Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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87
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 71
Gots: 41 | FT: 5
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Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheSarge on 07-15-2012

Milk Stout brewed with real coconut. (Brewed in Collaboration with Jim Leabig)
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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a dark, creamy brown with just a touch of tan head lingering around the edge of the glass.

S: The main note is a dark chocolate sweetness, but interwoven with that are notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of coconut.

T: The flavors echoed the aroma with a big dark chocolate sweetness, and notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut. The flavors were all woven together wonderfully so you didn't get any one of them at once, but all of them together the whole time.

M: A nice full mouthfeel, and despite between rather sweet in flavor it didn't leave that characteristic stickiness on your palate.

O: On a recent trip to St. Louis this was definitely the stand out beer that I had all weekend. Truly a world class beer with flavors reminding me of some rather nice chocolate I have eaten before, Republic de Cacao. Definitely one of the best sweet stouts I have ever had. (882 characters)

Photo of DevilStl
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite beer at a cask event i went to hosted by @
2nd shift brewery. I normally dont care for beers on the sweet side. It is a very dark. Kinda gritty. But overall the taste is unbelievable. I am patiently waiting for its release this month. (255 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, hint of yeast, and chocolate. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a rich, sweet, thick, and complex beer. Good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend. (453 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Appearance - The milk stout poured a deep black color with bubbles crowning the sides of the glass.

Smell - The malts come to the front in the aroma with a sense of chocolate

Taste - Dark chocolate with raspberry is the initial impression. Coconut yields to the malt, making is somewhat faint. The chocolate has a sour tint which gives the impression of an overall fruitiness. Slightly sour creamy chocolate dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The lactose gives an overall smoothness to the mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

Overall - I hope this beer is not really retired because I like it a lot. (605 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter.

I came along for the ride on Fantastic Voyage. Pour is as dark as George Clinton's dreadlocks, but a whole lot more attractive. Dark mocha foam slowly settles but never fully fades. The aroma is where this milk stout really shines, bringing natural coconut aromas into the mix alongside fudge-rich dark chocolate and coffee notes. Truly smells like an Almond Joy, and improves as it warms.

The flavor matches the aroma well. Creamy lactose body is full and rich with silky milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. The coconut lingers in the background as a minor accompaniment to accentuate the flavors. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and nicely carbonated with a sharp, stouty twang on the finish. This is a great milk stout that doesn't try to blast its way across the palate with overwhelming flavors. Instead, it's nicely balanced and delicate with all the flavors where they should be. Perennial has a winner with this one. (952 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: oil black body of beer; dark tan head 2 fingers thick

S: three words sprung to mind: espresso, coconut, latte

T: wet bittersweet melted chocolate and sweet chewy coconut milk; sweet milk sugars mixed with rich dairy cream; espresso with milk and sugar and coconut... a true treat of a beer.

M: smooth bliss on the tongue; lighter in feel than many other stouts - refreshing, like drinking coconut milk; perfectly carbonated and relatively brisk (for a stout) - excellent craftsmanship and feel

O: this was like a coconut, chocolate latte beer - I was really impressed with the flavors and feel of this beer, as well as by how perfectly the nose leads you to the taste, which is closed by a silky smooth feel and finish. The beer did not get too sweet, and was incredibly smooth and easy to drink - nourishing like milk with a delicate coconut overtone to the dark and chocolately malts. Grab one if you see it. (918 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled 7/2012

A: Pours an evil deep black color with a creamy layer of dark khaki foam on top. Retention was quite good and lots of ropey lace was left behind.

S: Awesome nose full of deeply roasted malt, fudge, cherries, cocoa, and a touch of coconut for good measure.

T: Exactly as above. Exactly.

M: Supremely smooth and creamy with nary a trace of booziness. Very stick and coating with a killer long lasting finish.

O: We were slightly let down by the amount of coconut in this. We were expecting more and we have our finger crossed that future batches will contain more. (671 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a small Guinness glass, and the brew makes a four finger thick chocolaty looking head, and the body is jet black with ruby red hues outlining the glass when held up to sunlight.

The aroma is sweet, chocolate, coffee, metallic, maybe a little lemon with some cola.

Tastes a bit chocolaty and the coconut is evident in the taste.

Feels full in body, a little oily but dry in the end with a bit of alcohol warmth. (441 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Perennial.

Pours a dark, dark black, some visible carbonation. 1/2 finger head, really, really dark tan. Pretty good lacing.

Smell is excellent. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bit of vanilla, hint of coffee roast, some coconut, maybe a hint of spice. Like a mounds bar, only good. Really good.

Taste is pretty much like the smell, though a bit less sweet and a bit more roast. Still, you get a lot of really interesting flavors that mix together really well, creating a delicious chocolate experience.

Mouthfeel is easily the best part of this beer. Wonderfully rich and smooth, it's very creamy and full-bodied. Coats the mouth really well. It's described as being like silk, and honestly that's about right.

