Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 306
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 71
Gots: 41 | FT: 5
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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 TheSevenDuffs
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

My bottle was one of the many 4/2013 bottles that was infected. I was really looking forward to this one and the infection basically turned this in to a bland sour stout.

The nose indicated the infection as a tart/sour presence dominated and completely detracted from any other aromas in the beer.

The palate was very tart with some roast, chocolate and dark fruit notes but no coconut at all. (397 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

 

Let’s be clear, this voyage was not so fantastic.  After loving a lot of what Perennial does, this missed the mark.  My thought is an infected bottle, due to the sourness, over carbonation, and lack of smooth sweet flavor others have described.  This was like spoiled milk, with roasted grains and excessive carbonation.  Here’s to hoping it was a fluke and not how this was intended.  For 17 bucks, I was quite disappointed.  (440 characters)

Photo of ZepHead80
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is nothing like the description on the bottle. In fairness it is almost a year old and so the coconut is non existent. Ironically this beer reminded me of a sour. My Dad, brother, and I split this bottle, there's were drain pours. I like sours so I stuck with it. However, it was very disappointing. (309 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours pitch black with a very thin dark mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Average.

Sharing during a cellar stout clean out by my friend.

Pours black with a small off-white head. Decent lacing.

Nose contains lots of coconut and milk chocolate with some roasted malts. Can definitely smell the lactose in this.

Flavor starts with more milk chocolate (chocolate and lactose). Coconut then comes on pretty strong (too strong in my opinion). There is a touch of roasted malt, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Lots of coconut on the aftertaste.

Lighter bodied for a stout. Finishes sweet and got a little cloying by the bottom of the glass. A little overcarbed.

This one failed for me as a beer. Did not like the coconut interplay and did not contain enough roast to rein in the lactose. It succeeded for me as a way to integrate my 90's rap playlist into the night's events so slight bonus for that. (983 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at TJ's
Nice to see Perennial making its way into SEPA.

My bartender warned me that this one was a bit disappointing, and there was just about no coconut to be detected, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway. I'm not really a fan of coconut anyway...though I do like it in beer.

Solid black pour with a thick tan ringlet that left some lacing on the glass. In the nose, dark malts, cream, light notes of shaved coconut; overall a bit muted, with a tone of bitterness. While I don't doubt the bartender's taste, I definitely picked up some coconut in the taste right away, not overblown, but it was definitely there, chocolaty sweetness, milkiness, bready malts, a touch of earthy bitterness. I wasn't too impressed by this, but honestly I think it was served on the cold side, and I didn't give it the proper time to come down to a more appropriate temperature to let the full flavors present themselves. Body was about medium, though the mouthfeel was smooth. Overall not bad. I'd like to try it again to get a second opinion. I also have a bottle at home that might get opened soon.

*Edit: opened that bottle...it was a drain pour. And a pricey one at that. Smelled and tasted like sour milk. Nasty infection. (1,233 characters)

Photo of TheGreatFozzini
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the 2013 edition
I have been excited about this traded beer for a while
I've noticed a lot of variety in the reviews and think the recent reviews may be effected by the year of bottling since the 2013 edition tastes infected to me.
Appearance is nice carmel brown w/ nice lacing in the glass
Smells like a stout, can't appreciate the coconut, but wouldn't expect to 14 months after bottling.
Taste: Well again expected coconut to diminish, but the bite afterwards was definitely lacto to me.
Mouthfeel: smooth
Overall: Well, I would love to have expected the lacto bite, but didn't know. Otherwise this beer clearly is well past the prime from the 2013 edition. (672 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: black, opaque, brownish red head, finger, bubbly and frothy.

Aroma: roast, chocolate, toasted coconut is faint, light sweetness, somewhat acrid.

Taste: chocolate, roast, light toasted coconut, sweetness.

Mouthfeel: very prickly with the carbonation. It's substantial and it really brings the experience down. After an hour of sitting out, it dies down, but we shouldn't have to do as such to somewhat enjoy the feel of this beer.

Overall: its got its strengths, but there's too much that breaks it apart for me to really enjoy it a lot... (556 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a tight mocha head. Nose is heavy roast with a moderate sugary sweetness and a faint coconut touch. Taste is less roast but far more sweet. The coconut is more present and there is still some roast up front. The sweetness is overpowering and sugary. Full bodied and strong carbonation with an oily slick feel. (328 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle in the cellar the other day, not sure why I would've bought a milk stout with coconut since I loathe coconut, but this was bottled in 7/2012, so hopefully whatever coconut that was there has faded...take all of this into consideration when reading this review. Enjoyed from a perennial snifter.

a - brew poured pitch black with a generous dark tan head. I waited, let it dissolve some and then filled the remainder of the glass. Head hung out as at least a skin of dark tan bubbles on the surface, slippery lacing.

s - nose is milk stout with chocolate and roast and an ever so slight hint of coconut and cream.

t/m - taste is pretty good. Mbig chocolate with a nice amount of roast and no discernible coconut to speak of...probably more vanilla than coconut. Soft souring dark fruit in the back ground. A bit fizzy but an easy drinker.

o - overall, pleasantly surprised based on the reviews of a newer batch. The 2012 seems to be doing okay right now, though I would say drink them if you got them. (1,021 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/2013.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slightly sour fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly sour dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some infection issues but is still fairly drinkable in my opinion. (700 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Glass: Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Appearance: Mostly opaque black with the tiniest amount of reddish-brown showing through around the edges when held up to the light. An aggressive pour produced less than half a finger of khaki head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, a tiny bit of milk chocolate, perhaps a bit of the mentioned coconut. Not getting much of the lactose / metallic smell found in other milk stouts. Smells slightly sweet and delicious.

