Trillium / Three Chiefs - Niyok
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #882
Ranked #10,221
4.35 | pDev: 7.13%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: After chatting with Charles, Brian, and Vince from Three Chiefs down in Miami at Wakefest 2019, we were immediately struck by their genuine kindness, positivity, and energy that they devoted to their craft. Then we sampled Fähä, their renowned Imperial Stout brewed with candied and toasted coconut, and we knew that we should brew together. That first chance came back in the Spring when Hineksa, a Double IPA with rice and palm sugar was born. Cut to this year's Field Trip, it was the perfect time to host them at our Fort Point brewhouse and brew a small batch tribute to their beer that impressed us so much.

Deriving its name from the Chamorro word for coconut, Niyok is brewed with an immense amount of toasted coconut and brown sugar. Pouring an opaque jet-black with a dense cocoa-tinged head, abundant notes of freshly-cracked coconut, caramelized brown sugar, and luscious vanilla envelop the palate. Incredibly thick, with a warming sweetness, Niyok is the ideal beer to share amongst friends.
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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of toasted coconut and brown sugar, sweet dark chocolate, some dark fruit notes like black grape and prune, molasses, vanilla, toasty ground nuts, heavy, thick, sweet, smooth, coconuty

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Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Dark brown/black on the pour and pitch black in the glass. Super shimmery and slick with an oily sheen atop the liquid. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, only a few wisps of caramel colored froth topped the body.

The nose was fantastic. Toasted coconut notes came through big time. Loads of brown sugar too. Dark chocolate was also noticeable. Sweet but not excessively so. I thought I picked up some almond character as well. This definitely reminded me of an Almond Joy. Moderately boozy. For 12.8% ABV, however, the alcohol was very well buried.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive. Loads of toasted coconut right off the bat. Super malty and robust. Moderately roasty. Brown sugar again came through strong. Big vanilla presence too. Bit of almond character as well. Hint of chocolate fudge. Appropriately sweet for the style. More roasted malts on the back end and the finish. Some alcohol heat appeared here and lingered after the swallow.

Outstanding rich, thick, full bodied mouthfeel. Super creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that fluffed up beautifully.

Some reviewers have called Niyok the most coconut forward beer they ever tried, and I might agree. The coconut character was really intense but well integrated into the base beer, and the mouthfeel was amazingly creamy and thick. Despite the steep ($26) price tag for a non-barrel aged beer, I would gladly purchase this again.

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Photo of Holderness
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most coconut forward beer I've had to date. Not overly cloying, thick velvety mouthfeel, like an almond Joy in a glass. The main drawback is this is crazy pricey, even by trill standards


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Trillium / Three Chiefs - Niyok from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 12 ratings