Lil' Griz
Perrin Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #50
Ranked #7,448
4.02 | pDev: 8.71%
Perrin Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: "Wow, that clean shaven guy looks super manly," said no one ever. This Brown Ale salutes a failed attempt to grow a brewer's beard. Lil' Griz is well manicured and will tickle you if you get too close. Aged in Van Winkle Family Reserve bourbon barrels this ale shines with a malt forward front, a chocolate-y and creamy middle, with a smooth and dissipating high class whiskey finish. Cheers to Justin, the glue that holds our brewery together!

33 IBU
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Lahey from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 6.8 abv barrel aged brown. It has the flavors of bourbon aged brown beers, but without the overbearing sweetness and cloying thickness. Very enjoyable for a warm day when you still want a tasty bba beer.

Jul 16, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Deep amber body. Smells of bourbon, a little chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, a touch of citrus, caramel malt. Vanilla. Not a sweet beer, but had all the flavors of a sweet beer. Medium body. This is surprisingly good. I was skeptical when I read this on the menu, but it’s impressive.

Jul 01, 2017
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: the head is spritzy and light tan with large bubbles, which fade quickly. The appearance somewhat reminds me of Coke. The beer is a beautiful chestnut color that is wonderfully bright. When held to the light, orange-copper hues come out.

Aroma: dry, nutty with light oak. All the necessary elements are there but it isn’t “wow” – somewhat boring actually.

Flavor: my first impression is dry. The flavor reminds me of a Christmas bourbon cake – but on the lighter side. The flavors taste artificial, though. Not bad, but this “off” flavor definitely compromises what this beer could be. There is a slight hint of vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: light-medium medium. I don’t like the body, but given the quasi-style of this beer, I think it is spot on.

Overall: not bad, not great, but worth trying. I love Perrin’s concept of a session BA beer. If Perrin produces different iterations of this style, I will try them.

Apr 14, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Seidel. Canned on July 21st 2016?

L: Clear ruby brown, thin beige head that fades into a ring. Pretty color but the head is a bit disappointing.

S: Rich malts, brown sugar and some bourbon.

T: Follows the nose, not too complex. Simple yet elegant. A good brew.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. Bourbon lingers slightly. But not overpowering.

O: Another great brew by Perrin. Not their best though.

Apr 03, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to strohme2 for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, roasty. The taste is malty, roasty, kinda nutty. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this one is a little bit lost on me. its always interesting to see such a low alcohol beer barrel aged. i expected the balance to be off because of it, like way too much whiskey and wood, and not enough beer, but that just isnt the case, and the relationship there is fine. what is weird though, is that this appears no more special for having been aged in pappy barrels. it could be any random bourbon to be honest, and not that i am a great connoisseur or anything, but pappy barrels dont seem to make beer special to me. most of them ive had now could arguably be any whiskey, and that is most true here, were an exceedingly generic whiskey flavor dominates, without any hint of its quality or nuance in its taste, that kind of bums me out for how darn hyped these whiskeys are. the base brown is light and simple, soft tootsie roll kind of chocolate, dried fruit, and an essentially flavorless ale yeast that gets this on the drier side of browns. the flavors are all good, its just sort of subtle and generic and even unremarkable for how special it sounds like it is to the brewery, and how limited the barrels obviously are. good, but not anything i couldnt live without having again, which is how i have felt about most of the perrin stuff so far...

Mar 12, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark blondish pour from the can yields a very nice mahogany-dark brown color. The head is very frothy and creamy, 1 finger tall, and leaves tons of ghostly lace. It's great.

Aroma yields a spicy roast malt base with notes of peppery coffee, toffee and chocolate.

Flavor leaves room for improvement though. Roast malt mixes with coffee and honey notes, followed by sour milk, throat lozenge, oats, moldy oak, and faint toffee. At the end I'm left with all of that rolled into a throat lozenge. If it weren't for this sole quality, it may be much better overall. I just hate being sick and this reminds me of that.

Feel is medium bodied, better than the last barrel aged brown I just had, with a moderate carbonation and an alcoholic, dry finish.

Overall, Lil Griz needs some work to meet my personal expectations. It's not bad, but it's not particularly good either.

Feb 15, 2017
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very fun. It delivers everything it promises. Definitely a young Unmatured whiskey flavor but mesh is very cohesively with the bass beer. Really nice mouthfeel.

Dec 12, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in snifter

This beer pours a deep shade of brown with blood orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is cocoa, caramel and vanilla.

The taste begins with cocoa and hints of caramel and vanilla. Then I get some earthy, dry oak flavor.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low carbonation

This was a pretty good beer. According to the label it is a sessionable barrel aged beer. I cringe any time I see "session" beers. All that means is that they have less flavor. I liked it even though the bourbon barrel character was muted. I think it would have been amazing if it wasn't held back by being "sessionable".

Dec 02, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beige head. Brown color.

This one has a big bourbon and oak flavor with a light body. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and chocolate flavors.

Lots of oak due to a medium body, but it is enjoyable. Just don't expect something big.

Nov 01, 2016
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a beer glass, pours a cola color with little to no foam head to speak of.

Smells of soft roasted malts with a slightly bitter edge.

