In what has quickly become one of the most popular breweries in West Michigan, Perrin Brewing Company has had much success — especially when it comes to its flavor-heavy styles of beer.
Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter.
And now, Kingdom of Tonga Vanilla Porter.
Named after the group of 170 South Pacific islands, Kingdom of Tonga features a sweet vanilla flavor, accompanied with chocolate and coffee. Compared to some of Perrin’s other brews, though, this one is a touch on the dry side, and not quite as sweet.
As it warms, the vanilla flavor comes through more and more, and the malt profile becomes more evident. There’s a hint of caramel and dry fruit present as well.
And while the 7% ABV isn’t exactly considered to be low, it has the flavor fulfillment of New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk, but is still rather drinkable, making for an enjoyable session porter.
For anyone looking for an in-between between the lighter Kona Brown and the heavy Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter, Kingdom of Tonga is certainly the way to go. Currently, Kingdom of Tonga is only available at Perrin’s brewpub, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it made its way to kegs for distribution soon…