No Rules | Perrin Brewery

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Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This 15% Imperial Porter was made with coconut and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months. With a classic film reference weaved into the label art, we hope you enjoy this product as much as we did making it. A generous donation will be made to The Raider Project for each bottle sold to thank them for what they do for our Marine Veterans.

2015 = Green Bowling Ball
2016 = Purple Bowling Ball
2017 = Orange Bowling Ball
2018 = Silver Bowling Ball

Added by Perrin_Brewing on 05-15-2015

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Ratings: 1,304 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet dark and mapley with nice coconut notes

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Photo of Breijakn
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really surprised great taste with such a high ABV

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Photo of drdyel
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in 16oz bomber

Color: Black as the soul
Smell: Delicious. If this beer was a candle, I'd buy a crate of them. Coconut and vanilla
Taste: Coconut, caramel, vanilla. Bourbon flavor is wonderfully subtle. Sweet. Aftertaste is pleasant. Minimal bitterness

Overall: SMOOOOOOOTH and sweet (with a capital S). Not overly boozy. Easy to pound and crush.
A new favorite.

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Photo of Calraven
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lr300
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange Bowling Ball. Poured into a KBS extended tulip.
Syrupy almost-black body that is steadfast in its presence. Mocha brown head starts strong, tapers down and settles into a good routine with a decent layer that clumps and drifts even moreso along the edges. Some intermittent lacing.

Very sweet off the bat and an almost burnt character. Some nutty/roasty coconut husk, but I'm not really getting any of the meat/*coconut* coconut that I was looking for. Fleeting touches of licorice and almost cinnamon (but like... candy cinnomon. Red hots, not actual cinnamon sticks)drift by. Interestingly I don't feel like there's a lot of the classic PORTER flavours jumping out either... mainly the sugar and some woody/nutty husk. I'm actually pretty underwhelmed by the aroma.

Ah, now that's more what I was looking for. Well, first the two things that jump out right off the bat are that it is very sweet and there's a lot of alcohol. This is definitely 15%. Moving beyond these broad strokes, we focus in and find sweet candied coconut (think mounds bar) with creamy cocoa. Blends into bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel and just a faint hint of mash before committing again to its sugary beginnings.
Finish carries the sugar sweetness but leaves the coconut primarily on the back burner, leaving hints of creamy chocolate and a little bit of coffee and maaaybe char just peeking in at the edges. Final note brings back some of the bourbon mash.

Sticky and coating the mouth with chocolate this has a medium body that is smoothe as silk. Finely effervescent, and even though it tastes big (because it is), it's not harsh and folds in with the rest of the flavours, so while you can tell you're getting walloped, it doesn't taste HOT.

This one was very very high on my radar, so much gratitude extends to @FlintB for sending this along as part of NBS BIF#007. Thanks Brian for spreading the bounty of your home state!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcgabb6
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, some lacing left behind

S- big malty nose with caramel & toffee leading the way, along with lots of dark fruity aromas of raisin & fig. Undertones of coconut and brown sugar are definitely noticeable. Not picking up much barrel aroma except some earthy wood

T- huge malty sweetness up front follows the nose, with caramel and sticky toffee leading the way, immediately followed by raisin, fig, date & black cherry. Mid-palate brings out notes of brown sugar, coconut flakes, molasses & caramel candy. The finish adds some light bourbon notes, with oak and vanilla accents, lingers of black cherry

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, warming finish

O- a massive beer with all of the adjuncts still coming through. It's impressive that it keeps the sweetness manageable as well, given the abv

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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition, had 1/6/18.

Pours dark, opaque, with no real head and some spotty lacing. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, some coconut, light toffee. A light sweet aroma. Smells great. The taste is less roasted malt than the nose, also lighter bourbon, coconut, coffee, chocolate, some oak, light caramel, a solid sweet note. Tastes pretty great, too. Really smooth for the very high ABV, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Great blend of flavors and aromas, the Turbinado sugar and coconut star. Lighter bourbon than I recall from 2016, but only had a taste of that one. This is one you want to try annually, if you get the chance.

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Photo of bmrattay
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bicknurke
2.2/5  rDev -51%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of bubseymour
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BergBeer
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark cola brown with a thin line around the rim of a head. No activity.

Smell: Heavy and cloying on the nose. Sweet. Let’s of dark chocolate, coconut, bourbon, alcohol, a hint of cinnamon, condensed milk, and more chocolate.

Taste: Much like the nose. Heavy on the palate. Milk chocolate, dates, honey, cola, coconut, a kiss of cinnamon, big smooth bourbon, and a big if smooth alcohol.

Feel: Oily and massive on the palate. One of the biggest beers I have ever had. High alcohol. Very sweet.

Overall: An absolutely ridiculous beer. Something akin to a port. Fun and decadent. Not something I could drink more then once a year.

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Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers that, upon first sip, totally stopped me in my tracks and had me lean back in the couch and just say - "wow." Delicious beer. Simply delicious.

Not sure of the bottling variations or release date but this Vietnamese Coffee version was picked up in Ohio during Thanksgiving, stored appropriately since and enjoyed three months later. I'm never too concerned with some age on coffee beers as most hit me as being a little to acidic.

Coal-black pour with a thin head that fades quickly to fait wisps of brown bubbles. On par with the normal look of the style.

Aroma seems to have some Turkish coffee or even cardamom going on mixed in the with roasted malt, toasted oak, flaked coconut, semi-sweet chocolate morsels and booze. Let me say this - for a 15% ABV beer the booze is very manageable.

Taste is outrageously good - semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark dark dark ground coffee grounds, kiss of Raisonette and Milk Dud, roasted grains, and bourbon oak. Like a bourbon-dipped, boozy coffee fudge brownie with flaked fucking coconut. Somehow not cloying at all.

Thick, viscous, heavy on the palate - it's a substantial beer that takes up all the space in your mouth but that's not a bad thing. Finishes way too fast. Perfectly balanced lingering sweetness cut by a touch of coffee bitterness. World class.

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Photo of Maillard
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black, leaking to dark mahogany on the edges, and a tan head. HUUUUGE barrel notes up front, then oak and coconut aromas follow.

The barrel is prominent on the taste, but the oak and coconut mellow it a bit. The star of the show, though, is the turbinado sugar, which adds sweetness (duh) to the beer, but also depth and balance that really elevates this.

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