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The slow but steady return of spring-like weather has made me more willing to go for lunchtime walks at work again.  In need of a destination, I decided to take a peak at what Trillium had to offer last Friday and pretty quickly made up my mind as to where I was going.

Beer Name: Black Mettle

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, MA/Canton, MA)

Style: Black Double IPA

ABV: 8.4%

Description: A darker, roastier variant of the brewery’s popular Mettle double IPA.  You can read up on the full story and brewing specs here on Trillium’s website.  Price point was $20.20 a four-pack (or $5.05 per individual can).

Appearance: Thick black body topped by a foamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet upfront, with citrus notes eventually backed by pine resin and roasted malt.

Taste: Started out slightly creamy with notes of bittersweet dark chocolate that gradually blended into a more citrusy sweetness highlighted by notes of grapefruit.  From there it transitioned towards roasted malts and coffee and brought on a moderate bitterness of pine resin and floral hops. The finish was quite dry and nicely blended all the different flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super dry finish with moderate carbonation

Hype: Perhaps a bit elevated as all things Trillium tend to be, but despite being a new addition this wasn’t a beer that had people lining up down the street.

Overall: An absolutely delicious black IPA with an excellent assortment and blending of flavors.  Definitely check this one out if you’re able.