Reserve
Perrin Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #329
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #10,541
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 4.46%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
15
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Perrin Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
91
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Notes: Perrin Brewing 2018 Reserve is a triple mashed Russian Imperial Stout aged in Brandy barrels. This beer was made with bourbon barrel aged honey, caramelized lactose sugar, and aged on golden raisins to create a uniquely rich and flavorful celebration beer.
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woemad from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage bomber, courtesy of Whyteboar.

Shared with three friends, so not a proper reviewing environment. Absolutely delicious. Still packing a bit of heat. I'd love to have another and lay it down for a couple years. Thanks, Craig!

Aug 17, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of sweet chocolate and booze. Great mouth feel.

Jun 21, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very satisfied picking this one up! Poured from bomber to snifter. Silky, rich and smooth, with flavors of cocoa and dark fruits - primarily fig and raisin - with a bit of coffee and chewy caramel. Looking forward to next year's release.

Nov 24, 2019
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 aged in bourbon barrels (not brandy barrels). Still delicious, but thinner and the flavor doesn’t blow me away like in 2018. I hope Perrin returns to brandy for aging.

2018 aged in brandy barrels. Very complex and delicious. Everything in the description is present. This is the best beer, by far, of the nearly thirty Perrin beers that I've tried. I hope the brewery makes it more widely available in the coming years. Overall 2018 score: 4.6.

May 11, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I will admit right off the bat, like other perrin beers, this is sweet. The honey, candi sugar, and chocolate covered raisin lead in making a decadent dessert, with the backing of rich brandy, vanilla, caramel, sugared nuts, wood, and toasted coconut. But in the sweetness there is real complexity, and there is a sneaky robust nature to the backing elements, making sure the sweetness doesn't break the palate. Silky smooth, sticky, though a tad light in the finish, but ultimately might be a benefit given the flavors. Smell is not as complex but there is plenty of sugary and boozy depth to enjoy

Jan 22, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature mini pint glass; bottled in 10/2018. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, raisins, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, honey, lactose, raisins, brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, raisins, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery hops; roast/char bitterness; and brandy/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, raisins, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, coconut, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, honey, lactose, raisins, brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet and brandy/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and brandy/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 12.8%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing flavored barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, honey, lactose, raisins, brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced rich malts, bourbon barrel aged honey, caramelized lactose, raisins, and brandy barrel presence/integration; with solid fruity yeast and earthy hop presence against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example. Best imperial stout they have made yet. Got smoother and more impressive as it warmed up.

Nov 22, 2018
Reserve from Perrin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 15 ratings