In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Perrin Brewing Black Goat

Aroma: “Bourbon-filled aged chocolates, caramel, vanilla, toffee, sweet chocolate. Slight biscuit malt, toasted bread.”

Flavor: “For as much as the barrel dominates the nose, it’s more balanced in the flavor. Still some cola notes with some dark melanoidin malt sweetness, but the roast is a bit more pronounced and works well with the vanilla and coconut character from the barrel. Alcohol and bourbon are especially strong in aftertaste.”

Overall: “How one lagers in a bourbon barrel, I can’t say, but these folks seem to have figured it out quite well. A fun beer that may not beat out any barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts for top spot, but it showcases what boozy dark lagers can do.”