Pot & Kettle
Trillium Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #12
Ranked #1,754
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Pot & KettlePot & Kettle
Notes: Our signature porter, brewed with oats, has a soft, velvety mouthfeel with layers of chocolate and roasted malt on the palate. The ominously black appearance belies this porter's approachability; Pot & Kettle is satisfyingly smooth and nourishing, but never lumbering or heavy. While not sweet, dark fruit notes, such as cherries, dates, and raisins, reveal themselves as the beer warms.

MALT: American 2-row, Rolled Oats, Pale Chocolate, Black (Patent), Carafa III, Caramunich, C-120, C-80

HOPS: Columbus
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 763 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, tall beige head that falls to a thin foamy layer. Looks great.

Smells milk chocolate, brown sugar and toffee, oats, nutty, brown bread, light vanilla and a touch of coffee, a little dark fruit but not much at first. Builds some fruitiness as it warms. Nicely balanced.

There is a lot of chocolate in the taste, but the party doesn't end there. There is a lot going on, more than I can describe. But the highlights are brown sugar, brown bread, fruity raisin, nutty notes, toasty oats, and a decent level of bitterness. This is a well-designed and nicely executed beer.

Smooth and slick mouth feel. Restrained carbonation, medium bodied. There is a bit of a chalky feel on the end. Creamy, but no lingering sweetness despite the big chocolate flavors.

I rather like this one. It is an enjoyable drinker that's as complicated as you want it to be.

Jul 21, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin white head. Smell had roasted malts, vanilla,oats and coffee. Taste was smooth with cocoa,chocolate it mixes with coffee and malts/oats with the addition of dark fruits. Mouth feel very creamy and smooth with B4 mentioned tastes. A great porter here.

Jul 28, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- roasted and charred malt on the nose with undertones of chocolate, vanilla cream, caramel and light undertones of dark fruit

T- dark roasted malt gives way to rich notes of milk chocolate and caramel up front, mid-palate gives notes of sweet caramel whipping cream and light herbal coffee. The finish is sweet, roasted and malty, with lingers of chocolate, dark fruit & caramel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a silky finish

O- in terms of a straight up porter, this is spot on. Great drinkability and well balanced

Jul 14, 2018
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unclejazz from New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well executed and impressed with integration of coffee with malt flavor. Great body, not too heavy not too thin. Would enjoy a slightly lower abv, but that is nit picking

Mar 20, 2018
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GiselesGazelle from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours about a finger of tan head, sticky lacing that slowly rolls down the glass. Deep, opaque brown, milk chocolate against the edges of the glass when lit up.

Smell - strong aroma of cocoa powder and spent coffee grounds.

Taste - flashed oat, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate. Not much sweetness, but some residual raisin notes as this warms up. Coffee, obviously, which leaves a subtle bitterness.

Mouth feel - smooth and full bodied, biting carbonation.

Overall -  pretty solid porter, I'd have to agree that it doesn't sit heavy on the stomach, which is my usual issue with the style. This one is very drinkable and not too sweet.

Feb 11, 2018
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of head on the pour, but dissipates literally before your eyes. By the time I got my camera out it was gone. Color is brown near the edges super dark brown (not black) in the center.
Aroma is sweetened coffee with slight charcoal.
Taste is like I prefer my coffee, on the bitter side. Mouth feel is like heavily creamed coffee (without a hint of dairy taste).
I like this beer a lot. Its no Founders Oatmeal Breakfast Stout (my absolute reference in this category), but way better than a lot of overly sweet stouts and porters out there.

Aug 07, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Fort Point location. Printing was messed up on all the cans in my four-pack but I was able to piece together that it was canned on 19-JUL-17 07:52.

Appearance: The body is dark brown to black depending on how much light is on it. It never has any head but there are a few rogue tan colored bubbles on the surface. With no head comes no retention or lacing.

Aroma: The aroma of the beer permeates the air and it is picked up at a distance. It has a nice coffee aroma with a bit of an ancho chili pepper scent. There is a bit of a chocolate scent as well.

Taste: It has a nice coffee taste with a bit of a woody or twiggy character.

Mouthfeel: The body is nice and thick but it feels a bit raspy rather than being smooth. It feels under-carbonated.

Overall: It's about average tasting for a coffee beer. The flavor of the coffee seems to mask the flavor of the malt and yeast quite a bit. The aroma is pleasant and seems to be the highlight of this beer. It wouldn't be my first choice of a porter or a coffee beer. I probably wouldn't recommend it unless it's the only coffee beer you can get. It's a decent enough beer but I wouldn't buy it again.

Jul 23, 2017
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dogleg_left from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Handsome two finger coffee crema head that hangs out to be noticed. Dark espresso body. The aromas are bonkers with fresh espresso and sweet cold brew coffee, char, dark chocolate, and pine. Flavors follow with rich roasted malts smoothed out by double bourbon vanilla tinged coffee notes that yield into a perfectly balanced bitter hop finish. Smooth and full body. Medium carbonation. Wonderful porter.

May 26, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from late March or early April, 2017. Poured into Kane tulip glass and let warm.

L: Dark black beer with a 2F light tan head. Not much retention. A little bit of sticky lacing and a ring.

S: Roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Maybe some vanilla.

T: Lots of roasted malts, some coffee, dark fruit and vanilla notes. Lots of creaminess from the flaked oats, almost gives a false dairy taste. Finish is quite neutral, neither sweet nor bitter.

F: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Excellent construction and balance.

F: Right up there with Morning Bell as my favorite porter.

