Sump Coffee Stout
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #88
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4.44 | pDev: 6.31%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout
Notes: Non-barrel aged Sump Stout. Imperial Stout blended with Sump Coffee.
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - just incredible black thick great tan head and lacing
Smell - roasted toasted malts with a really nice coffee
Taste - nice roasted malts with a great coffee blend and slightly sweet
Feel - medium full body and creamy light light carb
Overall - just fantastic

Oct 31, 2021
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on a hot Friday afternoon in October for $9. They were selling singles, so I like that. This is a 2021 16 oz can, but by the looks of the reviews this beer has been around awhile in various incarnations. The label on this can is cool as hell. It's got a skeleton with a beard in a long flowing robe, clutching a goblet of beer. My kinda style. Poured this stuff out into my own sugar skull decorated goblet, and boy was it a beautiful dark brown, with tinges of dark red-orange burnt sienna decorating the swarm of bubbles. Bubbles are gone quickly leaving just a still, dark stout that looks like a stagnant pond. Smells like worn leather, coffee, dark fruit, and has a stinging bite of booze. I slosh it around a bit and take a sip. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Heavy on the coffee, as the label advertises its origins from Mexico. I love coffee, so I'm really digging this. Also a nice touch of velvety milk chocolate on the swill. It's a very pleasing taste, and although the smell was quite alcoholic, it's not particularly strong in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium thick, and very little effervescence. Overall, a pleasing coffee stout. Not the absolute best coffee stout I've had, I leave that to peche mortel. But a strong contender indeed.

Oct 17, 2021
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fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L- pitch black, oily goodness

S- rich sweet coffee, subtle vanilla note

T- follows the nose, rich sweet, coffee goodness

F- oily slick, coats the mouth and tongue

O- world class imperial coffee stout, would definitely purchase ag again

Aug 30, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 7/11/21.
Finally this legendary beer meets my lips.
Dogfish Nonic Pint.
11.5% ABV.

Super thick pour, lots to admire here. Hits the glass and forms a deep abyss of shiny black with a half finger of beige head that reduces to a thin creamy ring leaving speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is definitely how a coffee stout should be. Huge scoops of coffee beans straight out - oily, earthy, and slightly sweet, with undertones of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla within the coffee. I also get a bit of curacao. The slightest hint of alcohol.

Flavors are intense and purposeful. Vanilla hits the tongue first, followed by dark cherry and massive coffee beans - bringing tickling notes of Almond Joy and moderate char. Lingering burning suggestions of coconut and caramel. Slight Black Patent astringency and bitterness towards the end that throws the balance off a bit and is a touch overwhelming. Really its achilles' heel.

Feel is thick and sticky as it should be, and hella burning as it also should be. Good heft to this one. You don't doubt you're drinking a stout. Well, maybe spiked creamer-filled coffee occasionally.

Overall, an incredible stout, but honestly, I think Parish's Reve has this one edged out by a fair margin. It's also less than half as expensive, and a smidge sweeter. This is just a hint overrated. Even so, this is probably the 2nd best coffee stout I've ever had.

$14.99 / 2-pack @ Red's in Nashville

May 26, 2021
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DanBrenda from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ordered from Tavour. Chilled and poured into an imperial pint glass.

Look: dark brown, almost black, dark tan creamy three finger head that cascaded. Hard poured and overflowed the glass. The lacing is a beautiful tan clinging lace that hangs to the side of the glass
Smell: sweet day old cold coffee, dark roast and almost a hint of vanilla
Taste: sweet day old coffee, roasty notes, lingering sweet, hints of booze
Feel: full mouthfeel, super creamy feel with not tickle of carbonation at all. Syrupy and thick

Perennial is a super creative brewer and this is a fun, sweet, creamy coffee stout that hides the booze well. Love this beer personally, but then again there are two drinks in my every day, coffee and beer... put them together and you got me.

Cheers everyone!

Mar 19, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crowler from Uptown Market.

Jet black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is quite excellent. Surprisingly coffee forward with a blend of almond and hazelnut, soft blueberry and oatmeal notes on top of a rather excellent stout base. Rich chocolate coffee, roast and a little licorice. There's a strong undercurrent of dark caramel present here. A touch of potent black patent bitterness and acrid notes are present, really tempering the sweeter notes and providing good structure. The palate opens bitter and full with coffee, roast, dark chocolate and cocoa. Mild dark caramel. The coffee isn't as deep and nuanced as on the nose, but its still really good. The fruity and nutty notes pair really well with the dark chocolate malt notes. While not slick, there are flavors of oatmeal and a touch of oxidation present. Full in body, softly carbonated, this feels smooth and soft on the palate. Really impressively structured and balanced beer.

Nov 30, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan head, the nose is strong coffee notes, heavy char, dark chocolate, and some stone fruit. Wow.

