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Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 315
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 41.69%
Wants: 71
Gots: 44 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that slowly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of lactose are present in the nose, which also has some hints of coconuts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of lactose flavors. The coconuts start to become noticeable as the beer warms up and taste slightly roasted.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, creamy and a rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because it hides its alcohol relatively well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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...

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


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Photo of Tone
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 12/6/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black body beer with 1 finger of medium brown head. spotty lace.

Smell: chocolate and mild roast.

Taste: mild coffee roastiness and milk chocolates. Just a hint of coconut milk. All the flavors are really well balanced, but they could be a little bolder.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium body beer with moderate carbonation. Its smooth, easy drinking and creamy mouthfeel is very well done with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: Its a nice session porter! The coconut is definately apparent in this milk stout so Perrenial did exactly what they set out to do when brewing this beer! Just wish the flavors were bigger!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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...

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Photo of birchstick
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Fantastic Voyage from Perennial Artisan Ales
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