Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Trillium Pot & Kettle Oatmeal Porter with Chocolate

The Stats
Style: American Porter
ABV: 7.5%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.04/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.13/5
- RateBeer: 3.8/5

"For this rendition of our signature porter, brewed with oats, we added a post-fermentation dose of chocolate. Inviting aromas of coffee milk, cacao nibs, and pudding are followed by a hazelnut heavy palate, strong notes of dark chocolate, and Pot & Kettle's signature smooth mouthfeel. Opaque in appearance with a warm brown color."

Pours out dark brown and sits black in the glass with some ruby red edges and a hefty three fingers of almond-colored head.

The aroma has a dark coffee ground roast character with subtle peanut butter and bitter dark chocolate. Hints of milk chocolate and syrup hide in the back.as does some coffee bitterness.

The taste is quite bitter. Bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate lead the charge. Most of the chocolate flavor comes from the base porter itself and not from the addition of any extra chocolate. flavor. Toasted almonds and an overall nutty quality seem to outweigh any chocolate, but I do enjoy the taste, so I can't complain all that much. Actually, when the beer hits the back, a genuine, rich chocolate taste finally shows up and reminds me of melted chocolate sauce. I wish this was present throughout, but I'll take what I can get.

Mouthfeel is calm with a soft body and smooth texture. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The more bitter notes linger from time to time and it has a relatively clean finish.

Chocolate Pot & Kettle has a really good base porter with soft mouthfeel, but the key ingredient wasn't as big as I had hoped. Granted, it tried to make a last ditch effort, and this can be enjoyed as a dessert beer, but if they can add more chocolate to this, then it can be be elevated to a much richer experience.


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