Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout
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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tpaetow on 02-21-2014

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 1,222
Photo of Tommo
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee for days. Huge coffee aroma and follows on the palate. Almost to much for some people, but Jon and i enjoyed it. Amazing smooth body and a great overall beer. Would buy again

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the bier stein in Eugene last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, the coffee aroma is VERY pronounced, probably the most intense coffee flavor I've ever come across. There's also noticeable dark chocolate and vanilla as well, and maybe even some black cherry, but the coffee aroma really dominates the nose in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in a fairly sweet, rich format. The coffee helps to counter the sweetness somewhat, but even so, this is very much a sipper, and it's hard to imagine getting more than a single glass of this (it was sold in an 8 ounce glass at BS). Mouthfeel is very full and soft on the palate, and the finish was long and coffee infused (as you would expect). The fairly high abv. is noticeable, but certainly not over the top, and there was no heat or alcoholic bite on the finish.

Very impressive offering from Perennial, though the coffee is a bit much, and this beer is very, very rich.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with minimal dark tan carbonation and little to no head.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee and blueberry. The coffee is more like a fresh bean and not necessarily roasted--very sweet and fruity.

Flavors alternate between blueberry, walnut, chocolate, and that fresh, non-bitter, non-roasty coffee.

There is absolutely no bitterness whatsoever, and very little roastiness to speak of. As such Sump is unapologetically sweet but not syrupy. It's very easy, smooth drinking, with the high ABV being undetectable. Sump can be exceedingly frothy as well, if swirled around the tongue.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sump is a solid coffee stout. It poured an opaque black with tan head that left some lace. The scent had waifs of coffee and roast. The taste was similar to the scent. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's quite nice.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Twisted Spokes Chicago. A very solid nice bodied coffee stout with great hints of chocolatey coffee raging the taste buds. A very big taste that has you wanting more while the ABV is extremely hidden. Goes down very smooth and it has such a big body flavor!

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Photo of Tiburon
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and black, starts out bittersweet coffee, mouth feel like a cement mixer. Bitterness fades a little as it warms up. Grows on you, though it is all about personal preference in stouts. It is better than I thought it would be, and I was able to get it at retail at Consumer Beverage.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Feb 16

A: Deep mahogany almost black with Some deep red highlights when held to the light. Viscous A finger of milk chocolate colored head. Looks like the beast it is.
S: smells boozy. Behind the booze is coffee and dark roasted malt
T: Dark roasted coffee, deep roasted malts, chocolate, leather tobacco. Tastes like an old money study.
MF: Thick and big tasting. Almost chewy. Fills the mouth with roasty goodness
O: This is a BIG beer that demands respect. It is a coffee stout but there is much more to it than coffee. Overall a top notch stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever brought this to March Madness 2016.

Pours black. Tan head, 1/4". Aroma of coffee, pleasant and pungent.

Taste was all about dat coffee. Not a massive roast bomb or overly acrid or bitter. Hides alcohol amazingly well, doesn't get overly viscous. Carbonation relatively low and it still works. Not a lot else going on, chocolate, not really.

I saw this a few months ago, wanted to pull the trigger, but $20 is a tough sell for a non barrel aged beer. I'd bang this all day for $10-12 a 4/6 pack though.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown and black hues with a thin cinnamon-colored head
S: Huge coffee notes on the nose with a bit of roasted malt
T: As expected this is a very roasted coffee-forward stout with mocha, dark chocolate, and molasses hints
F: Low carbonation and a somewhat thin
O: Sump is an excellent example of a coffee stout. The taste is somewhat dominated by the coffee notes up front, but there are plenty of supporting flavors to nicely round out each sip. Overall this was an expertly crafted and tasty coffee stout.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 and 2016 versions were sampled together for comparison.

Appearance – The beer was brownish black with a slight mocha head.

Smell – The 2016 version has a much bigger coffee profile. The 2015 version was much more raspberry forward with little coffee in the nose.

Taste – The 2016 version is much more coffee forward with the raspberry only a hint. The 2015 version had a nice seedy raspberry profile with the coffee more in the background. The overall profile of the 2016 is quite bitter in comparison. I preferred the cellared 2015.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is a little thin but quite smooth.

Overall – Sump is a nice beer, but not my favorite from the brewer. The comparison provided an interesting perspective.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from both a bottle and on tap (both '16). Well balanced smooth coffee with chocolate undertones - no unpleasant bitterness or detectable alcohol presence. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a syrupy black color, almost like motor oil. A very small tan head, that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Coffee and some really roasted malt. Quite a bit of coffee of in the nose. The warmer this beer gets the less the coffee dominates the nose. When it colder coffee overcomes almost the rest of the nose. Sweet malt in the nose too.

T: A heavy dose of coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt. The coffee does dominate the taste and is really overwhelming when it is still colder. But once you let it warm up the coffee meshes well with the other flavors. A nice coffee bitterness in the finish, doesn't finish overly sweet.

F: A very thick syrupy mouth feel that coats the whole mouth. Low carbonation.

