Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter | Perrin Brewery

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Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial PorterPerrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sophisticated ale was made with cacao nibs, malted milk and French Polynesian vanilla beans and aged for nine months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Malt Ball recently won a silver medal at the second largest barrel-aged beer festival in the country!

Added by Fcolle2 on 11-26-2013

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2.25/5  rDev -47.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.13/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.54/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz into Benchmark brewing Seidel Mug. No date.

L: Deep dark brown, some light does indeed make it through. Little to no head so retention is already poor. A decent ring sticks around.

S: You can definitely smells a malted milk ball note here, a lot of the aroma is backed by the bourbony vanilla, The malted milk ball really comes I think from the cacao nibs. The Bourbon and Vanilla bean really hold it in check which is nice.

T: Definitely a massively chocolatey beer. Tons upon tons of Cacao Nib presence. The Bourbon really cuts through with a touch of vanilla along with the vanilla bean. Not super complex but decently tasty.

F: Full bodied, crisp, lingering bourbon and chocolate presence.

O: Pretty solid beer, definitely for Bourbon/Chocolate lovers. I am a huge Perrin fan so knowing my review is the lowest yet makes me feel like I am decently unbiased.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewing from a more recent (and presumably a different recipe). Word on the street is the brewer that created the original left Perrin and took his recipe with him.
22 ounce bottle poured into tulip. Pours a deep chestnut brown with tan 1 finger head. Leaves very minimal lacing on the glass. Dusty chocolate, vanilla, oak and sweet bourbon on the nose. The smell is incredible. Rich chocolate, smooth vanilla, nutty, caramel and oak and great bourbon barrel notes. Unfortunately, does not taste like a malted milk ball. Big, boozy alcohol heat at the finish, especially as it warms. The mouthfeel lacks here, especially from the original beer. For an "imperial porter" I expect a big, chewy body. Feel is disappointingly thin. Overall, this beer had all the potential to be just as awesome as the original but it just falls comparatively flat.

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3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tan with a quick, fizzy head that left no lacing.

The smell is sweet like a milk stout with vanilla and bourbon.

The taste is also very sweet with lots of chocolate and vanilla. The barrel is subtle but present.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and slightly effervescent.

Overall a nice beer, very sweet, but it does taste like a malted milk ball.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rkitchen for this 22 oz. bottle, which I wanted to try based on the description alone. Barrel aged Kit Kat beer next? Please? Split with my wife.

The pour is dark. Like a porter. The nose is much milder than expected: mild vanilla, gentle chocolate, generic sweetness. Let’s kick this up when I put it in my mouth, OK?

Malted Milk Ball – if the candy tasted this good, I’d set up a malted milk ball line in my basement. Ribald cocoa bursts forth at high speed, coating the palate & suffusing everything it touches. Rich vanilla wraps long legs around the cocoa before the barrel arrives, providing a jab of booziness, stolid bourbon, & lip-drying wood. Caramel & big brown sugar sweetness wrap up the package. Rich. Oh so drinkable. Sweet enough to make my lovely dental hygienist cringe in horror.

I’ve used the word twice & now three times: supremely rich. Lovely integration of the chocolate & the barrel, & one more success from Perrin. Excellent brew.

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Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter from Perrin Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 124 ratings