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Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 982
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 385
Gots: 197 | FT: 28
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpaetow on 02-21-2014

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from January 2015 batch. This is ridiculously good. Pours with a huge head with large bubbles that reminded me of champagne. Huge coffee nose and flavor, but does not overwhelm. Great mouthfeel. Wow.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best coffee stouts I've had. Big coffee presence, without being overly bitter, as some coffee stouts tend to be. Very thick, coats the mouth well. Definitely worth seeking out, if you like the style.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with decent lacing and a chocolate milk head.

The nose is all jalapeno.

The taste is green pepper and heavy chocolate roast.

The mouthfeel is rich and viscous.

Overall, a good stout with a few missing pieces. A layer of added sweetness, a bolder coffee presence, and a little time in the barrel would definitely improve this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Chicago, IL. Reviewed live on a phone; notes below are truncated. Cost was $10/10 oz. Expectations are high given this beer's high reputation.

No bubble show was noticeable as it was served.

HEAD: Rich tan colour with fantastic creaminess and froth. Retention, however, is lackluster - 1 minute. Rather scant. Leaves light uneven lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid jet-black. Perfectly to style. No yeast is visible.

Looks good for a coffee imperial stout. Looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Rich and dessert like, with plenty of sweetness from chocolate malts, dark/schwarz malts, and chocolate. There's a nice undercurrent of roasted barley, but (as seemingly always), I want more! Cream, multifaceted coffee character. Notes of Java, coffee roast, and cold brew suggest this is anything but your buddy's Folger's homebrew.

No hop notes, booze, or yeast (to style). Aromatic intensity is moderate. Suggests a balanced imperial stout with some really good constituent notes.

TASTE: Has a fantastic cacao nib presence that plays in perfect harmony with the nuanced cold brew coffee notes of Java, Subtle roast, and cream - wow. They really dialed in the one-two punch of coffee and chocolate.

The coffee roast helps keep it from coming off too sweet or dessert-like, but the sweetness from the chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts definitely makes this a rich sipper if an imperial stout. Maybe a kiss of burnt sugars would mellow it out still further.

Subsidiary notes include Caramel. Hershey's syrup dominates the flavour profile. While it's well built for the style, depth and intricacy of flavour could be improved to make this still more vivid and expressive.

To style, there are no overt hop notes, yeast notes, or off notes. Alcohol warmth is restrained, but not unnoticeable.

TEXTURE: In spite of the Hershey's syrup presence, the mouthfeel is anything but syrupy or sticky, rich though the beer may be. Well-carbonated, full-bodied, and of high heft and weight on the palate, lending it a heavy filling presence on the palate that makes it a sipper, not a chugger. Aptly smooth and wet, but not slick. Anything but watery.

Nicely executed, complementing the flavour profile well.

OVERALL: If they really tinkered with this to get the balance perfect (bringing in more bitterness from roasted barley, coffee roast, burnt sugars, etc.), it could be truly great - or even world class, if intricacy and subtlety are also bettered. As-is, it's one hell of a tasty imperial stout and is definitely worth its high price tag to try once. A great winter beer with serious potential. Hat tip to the cats at Perennial.

High B-

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Photo of gcamparone
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Perennial stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown nearly black opaque body with a nice light coffee colored head that sticks around for a while to leave a little blotchy lacing and a good layer of retention. Really inviting.

Wow - the aromas are just as inviting as the appearance. Huge freshly ground coffee and vanilla notes, butterscotch, sweet caramel, brown sugar. This is really close to a 5 for aroma. Really close. This smells FANTASTIC!

On the tongue is semisweet chocolate upfront, freshly roasted coffee on the follow through, milk chocolate and vanilla, finishing with a delicious toasted malt and roasty coffee finish that sticks around for a while. Mouthfeel is rich and thick with medium carbonation. Stunning.

