Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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86
very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 72
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Milk Stout brewed with real coconut. (Brewed in Collaboration with Jim Leabig)

(Beer added by: TheSarge on 07-15-2012)
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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Domeshot14
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bradner
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of juanbon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of amart80
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Goobastic
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of marshmeli
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of redblacks75
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured to a Perennial snifter.

Appearance: A foamy, quickly dissipating mocha head, that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste: A medium sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body is light for the style. Fizzy carbonation, a thin, slick texture, with creamy notes on the finish which is long. The mouthfeel is perhaps the most complex element of this beer.

Overall: This is my third time trying this, and have decided to review it finally. Being that it is my third time having it, obviously I would recommend it. I believe it's a well done interesting take on a milk stout, introducing the coconut to it. Surprised I have not had coconut in more stouts. Another well done beer from Perennial.

Photo of Jarpo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of codsmith
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Fantastic Voyage from Perennial Artisan Ales
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