Apr 29, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger thick foamy khaki colored head that was full of bubbles, fading around average time and leaving really impressive foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of rich roasted grains, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, maple syrup, burnt wood, char or smoky notes, light piney hops, earthy notes like peat moss, and a cold black coffee. Tons of roast, lots of complex chocolate and robust coffee deliver exactly what I'd hoped for when I read the label ("Oatmeal Porter with Cold Brewed Coffee"). Simply lovely to inhale, getting better as it warms up.

Taste nails it too. Like the nose but better with roasted grains and/or oats, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, maple syrup, cocoa powder, bakers chocolate (aka bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred wood, smoky notes, dark fruit like plum or raisin, peat moss, light piney hops, vanilla, earthy notes like and a cold black coffee. It resembles espresso and an cold brewed coffee mixed together, with a nice level of bitterness and trailing chocolate that finishes dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the thin side like most porters, but the complex flavors could fool you into thinking this is a breakfast stout or a milk stout. As stated above, a real nice level of bitterness that blends well with the mild carbonation and smooth feel to make this extremely easy to drink as it completely masks the 7.5% ABV. I could drink this every day.

This may be my favorite beer by Trillium, it was delicious and very easy to drink.

Apr 23, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with two finger brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma deep roasted coffee. Taste is of deep coffee roast, chocolate, nutty, cream,carmel, marshmallow and light bitterness. Very complex yet exstreemly smooth. Great porter with an almost stout feel. Big trillium fan. Look forward to more.

Apr 18, 2017
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mterrence5 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is close to the best porter on the planet. if you have it on draft you really get the vanilla poping over the malty chocolate raisin flavor and its phenomenal. in cans and in bottles it still a strong player but you cant beat the keg at the draft room.

Jan 09, 2017
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, creamy, tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, semisweet chocolate, roasted notes, and subtle nutty highlights. Flavors are robust, heavily roasted forward, with a blend of chocolate, coffee, cream, and nutty highlights once again. Perfectly balanced, on a creamy, smooth body. Roasted chocolate and coffee aftertaste, with a solid linger past the smooth finish. Great beer.

Dec 28, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a flawless beer. I've only had about 10 coffee flavored porters and Berkshire Brewing Company's was my top choice until now.
This beer rocks. I made a second trip back to the brewery in Canton after I tried it the first time because I did not pick up enough.
Smooth and silky, the cold pressed coffee mingles nicely with the porter backbone and the finish is smooth. Outstanding.

Dec 17, 2016
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Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/09 cask version of P&C with dates, figs, vanilla and ancho chilis.

To be honest, didn't get a ton of flavor from all the add ins, a slight chili finish but that's about it. No strong smell or taste of the vanilla, dates or figs. However, the lower carbonation really smoothed the hell out of the beer.

Even after trying the base version, I still really enjoy this beer but I'm reserved about matching the BROS score of 100.

Nov 09, 2016
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific porter. Rich chocolatey flavor and very smooth. Drinks more like a stout than porter. I prefer this both to Secret Stairs stout and to just about every porter, with the possible exception of HF

Oct 30, 2016
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dark color and a dark chocolate nose. Pleasant Carmel stained head. Coffee and chocolate on the taste with a a balanced bitterness that leads to a lingering 30 second finish.

Oct 06, 2016
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GunnarStahl from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark. Nice toasty malts and coffee on the nose. Taste of coffee and chocolate, nice bitter finish. A very good porter from Trillium, not the same caliber as some of there beers.

Aug 03, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To start the mouthfeel of this porter is wonderfully full and malt forward. Almost stout like but still maintain the porter lighter and robust finish. The malt depth is very nice on the taste, allowing secret pockets of dark fruit, cocoa and raisin to be discovered. Smell is not as rich but still pleasant. Early winter porter right here

May 26, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice dark brown/black beer with an off white head that leaves good lacing
S - big creamy coffee, steamed milk, creamer, milk chocolate, mild roasted marshmallow
T - coffee, milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, roasted bitterness at the back of the mouth, toasted marshmallow, more roasty notes than on the nose
M- medium mouthfeel for a hardcore ris and dipa/tipa guy, heavy mouthfeel for everyone else, alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is roasted malts and coffee.
O- everything a coffee Porter should be and then some. I know they're calling this a Porter but it's a stout too, could easily be compared to founders breakfast stout or angry chair's the awakening. Man I wish I could get all these beers and just compare/contrast for fun. Damn time and money factor ruining lives...

May 08, 2016
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Klinical11 from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much as good as you're going to get from a coffee stout. Delicious and smooth, I picked it up at the brewery today. I almost would never buy a stout but this one. Near perfection!

Apr 30, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

only tried a sample of it at the brewery. I am normally not a stout or porter guy, and I could crush a whole 750ml of this easily. lots of coffee, little bit of chocolate, a nice crisp bitterness from the hops. great brew, Trillium kills it on all spectrums of craft beer.

Apr 11, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/8/2015. Received in NBS BIF #3. Poured into a tulip glass.

Poured a deep, dark brown, chestnut highlights. Initially, a huge fluffy light tan head. Leaves some decent lacing about the glass. Cocoa, toffee, toasty oat cereals and nuttiness on the nose. Taste is malty, caramel, toasted oats. Some lighter aspects of coffee, vanilla and dark fruits. Low hop bitterness. Huge points for me on the mouthfeel. Silky smooth, velvety and creamy. Dry finish with low aftertaste.
Haven't had too many English Porters but this one will be hard to top!

Apr 11, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/14/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of vanilla, coffee, molasses, raisin, and date. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of vanilla, coffee, molasses, raisin, and date. Light hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread, and nuttiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very light roast dryness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible English porter style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, rich, and easy to drink. A seriously amazing offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is everything you need in a porter. Perfect balance of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Enough of a kick at 7.5% but easy to drink as well. Trillium proves they can do world class dark beers as well.

Mar 12, 2016
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