Coconut Cake
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #824
Ranked #8,298
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Coconut Cake, a decadent imperial stout featuring toasted coconut and vanilla
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The beer poured a slick and oily, absolute pitch black and was topped by a small, finely bubbled, saddle brown head that quickly fizzled away. No lacing or head retention whatsoever. Oily droplets could be seen floating on top of the liquid.

The aroma was surprisingly subtle initially. Bit of sweet coconut and roastiness. Touch of metallic-like oxidation too. As the beer warmed, the coconut came forth. Nice vanilla presence as well. Moderate amount booze. Later, the coconut turned even more intense. Dark chocolate was also noticeable. A Mounds candy bar came to mind.

The flavor profile was rather harsh at first. Huge roasted malt presence right off the bat. Touch of sweet coconut. The coconut however was short lived and the roasted malts took over mid palate. Big boozy notes kicked in next and really crescendoed as the beer moved along the palate. The finish contained more roast and a sharp alcohol kick. As the beer warmed, the flavor profile improved dramatically. Both the booze and the roast mellowed out and the coconut and chocolate notes intensified. Vanilla was also apparent. Touch of sweet caramel and burnt sugar too.

The mouthfeel was oily and slick. Medium bodied for the style. A bit thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this magnitude. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence. After a few sips, the sugars in the beer deposited a sticky film on my lips. Like the nose and the flavor, the mouthfeel became much better with time. The liquid seemed to turn fuller and the carbonation intensified, giving the beer a nice creamy slickness.

Many beers have a tendency to improve when they warm, but this beer’s transition was more dramatic than any I can recall in recent memory. If you crack open a bottle of this, definitely allow it a significant amount of time to open up.

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4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Toasted coconut, vanilla, lactose creaminess, dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, mounds bar, vanilla latte, dark caramel, dark brown sugar, toffee, coconut cake

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Coconut Cake from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 15 ratings