout. You taste the bourbon but man it goes down smooth

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich notes of dark chocolate, brownie batter, marshmallow, vanilla, molasses, dark toffee, toasty oak, bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, devils food cake, iced coffee, s'mores, a touch of booze, thick and viscous medium-full body

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black, finger of light brown head

S - Smells like GI BCBS. Bourbon, char, tobacco, black licorice, black cherry

T - Follows the nose. Admittedly, does have a solid boozy presence, but its not enough to ruin the experience. Vanilla is from the barrel and not the base beer.

F - Unbelievably thick and viscous.

O - The most bourbon-forward Trillium BA stout. Soaked in bourbon at all times. Makes for some overly-sweet moments, but this is a great BBA Stout.

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3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L -- Very deep black with a remarkable viscocity that is so intense that the carbonation rises in slow motion. Lots of alcohol legs
S -- Hot bourbon, chocolate liqueur, dried candied dark fruit, hint of vanilla cookie
T -- Chocolate syrup, molasses, brown sugar, oaky bourbon, milk chocolate fudge, vanilla frosting. Incredibly sweet
F -- Very thick and velvety, almost like a melted chocolate bar. Best part of this brew
O -- This one was a bit too much. Lots of hot alcohol and very sweet. The vanilla is barely apparent behind all the aggressive syrupy maltiness and hot bourbon character. I imagine letting this cellar for a couple of years would help with the boozy heat, but it would come at the sacrifice of all the vanilla flavor

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Trillium / J. Wakefield - Vanilla Truffle - Barrel-Aged from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 12 ratings