Perennial shows once again that they're making the best beer in St. Louis, hands down. If you find yourself at the brewery, make sure to get a pour of this. If you've got a bottle, don't drink it: send it my way. (938 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, looks like a stout to me. Pours like spent motor oil, with a nice, albeit small tan head that has nice staying power. 4.75

Smell: Coconut, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, mocha, marshmellow. Amazing. 4.75

Taste: Pretty sweet. Front of the tongue brings bittersweet caramel and chocolate and subtle coconut. Middle is sweet dark fruit. End finishes with a lingering bitter chocolate. 4.00

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and on the heavier side, but this is silky smooth; doesn't get much better. 4.50

Overall: Didn't have as much coconut as I expected, but like most of there other offerings; this is a solid beer. 4.25 (634 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some faint dark brown highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall creamy tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, dark malts, and lactose. Very light hints of toasted coconut as the beer warms.

T: Starts with flavors of dark malts with significant amounts of milk chocolate and lactose. Light subtle amounts of toasted coconut flavors in the finish that only become apparent as the beer warms up.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: Enjoyed while listening to the Coolio song of the same name (from the early 1990s). Very enjoyable and easy to drink, easy to see why this is a top 10 beer in this style. My only critique is that I wish the coconut was even more present in the smell and taste than it was. (1,022 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer hits the glass in a thick stream of black liquid, just as you would expect. A small and dense head forms, but is quickly down to just a trace on the edges of the beer. There is just a touch of lacing. When I take a sniff of this beer I am first reminded of the scent of the Perennial tasting room. It is a slightly malty scent that has a Belgian yeast undertone. After that initial impression on the nostrils, the coconut takes over and becomes prominent. Dark malts move in next and mix in with the coconut to balance the scent.

When the beer hits the tongue, there is a blend of dark malts, chocolate, and light coconut flavors. The chocolate comes through first, with a touch of dark, burnt malts, but the coconut comes in quickly. The coconut is subtle and moves in and out pretty quickly before the silky and semisweet chocolate moves back in. The chocolate is very milk-chocolatey and smooth while being slightly sweet. The burnt malts and coconut move back in a touch at the end and linger just a little bit after the drink. The overall feel of this beer on the palate is very smooth, thick, and creamy. The lactose provides a silky quality that is really superb.

Overall, this beer is a pretty complex and delicious stout. The coconut is very subtle, but definitely there, and the real star here is the milk chocolate flavor and texture of the beer. One of the smoothest drinks you will have in a beer. (1,422 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sered on tap at Bangers and Lace. Appearance is jet black with minimal head and spotty lacing. Nose feature delicate coconut, cream, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate. Nose is delectable. The taste is smooth and creamy, and matches the nose nicely. Starts chocolatey and it is followed up by coconut and vanilla. Finish is a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy bodied. Excellent beer! (385 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a quickly diminishing dark tan head that is broken with a few big bubbles. Pure black in color with a minimal dotty lacing. Smells of sweet milk chocolate, coconut, a background of vinegar and sweet fruits. A near perfect fusion of milk chocolate and coconut greets the taste buds. A little roasted nuttiness is introduced for fair measure. Has a dry middle with a smooth shock of alcohol heat and a subtle dark fruitiness at the pinnacle.

Simple but right on the mark. (487 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with some ruby highlights and a small mocha colored head that quickly changes to a small ring of foam.

S - Milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, very light coconut and some roasted, almost burnt, malt.

T - Milk chocolate, heavily roasted malt, lactose sweetness, very light coconut in the finish and aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium body.

D - Could maybe use a little more coconut but the base beer is very solid. (435 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark black color with some dark brown edges. Seems very thick and oily. There is a nice tan head that is about 1 inch tall and is very dense. The head recedes slowly down to a nice thin film.

Aroma of chocolate come up quick. Nice fresh milk chocolate cocoa powder. Very delicious. Nice lactose sweetness with some mild coconut notes also in the background. Very true to style. There is some slight burnt malt roast in the nose with some nice caramel notes as well.

Flavor is pretty incredible. Nice coca powder notes with some milk chocolate sweetens. Nice chocolate cake flavor. Slight carmel notes are present and then some nice coconut sweetness pops up. There is some nice malty roast and slight coffee note but the cocoa, coconut and lactose sweetness dominates. It is still not very overwhelming. The blend of flavors is nearly perfect. Sweetness, roast blend so well with the chocolate. Body is nice and medium. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking but nothing too bad. A very solid Milk Stout.

Perennial nailed it with this one just like they did well with Abraxas. Very good true to style Milk Stout with interesting coconut notes. Very nice. (1,219 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a one finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet roasty malt with strong chocolate notes.

T - Delicious. Sweet chocolate notes with some bitter bite. Almost a bourbon like potency.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good beer. One of the best Milk Stouts I've ever had. (494 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 7/2012. Thanks Denise!

Deep brown pour, strong coconut aroma develops as it warns. Roasty dark malts meet coconut much like Richard Gere meets Julia Roberts, or so I'm told. Sappy love story ensues.