The coffee is forward on the taste, and the char is dominant, but the star for me is the stone fruit - the dark cherry flavors are magnificent.

I bought this 2+ years ago, and the bottle suggests enjoying this within 60 days. It held up exceptionally well, because this is world class, IMHO.

Aug 30, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2018 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and light legs.

S - Big aromas of dark chocolate fudge, roasted malts, light sweetness, however I did get some alcohol burn. The coffee is more acrid roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose bright fudge and chocolate, tons of harsh alcohol notes. Almost black licorice flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin and sticky, harsh nose.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming stout...which confuses me as the barrel aged one years ago was really really good...unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 07, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade, shared with rudzud
Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly darker head with lower retention, good legs basically paints the glass, pitch black thick beer

Nose brings loads of fudge and coffee, roasty nutty coffee with lots of chocolate as well, dark chocolate cocoa, mild fruity undertones, light roasty notes, and touch of nougat

Taste rich dark malts, fudgey, dark chocolate, cocoa, layers of chocolate, little nougat marshmallow notes, a bit thin overall, lots of coffee, roasty malt and roasty coffee, with light nutty and fruity coffee, generic fruity flavors, alcohols is fairly hot, with tingly hot alcohol and a little fusel flavor, some bitter roast, chicory char thing

MOuth is fuller bod but a bit thin and watery feeling, very boozy hot tingly alcohol, medium to higher foamy carb

Overall a bit of, actually quite a bit of a let down. Nose was decent but taste brought tons of alcohol, decent coffee, but not much of a stout character, and a bit thin and watery, just pretty lame

Dec 07, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml bottle. 2018. Refigerated earlier; rested pre pour on counter for @ 1 hour. Still modestly chilly. As expected big Imp Stout. Usual suspects appearance wise for style and abv. Fragrant but still somewhat muted nose.
Flavor big with stout, dark chocolate and espresso. Dark fig and molasses shows up as beer warms. Slight harshness from the coffee roast. Slight crispness in feel; otherwise very deep and smooth. ABV pretty much hidden without burn. Nicely crafted big coffee stout that slightly lends OO positively to the bitter side of coffee and chocolate. Excellent.

Nov 22, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coffee imperial stout, very good mouthfeel.
It's dark and complex but not overly heavy even if it hits you hard soon after you've tried it!

Sep 30, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sump is a big Stout. It's heavy, full of flavor, thick and sweet. It leaves a nice sugar coffee after taste that reminds me of the Swedish coffee/fika paus at

Swedish work. I think it is pretty good.

Look: black with a two to three inch thick mocca colored head. I am drinking from 1 liter mug.

Aroma: roasted malts, sweet coffee, chocolate

Taste: The taste is roasted malts, sweet coffee and some chocolate. Coffee with sugar is the dominant flavor.

Body/Overall: it is full bodied, viscous, and thick like oil.

Jun 25, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my snifter the beer is a black color with just a film of tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt and faint coffee.
Coffee is more prominent in the taste, and lingers throughout. There is a little bit of chocolate.
Big-bodied sipping beer. Alcohol not at all apparent.

May 19, 2019
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skiking70 from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had a lot of coffee stouts and this beer hits all the right notes. Great feel and flavor, with an exceptional head on top. Would love to try the BA version.

May 09, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick coffee colored head that doesn't stick around too long but is satiny and inviting.
Smell is reminiscent of figs and plums soaked in coffee that has sat since this morning. It's certainly more enticing than it sounds.
Taste leads with mocha and a chocolate cherry kind of note (the kind with booze on the inside). As it warms I am getting more subtle and lighter fruit notes, hints of apple/pear, white cherries, and even lightly floral notes along with the more typical charred/bitter roasty malt notes. The biggest downfall I see here is that the stale coffee in the aroma sort of builds on my palate in the taste and it doesn't work as well as it did in the nose. Still a very good coffee stout flavor.
Mouthfeel is excellent. I'm always appreciative of these huge beers when the brewers manage to keep them from becoming syrupy monsters. This is a big beer but it isn't motor oil or molasses
Overall this is a lovely beer. At 20$ for a 750 it isn't a terrible deal either. Not something I will necessarily keep on hand but I will certainly keep an eye out for it's release each year.

May 06, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle @ home, from January 2018. Pours like motoroil, thick and jet black. Dense dark brown head with a small layer retention. Strong aroma's of roasted coffee with additional sweetness, dark chocolate and a touch of red fruit. Retronasal follows this. Flavour is above moderate sweet with a little coffee sourness. Fairly strong alcohol feel. Full bodied. Oily mouthfeel, prickly carbonation. Long finish with roasted coffee and drak chocolate. Not nearly enjoyed within the recommended 60 days after bottling, but still delicious. Lives up to its reputation.