O: We had this in the fridge since that is what the bottle suggested, and we started drinking it when it was still pretty cold. I definitely recommend letting this warm up before you start drinking it, as it is much more enjoyable once it warms up. Overall, a really nice coffee stout and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black colour with very minimal traces of thin tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a slightly oily finish.

Huge scents of cold pressed coffee, dark cocoa powder and chalky mineralness. Malty sweetness in the background.

Malty sweetness upfront, between molasses and a dark honey, followed by cold brewed coffee. Slight hints of alcohol esters and cocoa nibs on the finish.

Amazing oiliness that coats the mouth in velvety finish. Low to no carbonation.

Unadulterated coffee stout that highlights the sweetness of a cold brewed coffee. Thanks to Rutager for the gift.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I filled a growler with the 2015 version. Hard to mistake the overall quality of the beer; however, a year of aging did not seem to enhance the taste. Need to try a more fresh version.

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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, dated 1/2016, poured into a teku

A- Pitch black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, espresso, creamy rich chocolate, some caramel. Big, rich, and robust.

T- Roasted coffee, some chocolate, caramel malts, some char, mild dark fruits round out the taste.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- Easy drinking, alcohol is very well drinking. Was hoping it would be fuller body and the supporting flavors would bigger, but still a great coffee stout.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with almost no head and spotty lacing. Big notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and lightly sweet bread. Medium body, very drinkable and slightly dry. This beer hits the coffee notes well with restrained bitterness and great feel. Top tier coffee stout for sure.

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Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin quickly dissipating tan head.

Smell is amazing, strong smell of freshly ground coffee beans and rich malts with hints of chocolate.

Tastes like a strong cup of black coffee with hints of chocolate and the malts. Very good balance with all the flavors here.

Not much in the way of carbonation, but it wasn't missed.

Overall this is one of the best coffee stouts on the market if you can find it.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark black with a very thin dark brown head
S - lots of roasted coffee with bits of chocolate
T - balanced between chocolate and coffee, smooth
F - low carbonation, but creamy
O - great coffee stout

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Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lush, chocolatey and smooth with only faint coffee acidity and bitterness. Not as big in flavor as I remember from past years - just really smooth and well integrated. Hints of dark fruit and winey (coffee?) flavors mid palate. This year's is a smooth sipper, but not as impressive as I remember. May need to revisit next year...

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Photo of croush
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one open on my own. Poured really dark into my glass, and the smell was extremely coffee forward. That had me a bit worried, as I enjoy coffee beers (moreso BA coffee beers), but not too coffee heavy. First sip, and I knew this was no problem - not bitter at all, but that coffee flavor still came through with a slight richness or smoothness to it. I'd love to try the BA version of this, but that seems like a longshot.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perennial's Sump Coffee is a blend between 3 Floyd's Wigsplitter and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Although there is no Bourbon barrel aging, this stout is powerful with strong coffee notes. I purchased a bottle at Fischmann's liquors in the north side of Chicago (2/25/16) and it was absolutely delicious. There was minimal head that quickly dissolved and a darkness that was black but not the blackest that I have ever seen. Obviously coffee notes but in addition I tasted some dark chocolate as well. Enjoy.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet black like motor oil with a nice frothy tan head. Loads of coffee an chocolate in the aroma give it a rich mocha quality. Perfect amount of roast in the aroma. Coffee is very forward in the flavor but again the richness of the chocolate malt give it a sweet fudge and caramel like flavor. Thick, chewey yet very soft from the small bible carb.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bomber split between two snifters. Opaque black and thick. Coffee aroma and dark malt. Great coffee taste and thick body. Awesome brew that I would love to try again. Had it on tap recently too but bottle tasted better. Maybe because bottle was served closer to cellar temp.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure when this was bottled, but the coffee's already fading fast. It makes a good enough presence, but it wasn't as strong as I had expected. Still, this is an excellent imperial stout; it smells great, the texture is fantastic, and it's smooth and flavorful as one can hope. Still, there's a glut of great imperial stouts that I can get for $18 or less a bottle, so I'm not sure if I'll buy it again.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: This poured creamy and unctuous. Thick, black. The head was a gorgeous coffee cream, but did not exceed more than a couple of centimeters in height.

S: lots of roasty coffee, more roasty coffee, and some more roasty coffee. But here the coffee smells like real coffee; that is to say, filled with depth, layers and complexity. Not just a Starbucks roasted-to-flavorless-oblivion bean, but a nice light roast from your favorite local shop, bursting with nuttiness and floral notes.

T: after the wicked nose the flavor falls a little short. Monotone, lots of chewy chocolate fudge cake, coffee, some cinnamon. Really yummy, and doesn't have that sickening sweetness of other big stouts so it's extremely drinkable Perhaps for some reviewers the dialed back nature of the taste will be a plus.

F: a little thin on the body. No alcohol heat whatsoever, so I'm going to bump this up from a 4.25 --> 4.5

O: a simple, yet delicious, stout. Extremely drinkable, and surprisingly refreshing for a beer with its hefty ABV. Definitely worth seeking out and saving for a night that you're really in the mood for something creamy and satisfying, but don't want to stagger to bed reeking of rubbing alcohol and sins.

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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