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Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 1,029
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 6.88%
Wants: 388
Gots: 248 | FT: 32
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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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 Jeffwise
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil out of the bottle with barely any head and no lacing. Smell is not overwhelming. Small amount of coffee with a lot of roasted goodness. Small smell of booze. Taste is great. Definetely not a coffee bomb, initially I get more roasted chocolatey Taste until it's swallowed. Back end is fresh coffee with just the right amount of booze from the 10.5%. Mouthfeel is definitely not thin at all this is a full bodied coffee stout at its finest. Probably a close second in my top coffee list right behind sunny side up from pizza boy. Overall I'd love to have another bottle, can't drink this slow enough to be completely satisfied haha

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Photo of Wayne17
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black. Mocha head.
Smell is straight cold brew coffee and some dark chocolate.
Taste is ridiculous. Amazing huge coffee, zero bitterness, dark chocolate goodness.
Feel is silky smooth perfection. Little carb which is perfect since more carbonation might be distracting.
Finish is more delicious marshmallow like sweetness and more coffee. Also a lingering dark chocolate mocha.
Superb beer and I can only imagine what the barrel aged version is like. Any and all hype for this beer is deserved.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 1/2015. Excellent coffee forward stout. Black viscous pour with 1-1/2 finger brown head. Rich molasses-coffee scent with a sweet note to it. Taste is the same. Was pleased that the coffee flavor wasn't overly done making it a bitter bomb. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety. O...well...had fun knocking this off the want list. Split between myself and the bro in-law on his bday. He was amazed with this beer as I was too. He was putting back IPAs & breakfast stout all evening but wouldn't shut up about Sump. Literally every other half hour or so, after finishing, was another reaction to this beer. Worth trying and I will seek out again.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black, with a medium sized motor oil foamy head. No lacing. Coffee and roasted malts in the nose. A sip opens up a blast of roasted malts with notes of coffee on the back of the tongue. It's a really pleasant dynamic. Good coffee tones. Mouth feel is robust and bold, and yet smooth. Easy to drink for a 10%+ ABV imperial stout. Overall, this is an exceptional beer. Great dynamics between stout flavors and coffee. Recommended!

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage on draft drank in a tulip on 1/21/16. Overall, this was a very enjoyable imperial coffee stout. It was a little thin in the feel, but the smell and and taste were phenomenal. Huge fresh coffee and milk chocolate combined with nice roastiness and toffee. I also got a little brown sugar and maybe some cacao flavors. Really solid beer. I would love to try this bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours ultra thick, no head, no fiz, no life. Just black oil.
S: coffee bomb!
T: wow, tons of coffee, rich and not bitter. This is the best straight forward coffee stout there is.
F: thick and coating. Easy drinking, no alcohol presence.
O: this is the perfect straight forward coffee stout.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost completely black with a fingers worth of brown head. The smell is dark roasted coffee with hints of chocolate. The taste follows the nose exactly, all coffee and light amounts of chocolate. The feel is thick and creamy with a smoothness like an oatmeal stout. I don't know how it is I love beers that taste so much like coffee but can't drink a single cup of coffee. I'll definitely look for this beer every time they brew it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the weekend share... Thick looking black brew and a nice dark brown head .. Rich coffee but plenty of sweetness and other maltiness to help carry the coffee beans... Pretty decadent with brown sugar and dark cherry notes.. Great coating body with light carbonation.


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Photo of Jeffo
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutger this past summer. Thanks again for the stellar boxes dude! Was lucky enough to have some of the barreled version a while back so I’m excited to try the base.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled Jan 2015

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, dark tan head with very good retention. Pitch black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap with some foamy lacing on the top of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Really nice black color on this one, though the head is a bit too foamy.

SMELL: Roasted espresso, sweet cream, some vanilla notes and milk chocolate on the nose. Roasted malt and toffee as well. Aromatic for sure, and very well put together.

TASTE: Roasted coffee and espresso with toffee and sweet cream up front. Flavorful and forthcoming from the get go. Some more espresso and a dose of alcohol at the swallow with a big, bold finish of roasted barley, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla and toffee as well. Complex and lots going on. Flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. A little too carbonated perhaps, but it’s black as night and the nose and flavor definitely deliver. Nice stuff overall, and the praise this beer gets, including the barreled version, is definitely well deserved. Would love to drink this stuff again at some point. Thanks again Rutger! Much appreciated.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bark, opaque black color with a thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark mocha chocolate coffee aroma. Period. Decadent. Nuff said.

T - Cocoa nibs, mild coffee, dark chocolate, mild cream presence, cocoa, and moderate lingering bitter sweet chocolate, creamy, some booziness.

M - Big medium body, creamy, lip smacking sticky.

O - This is a really good beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Very inviting aroma with a luscious robust coffee character, roasted dark malt and sweet dessert-like lighter malt notes. Gourmet coffee/espresso bean along with oatmeal, burnt toast and bittersweet dark chocolate. The coffee presence is excellent making this one of the better smelling coffee beers I've had. Bakers chocolate, fudge, German chocolate cake, caramel and toffee round things out. Smells amazing!

Medium body with spicy, robust coffee flavor dominating the plate. Strong gourmet coffe bean and burnt malt notes with oatmeal, charred toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and ash followed by sweeter dark malt notes. Not as silky as aroma suggests but still has hints of toffee, caramel and bakers chocolate. Easy to drink at 10.5% with great coffee flavor but could use a little more sweetness/dessert-like malt for balance.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -19.7%
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 +7.6%
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 -0.9%
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 -7.6%
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 +3.2%
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 -22.9%
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 +2.3%
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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4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -4.8%
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%
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%
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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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
96 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.