Taste: I didn't think the coconut would come through too much based on the smell, but it is definitely found in the taste! That unique nutty sweetness can lies on the back of my tongue during the entire sip, however, I find it a bit overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low-medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my milk stouts to have a definite roasted chocolaty bitterness to offset the sweet milkiness. This one is just a bit weird with the coconut flavor and milk stout sweetness working together. The flavor profiles of these two ingredients are too similar, and create a beer that is just a bit too sweet for me. I rank this between good and outstanding ... it's certainly not a bad beer, but I am definitely disappointed given the price and expectations that I had for it. (1,263 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml Bottle from Dawson's while visiting Maryland. Bottled 4/2013,so I really should have paid attention to the dating when I bought this. i assume the coconut will be gone. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head that looks lightly creamy. Sweet lactose and chocolate aroma, a good bit of roast, don't get much coconut. Flavor is sweet lactose, graham cracker, and again not much coconut to speak of except maybe a hint of sweetness that isn't lactose or chocolate. There seems to be a bit of cardboardy oxidation in this as well. Body is medium with medium plus carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I must say I am a little disappointed here but that may not be fair given the bottle date and known disappearance of coconut in these beers. (748 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC. The bartender did a good job and warned me that this one was sour ahead of time, which I did not think it was supposed to be, but I decided to get it anyway. Not sure if this is infected or intential, but this is basically a sour stout, FYI.

a - Pours a deep brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, some chocolate, coconut, sour dark fruits, toasted malts, currants, and sour red wine. Much like Plan B, smells like a mix of stout and sour dark fruits.

t - Taste of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, a slightly sour twinge to it.

o - Overall I had this right after Plan B by Perennial and it was very, very similar; this one basically just had more sour notes, especially in the taste. Basically the same level of enjoyment, would recommend trying one but passing on both for now. Bit disappointing. (1,052 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours pitch black with a very thin dark mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Average.

Nose is toasted almond and coconut, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and lactose. Robust, aromatic, and deep with nice complexity.

Opens lactose, cocoa, toasted coconut and chocolate. Some roasted malt bitterness and tartness in the middle. Espresso too. More lactose sweetness and toasted almond in the end with a milky, sweet chocolate finish and a bittersweet chocolate and coconut aftertaste. I really like the coconut and lactose presence in this one but it could be a touch sweeter.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and silky in the mouth and smooth going down. Finishes messy with a lingering and sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Overall, a decent milk stout but for the price point, not one worth revisiting. A touch over-carbonated with a complex flavor profile that just seems to have something missing. Definitely worth trying but there are better beers in the style besides this. (1,137 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest tan head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; dots of lacing ring the chalice

Smell: Lactic sour tones with black bread and chocolate underneath

Taste: Black bread and chocolate with a growing lactic sourness developing in the middle; vanilla, coconut and soured milk join with the chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer reminds me of Yazoo's soured Sue; unintentional but interesting (497 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Brown Derby in Springfield MO, bottled 4/13

Pours ebony with a thumb of caramel head. A bit of a viscious look to this, near zero head retention & only slightly more lacing

S: Coffee, cocoa & some coconut in the background, all fade after a while

T: Coffee, coconut husk, a touch of lactic sourness & cocoa up front. Lactic sourness, a touch of coconut & coffee as this warms. Finishes sour, with a touch of coffee, coconut & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation . Weird play between lactic sour, sweet & dryness fighting for balance

An interesting & fairly drinkable milk stout; drinks fairly despite the heft & complexity (655 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station out of a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a pitch black, with a chocolate mousse colored head that is a mix of big, rocky suds and smaller, denser foamy bubbles. Stands about two-fingers tall and takes quite awhile to dissipate, leaving sticky lacing.

Smell - Surprised I don't get more coconut milk characteristic here, but smells like a pretty standard stout--seems to lack the sweetness that I typically detect from the smell in milk stouts. Bittersweet burnt caramel and charred chocolate nibs are the dominant characteristics.

Taste - Again, more towards the bitter than the sweet--again with cocoa nibs and now elements of fresh-brewed cappucino with an herbal, green characteristic that does impart the sensation of fresh coconut milk. Interesting and not quite like any stout I've had before.

Mouthfeel - Heavy of body, like most stouts with ample carbonation. The coconut milk seems to impart a bit of a slick, almost slimy feel to the beer. Lingers a bit after the beer has been swallowed.