This is one of the most delicious non-barrel aged stouts I've ever tasted, and it may be the best coffee stout I've ever had. It hits all the high notes of the style and then some. This is how coffee stouts should taste.. Sump exhibits a perfect balance of that "coffee" taste and the roastyness that comes with it. Recommended. I'll be seeking this out again!

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color. Smell is straight up coffee, like having a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Taste is largely dominated by coffee, some caramel notes. Feel is good, thick and flavorful.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was pretty excited to try this for a while but was mostly disappointed. On the plus side it was a thick and full flavored stout, but unfortunately was too boozy for me and the coffee flavor wasn't top notch. Still enjoyable but I wouldn't trade for it.

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Photo of ramay86
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee level clarity, oily khaki lace, syrupy, good head retention.

Dark vinous fruits, acidic coffee qualities, bitter chocolate, moderately sweet.

Taste follows the nose for the most part: finish lingers forever... dry cocoa, maple, mild caramel, oat... coffee really dominates the palate.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 coffee beers in a row for this guy. I don't even drink coffee. Anyway, this one should be nice, if the comparisons to Speedway are accurate. 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A - Pitch black the way a stout should be. Dark dark brown head, just about half a finger. Dissipated somewhat slowly, but a pleasant brown halo is left around the glass. Beautiful.

N - There's something decidedly Russian about this stout and no so much American. Fine with me. Heavy on the bitter coffee, maybe too heavy for me. Much more than Speedway. And those Russian/English-style roasted malts that won't go away. Interesting.

T - Meh, too much coffee. Lots of coffee, not enough non-coffee. That's about all I get, besides the roasted malt. Too bitter for me.

M - Honestly a bit thin. The carbonation keeps it from being lifeless, but there's not a whole lot going on here.

O - You know, I just haven't been too impressed with Perennial so far. Abraxas didn't do it for me much either. I need to try some of their sours.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Getting around to reviewing Sump, having had it several times. Luckily, I finally took some reasonably detailed notes when I enjoyed the 2015 batch on tap at Beer Kitchen in Kansas City back on February 13th. Happy pre-Valentine's Day to my stomach! The beer was served in a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a decadent pitch black color on the body, with a finger of mocha-tan head resting atop for a few minutes before it fades away, morphing into a moderately thick ringlet of bubbles around the edges of the glass. I love the "line" where the body and head meet, as it isn't much of a line at all, with the foam seemingly fighting to avoid being consumed by the black hole of the body. Seriously, no light is getting through this beer. Lacing is essentially nonexistent, with just a spatter of residue intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - Big and bold, reminiscent of actual coffee, but with a suggestion of bittersweet character that reminds my nose that this is, in fact, beer. Aggressive aromas of espresso and baker's chocolate form the vanguard of the olfactory assault, but what really appeals to me is the suggestion of caramel and burnt sugar that sneaks in after the initial salvo. I'm a touch concerned that the hints of sweetness in the aroma are a precursor to a beer that is sweeter than I personally prefer in a coffee stout--even a big imperial take like Sump. Still, I could just sit here and smell this all day. The sweetness comes through more as the beer warms up to room temperature.

Taste (4.5) - It seems my concerns about sweetness are somewhat validated, although I should be careful to note that it in no way comes close to ruining the beer. I actually enjoy the caramel and molasses notes that seem to lurk beneath the surface of huge, black coffee grounds and brewed espresso that make up the primary character of this beer's taste. But I have to admit, my initial fear seems to be falling victim to the sheer decadence of this beer. The more I drink it, the more I think the sweetness really separates this beer from the pack.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Full-bodied and viscous in a wonderful way. Carbonation is moderate to low, and is really just present enough to avoid this beer from feeling flat. It really takes a back seat to the almost syrupy consistency of the liquid.

