Catching me by surprise, the latest Trillium collaboration brew was released with little fanfare on what was otherwise looking to be a pretty slow Tuesday at the brewery. Upon reading the beer’s description, there was no way I was going to pass this one up and eagerly paid them a visit during my lunch break.
Beer Name: Affogato
Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston/Canton, MA) and J Wakefield Brewing (Miami, FL)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: To briefly recap the official description, this imperial stout was inspired by the dessert drink with which it shares a name and Vietnamese iced coffee. Brewed with coffee beans, vanilla, and lactose, it by all accounts sounded like a sweet treat in a bottle. Cost was $16.05 per bomber.
Appearance: Black body topped off by a thick layer of dark tan foam.
Smell: Sweet cream and chocolate on top of a deep layer of rich coffee.
Taste: Not quite sure where to start as this beer had a lot of great things going on. Upfront it was on the sweeter side, featuring condensed milk and dark chocolate before transitioning towards lightly bitter cold brew coffee. The finish added espresso to the mix and maintained the opening sweetness. The vanilla addition was very subtle and only made an appearance once the beer had sat in the glass for a few minutes, which was just fine in my book. There was a nice bit of heat on the very end as well, but nothing that would give any indication that this beer was over 13%.
Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy full body with very little carbonation.
Hype: Not as much as one might expect for a Trillium special release. There wasn’t any advance notice about this before the breweries opened and I was able to get in and out of the Fort Point location in a matter of minutes during my lunch break.
Overall: Fantastic, the brewers did an excellent job with this. Not only did they nail what they were going for, they also made a beer that was absolutely delicious. For all the hype and attention Trillium gets for their hoppy brews, they make can make a mean stout as well and this was probably my favorite from them. My lone regret here is that I only picked up one bottle. Definitely going back for more if possible, and I’m also going to keep an eye out for J Wakefield Brewing next time I’m in Florida. Impressive all around.