Tastes like a roasted malt ale with slight vanilla tones and a bite that tells of bourbon barrels.

Very smooth with low carbonation, almost water like presence. Thin.

Overall, not bad for a brown ale.

Sep 17, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a nice clear brown appearance
Aromas are bourbon and sweet caramel malt.
Tastes are pretty much the same with a lingering sweetness being quite prominent.
The palate is medium with some bourbon lasting.
Overall a nice "session" barrel aged brown.

Sep 04, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in NBS BIF #3 from @superspak
12 oz bottle hidden in the back of the reefer at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – roasted malt, dates, chocolate. The roasted malt lasts, the rest fade away.
Head – large (Maximum 4.3 cm, semi-aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to a four mm ring and thin layer
Lacing – poor. Rare island of tiny bubbles.
Body - very deep mahogany, clear
Flavor begins very slightly bitter (!). The roasted malt from the nose is ephemeral at best, but the dates and slightly bitter chocolate ease their way into your taste buds. The only hint of the bourbon barrel comes in the smoothness of the flavor blend. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A definite improvement on the brown ale style.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Aug 16, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark brown in color. No head. Extremely flat looking, I'm not sure I've even seen a bubble yet.

It's aroma is malty, sweet, caramel notes.

It's flavor has more of the caramel notes, but with a mild metallic tin can flavor. Not a very smooth, sexy beer. The opposite of whatever that is. I don't pick up anything from a bourbon barrel, not even close.

Thin, and not very good at all.

Aug 13, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pretty decent little BB beer here. I didn't find the bourbon barrels to be very present, but they gave it a little something extra, and it certainly was easy to drink, so they achieved the sessionable target they were aiming for. For me, I like my barrel aged beers with a little more body, but all in all this is very good and worth trying at a very reasonable price.

Aug 03, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter, recent release.

Pours a dark amber, mostly clear, with a small, quickly dissipating head. some lacing. Smell is malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, light bourbon- more as it warms, toffee, light chocolate. The taste also leads with the malt and vanilla, then caramel, raisins, oak, light bourbon, a nutty flavor. A little bready, overall taste similar to a light Doppelbock. Some hop bitterness. Smooth, good body, appropriate level of carbonation.

Good and interesting flavor and aroma. The barrels are integral, but subtle. Very enjoyable. Good price point and worth a purchase.

Jul 26, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a thin darker brown. Pretty clear in body. Nice off white colored head with tight bubbles, moderate lacing on the glass. Typical brown ale aroma. Hints of leather and oak, with a subtle nuttiness. Not much bourbon detected. Taste is similar, nutty, oak, caramel, roasted malts and a little hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with a considerable amount of carbonation.

Jun 25, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color. Aroma is a little booze, caramel, vanilla and some roasted malts. Flavor is caramel and roasted malts. You get some bourbon and a bit of sharpness from the oak. Has some vanilla in a smooth finish but the mouth feel is a little thin. Overall a very solid brew.

May 13, 2016
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SHDoyle from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - A rich, brown color with maybe a hint of ruby and little to no head/lacing.

S - Bourbon and oak come through on the nose but not overwhelmingly so. Some vanilla or creamy smell is also apparent.

T - Like the smell, bourbon and oak are the most prominent flavors. There's some bitterness as well that kind of tastes like coffee but it's pretty weak. Overall, the flavors were a bit muted.

M - Velvety and heavy, almost like a stout or a quad. This was probably the highlight of this beer

O - Meh. Not bad but not really special either. If the bourbon had been more pronounced it would have been better.

Feb 28, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, that was in fact better colder than room temperature. A bit of cherry and wine when cold. Some bourbon odour, just wood and alcohol and water.

Feb 19, 2016
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice flavor of bourbon barrel. Easy drinking, smooth finish. Not a complex brown but the barrel notes make it stand out. Overall well balanced and enjoyable. I would get again but maybe for a better price.

Jan 14, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer as part of a flight at Perrin Brewery. Didn't know what to expect, but it was really delicious! It was also a bit heavier than I was expecting. Very good overall.

Dec 23, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a nice fizzy creamy smaller head fades semi slowly, clear auburn mahogany brown color.

Nose mild bourbon, candy caramel, vanilla oak, little maple like sweetness, syrupy malt, little raisiny note, bourbon disappears quickly.

Taste is a little thin, syrupy like caramel malts, caramel thick sugary almost maple like brown sugar, mild bourbon notes, little vanilla oak also light, mild bitterness, little milky, maple cream, etc. Finish is drier but sticky syrupy, little maple candy brown sugar.

Mouth is med bod, a bit thin, lighter carb.

Dec 16, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a sessionable BB brown as advertised. At first I thought there were some off (not quite infected) flavors from the barrel but they seemed to go away as the beer warmed. Not bad; but not something I'd seek out again either. I suppose if this was Michigan's version of Rocky's Revenge (available in most WI bars) I'd probably drink it on a regular basis when I was at bars with less exciting taplists.

Nov 16, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear mahogany hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of super light bourbon notes, light toasty brown ale, very faint caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, subtle bourbon notes, light brown ale. The very light toasty brown notes with a little malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit smooth.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming, but, to be expected as this was supposed to be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 03, 2015
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