Trillium Brewing ‘Pom Pom’ Milk Stout


44115869_966475080203304_7127609433005228032_n“Cold weather and chilly New England wind are best paired with a dark, roasty beer. For our latest addition to our dark beer lineup we wanted to try our hand at a lactose addition.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly black with a ray of light penetrating at the base of the glass. A thumb of head forms which reduced to a halo with little lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Not quite the rich, sweet and milky nose we were anticipating. It kind of strikes us as more of a porter with hints of lactose, nutty malt, toasty malt, dark fruits and earthy truffle. Maybe a touch of mild coffee and vanilla creeping through as it warms. Not a bad aroma by any means it’s just far from we’d expect from a milk stout.

Flavour: Again if we didn’t know any better we’d say it’s more of a porter with a subtle milky accent. Nothing wrong with the flavour profile though it’s got a nice mild roast, nutty malts, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. It has this uncanny resemblance to highly sugar-sweetned home made coffee with that milky lactose note finishing it off.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for a stout, we get that it’s a milk stout but we’d love a bit more weight on the tongue. It’s smooth as silk though and the 6.8% AbV is seriously well hidden.

Overall: Not a bad drop. Definitely wouldn’t stack up against the likes of Treehouse’s Human Condition or H.O.T.S. Some how it does the job though. Not one of Trillium’s finest offerings that’s for sure.