Fantastic Voyage - Perennial Artisan Ales

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very good

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 71
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cvm4
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black, seems thin. Has a dark tan head that fades quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Light roasted malts and milk chocolate. Definitely a slightly sour lactic smell. Faint coconut? I'm not sure actually.

T - Whoa! Coconut makes an appearance throughout the whole taste. Sweet, honey, chocolate, slight woodiness and vanilla. I know this is not usual to most milk stouts, but there's a sour essence after the beer is swallowed.

M - About what you'd expect from a milk stout... Low carb and low bodied but very smooth and easily drinkable.

O - Very unique and the coconut adds that extra nuance. I wouldn't drink it regularly, but it's an interest combo and deserves some attention. (707 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 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 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 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 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 redblacks75
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (745 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 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 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 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)

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