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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels.

First batch used Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso.
Bottle release used Sump Coffee of St. Louis.

Silver Medal at 2013 GABF in the coffee beer category.

Added by Etan on 12-02-2012

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Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

Pours no head. Color is deep black.

Very fudgy. This beer is thick. Light amount of coffee with a light roast. Lighter barrel flavors. Oak and bourbon do show though. Molasses and caramel. Chocolate and cocoa.

Full bodied. Low carbonation. Ends dry.

Solid beer, but it lacks in flavor. It is extremely thick which I find odd. Could use more coffee and more bourbon flavors.

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Photo of schroesd
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The creamy mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. The coffee isn't overwhelming, fortunately, and mixes well with the chocolate, barrel, and overall stoutiness. A fantastic beverage.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle with notes from recent bottle share.

Upon finally opening this bottle after a year plus of cellaring, the first thing that is noticeable is the subdued coffee. This was a coffee-barrel bomb when I had it fresh on tap, but now it is a bit of a mellowed, light coffee, light barrel stout. The coffee is still there and a prominent scent on the nose, but more of the base beer shines through on this one. Solid dry and burnt dark malts mingle with a still active barrel to provide a somewhat spicy overall smell. Taking a sip of this pour you will find a flavor very similar to the scent. Coffee is upfront and still there, just weakened with some age. The barrel comes through next with the same oa spice from the nose. This beer really shines in the body, being thick, smooth, and surprisingly easy to drink for the gravity.

Overall, everyone at the bottle share was a little let down by this beer with the coffee fading with age. That being said, with every subsequent stout we opened, we kept coming back and comparing it to the BA Sump. If you have one, drink it now for sure, but it is still a very solid (subdued) coffee stout.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Absolutely no head. Black. Swirl leaves nice khaki stain. Smell akin to BCBCS. Less coffee in taste. Very low carb, almost still. Overall an exceptional and memorable BA stout.

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Photo of HugeBulge
2.48/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured motor oil black without any head. It smelled like a rich chocolate stout without much coffee. Its not too sweet with a thick mouthfeel but, the bottle was completely flat. Huge disappointment.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Interesting brew for sure. Pours very viscous with virtually no carbonation. There are a bunch of flakes of stuff and some oil floating on top...looks very similar to Prop '13 with the coconut flakes floating on top, although I wonder what constitutes these floaties. Nose is rich fudge brownie, rich roasty coffee, dark fruit, toasted coconut, RICH caramel, brown sugar and of course Bourbon. Taste follows suit and finishes quite dry, with tannins, chocolate, rich coffee roast and Bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick, full and elegantly silky, but there is very little in the way of carbonation...almost nothing; I wonder if this was their intention.

Once this warmed a bit and opened up it really started to shine...the aroma and taste just went to the next level as expected. This is just as good as BCBCS if not better, however; be forewarned that this has very little in the way of carbonation. That aside, it drinks remarkably smooth for the abv, with no indication of its atual strength. It's almost flat and drinks like liquor, but the best liquor you've ever had!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight opaque black on a moonless evening. Essentially no head. Nose of whiskey with some coffee. The coffee smell improved with warming. Taste of chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Mouthfeel was quite thin. Overall this was a decent beer, but was expecting better based on the Avg of the scores. The non-barrel aged beer was better IMO.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Fudgy, dark bitter chocolate and espresso. Drinking this reminds me of eating a chocolate covered espresso bean. Some vanilla. Decently thick and very flavorful. Really really good.

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Photo of gibgink
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap earlier 2015 at Perennial. While this is a good BA stout, the age of the beer left no discernible coffee flavor. Will re-rate if I ever get my hands on fresh version.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome mix of rich full bodied coffee, dark melted chocolate, and seamless smooth barrel...a really, really good beer. This is one of the best BA stouts I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

We were very fortunate to get to try this from a bottle in the Perennial tap room. We actually tasted the BA Kyoto variant, and it was absolutely fantastic. Very well balanced.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Update for 2015.
Age seems to have hurt this beer hugely. The aroma offers a pepper note that follows on the palate of dried ancho chili. However, the base still shows of chewy roasty malts, chocolate, hints of coffee, lots of vanilla.

A hugely thick BA coffee.

Maybe slightly less complexity than BCBCS, but it offers mouthfeel, thick chunky chocolate, medium roasted coffee, and no spikes of alcohol, but instead, a harmonious bourbon barrel.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a sump snifter glass
dark and little head no lacing
smell is chocolate and coffee
and taste follows this is very profound and smooth
not at all hott as other of this style
would be able to crush the whole bottle no problem

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Photo of SHerninko
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#PBW-2014 on tap @ Resurrection Ale House - they did their best for a small place and 100 people craving the world-class lineup they offered (great food also!!!).

