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Pot & Kettle | Trillium Brewing Company

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Pot & KettlePot & Kettle

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 01-12-2013

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Photo of BierRunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of GunnarStahl
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

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Photo of Klinical11
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of emount91
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of strohme2
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Sits black as night in the glass. Very nice mocha colored head
Smell - coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts
Taste - Fresh coffee grounds, hints of espresso, chocolate, slight hints of raisins

Overall - A great porter here from Trillium.....but I've had better. Still cant go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - dark black, with medium light brown head, not much lacing
S - some roastiness, hint of vanilla, bit of oatmeal
T - taste follows the nose, very well balanced
F - creamy, high carbonation
O - excellent porter!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 750 ml. bottle that was bottled sometime in February 2016. Sampled on March 4, 2016.

The pour is a deep, dark brown to almost black with a foamy tan head that diminishes rather quickly.

Lovely array of aromas including dark sweet malts, cooked oatmeal, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits such as raisins and dates, and a low to no hop profile.

Medium body that is also smooth and drinkable for sure.

There is the same dark malt sweetness in the taste along with the oatmeal and dark fruits but I do pick up a little more mild bitterness to finish things up. Excellent and it deserves a high grade.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with cream colored head that thins out quickly, left no lacing. Chocolate, oatmeal smell, taste follows the smell. Very smooth, easily drinkable. Another gem by Trillium. I am becoming a total fanboy.

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Photo of mirish72
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For some reason I had never picked this up before. Had a chance to grab a few bottles and I now know what I was missing. An incredibly drinkable porter that gets everything right, texture, taste and balance. Perfect roasted malty goodness, an incredible beer and a nice departure from the excellent hop bombs that Trillium consistently churns out.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 01/14/16

Pours black with a creamy light tan head. Smells like dark chocolate, nutty roasted malts, oat, mild smoky wood, molasses and brown sugar with some dark fruit mixed in. Tastes like sweet dark chocolate and oats flowing through dark fruit, with a woody mild smoke taste, some nutty molasses and brown sugar notes linger with an herbal coffee finish. Feels thick and creamy, silky smooth with a medium-full body. Overall a really well made oatmeal porter.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Near black with three finger head, slowly fades to a thin ring that lasts. Sweet n bitter chocolate, coffee notes in the aroma. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt blend well together for a very tasty porter. Thin to medium slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/8/15 and tasted on 2/13/16. Poured from 750ml into tulip. Dark brownish black color with flecks of sediment dancing in the carbonation. Minimal head. Aromas don't stand out but there are hints of chocolately malt. Taste is subtly sweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel despite it being thin bodied. This is what porters should taste like.

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Photo of brblanch
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle dated 1/14/16 poured into 12 oz tulip. Jet black appearance with 1 finger cream colored head. Little head retention but moderate lacing. Subtle aroma of dark chocolate and sweet malts on nose. Taste is chocolate upfront with dark fruit aftertaste. Wonderful, velvety mouthfeel. Overall an excellent oatmeal porter that was the perfect choice for my first review!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/06/15 notes. 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery the day before. Poured into my Trillium tulip.

Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt malt,s cream, earthy notes, and light vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing too crazy, just a really well made porter...worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with two fingers of tan head that leave a ring as you sip. Chocolate, oats and just a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Creamy and fairly thick bodied for a porter, with strong carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt up front with dark fruit in the background, showing more in the aftertaste. Pretty solid.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick tan head

Smell-coffee and chocolate. Kind of week smell.

Taste-exceded my expectations based off of the smell. Perfect balance of roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.

MF- Oh my. Velvety smooth. The mouthfeel sets it apart and makes it the best porter I've ever had.

Overall- best porter I've ever had. Best oatmeal beer I've ever had. Try it. Trillium is for real.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brownish/black with a creamy off white head.
Malty, chocolatey, coffee? Aroma.

Velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate, oats, coffee?
A bit thick/chewy but great.

Exceptional porter.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into tulips:

Appearance: deep, dark brown with a medium (one finger+) tan head that lingers for a while. Not much carbonation present. Mild lacing.

Aroma: plenty of roast, along with lots of chocolate scent. Slightly bitter on the nose, but the smell is inviting, and carries lots of sweet roastiness in addition. I also picked up some lactose, though I don't think that was used in this brew.

Taste: lots to like here. Starts with the bitter roasted malt, and quickly melds into a sweet, chocolatey flavor. The finish is smooth and the combination of roast and sweet makes for a very nice Porter.

Feel: medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and it finishes very easily. Not a "sipper"at all; more of a traditional Porter than some modern porters who overwhelm with heaviness and added flavorings.

Overall: an excellent example of a more traditional Porter.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle into tulip glass
L: Impressively dark, poured a nice 1 finger head of a very light beige color. Nice even silky appearance to the head. Some lacing but nothing crazy.
S: Very sweet. Comes off kind of like a cream stout. Reminicient of sweet dark chocolate, with hints of ethanol (but very faint).
T: Top notch taste. Despite the aroma, it is not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as expected. typical flavors of a porter but subdued and balanced are what make this beer so good.
F: Firstly, the beer drinks so well. It is effervescent while also heavy, like whipped cream. Also has a milky smoothness to it that is balanced out by the medium carbonation level. Also not at all astringent or drying like some robust porters.
O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer, quite honestly may be my current favorite porter.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a light cream head, bubbles linger but not much for a head or lacing.
Smell is light roastiness, Chocolate which does provide a bit of sweetness.
This is an astoundingly drinkable porter. It is velvety yet pretty light in body, very well balanced. A little bit of dark fruit flavor accompanies the chocolate, bready, oat characteristics of this beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent porter. Full rich and remarkably well balanced. A porter drinkers porter.Went to Trillium for the IPAs and the big coffee stout variants Had really underestimated this beer, and am soooo glad I grabbed a bottle ( based on BA reviews). Do not pass this up if you get a chance.

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