Hardywood Trickery

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Imperial milk stout aged in apple brandy barrels for 8 months for a smooth apple brandy finish. Warm caramel, blackstrap molasses, and chocolate covered cherries.
Final Rating: 4.66/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trickery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a thick black inky body with a dark brown one finger head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and spotty lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the brandy-bourbon, vanilla, surprisingly I get a good amount of apple-brandy, which I don’t usually get from apple brandy aged stouts. Cocoa and milk chocolate are present on the nose as well.

Taste starts out with lightly sweet vanilla-chocolate-cocoa, light apple-brandy, whiskey, followed by coffee and finished with bittersweet chocolate, bakers chocolate and a nice roastyness that lingers on the tongue. Body is thick, rich, medium carbonation, near perfect.

This beer did not disappoint, and for 13.5% I barely got any burn. World class!

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Fremont Coconut B-Bomb

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This year’s release of B-Bomb is aged in 12-year-old American Oak bourbon barrels and is a blend of 9, 12, and 24-month old barrel strength Winter Ale. This special edition adds toasted coconut to complement the bourbon, oak, cacao, and leather notes achieved from B-Bomb’s extended barrel aging and barrel blending. Each barrel contributes a different note, and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure. Please do enjoy this unique barrel-aged ale today but know that Coconut Edition B-Bomb will age gracefully for years to come.

Final Rating: 4.59/5


look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Fremont beer can glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a brown one finger head that sticks around for a bit and reduces to a ring of foam for the remainder of the 1 hour or so that I drank this.

Aromas are sweet and dessert-like, coconut macaroon, caramel, vanilla, boozy bourbon, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, all melded together to create a delicious medley.

Taste is as sweet as the nose suggests with sweet molasses and caramel-bourbon, dark chocolate dipped coconut, toffee, dark fruit and molasses, finishing sweet and syrupy, rich and indulgent. Roasty aftertaste. Medium body, not too thick and low carbonation.

Fremont cannot do wrong when it comes to stouts and strong ales. B-bomb is great, coconut B-bomb is even greater.

Trillium Cuvee De Tetreault

Released just once a year on our brewery’s anniversary, this American wild ale is aged on whole Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes and Black Currants in Cabernet Sauvignon and Bourbon Oak Barrels

Final Rating: 4.2/5

look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium Tulip glass. 2018 batch.

Pours a deep maroon body with a purple two finger head that reduces fairly quickly. Magnificent color.

Aromas are tannic with lots of Barrel and red wine, tart fruit skins and a bit boozy.

On the tongue it’s tart, sweet, and tannic with sweet candi sugar and Drying fruit skins, oak barrel, berries, red wine and finishing lightly bitter and astringent. A little boozy with a medium body and low carbonation.

Good beer but not Trilliums greatest as some claim. Unique, definitely worth a try.

Wicked Weed Red Angel

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Pre-buyout bottle. As the name indicates, this vibrant, blood red sour ale received 1.5 pounds of fresh raspberries per gallon and was then carefully aged in red wine barrels for nine months. After this barrel-ageing period, the beer was blended onto another pound of raspberries per gallon totaling one ton of raspberries and eleven months of ageing.

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a wicked weed tulip glass. Thanks Kurt for this generous extra. 2.24.17 bottle date.

Pours a deep purple-raspberry color with a small pink head that reduces to nothing. Color is magnificent!

Aromas of strong raspberries comes though, very jammy and fruity. Aromas are potent and inviting, like freshly mashed raspberries.

On the tongue it’s lightly tart with a burst of jammy raspberry flavor, like tossing a hand full of fresh raspberries in your mouth. Deliciously fruity and full of flavor, while maintaining an easy drinkability and balance of tartness, dryness and light sweetness. Medium-low carbonation.

This was excellent. A year in the bottle did it wonders.

J. Wakefield Miami Madness

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Imperial Berliner with Mango, Guava, and passion fruit.

Final Rating: 4.68/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a J. Wakefield snifter glass.

Super hazy, OJ-looking yellow-orange body with a nice frothy white head that reduces to leave leggy lacing and a layer of retention.

Aroma is straight guava juice with passionfruit and sour citrus. Taste is very pulpy and tart but not super sour with tons of guava, passionfruit, melon, TROPICAL, lactic sourness, tons of citrus, a little grassy, perfectly drinkable with a light body. Super crisp and refreshing. Hard to not drink really quick.

