Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.76%
Wants: 372
Gots: 197 | FT: 32
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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 Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as night and impenetrable to light. A trace of dark brown head is barely present. Sweet aroma of coffee,molasses and roasted barley. Taste is initially bitter with the coffee and roasted barley and then it turns fairly sweet with molasses and fig notes. The fade adds a touch of bitterness presumably from the roasted barley or some bittering hops. The mouth is a bit thick and viscous.

More User Reviews:
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 ONovoMexicano
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

The beer is black as coffee with a thin lacing that is a dark khaki-color. Lacing is sticky and well-distributed around the glass.

The aroma is delightfully similar to a sweet coffee drink. Sweet caramel and coffee hit initially, followed by cream and sugar. The coffee aroma is a deep dark roast.

Everything the nose set me up for continues with the taste. The beer is like sweet, creamy coffee with milk. There's some dark roasted malt and coffee presence, as well as sweeter malt. I get hints of oak and barrel-aging, although I don't believe I had the BA version.

This brew was exceptionally thick and creamy, only slightly boozy, and finishes dry and coffee-and dark chocolate-like.

I'd known nothing about this beer before trying it and was just blown away. It's a real treat to discover a new beer and find that it is awesome.

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 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 StinkyFishBoys
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've ever had.

Photo of Jared14
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap and out of bottle in February.

A- Poured a nice dark black with dark brown head.
S- strong coffee smell, but not harsh.
T- First poured reminded me of a mocha frappochino, smooth not bitter coffee taste. As it warmed the coffee notes started to move back and melt with some chocolate notes.
M- It was a bit grainy but otherwise very smooth.
O- Overall this is by far my favorite coffee stout when fresh from bottle served cold. On tap or with age just didn't do it for me as much.

My friends and I recently opened a bottle one had been saving. Now 3 months of age should not be a big difference but the large coffee notes were already a bit faded making it more chocolate forward with a little bitter coffee bite at the finish. If I had to rate the aged version it'd be around a 4. This is definitely a brew I want fresh and cold. Although not bad by any means.

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 gibgink
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Creamy, coffee goodness! Had as 5oz sample on tap on 11/29/14 at Perennial. First sip took me back, was that amazed. Would highly recommend.

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 GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/2014. 750ml bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Sump is nearly black in color. Poured slowly into the glass, very little head forms and it settles quickly.

Aroma is full of fresh roasted coffee and dark malts.

Flavor is rich and balanced with a great imperial stout base beer and a perfectly judged addition of coffee. There is chocolate, toasted nuts, and molasses in there as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated although a little more so than I prefer for a dark and heavy beer.

Overall a very good coffee stout and, although expensive, worth getting again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small mocha head. Dissipates quickly.

Smell - Rich coffee. Mildly acidic. Dark chocolate. A little boozy.

Taste - Chocolate and coffee in equal measures. Nutty caramel malts. Sticky sweet.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Kinda sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Sipper, but a very tasty sipper. Quality coffee flavor.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black. Spotty surface coat of khaki carbonation, but no major head to speak of.

Very coffee forward aroma, in a great way. Fudge and molasses.

Fresh coffee beans flavor. Chocolate, brownies. Lot's of chocolate.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Spot on carbonation.

One of the best coffee stouts out there. Big, bold, packed with flavor, and not boozy at all.

Photo of NavyGoat
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a teku glass

A- pours jet black in color with a thick motor oil consistency, small fizzy dark brown head reduces and eventually completely disappears, leaving an appearance of black coffee

S- sharp aroma of day old burnt coffee grounds up front with burnt popcorn kernels & wet cardboard. Underneath, I'm picking up subtle notes of vanilla cream, hazelnut, chocolate, charred wood & caramel. What could be a complex aroma, seems to be hidden by an overwhelming burnt coffee aroma

T- Possibly the most coffee-forward flavor I've seen from a coffee stout. Big shot of earthy and herbal sumatra-like dark roast coffee up front, followed by a sweetness reminiscent of whipped vanilla cream & caramel. Beyond that, notes of toasted nuts, cardboard, charred malt, light chocolate, & woodsy notes. The finish is slightly sweet with another hit of huge coffee flavor that lingers

M- thick & viscous body with low carbonation leads to a chewy creamy mouthfeel and a smooth, warming finish

O- this one had some great coffee flavors with plenty of complementary flavors, but they were overshadowed by the burnt coffee smell/taste. So much that it overpowered some of the other subtleties

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

12 oz snifter @ firkin

a: black. khaki mocha frothy head which slowly subsides

s: roasted coffee predominantly. some chocolate notes in the background. faint licorice too

t: roasted coffee which strengthens as it warms. chocolate notes in the background

m: light carbonation. nice creamy thickness to it.

o: well made coffee stout which improves markedly as it warms. Definitely recommended for coffee stout fans.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on tap at Max's Taphouse (3/11/14)

A: Pitch black with a mocha head.

S: BLACK COFFEE. Coffee bitters. Roasted and toasty.

T: Creamy coffee. Roasted malts. Slight sweetness. Lots of chocolate.

M: Not sharp. Smooth and creamy.

O: Great coffee stout that is well blended with everything coming together. To me this is like coffee with creamer instead of just coffee.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, the body is black and slightly viscous, with a steadily rising head of dark brown foam that expands to the rim and stops short of spilling over. Retention is ok, though the head fades after the first sip or two.

Big rich coffee aroma, roasty and nutty with charred malt and dark chocolate underneath.

Taste is very chocolatey, bittersweet and roasty, lingering dry bitter finish. Layers of dark chocolate and coffee, fudgy, rich and satisfying. Light vanilla and charred toast, creamy and smooth. Velvety feel with a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty tasty overall.

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 Danimal25
3.06/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watery stout with coffee added.

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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 jegross2
3.04/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewing Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. Sump takes the base beer for Abraxas, and enhances it with local coffee from Sump Coffee.

Score: 68

2014 vintage bottle served in a Fantome tulip and enjoyed on 03/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black bodied with a finger and a half of dark khaki head that settles to a splotchy coating. Solid lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Reeks of "green", unroasted coffee and peanut butter. A bit vegetal, like a chili pepper without the heat. A little bit of chocolate too, but most of what I smell is just peanut butter and peppers. 2.5/5

Taste: None of the vegetal character is present in the taste. Nice roast and chocolate, a hint of peanut butter. Touch of metallic flavor as it warms too. On the colder side, it drinks fine. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Good viscosity, low carbonation. Light, roasty bitterness. Dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Barrel Aged Sump was light years better than this, as was Vanilla Sump. This leads me to believe that there was either something "off" about this bottle or the specific batch it came from.

Cost: $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran.

Pours a deep, dark glossy black, with a 3/4 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells so unbelievably coffee-forward, smells roasty and delicious, with a bit of chocolate as well.

This is one of the most coffee-forward beers I've ever had- mixed with a really nice chocolate flavor, this is a great beer. I get the feeling of espresso bark here, really bitter chocolate espresso beans, with nutty and bitter roasted coffee, and a little bit of creamy vanilla flavor as well.

This has a really, really creamy mouthfeel, so full, rich, and luscious, with a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable and goes down quite easy.

This is one of the best coffee stouts you'll ever have. Highly recommended.

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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