Overall, there are just better milk stouts out there than this one. Worth a try if you have the opportunity, since there aren't a lot of beers that infuse coconut in this way, but keep in mind that coconut milk is not impart the same sweet-tasting element that coconut flesh does. Certainly not a bad beer, but it's really the first offering I've had from Perennial that I haven't loved. I'm not likely to have it again. (1,475 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Girlfriend picked this one up out in St. Louis, enjoyed back in PA during the lovely power outage provided by Hurricane Sandy.

Poured just about black to Russian River stemmed ware, thin tan colored head sits atop. The nose is kind of faint, roasted dark malts & bittersweet chocolate. Taste: again with the rich dark malts and bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains, some lactose with very faint notes of coconut and vanilla. This honestly seemed a little hot to me, some age would bring out the coconut better. Coating mouthfeel: rich and decadent. (551 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/2012

A: Pours deep black with a tight light tan head that stays around throughout the entire beer. Nice viscosity.

S: Light milk chocolate and coconut aroma. Nothing over powering and is an all around very pleasant mixture of aromas.

T: Starts off with a nice coconut taste, but turns into an odd astringent and slightly bitter flavor that overrides the initial flavor that rides out to the end with no aftertaste. I was really hoping the taste and smell were identical, but sadly not.

M: Velvety smooth and medium-to-heavy mouthfeel.

O: It has a lot of potential from the appearance, smell and mouthfeel, but the taste is just not there. (656 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Grinders in KC.
A- Dark brown, not quite black with a persistent 1.5 finger khaki head. Lacing is no slouch either.

S- Nose is sweet as can be. Notes of coconut, molasses, caramelized sugars. Some earthy/woodsy character also comes through.

T- Taste follows nose with the big sweetness to get things started. Some diacetyl and alcohol present. Lactose and dextrose. Some wood and vanilla character also makes its way. Yeast present. Sweetness borders on cloying without going overboard.

M- Not a real thick, heavy stout. Understandable that it's available in June. Very easy drinkability because of it. Low body. Good carbonation. Not dry at all. Alcohol present as expected at 8.8

O- a very interesting beer unlike any that I have had before. It took me a minute to warm up to the flavor profile, but it seems to work. A sugary sweet stout. Not one I would have often, but one I would recommend trying due to the uniqueness of it. I could really see a coconut lover enjoying this one. (999 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Stellar pour; dark milk chocolate explodes up the sides of the glass, then inverts on itself forming a coffee colored twister in the center of the head. Once the fireworks are over though, what's left hangs around with ok retention and poor lace. Almost a solid black body with thin caramel colored highlights.

S - Great nose. Dry cocoa, dark toasted grains, espresso, ash, light booze, with a soft well balanced sweetness of toasted coconut and honey.

T - Honey, caramel, flat chocolate soda, brazil nut, cinnamon, pumpernickel. The backend fades outs into a oddly sour note.

M - Smooth with a medium frame. Strong acidity. Dry finish leaves a nice coating on your mouth.

O - Sweet to style with a nice mouthfeel on the finish. The sour edge is the only thing that hurts the brew. (790 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for all the great beers rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown with a thin, dark tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate and coffee, lactose ...does lactose have a smell? Hmm. Well, it's that slightly sour lactic smell that's similar in most milk stouts. Some sweet fresh coconut as well.

Taste. Sweet coconut (but that nice fresh taste as well, not like the sweet dried stuff), light coffee and chocolate, and a little bit of unroasted almond.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly syrupy, lowish carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer, great for after dinner which is when I happen to be drinking this. I'm afraid it doesn't hold a candle to Three Hour Tour, which is what I was hoping for, but good stuff nonetheless. (738 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black without much of a head. Nose is vanilla with a modicum of chocolate with a touch of coconut. Taste follows suit. Milk chocolate upfront that moves to a bit of vanilla. This is overtaken by a nice dark chocolate flavor and a subtle amount of coconut. Mouth is is pretty nice and smooth. Overall, this is really solid double stout. I was hoping for a little more coconut out of it, like on tap, but recommended. (421 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half inch mocha head on a dark brown body. Above average head retention, nice collar left.

Chocolatey aromas, sweetness perceived.

Chocolate and roast on the forefront, coconut sweetness on the backend. Would guess the ABV around 6.5%.

So smooth. Medium carbonation. Lovin the overall mouthfeel.

Super easy drinking. Enjoyed it a lot. Coconut was kind of muted but integrated well with lactose sweetness. Well done Perennial. (429 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black tulip with an ample head of tan mocha tinged foam on top.
Fades to a ring at the edges, glassy obsidian surface in the center.

Toasty sweet aroma, mild amount of char to it. Big chocolate and cafe con leche notes. Similar flavors, roasty mild coffee, sweet milk chocolate, super smooth and creamy. Moderate roast, not overly bitter, sweetness is mild and not cloying. Not getting much coconut but it stands on it's own merit as a solid milk stout. Would hope the next batch has more toasted coconut flavor to it... (522 characters)

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