Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales
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2.65/5 rDev -40.4%
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.
05-19-2013 06:55:55 | More by VaTechHopHead
2.91/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
05-19-2013 17:13:32 | More by ehammond1
3.53/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
12-15-2013 00:40:25 | More by Stevedore
3.91/5 rDev -12.1%
Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.
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.
08-26-2013 15:03:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.