Overall (4.5) - I have to say that my initial impression somewhat underrated this beer. Upon my first couple sips, I was thinking it was a 4, but as I took down my tasting notes and scored each component of the beer, my appreciation grew. Enjoying it as it warmed up to cellar temperature also helped enhance the beer. I'd definitely recommend it be consumed a little warmer than fridge/tap temperature.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with the boys at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A black right out of the bottle, a short pour still pumps out some dark foam, lots of random lace

S coffee, cinnamon, a little dark fruit, more coffee, chocolate, no booze at all, simple but big, smells amazing

T much like the nose, heavy coffee, chocolate syrup, a hint of char, tastes do strong, no complaints here

M thick and syrupy, chewy, stuck in your teeth kind of thick, a little sticky on the lips and I won’t need coffee tomorrow morning at this rate because I’ll still be tasting it

O one of the richest, thickest, coffee stouts I’ve ever had, great beer, world class stuff

It is what it claims that’s for sure, a big thanks to Rutager for sending this gem

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
This is a really black beer. Pitch black.
It smells like coffee stout. A fabulous coffee stout. Slightly milky sweet.
It tastes the same-- an rich, perhaps oversweet, viscous coffee stout that leaves roasted coffee bitterness on the aftertaste. Smooth and soft.
Overall a big, good beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and mellow, this is an incredible beer, and a different beast than Speedway stout which is a goo standard for the style. Exceeded only by the barrel aged version.

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4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popped this in celebration of a monumental share with a special group of friends. Pours thick like used motor oil with a thick milk chocolate brown head. Nose is of fine coffee and dark fruits with roasted malts. Flavor is lush and big with distinct full roasty coffee tones. Chocolate profile is of the super dark variety and full of rich bitter notes. This is a spectacular beer that is leagues above other coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of JFresh21
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one disappointed me. I absolutely love Abraxas and 17. There was an overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. I'm going to give this another try on tap to see if I taste a difference.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bomber poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle says 1/2015 edition, so maybe 4 months old at this point.

A: Pours a calm, slick, pitch black color. Practically no head, even with a vigorous pour down the middle.

S: Fresh, roasted coffee, possibly a medium roast. Some chocolate notes in there as well. Also some hints of dark fruit, or chocolate-covered cherries.

T: Nice balance of coffee up front. Not super powerful or in your face, but that's okay. Bitter dark chocolates and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

M: Bordering on the line of being too thin or watery, but not quite there. Certainly not a big, thick mouthfeel. The 10.2% ABV is hidden very well, making this super drinkable. I'd also like a bit more carbonation here to help out with that mouthfeel.

O: Very nice example of the style here. Coffee is integrated well. It's not a super dark, bitter coffee that can sometimes give off a metallic taste, but rather a nice medium roast that works well. The base beer is also great, but maybe is hurt by being a touch thin and under carbonated. But still very smooth and drinkable this one is. I'd imagine the BA version of this to be outstanding, though.

Recommendation: Tricky to find outside of Missouri I'd imagine, but still highly recommend seeking this out if able. It's really, really good.

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Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts that I've ever had! Perfect viscosity and nice tan head that I've come to expect from all of my stouts. Nice coffee aroma balanced by hints of vanilla and chili on the palate. Very smooth as it masks the 10% very well. Can't wait to try the BA version.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Good lord, this looks incredible. Pours black and sludgy with a monster three finger mocha colored head. You know that Sam Adams commercial where for Sam Adams where they're all "Look, guys, you can balance a bottlecap on the head of Boston Lager! Be impressed, dammit!" My cat could stand on the head of Sump and not fall in. It's like cake frosting. Suck that, Sam Adams.

S: So much coffee. It's like the last thing you would smell if you smell into a coffee roaster that was grinding up some amazing stuff. Before you ruined it, you bastard. Super dark, roasty and earthy. Burnt fudge, charred wood and espresso grounds.