A--dark brown to classic oil black, small tan head and lacing.
S--coffee, cream, dark chocolate
T--Better than BC Coffee or at least in that league. To me it was a bit more coffee forward and the coffee was not bitter as it was a creamy, slightly sweet flavor overall.
M--just about right, not thin but more creamy.
O--very well done Perennial. Haven't had Abraxas coffee as a comparison, but this is a bit smoother and less boozy/hot than Bourbon County Coffee. I'll take either though any day of the week!

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Photo of jbwimer
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second bottle of the evening, and the second from a trade with Cfan67, who has to be the best man on this website. Thank you, Dan. Opened this with my buddy Joe and his wife, Colleen. Even saved a pour for my father who enjoys this style. LOVED the regular Sump, so I was excited for this one. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- Hardly any carbonation to speak of, especially on the initial pour. However, it pours as black as sin, which I have come to expect from Perennial stouts. I love some motor oil in my glass. Good legs on this beer, too.

S- I'm getting mostly bourbon and bitter chocolate on the aroma. There is certainly a presence from the coffee, though not NEARLY as much as regular Sump. It's a delightful aroma, to be sure, I would just love some more coffee.

T- There is a lot more coffee on the flavor, and the bitter chocolate translates well from the aroma to the taste, and is quite fudgy, really. I would say it's more "semi-sweet" than "dark". As the beer warms, the coffee and bourbon come out more, though this is more chocolatey than I anticipated.

M- Very thick with minimal carbonation. The entire mouth is covered with thick chocolate with residual coffee and bourbon flavors. Alcoholic warmth is lovely.

O- This a great beer. Do not get me wrong. However, the consensus showed that regular Sump was to be preferred. Fortunately I'm getting two bottles in the mail tomorrow. Will open one to confirm this preference.

EDIT: Just tried the 2015 batch and couldn't get enough of it. Adjusting rating to reflect my new-found admiration of this beer.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle

A- Pitch black, no lacing so obviously no carb. It works though. Medium gum of glass.

S- Whiskey barrel, coffee upfront. Then sugary malt and toffee. Not much past that.

T- Nice espresso bite coffee stout; the whiskey-barrel age is very present. Shoot, I have never said this about a coffee stout, but this one could actually use a few months of cellaring. Whiskey barrel is on par with the other Perennial BA stouts. Coffee grounds type of coffee

M- Beyond smooth, which is on par with the other Perennial BA stouts. Creamy, no carb.

O- This is my least favorite of all of the BA Perennial stouts, but they are all top tier class. Someone said to me that this was their favorite BA stout, I would put this under a fresh '13 BCBCS and above a "good" year's KBS.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this along side Kyoto at the BA Sump release.

Poured into a Perennial Snifter

A - Dark as night just as is kyoto. Doesn't allow much light through anywhere on this beer. Minimal head, swirled and got a small mocha foam head to form.

S - Smell is definitely not as good as kyoto. Definitely similar with dark chocolates and coffee, bourbon vanilla but lacking the fruitiness that kyoto has.

T - Taste follows the nose with chocolate coffee. This is noticeably sweeter than BA Sump Kyoto. The barrel presence is somewhat small on this beer which allows the coffee flavors to shine. really well Balanced.

M - Medium bodied, slightly more carb that kyoto but still chewy and smooth

O - A notch below Kyoto but that was to be expected. Perennial has done a fantastic job with Sump coffee. This is better than last years.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened up at 4elf, 12/15/2013.

A- Dark cola brown body, very opaque, minimal mocha head with fair retention.

S- Lots of coffee and oak, a bit of whiskey. The base beer really is covered up here by the barrel and coffee. Not sure how I feel about this.

F- Gets better than the nose, but not by a whole lot. Coffee, barrel, whiskey, a bit of vanilla mixed in with some dark chocolate and roast malt. Coffee and bourbon are the predominant flavours here.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slick and smooth. Bitter black coffee with cream on the finish, some warming alcohol.

O - Lots and lots of coffee with a good bit of whiskey barrel. Didn't get a ton of the base beer to be honest. I'm not sure I'm really impressed by this one but I will have to revisit it sometime.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 2/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between the coffee and barrel aged aspects.

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Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Between the Barrels event held at the brewery

A - pours dark with chocolaty head, much like the rest of their darker beers

S - Nose is coffee bourbony goodness.

T - Taste starts off with coffee and quickly moves on to rich bakers chocolate. The rye comes through in the back with fudgy choloates enveloping the vanilla spiciness. Finishes boozy and chocolaty. This is very rich on both the coffee and chocolates, which was surprisingly nice. The barrel character was again well executed and didn't overpower, yet didn't disappoint.