Coconut shines through just enough to make this stout interesting. Roasty and full of lactose. Love the coconut accents; wish more breweries would experiment with these flavors. Body is quite viscous, which contributes significantly to its enjoyment.

Wasn't expecting too much from this and was thoroughly impressed. Proof that you can indeed date a call girl. (570 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark chocolate brown, not a huge head but a thin layer of dark creamy coffee foam sticks around until the beer's done.

Smell is sweet, milk chocolate maybe, vanilla, a bit nutty, only mild roast.

Taste is very good, big on sweet vanilla and milk chocolate but not syrupy or cloying, definitely a nutty character but I probably wouldn't have identified coconut (granted this bottle is not exactly fresh). I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel is amazing, extremely soft and creamy, not super carbonated but doesn't need to be. Very easy to drink, gentle, belies the fact that it has alcohol. Wonderful.

Great beer, would love to try a bottle fresh.

8.3/10 (657 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with the label reading bottled 07/2012. I managed to snag one of the last two bottles of this that was lying around at the local beer store. My first beer from Perennial Artisan Ales, and it sounds like a delicious one at that - 'milk stout brewed with coconut'. I'm pretty excited, either way.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful dark silky black colored body with about two and a half fingers of fluffy bubbly mocha head, with nice staying power even at almost two years old. Some pretty nice spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is comprised of lots of sticky boozy chocolate, fudge, lactose, vanilla beans, almost a bourbon / woodsy / barrel sort of character going on. Underlying notes of dark fruitiness. The coconut is in there, but I wouldn't automatically assume it was brewed with coconut just by the smell.

T - The taste has lots of dark bitter chocolate / coffee bean roast going on. Some mild char. Creamy, sticky, lightly boozy. Silky vanilla, cream, lactose, milk chocolate, cacao. Pretty damn delicious, but I still wouldn't know it was made with coconut without being told. Mild alcohol warmth is noticeable on the finish, but it's not overwhelming.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, with medium bodied carbonation still strong and present nearly two years after bottling. Mild alcohol heat present, but it's extremely drinkable at 8.80% abv. Bitter and roasty on the finish.

Overall, a fine imperial stout, and a fine introduction for me to this brewery. I would be more than interested to see what the bourbon barrel aged variant tastes like, seeing as how this has held up so well. Highly recommended if you can still get bottles of this.

Perennial Artisan Ales Fantastic Voyage ---4/5. (1,782 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Smells great, more like a confection than a beer, which is an impressive feat. Flavors open up more after each sip. While not immensely complex, the melding of the roasted character and coconut is nothing short of absolutely delicious.

STYLE: Milk Stout w/ Coconut
ABV: 8.8%
AVAILABILITY: Summer Seasonal

LOOK: Black, brown lacing

SMELL: Chocolate, charred grain, toasted coconut, currants

TASTE: Sweet, full bodied, mild roasted grain, chocolate, breakfast roast coffee, coconut, faint brown sugar, cooked raisins, crackers, sweet finish (586 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perennial Artisan Ales Fantastic Voyage

4-13 Batch

A- pour produces a two finger mocha head receding after about 30 seconds leaving no real lacing to speak of. Beer is very dark brown/black in color 3.75

S- really nice big roasted coffee and nuts, toasted Black malts. Awesome smelling. Not much in the way of coconut on the nose. 4.25

T- big roasted coffee and nuts again which is excellent tasting. Light toasted coconut that is very nice. Smooth 4.25

M- smooth lighter carbonation and medium body. 4

O- excellent beer that was a pleasure to have. Was a gift, so not 100% sure on the price tag, but from what I've heard these are about $17-$18. A bit high of a price for this in my opinion. 4

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at Jason's place.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Near-black, opaque body.

S - The taste is a nice mix of shaved, roasted coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, and light caramel. There's a yeasty, dark bread flavor supporting the sweeter flavors, and this is very much on the 'sweet' stout side of things.

T - Taste is similar, with toasted coconut, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and some nebulous dark fruit and nutty characters in the periphery.

M - Smooth texture that is lightly tannic in the finish. Medium body with pleasant carbonation, and a dry finish. No alcohol presence.

D - A nice beer, particularly if you like coconut. Perhaps a tad too expensive, but I'd happily drink a glass if I saw it on-tap somewhere. Perennial makes some great stouts, and this is no exception. (908 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tasted as advertised, sweet milk stout with coconut. Thinner feel, but it is a milk stout, it's expected. Overall I really enjoyed it. Big coconut on a sweet milk stout base. Not mind blowing, but very nice. (222 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal tan head that died quick and not much lace to speak of. First picked up some roasted malts in the aroma, then some sweet malts and I really didn't pick up the coconut that much in the aroma. Beer is really smooth, really sweet as well giving off a milk chocolate and hint of cocunut flavor throughout. Beer isn't overly sweet or sugary thanks to good balance from roasted and bread malts that gives it a slight javalike espresso feel. Slightly sticky at times, beer is easy to drink and does not get painfully sweet or full after awhile, and has a good finish. A little pricey but very enjoyable and a must try. (644 characters)

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