T: My god this is good. So much beautiful dark roasted coffee and rich espresso, it's just silly. Maybe a hint of burnt caramel, tons of charred wood, there's a spiciness that almost hints at roasted chile a la Hunahpu. Full, creamy mouthfeel works perfectly with the flavors in here. One of the best non-BA stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/15

Pours oily & pitch black with a sliver of chocolate colored head. Decent lacing & okay head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa

T: Follows the nose, dark chocolate & caramel as well up front, some boozeyness as well. Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla dryness & a little char as this warms. Vanilla, caramel, a little mocha & some dryness, the coffee takes a back seat to the other flavors in the finish, a little astringency shows up as well

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, warming. Carbonation smooths out once warm

A nice coffee forward imp stout, was expecting a little more, but damn good none the less. If you don't like them sweet, this may not be your thing

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Photo of beerhan
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a stemless wine glass. Very black with an initial three finger mocha head. When settled, a thin tan lacing remained. The initial pour made me a little worried about over-carbonation but I was thankfully very wrong.

S-The first thing to hit my nose was the alcohol. Buried beneath are hints of coffee, vanilla extract, licorice and cocoa.

T-Poured initially around 40F and could not taste much. After letting this warm up the coffee really shines through. I am not sure what coffee was used but this is what I look for in a coffee forward beer, good coffee. Lots of coffee flavor of course, some caramel, milk chocolate.

F-Looks are deceiving on this one. It appears like it would be a thick, chewy beer however it is very smooth. The mild carbonation is perfect.

O-This is a pretty great beer but for the price I have many better options($16.99). I will seek this out again though as a once in a while beer.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with small layer of bronze foam. Leaves fantastic foam trails on the glass. Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate, rich cream. Taste: Dark chocolate, cinnamon, dark roast coffee, vanilla, stays with you long after a sip, roast bitterness builds on the finish. Feel: Great body on it, super creamy and thick. Overall: One of the finest coffee stouts I have ever had. Sump dark roast coffee and Perennials base stout are a perfect union.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This carries a mild coffee component in a very rich and malty beer. There's a hint of some sherry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; very good carbonation level.

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Photo of mabermud
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This looks dark and serious. I smell coffee. Big coffee up front. Big coffee mid-way. Sweetness takes a backseat. Clean finish. Solid feel.

Overall - I like this. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to have access to some Perennial beers here in Wisconsin. I am a big coffee fan and a big coffee beer fan. Because of that though, I have high standards for what I expect out of a coffee beer.

Very strong coffee smell and the taste follows suit except there is an uneven booziness that I didn't like. Maybe this beer could benefit from a little aging. The coffee was strong enough that I wouldn't worry about it fading.

Probably in my top 3 favorite coffee stouts/porters.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle into Stout Glass.

Here we have it, I'm a fan of Coffee Stouts and Imperial Coffee Stouts. So reviewing this should be a breeze. Let's get down to the dirty deeds. Let's look at this brew and really milk it for what it's worth. The brew pours pitch black! I mean it's black, even the hues are stating this brew is dark! Very nice deep mocha head that is just a sight to be seen. The only other brew to make me fall in love with its appearance was Ten FIDY. The brew coats the glass quite respectfully, reallying clinging to the walls like its some sort of hellbent demon. Very, very impressive!

Now for the aroma. Huge dense coffee and roasted malts present themselves to the front in harmony. Neither one is the greater but making it a great one to smell. No off aromas. Nice deep sweetness like that of puffed marshmallows and baker's sugar. Very nice and outstanding!

The flavor is just as outstanding as the aroma! First hits with coffee and roasted malts with a mixture of cookie crumble sweetness. It's balanced to the point it's not cloying or is it too syrupy. Very dense coffee roast in the aftertaste with hints of fruity/spicy notes, burnt puffed sugar and slight acidity. Bitterness is tame yet there for back-up. This finishes semi-dry with some sweetness. The feel is full bodied with less than active carb. Works very well for me.

Overall: This isn't a wow beer, yet it is one to seek out. It's not adding deminsions to the style yet above water to keep you wanting to drink more of it. This is balanced for its High Gravity with the right amount of sweetness and it's not as boozy as I thought it was going to be. This brew is recommended.

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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