Unfinished Business
Perrin Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,804
ABV:
13.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,873
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.48%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
122
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Perrin Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Photo of Bshaw22
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like coke
Very little head that is gone in a moments notice.
Smell is char and malts.
Flavor follows. Super thin mouthfeel and has more of a Coca Cola carbonation level. Ok beer wouldn’t spend a lot or seek it out.
Alc level is hidden well at 13%

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black in color an impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the majority of the top. There's not a lot of aroma here, but I'm getting plenty of dark roasted barley. I'm tasting some subdued dark roasted barley and some subdued bourbon. The mouth is boozy and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of Junior
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the bottle date, but was purchased in the fall of 2016. Poured into a snifter on 6/16/2018.

L - Dark brown, almost black with a lingering, thick, foamy mocha head.
S - Roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a hint of whiskey.
T - Sweet roasted malt and chocolate.
F - Full bodied and carbonated with some alcohol heat on the finish.
O - Very well balanced. A very good beer from Perrin. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a long-lasting tan head that's slightly fizzy with decent lacing.

The smell is dark malt and whiskey with dark chocolate at the end.

The taste is very sweet with a lot of dark malts and some char. There is a bunch of chocolate on the end. There is an alcohol presence throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium/thick body.

Overall a good beer with a bit unusual blend of flavors. The more it warms, the more I like it.

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 3/4/17.

Pours a deep cola color, somewhat opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, light roast malts, toffee, vanilla, licorice, caramel, some coconut, light bourbon and oak. The taste leads more with the malt, then chocolate, cocoa, caramel, bourbon, some oak, lighter vanilla and licorice than the nose, light tobacco, some alcohol. Smooth, a good but lighter body for the style, well carbonated.

Great flavors and aromas, really good flavor from the barrels, has a different mouthfeel. Maybe from the rice? Very enjoyable. It’s at a great price point, so it’s well worth a purchase.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointed with this one. Despite the cool label, the high alcohol and the barrel treatment, Unfinished Business is a letdown. It's got very little bourbon presence and the flavor is dull.

I drain-poured it after one glass. Also, what the heck is "single malt bourbon"? Isn't this a term applied to Scotch whiskey? Maybe they meant "single barrel". Overall, a waste of a beer with an awesome label.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark Brown to black in color with some carbonation. Has a thin, off-white, tan head collecting on sides.
S- Black licorice with sweet malt. Barrel hints are present.
T- Great baking chocolate malt taste that fades wonderfully to the barrel aging bourbon presence. Nice black licorice bite in the end. The bourbon is extremely tasty. Vanilla notes as well.
F- Mouthfeel is thinner with a great bourbon burn in the finish.
O- A very nice BA stout. Not in the top rung, but better than most.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish the beer was as awesome as the packaging. Pretty easy drinking for such a high ABV, but overall just average, not overly complex or impressive

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 14.30 (Including tax)/bomber ($0.65/oz) at Meijer, Wyoming, MI. Recycled $ 25.80 in cans so the two bottles cost $ 2.80.
Undated bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – very little and undistinguished, fades. At least it isn’t offensive.
Head average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular one to four mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – poor but typical for a BBA impy stout.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Initially, a little non-specific sweetness and a hint of malt. As the glass warms past 60 degrees, the bourbon and the alcohol begin to appear. When allowed to warm on my tongue, the bourbon asserts itself as does the alcohol to the point of being obnoxious.
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation.

To my taste, this is not a very good BBA stout. The only flavors eventually detectable are those of the bourbon barrel and the alcohol. This would be one and done but, unfortunately, I bought two. I see the second being an extra in a future trade. But since it only really cost $ 1.40 …

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 22 oz. bottle. Poured into stout glass. It pours nearly black with some dark cola hues when held to the light, with a thick, khaki-colored head and lacing that dissipated slowly. It smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, oak, nuts, and hints of caramel and black cherry. The bourbon is well hidden in the aroma. The first thing I taste is coffee and char. But there's also some nice cocoa, molasses, tobacco, and dark fruit. The bourbon hits at the back end and it's pretty hot. You can feel this is 13+% ABV. It's almost like drinking two distinct stouts. It is medium in body and moderate in carbonation. It's fairly creamy but not as viscous as, say Ten Fidy or FIS. Overall, this stout is definitely a sipper and it's not for the fainthearted. I like high gravity, high ABV stouts and enjoyed this one. My one constructive criticism is that the bourbon isn't as well blended in the overall taste as in some of Unfinished Business's more famous competitors. It pops up hot at the end.

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

Large shared bottle.
Black-brown body with a thin but durable head.
Excellent use of bourbon barrel aging; the effects enhance more than dominate the dark roasted grains of the base stout.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled fall 2016; drank 4/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Fresh earth, cream, mild raspberry & faint soda water notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, bourbon heat & mild cream flavors up front; dark chocolate, faint raspberry & soda water bite on the finish.

Harsh & not very pleasant; it's bold & drinkable but not one I'll have again.

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Photo of Slack
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown and clear with a solid ring of carb and lacing.

Nose is muted bourbon and booze, and an earthy note.

Taste is mild bourbon, mild molasses, sugar, mild oak, malt, and booze.

Mouthful is medium a d a touch thin. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

A decent beer but nothing remarkable. Drinkable and balanced. Very much enjoyable. Hard to recommend considering the availability of better stouts.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a a one finger tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar.

