A buddy of mine found a couple bottles of this in Chicago when he was up there in December. They were bottled on February 25, 2017 so it’s over two years old. It’s one of my wife’s favorites so how could I say no?
17 pours like ink in the glass with a thick dark tan head that dissipates to a thick ring around the inside edge of the snifter. Swirling the beer around the glass reinvigorates the carbonation, recreating a nice foamy head.
Aroma is mostly raisin at this point. Remember, this beer has been in the bottle for two years now. Perennial has decided to no longer bottle this beer and only do it as a barrel aged offering, which still makes me sad. So, even two years in the bottle and this beer still has a kick. It’s just a different kick than before.
It still has a bit of mint up front on the tongue. The chocolate has pretty much turned into a dark fruity taste at this point. It’s mostly like a mint fig newton, which is interesting. My wife still loves it, but it’s different for me. I enjoyed the barrel aged version better, but this one was on a shelf in Chicago for two years so it’s bound to have changed.
We did drink it with some Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mints and that was pretty much the same as before. 🙂 The thin mints helped but this beer has changed over time. I get why some breweries don’t like to distribute their beer. After that beer leaves their facility, it’s out of the brewery’s control. It makes sense why they wouldn’t want to give that up. It’s a solid beer, when it’s fresh. I miss it. My wife still liked it, and that’s all that matters. I bought these two bottles for her, and that made her happy. So it’s all good. I still miss Perennial… 😦
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- IBU: n/a
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