This review was for the first part of the bottle.

Unfortunately, upon pouring the rest, it turned out to be a completely undrinkable muddy mess. Literally thick as mud, extremely bitter, to the point of non-digestible, and at bottom the of the bottle I found a layer of glutinous jelly. I'm sure this is not how it's supposed to be, and I will give it another try if I get the chance, but until that time, I have to grade down my rating considerably.

May 04, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Anthracite coal black body; relatively thin yet dense and creamy light tan head. Light notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Big cocoa flavor with some coffee bitterness; suggestion of esters; excellent bitterness; mildly boozy. Heavy body; soft, thick and chewy; some alcohol warmth; semi-sweet with a slight dry edge.

I held off a bit before drinking this one, so I don't know if a fresher version would have a bolder aroma to it. But make no mistake, the taste and mouthfeel are exquisite. It delivers a rich and dense sensory experience, exploding with luxurious dark malt goodness. Despite a hefty ABV, the booziness is pretty well tamed and lets the mark malts and coffee do most of the talking. A most righteous coffee imperial stout!

Apr 29, 2019
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark roast coffee, fudge, just a little heat, and a tinge alcohol on the nose. When it warms the alcohol scent disappears completely. The taste follows exactly with a slight hint of the alcohol on the back of the pallet that continues to warm the gullet on the way down. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, fudgy, and finishes dry exactly like coffee should. Overall it’s great

Apr 28, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with two fingers of mocha head.
Smells of dark roast, coffee, chocolate.
Taste follows, chocolate fudgy, coffee, roasty malts.
Full body, silky, good carb levels.
Overall an excellent coffee stout.

Apr 26, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Rich, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, smooth, semi sweet, sticky malts, with a boozy kick. Robust coffee bean, malty, boozy nose. Black, opaque, tan head with multi rings of latticed lace. Full body.

Apr 19, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

01/22/18 release. Bottle recommends drinking within 60 days for ideal coffee flavor and aroma.

Appearance - Pours like hot motor oil, black, thick and viscous , with a dark tan, half finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a mostly barren surface with an island of suds in the center and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but none expected.

Smell - Fudgy chocolate, maple, caramel, lesser coffee and a hint of molasses.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep and dark with sensual flavors. Fudgy chocolate, dark caramel, maple sweetness,

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick but silky and creamy smoothness before a slightly dry and sticky finish.

Overall - Really tasty. Nice depth. I'm thinking next time I need to find me a bottle within 60 days of release to get the full coffee flavor experience.

Apr 18, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - More attractive than most Stouts, and it's hard to pin it down to any specific reason. Black as coffee death. Warm hugs of lacing cling to the glass, with a rich, brown foam. Fuck yes.
S - Jesus Tap-Dancing Coffee Christ. I have no words - like a combo of heavenly espresso beans, chocolate and roasty beer.
T - Not as outstanding as the smell, but still one of the BEST tasting coffee stouts I've ever had.
F - Kidding me? Velvet meets carbonation, without making you bloaty. The one downside is night-time wakey-wakey. WORTH IT.
O - Yeah, probably the best coffee stout I've enjoyed at this ABV. Outstanding. TRY IT.

Mar 08, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smell is dominated by lightly roasted, caramel malt and coffee aromas, as well as hints of the spices that come with them, like cinnamon and coriander, and a rich chocolate fudge note. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of lightly roasted, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate fudge and notes of cinnamon, coriander, vanilla, licorice, toffee and a certain earthy/musty character. Finishes bittersweet, with a medium bitterness and some notes of roasted malt and coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I had this at 13 months old and there was still a good amount of coffee left in it, although I could imagine this being more of a coffee bomb fresh. However, I actually rather liked the balance of earthy/spicy coffee and rich milk chocolate fudge in its current state, which is complemented by a perfect balance of sweet and bitter/roasted notes. Just a fantastic overall balance with some very nice, although perhaps not too intense, coffee notes and super-rich chocolate. I would say that the chocolate probably slightly outweighs the coffee at 13 months old and I'm not sure if that's the idea behind this stout, but I couldn't care less personally as I rather like it this way. Absolutely sublime, rich and creamy mouthfeel as well, leaving the whole glass covered in a film of lace. Certainly one of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I've had. Does turn a bit floral/hoppy as it warms though, I would suggest not letting this warm up TOO much before consuming, especially if you're planning on drinking the whole bomber by yourself.

Feb 05, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice coffee, chocolate and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee, chocolate and caramel flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced and silky coffee Stout

Jan 27, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - 1-finger mocha head atop a black body.

S - vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate.

T - tons of tasty, medium cold-brewed coffee with a vanilla shot. Semi-sweet melted chocolate, nut butter, roast. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - delicious.

Jan 26, 2019
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