Posted 3 months ago | Beer, Reviews

Trinity Brewing Chilly Water


I picked up this wax-sealed bottle of Trinity’s Chilly Waters much earlier this year and held on to it for a month or so before opening. That short time in my cellar didn’t have any affect on this beer by any means, but this 8.5% ABV porter tastes fairly old. There’s a twinge of age to the nose and flavor that could be from the barrel aging process — an influence that imparts a subdued flavor on the base porter.

A whisper of woodiness and distant bourbon lingers at the edges of cocoa, a soft roast and Baltic porter twanginess. It’s not that dynamic of a beer in terms of flavor, but it still offers an interesting profile. Perhaps I was expecting some more bourbon’y oomph or stronger influence in that regard. I suppose the wax-seal presentation sort of sets certain expectations that this porter didn’t quite meet.

Chilly Waters isn’t a bad beer by any means. You can tell a good deal of work went into making it. It’s just a shame that the bourbon doesn’t impart more of a presence with the brew’s dark depths. The unknown age of the beer could have affected this part of the experience, as well, as flavors fade over time.


Chilly Water pours an opaque black in color with a cap of rocky, brown foam that fell swiftly to full surface covering.

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