Perrin Reserve
Perrin Brewing Co.

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #364
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #13,123
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 5.63%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
11
From:
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.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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.

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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

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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.

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Perrin Reserve from Perrin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 11 ratings