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Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter | Perrin Brewery

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Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial PorterPerrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter
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103 Ratings
Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial PorterPerrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States
perrinbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
103
pDev:
10.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, toffee, cream, fudge, marshmallow, coconut, bourbon, and toasted oak; with light notes of molasses, smoke, char, coffee, mint, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast malts, lactose, vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, toffee, cream, fudge, marshmallow, coconut, bourbon, and toasted oak; with light notes of molasses, smoke, char, coffee, mint, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, toffee, cream, fudge, marshmallow, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, light molasses/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast malts, lactose, vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Mild carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast malts, lactose, vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. For 9 months in the barrel it's not huge on bourbon, but definitely adequate. Never overly sweet or heavy, but definitely rich on flavors as expected for a dessert style beer. A really enjoyable offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. howler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. A little transparent at the edges. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of whiskey. Tons of vanilla. Nutty malts. Milk chocolate. Definitely has a malt ball aroma.

Taste - Woody as hell. Whiskey permeates. Vanilla is very strong. Malt flavor has a chocolate flavor. Nutty caramel malt in the finish. Less of the malt ball flavor, though.

Mouthfeel - Sharp whiskey. Medium body. Could be chewier.

Overall - Surprisingly good. Good beer, barrel, and adjuncts.

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3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter from Perrin Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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