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Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 949
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.3%
Wants: 373
Gots: 209 | FT: 33
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (2,759 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (770 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of razorsdescent
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (169 characters)

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of JFresh21
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (180 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,331 characters)

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (686 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,675 characters)

Photo of ediaz
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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 (608 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of Mattchamp189
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (199 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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, (827 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours totally pitch black with a nice half finger medium brown head with great retention and lacing. Fine aroma of dark chocolate, dark, lightly toasted malt, malt balls, light coffee; mouth watering. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, latte coffee, sweet toasted malt, faint fresh dark fruit. Finishes with dark chocolate covered coffee beans and a hint of hop bitterness, lush and intense. Thick, creamy body similar to a smoothie or milk shake, almost syrupy. This is a really exceptional coffee stout. Flavors are strong, but very well balanced. Reminds me of blended chocolate covered coffee beans and malt balls, but not as sweet as that would be. The mild sweetness as hint of dark fruit are very deftly integrated. Flavorful and superbly balanced. The high ABV is impossibly covered, I could easily have finished the bomber without suspecting how potent this is. Wish I could drink this all night, but will stop with a glass and a half so I can sleep tonight. Excellent and delicious. (1,032 characters)

Photo of NavyGoat
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had a pint of Sump at the Trappist in Oakland. A bud back home told me that I must try the Sump and I am glad that I did so! The look, smell, taste was Outstanding! Very smooth but a strong flavor that was great at every gulp! (229 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is three fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is excellent, keeping an incredible creaminess throughout. Compared with the massive head, there isn't a huge amount of lacing sticking to the glass. Oh well, it looks fantastic. (4.5)

Smell: So much black coffee. And yet, it's backed by a cavalcade of defined notes. Not only do I pick up an incredibly smooth (non-coffee) roast, I also get some nuts, vanilla, dark chocolate, and even a twinge of dark fruits here and there. It's a big and roasty imperial stout studded with lots of black coffee - in other words, I could quite literally smell it all day. (4.5)

Taste: Much like the nose suggested, the flavor profile brings a no-holds-barred punch of coffee. Black coffee, to be frank (the best kind, natch ;)) I do pick up additional notes of dark chocolate and...I want to say, walnut. Yeah, walnut. As I sip more of it, I pick up additional vanilla notes, and even a wisp of dark fruit. A complex beer, to be sure; even better, it seems to be balanced well. All of the satellite notes coalesce with the dominating black coffee nicely. There's very little to complain about here. (4)

Mouthfeel: Very soft and silky, if not quite milkshake thick. It literally feels like liquid velvet going down the throat. Unfortunately, the lingering sweetness is very slick and slimy, lacking the evaporative dryness that would have sent this beer's feel through the roof. What starts off as a wonderful feel for about 4 oz. becomes almost tiring around 12 oz. Seriously, this is annoyingly syrupy to the point of me taking swigs of water just to cleanse my damn palate. Carbonation is low - I think just a bit more would have helped clean things up a lot better. At least the 10.5% is hidden extremely well. (3)

Overall: I just love the coffee this brew brings - pure black coffee heaven for me. The base stout, though, isn't as evocative. Mainly, it feels too syrupy. This is a GREAT beer, don't get me wrong...but I can't help but shake the fact that this could have been a total world-beater with a superior (read: less syrupy) mouthfeel. That alone puts it a notch below stuff like FBS, Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, and Speedway Stout. Nonetheless, it's a must-try for coffee lovers. (4)

4.05/5: Wonderful coffee flavors are only slightly dampened by the slimy feel (2,390 characters)

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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