T - The taste is sweet malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and bourbon. The finish has a light alcohol heat.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a solid BBA stout. The flavors are on the sweet side but the alcohol is well hidden at 13.1% ABV.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours lighter and thinner than your typical high abv stout. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, vanilla, and slight barrel on the nose. Drinks hot and sweet.....but the flavor really comes through as it warms. Pick up notes of molasses, soy sauce and chocolate. Get a weird lingering bitterness from the hop profile, which is not typical for a BA stout. Body is on the lighter side for the category with moderate carbonation. A thicker feel would have balanced some of the sugar and alcohol burn. Overall, a decent BA stout, but not worth chasing.

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Photo of gibgink
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical black, with minimal head. Every so slight barrel note. Fairly non-descript taste, pretty blah in my opinion, with a hint of barrel as a redeeming quality. I will give it big points on the finish though, as there is not one hint whatsoever that this is 13%. I did a double take and grabbed to bottle to double check when I was told.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 650ml bottle. no bottled on date. Think it was purchased in mid-2017 but could have been earlier. Ha been stored primarily in a fridge. Served in hotel room tumbler at Bay Harbor Inn. Dark, dark brown, completely opaque. One finger tan head. Leaves a nice ring with decent lacing. Attractive.

Nose: caramel, turbanado or other sugar or maybe the vanilla imparting plenty of sweetness. bourbon and chocolate. Lots going on and just pungent enough.

Taste: burnt toast, sweet vanilla, sugar, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruits. Extremely well balanced sweet and bitter. Not cloying at all. Plenty of malt backbone and, as suggested on the label, very smooth. No rough edges.

Mouthfeel: even though an old bottle and high ABV, this has decent, moderate carbonation. Tingles the tongue just a bit. Not syrupy but coats the tongue bit with a relatively clean finish.

Overall: aging may have helped his relative to my first impression. I really like it and would heartily recommend trying. There are plenty of good, big RIAs but this is complex, well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of jp32
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty beer here. First thing I noticed, it's pretty hot, in a good way. Pours a dark brown color, but this beer looks and feels considerably thinner than many of the barrel aged stouts that I'm used to. Sweet, sticky malts with lots of brown sugar, some bourbon, cola, and vanilla. It's tasty, it's boozy (at least when fresh), and it drinks real nice. Thin for a stout, but real tasty.

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Photo of prior2two
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Nice BA Stout. Not gonna light the world on fire, but very enjoyable, and I feel like the nailed what they were going for. Pours jet black, nice aroma, and nice bitter flavor that ogoes well with the base malt.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, wheat, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, tobacco, coconut, licorice, molasses, raisins, and roast/toasted earthiness. Some increasing booziness in the aromas as it warms. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, wheat, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, tobacco, coconut, licorice, molasses, raisins, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, wheat, dark bread, light smoke/tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tannic oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/tannic/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is decently well hidden; moderate warmth and some barrel booziness lingering after the finish, but not overwhelming. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on, despite the warmth and booziness. This was a lot less roasty than I expected, resulting in a much more intense barrel presence; but still had great malt complexity. I look forward to aging this and revisiting. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is a brownish black color with some ruby highlights. Not much head with a pretty strong pour.

Smells fairly boozy. Whisky, tobacco, chocolate, and some oats like malt.

A lot of barrel presence, and it is pretty hot. Especially at a colder temp. Really need to let it warm up quite a bit. There are also strong tobacco flavors, some chocolate, flaked oats, and oak.

Body is a little thin for me. I think if the alcohol was dialed back it would solve this problem as well as help the flavors.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout, but you can't appreciate it unless it hits about 60degrees... when you do the chocolate, Roasty notes come out and the barrel becomes present.

The barrel is not the lead here, that's the base beer, and it works great. Tons of chocolate and an overall great flavor. This is very good and should be appreciated as a barrel aged beer where the barrel doesn't take the lead.

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Photo of justinp444
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass it has a black body with a quarter inch beige head of foam. Smell of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, cane sugar, licorice, some cola, and a bit of cinnamon. Flavor is much the same with big bourbon in the front, lots of oak, alcohol, roasted malt, licorice, some light coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a good amount of cola. Mouth feel is full and soda like, moderate to light body and carbonation as well. Not my favorite stout simply because of the feel, it had a great flavor, not overly sweet, very drinkable and complex except for the fizzy soda like carbonation and overly crisp mouthfeel that took away from the experience.

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Photo of streeter
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I think this is better than No Rules. It is not overly sweet which is great. The barrel flavor is amazing and you can tell it is quality bourbon. One of the best BBA stouts I've had as long as you like the bourbon. Super drinkable and really smooth but packs a punch.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got two bottles of this from Zetouna's in Rochester Hills. $14 a pop, can't really go wrong.

Turns out, this just isn't as great as I was hoping it would be -- maybe that's all my fault. Surely it is.

Appearance: This is labeled as a "Japanese Emperor Stout" -- I can say in honesty I have no idea what that means, but this is a nearly perfectly clear ruby black color. This isn't thick and abyss-like, as I assumed it would be given its ABV and style.

Smell/taste/feel: When fridge-temp, it smells and tastes almost petey. As it warms, it gets a bit more depth, but it is still very much bourbon forward -- this truly doesn't taste like a stouts, or even so much a beer, as it does bourbon. That's not all bad, but it's without the depth I had anticipated. That said, this is a beer I would definitely recommend, and I'm curious to see how the second bottle ages -- this beer is hot right now, so it could stand to cellar for a bit, but who knows how (or, really, if) that will help the flavors develop.

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Unfinished Business from Perrin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 122 ratings