So incredibly balanced and tasty. Might be the best berliner I’ve ever tasted.

Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Maple Stout

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Black Maple is an Imperial porter with deep nutty notes, a touch of smoked malt, a melange of crystal malts, and a rich chocolate backbone. Locally harvested maple syrup from Sticky Pete’s was added to the kettle for this brew, and it was aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months.
Final Rating: 4.1/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Jackie O’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade. 2015 bottle.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a two finger brown head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the bourbon, cocoa and light vanilla, dark- bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasty with coffee aromas. Not getting much maple on the aroma.

On the tongue is dark chocolate and bourbon, roasty malt, marshmallow, caramel, sweet vanilla, chocolate cookies. A slight oxidized off flavor included. Mouthfeel is kinda thin with medium-low carbonation.

Overall decent. For a bourbon barrel aged stout, this is on point, but I didn’t get any maple whatsoever in the taste or aromas, so I have to give it a 3.75 final rating because it wasn’t as advertised.

Perennial Vanilla Abraxas

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“Additional Vanilla Beans added to our Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness.”

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Perennial stemmed wine glass.

If you’re into spiced stouts, which I am, the aromas on this are out of this world. Heavy cinnamon and coffee, much more spice aromas than regular abraxas with vanilla added.

The taste is just as potent, complex, and spice-forward with a HUGE amount of flavor, dominated by cinnamon and milk chocolate, following through with vanilla beans, semisweet chocolate, and more spices. Roastyness sticks around on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is awesome, super thick with low carbonation.

This is basically coffee abraxas with less coffee flavor and more vanilla. I loved both, with the coffee variant having a slight edge over Vanilla only because it separated itself from regular abraxas more.

Angry Chair Barrel Aged Popinski with Marshmallows and Peanut Butter

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Final Rating: 4.81/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an AC pint glass.

Pours a thick oily black body with a dark brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

Holy crap this smells unreal. Straight peanut butter chocolate fudge cookies straight out of the oven with extra vanilla extract in them and a touch of coffee. Marshmallow s’mores ice cream galore. Bourbon booziness in the background. Pastry city.

Taste is liquid Reese’s cups with dark chocolate fudge drizzled over them. Vanilla bourbon on the follow through, roasty coffee char on the finish. Thick rich body.

I am a sucker for a good pastry stout, and peanut butter cups. And this is the epitome of both.

Trillium Permutation Twenty Eight

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Permutation 28 is a striking specimen: presenting an intensely deep black-red, with vibrant purple head and lacing. An intense nose of raspberries, currants, and subtle floral notes reminiscent of rosewater lead into a raspberry forward palate. A subtle spice and earthy element is complemented by a tannic, red wine structure and dry finish with only a slight tartness.

final rating: 4.41/5

look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served into a taster at Trillium Canton location.

The first thing that stands out here is this beers appearance. This is nothing less than a 5. Deep, dark purple body with a vibrant raspberry head that sticks around for a while.

Aromas are juicy, tannic, Jammy, wine-like, earthy, currants. Raspberry aromas are present, but not like a typical raspberry wild ale, more like raspberry wine. Light spices/herbs, I almost smell some anise.

On the tongue it’s dry and tannic, fruit skins, currants, Jammy raspberry,earthy red grapes and lightly herbal. Not too sour, just tart and balanced on the finish with a fruity aftertaste. Easy drinker, light with medium-low carbonation.

This is a nice change of pace for a Trillium sour. More delicate and balanced than others.

Westbrook Mexican Cake

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“Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Here’s to many more!”

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Westbrook oversize snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black, opaque inky body with a deep brown 2 finger head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of brown retention, very little lacing but the color of the head and body are magnificent and deep in color.

Allowed it to warm up for ~30 minutes, as this is when the aromas started coming through. Big milk chocolate and vanilla, some cinnamon and a hint of peppers in the background, nice roastyness on the nose as well.

On the tongue is rich milk chocolate (chocolate cake almost!), coffee-like roasty notes, vanilla and caramel, followed by a toasted malt, charred character that lingers on the tongue for a while. The aftertaste has a little peppery bite to it, but it’s subtle and adds a nice dimension. The mouthfeel is awesome, heavy, rich body with low carbonation, just how an imperial stout should feel.

Overall I’m very impressed, and I almost feel as this is underrated. I know it’s hyped, but the hype is worth it and in my opinion it tops the other popular mexican style stouts (huna, abraxas)