Trillium / J. Wakefield - Haunted Fields
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,032
Ranked #12,477
4.29 | pDev: 7.69%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: On a dark and stormy August night, the crew from Miami's J. Wakefield brewery arrived for a night's stay at our farm in North Stonington, Connecticut. JC led Jonathan, Maria, and Jack through a field, under the stars, and began to tell a story. As the chilling plot unfolded, the wind picked up and lightning struck in the distance. The J. Wakefield trio became increasingly spooked until, suddenly, after running out of ideas for his fictional tale, JC took off running into the night. Terrified and alone, Jonathan, Jack, and Maria ran to their car, flicked on the headlights, and literally drove out of town. After spending the night in a nearby hotel and realizing that they had been victims of an eerie prank, the crew decided to head up to our Canton brewery to brew a collaborative spooky stout. Haunted Fields is a massively rich stout with incredible depth of character resulting from time spent aging on Spanish cedar. Enticing aromas reminiscent of a humidor, dark roast coffee, and oak-derived vanilla land gently on the palate. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, Haunted Fields pairs well with hair-raising tales.

Malt: Maris Otter, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Simpsons DRC, C-80, Simpsons Aromatic, Flaked Barley Additional Ingredients: Brown Sugar

Hops: Hop Extract
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. Subtle aroma of chocolate, coffee & sweet brown sugar. Tastes as it smells but with some booziness. Medium+ (not quite thick) mouthfeel. Outstanding stout.

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Photo of Damian
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a thick and syrupy, dark brown/black and appeared oily, viscous and completely pitch black in the glass. A thin, finely beaded film of saddle brown bubbles topped the body but it dissolved almost instantly. No head retention or lacing was evident.

The aroma was interesting. There was a big woody, papery note initially that must have been from the Spanish cedar. Lots of boozy heat too. Roasted malts were also noticeable. Some brown sugar sweetness came forth as the beer warmed. Touch of coffee and dark chocolate too. Later, the cedar contributed some interesting spicy notes.

The flavor was similar to the nose but perhaps more rounded. Again, cedar notes came through strong. Roasted malts led things off on the front end. Brown sugar appeared in the center. Good dose of boozy heat. Chocolate fudge was also noticeable. Touch of espresso. More bitter roast and booze on the back end and the finish. For 14% ABV, however, the alcohol was fairly well buried. Subtle bourbon vanilla notes lingered after the swallow.

Excellent rich, thick, full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a relatively fine carbonation that fluffed up nicely on the palate. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer deposited a sticky film on my lips.

Haunted Fields is definitely an enjoyable Trillium X J. Wakefield collaboration beer, though I would have preferred more coffee and vanilla and less cedar. I am curious to see how this beer takes to additional aging in bourbon barrels.

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4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich dark chocolate, bold smooth coffee, creamy vanilla, earthy herbal-like soft cinnamon-esque cedar wood spice, brown sugar, dark caramel, molasses, smooth medium-full bodied

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Trillium / J. Wakefield - Haunted Fields from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 11 ratings