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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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Reviews: 28
Hads: 365
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 33.41%
Wants: 584
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Etan on 12-02-2012

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.
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Reviews by Treebs:
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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.