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Black Goat | Perrin Brewery

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Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took the recipe for our Black Lager and doubled the ingredients, put it in stainless for two weeks and laid it down in bourbon Barrels. Six months later the magic happened and the goat was birthed. Black Goat is a Double Black Lager; sure to please the harshest of critics. Caution: this billy kicks!

Added by StoutHunter on 12-12-2013

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a tough one to score. First, because it is bourbon barrel aged. Second, because it is listed as a Schwarzbier and on the label it is is "Double Black Lager". So does that make it a Doppelbock? I mean, there is a goat on the label... I ask because it drinks more like a doppel than a schwarz to me.

Poured a medium bodied light black with a slightly fizzy tan head from the bomber. Pretty solid on the carbination. There is a lot of sweet maltiness. Dark bread and dark fruits. There is a little bit of chocolate, but I dont get that dry, roasted flavor like a Schwarz. More of the carmalized brown sugar/molasses. There are distinct bourbon notes in the aroma and flavor. Vanilla and oak with a touch of alcohol. Forward, but not overbearing. Fairly heavy bodied, especially for a barrel aged beer. Again, less Schwarz and more of a semi creamy/silky Doppel to me.

I was worried about whether this style would support the barrel aging character, but it did. It is a nice compliment. Doesn't drink too much like a Schwarz at the end of the day. It does drink like a tasty beer though.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MuFugga
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lajantz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Had this on tap last night at Perrin, was very good. Really wanted to try the malted milk stout but it ran out earlier in the week.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber with no date from a recent trip to Michigan. I believe it's not more than 2-3 months past release and not concerned given the style. I'll pour this in my pilsner glass for the taste drive!

Look- Pours a thin but oily black leaving a beautiful looking two fingers of mocha colored foam.

Smell- Dark roast, chocolate and a hint of molasses.

Taste- Bakers chocolate, dark bread, tobacco and wood. A very slight hint of pine hidden in the back.

Feel- Oily with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall- This is probably my first Double Black Lager aged in bourbon barrels. A very interesting beer that borders a stout and porter with a very slight hint of a black IPA. Nice notes of chocolate and roast but lacking in barrel except for the wood flavor. The lack of bourbon aside, I rather enjoyed it and wish I had bought another.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber. No date.

Look is black and thin body with small beige head.

Smell is dark fruits, vanilla and maybe some cocoa. It's not obviously bourbon, but the oaky notes show up as it warms. Subtle but inviting.

Taste is chocolate, vanilla and then the fruits and finally bourbon. Bourbon shows up with some booziness, but it's very mild. Bitterness arriving late but strong.

Feel is rather light, but ya strongly carbonated and has a sharp bitter profile. It's an interesting feel, kind of dry but with a little stickiness too. Stays on the tongue longer than expected.

Overall, this is the first bourbon barrel schwarzbier I've had so I can't make a comparison, but I think it's well crafted and does good things with balance, flavor and drink ability. I personally like some more body, but this isn't a stout so m not going to be too harsh there.

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Photo of HardyA
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours near black and opaque, small head with some lacing. Smell is malt, bourbon, some chocolate and cocoa, some vanilla, coffee, a little bread. Taste leads with the malt, bourbon, chocolate, some oak, light caramel and molasses, vanilla, light coffee. Has a good feel to it, smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

Good effort on this, well blended between the bourbon barrel and malt. Good price point, certainly worth a purchase.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pretty much pitch black.
Aromas are vanilla bean, dark chocolate, dark fruit and oaky bourbon.
Tastes are pretty similar with similar with the dark fruit and bourbon really coming through.
The palate is medium plus with a nice lingering soapy finish. Some bourbon heat lingers as well.
Overall this is a really nice bourbon aged lager.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of a flight at Perrin Brewery. Nice and thick, felt like a good stout. On the sweeter side. Definitely has a chocolate mocha taste to it. Very good overall.

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Photo of Supergenious
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayes86
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Upfront the flavor is chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The backend has some light coffee and roasted malts that add a nice balance.

M - Medium balanced with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This was a nice suprise. The flavors are very well balanced. Very drinkable at 8.5%.

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Black Goat from Perrin Brewery
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