Black Ale | Perrin Brewery

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Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Schmuckles on 12-24-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 54
Photo of mooseisloose
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a sixer of this, the ABV on the cans is 5.8%, canned on 7/7/26, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of earthy hops. Pours to a very black opaqueness with a slightly tan head. On the taste this brew is basic and balanced. Slightly roasted malts and earthy hops. Nothing spectacular but not the dramatic "drain pour" like the previous beer snob's review. Easy drinking and not overly complex.

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Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an undated can into a glass. Liquid is very dark brown with lighter brown highlights. A one-finger tan head rises then falls before long, leaving behind a ring around the edge of the glass that provides almost no sheeting.

Aroma is sweet and slightly medicinal with toasty caramel notes.

Flavor is overly sweet. Caramel malts with a touch of smoke segue into a light cherry cough syrup finish. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a little thick.

I really wish breweries would put best-by or canned-on dates on their product. Who knows if this is just a sub-par beer or a year-old one? Drain pour.

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Photo of EvTocz
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark pour with just the right amount of froth. Based on appearance it could easily be mistaken for a porter. Smooth taste. Just a hint of chocolate and coffee with a little bit hops. Pleasant after taste. Not too filling. A very nice ale.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown pour with a pillowy head to start. Soon after it will recede to a wispy top. Aromas already a foot away from the pour. Raw sugar, coffee/black tea and sweet cream. Taste is more like black tea. Dark cocoa bar. Lighter bodied. Dry finish, cocoa dust bitter finish which I find thirst quenching. This was brought over to me from a friend visiting from Michigan. Never noticed it was a black ale. I thought this was a porter-oh well. Nonetheless it is a good brew. Nice break from a summer overload of IPAs. Would get again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours root beer colored with a fizzy tan head that fritters away;dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Toasted brown bread and tea, with a dusting of chocolate

Taste: Toasted brown bread forward, with earthy, tea-like tones developing; hint of chocolate in the middle; clean, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant black ale, more like an over-roasted brown ale than anything else

Thanks, RoguePT, for the opportunity

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i understand the need to open new markets with the core beers, thats basic common sense from a business standpoint, but here in colorado, there is plenty of good local beer that has the basic styles covered. this is a great black ale, but its recent introduction to the colorado market has absolutely no real relevance. i guess if you work real hard you can come in where new belgium 1554 has run its course, but a basic beer like this doesnt turn many heads. it seems like perrin has started with the fundamentals here in colorado. this is solid, lighter than it looks in terms of drinkability, some real malt depth and layering from the darker grains, bitter and dry, with both ashy roast and dark chocolate in accessible proportion. its real light in body though, so it goes down like nothing. this to me seems like a nice fall beer, mid october kind of drink, but i guess because of its traditional nature it has four season utility. carbonated well, smooth in the feel, and not as bland as a lot of these, but they will need to send some of their headier beers down here to stay relevant in this market...

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Photo of a_ryan
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color is slightly deceptive as it's quite dark but a fairly mild ale in taste with good body. It has hints of a nut brown taste. Fantastic beer. Good balance, nice cascade of flavors and the linger is brief and pleasant. I would drink this beer again happily.

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Black Ale from Perrin Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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