Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.76%
Wants: 360
Gots: 187 | FT: 29
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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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Ratings: 836 | Reviews: 86
Photo of Sparty1224
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Filabee
3.02/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at FFF Darklord party...This did not live up t oteh hype for me. The coffee flavor was almost not there.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is as good as advertised. Pours thick and dark with creamy khaki head and drinks very easily despite high ABV.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of beerhan
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of NAPO
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm just a Coffee Stout addict. Love the intense aroma and flavor of the coffee. Coffee creaminess and bitterness combine for a pleasant finish.

Photo of BGsWo22
3.02/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

coffee beers are not my thing

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild coffee component in a very rich and malty beer.
Full body.
Some sherry.

Photo of Chitex78
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, but it has little carbonation and some of that jalapeño-like aftertaste.

Photo of mabermud
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elizabeth Station. So much fresh coffee, just a nice amount of sweet. Fantastic.

Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn! This is a delicious coffee stout. Nice mouthfeel.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of ediaz
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours similar to a flat cola, dark mahogany when held to light with a thin mocha head that dissipates within a minute to leave a light lace about the top with a healthy ring around the snifter. 4

S: Incredibly coffee forward accompanied by booze, dark chocolate, dark fruits, char/roast. 4.5

T: Pretty boozy. Chocolate, char, and black coffee dominate. 4

M: Medium mouth feel with low carbonation. Wish it had more heavy body. 4

O: From appearance and nose, I thought this was going to be a hit-it-out-of-the-park beer. Unfortunately, the booziness and slightly awkward mouthfeel take away from it. 4

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great, a perfect coffee stout.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh percolated coffee aroma. Coffee throughout with a hint of chocolate. Smooth and creamy.

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black.

Perfect amount of roast and coffee. Chocolate and cocoa with some vanilla. Smooth and creamy. Very nice imperial stout with coffee. I'd like more of this.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 750mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 13-Mar-15

Photo of Mattchamp189
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best breakfast stout I've ever had. Full body with a taste of rich chocolate and coffee all day long. I was lucky enough to find a sixtel keg of this and it is currently on draft at mi casa. Cheers.

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Comes out inky, dark walnut brown with a large red tinge to it and extremely inky looking. Virtually no head or even a collar, a faint one barely tan and not even completely forming, but with a whisp of scattered real dark mocha dots on top, and the occasional leopard tiny spot of lacing. Aggressive looking and really like this deep reddish ink quality to it.

Coffee aroma, thick and large. Senses really powdery almost hot and peppery as well. Clean with a deep chewy character of molasses and very dark caramel. Very inviting and nice.

Palate delivers real nicely. Very large bodied roast character, with thick dark chocolate hints. Malt action definitely carries the coffee but some powdery and tight fine carbonation manage to knock the flavor a little bit out of kilter and mix up the nice body. Finishes warm and cherry fruity almost with a bit of pith like bitterness as well. Nice chewy grain like action, but looses a bit of texture shortly on first sips. Fruit warm, coffee deep, roast thick and rich.

Overall a very nice coffee beer, with some minor faults. Very drinkable and enjoyable though.

Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look-pitch black in color, has a slight,oily shimmer to it. Super viscous, pours a half finger of off white head that retains very well.
Smell-Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. A bit of sweetness in the background, but coffee is pretty dominant on this one.
Taste-The coffee is very much there, but isn't overpowering as in the aroma. Very smooth coffee taste, almost like a fine espresso, complimenting the roasted malt flavors, not overly sweet but just sweet enough to balance the bitterness of the coffee, no booze at all.
Feel-not as oily or heavy as you would think from the appearance but it a full bodied beer, almost no carbonation at all, finishes pretty juicy for a high abv beer,
Overall-Really awesome beer, one of the best coffee stouts i'ver had for sure, to me this is what Alesmith speedway stout wishes it was,

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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