M - Mouth is thin.

D - Overall, awesome beer. I would love to try the regular version for comparison's sake. Perennial killed it will another barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent over by bsuedekum. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled February 2013
Whisky barrel aged stout with coffee added

APPEARANCE: A thicker black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, crackly, mocha colored head with good retention. Black body and slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. A swirly wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Nice and black, but the head is lousy and there's too much carbonation to start things off. Evens out.

SMELL: Lots of coffee right away, with sweet cream, vanilla, whisky and oak in there as well. Bold and lots of everything all over the place. Great combination. Milky notes accompany the vanilla and whisky barrel; this could have been a milk stout. This is fantastic.

TASTE: Sweet cream and espresso up front with touches of whisky as well. After the swallow, however, the whisky barrel barges through with oak, vanilla, sweet cream and milk flavors as well. Again, this could have been laced with lactose. Some bitter coffee balances the sweet, creamy, milky whisky barrel really nicely. Though the nose is slightly more impressive, this is an excellent combination and is done really well.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation, which was expected. Lighter and a touch prickly on the palate, goes down fine, no bite, and finishes a bit sticky. Smoothens out quickly as the carbonation calms down.

OVERALL: It's too bad the carbonation wasn't quite up to par on this one, as the potential of a world class beer is defintely there. The nose was outstanding and excellently balanced, and the flavor profile followed suit. I really think the bitter, robust coffee beans balanced the sweet, milky oak whisky barrel to perfection. Fantastic combination. As a final note, I drank a BA 17 the next night, and this one was the clear winner. The coffee balanced the whisky barrel better than the mint and chocolate did. Anyways, if you can get this one, do so. Thanks again bsuedekum. This was a beauty.

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Photo of Treebs
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Local Option. Served in a 10 oz. snifter. Enjoyed a few pours of this guy.

A: Pours a dark, inky black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin head leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Fresh ground coffee beans. Some espresso, chocolate and light roast. Very light barrel notes in the background, but this is straight coffee.

T: The barrel thankfully comes out a little more in the taste. Some caramel sweetness and light oak. Minimal bourbon notes mix with the chocolate bitterness and of course, the coffee. Big Espresso and coffee bean notes. Freshly ground without being overly sharp or acidic in nature.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Chewy and silky across the palate with a smooth finish.

O: A really nice coffee stout. It needs some more barrel notes to bring it into the upper echelon of BA coffee stouts, but it was still really good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small head. Nice mocha collar. Stains a little bit.

Smell - Buckets of coffee. Almost a green raw coffee flavor. Just a bit of whiskey comes through. Smells good.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Very strong coffee flavor, but not as abrasive as the smell implies. More whiskey comes out, but the barrel notes are a little better. Vanilla. Not much oak. Sweet and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel - Apart from the abrasive coffee, smooth drinking. Tasty and warming.

Overall - Got much better as it warmed. Too much coffee but excellent.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.99/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout and heavy in body--thick, oily, shiny. Not a lot of visible carbonation, though some. Leaves the glass oily and spotted.

Nice aroma, and probably the most successful part of this beer. Lots of sharp, acidic, roasted coffee notes--reminds me of the Kopi character in Alesmith and Jackie O's Kopi stouts. Some chocolate and whiskey notes as well, but the coffee definitely leads.

The flavor doesn't succeed like the aroma. The coffee is a sharp, overly acidic punch, drowning out the other flavors. This simply tastes like bad, sharp, acidic drip coffee after it's left to cool completely--harsh, bitter, acidic, and overpowering. There's not a lot of barrel here though, regardless. Some whiskey flavors, but not a substantial amount. Some roast and chocolate character as well, but the strong, overly acidic coffee note certainly dominates.

This is where the beer is at its weakest, in my opinion. Very harsh, aggressive, attacking mouthfeel at first. The finish is a little smoother, but the bubbles seem to be too aggressive. I'm not sure if it's actually the body of the beer or simply the acidic coffee overpowering this as well.

I would not seek this one out again, though it does smell nice.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.76/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I honestly don't know why this beer is so hyped. Just opened a bottle with 2 friends and between the 3 of us we couldn't finish the bottle, drain poured about 5 ounces. To get right to it, the coffee flavoring is very acidic and intrusive, almost too over the top. The coffee flavor is very oily, strong and tastes like a super dark roast bean just slung into the barrel in copious amounts. As it warmed the coffee flavor just stuck out like a sore thumb even more and had to choke down the last sip before offering the rest to the kitchen sink.

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