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Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Sump Coffee StoutSump 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

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Photo of danh53
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and thick coming out of the bottle. No head at all. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds coming through on the nose. It smells rich, but not too complex. Taste is rich bakers chocolate and earthy coffee with vanilla and slight green pepper. Its a malt forward beer with sweetness, but the earthy, smoky coffee grounds balance it nicely. Full mouth feel, almost chewy, and despite the lack of head, the carbonation is there and moves the beer nicely across the palate. Coats the mouth and the coffee flavors build on the tongue as it goes along.

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Photo of Austin32
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Judging off of coffee alone it is probably the best coffee infused stout I have ever had. Rich velvety mouth feel and amazing coffee smell and flavor. See it....buy it.

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pourd into a snifter glass out of 22.oz bottle poured a thick motor oil black with a dark thin copper head that eventually faded out to no head within a min of being poured.

Smells of roasted expresso are at the up front of the sniff.

Taste like a fudge Chocolate coffee cake with velvet molasses syrup trim along the glass

Overall I rate this in my top ten non ba stouts I put it up
There with bomb, kbs it's a fine coffee stout! Can't wait to try out the ba version!

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick and smelled of fresh made coffe though there was a tad over brewed smell. The coffee definitely predominated though there was a tad of a hint of chocolate. Taste followed along the lines of the smell. Strong black coffee. Thick and coating though not on the truly heavy end of the stout graph. Overall I would say it is an excellent coffee stout with all the right roasty notes.

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Photo of stakem
3.22/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thank you kindly Tim for sharing this one with me. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark khaki head.

The smell is earthy and roasty before opening up with something that smells like green bell peppers and minerals. The taste is sweet and malty with a earthy roasty bitterness to contrast and then, just like the nose warned, a vegetal taste of green bell peppers.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. I heard nothing but amazing things about this beer and honestly, it was a let down. Not sure if we had an off or dated bottle but I highly suspect the usage of lightly roasted coffee beans is to blame for the vegetal green bell pepper flavor. I wouldnt mind trying this beer again but I gotta be honest with my review based on this experience.

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Photo of Smitch
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Low carbonation; very little head, no retention. Smells like coffee, and roasted oats. Tastes of bitter coffee with a back end sweetness. Full mouth feel

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Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black with thin mocha colored head that quickly fades to a modest crown. Creamed coffee aroma with fruity notes, and vanilla, chocolate and some slight bourbon behind. Big coffee flavor, dark with a little char, and chocolate and cherry in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Pretty solid, but not worth the prices it commands in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you came for coffee, you got it. This stout is a straight up boozy mocha in a glass (you could put it in a coffee mug and no-one would be any the wiser). Pours a nice dark black with a coffee colored head, which retains for a little time at least. A little coffee ground looking sediment remains from the pour.

Rich chocolate and dark fruits play off the bitter, pervading coffee notes. Feel is full and sticky, into dessert beer territory as much as a morning sipper. Sweet and bitter sit well together and bring somewhat of a balance within this big, big stout.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: pitch black like motor oil, cinnamon colored head.
smell: coffee
taste: coffee grinds
feel: full bodied and the coffee flavor is overpowering.
overall: i can only enjoy this with chocolate cake.

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Photo of Tommo
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee for days. Huge coffee aroma and follows on the palate. Almost to much for some people, but Jon and i enjoyed it. Amazing smooth body and a great overall beer. Would buy again

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the bier stein in Eugene last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, the coffee aroma is VERY pronounced, probably the most intense coffee flavor I've ever come across. There's also noticeable dark chocolate and vanilla as well, and maybe even some black cherry, but the coffee aroma really dominates the nose in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in a fairly sweet, rich format. The coffee helps to counter the sweetness somewhat, but even so, this is very much a sipper, and it's hard to imagine getting more than a single glass of this (it was sold in an 8 ounce glass at BS). Mouthfeel is very full and soft on the palate, and the finish was long and coffee infused (as you would expect). The fairly high abv. is noticeable, but certainly not over the top, and there was no heat or alcoholic bite on the finish.

Very impressive offering from Perennial, though the coffee is a bit much, and this beer is very, very rich.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with minimal dark tan carbonation and little to no head.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee and blueberry. The coffee is more like a fresh bean and not necessarily roasted--very sweet and fruity.

Flavors alternate between blueberry, walnut, chocolate, and that fresh, non-bitter, non-roasty coffee.

There is absolutely no bitterness whatsoever, and very little roastiness to speak of. As such Sump is unapologetically sweet but not syrupy. It's very easy, smooth drinking, with the high ABV being undetectable. Sump can be exceedingly frothy as well, if swirled around the tongue.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sump is a solid coffee stout. It poured an opaque black with tan head that left some lace. The scent had waifs of coffee and roast. The taste was similar to the scent. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's quite nice.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Twisted Spokes Chicago. A very solid nice bodied coffee stout with great hints of chocolatey coffee raging the taste buds. A very big taste that has you wanting more while the ABV is extremely hidden. Goes down very smooth and it has such a big body flavor!

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Photo of Tiburon
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and black, starts out bittersweet coffee, mouth feel like a cement mixer. Bitterness fades a little as it warms up. Grows on you, though it is all about personal preference in stouts. It is better than I thought it would be, and I was able to get it at retail at Consumer Beverage.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Feb 16

A: Deep mahogany almost black with Some deep red highlights when held to the light. Viscous A finger of milk chocolate colored head. Looks like the beast it is.
S: smells boozy. Behind the booze is coffee and dark roasted malt
T: Dark roasted coffee, deep roasted malts, chocolate, leather tobacco. Tastes like an old money study.
MF: Thick and big tasting. Almost chewy. Fills the mouth with roasty goodness
O: This is a BIG beer that demands respect. It is a coffee stout but there is much more to it than coffee. Overall a top notch stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever brought this to March Madness 2016.

Pours black. Tan head, 1/4". Aroma of coffee, pleasant and pungent.

Taste was all about dat coffee. Not a massive roast bomb or overly acrid or bitter. Hides alcohol amazingly well, doesn't get overly viscous. Carbonation relatively low and it still works. Not a lot else going on, chocolate, not really.

I saw this a few months ago, wanted to pull the trigger, but $20 is a tough sell for a non barrel aged beer. I'd bang this all day for $10-12 a 4/6 pack though.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown and black hues with a thin cinnamon-colored head
S: Huge coffee notes on the nose with a bit of roasted malt
T: As expected this is a very roasted coffee-forward stout with mocha, dark chocolate, and molasses hints
F: Low carbonation and a somewhat thin
O: Sump is an excellent example of a coffee stout. The taste is somewhat dominated by the coffee notes up front, but there are plenty of supporting flavors to nicely round out each sip. Overall this was an expertly crafted and tasty coffee stout.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 and 2016 versions were sampled together for comparison.

Appearance – The beer was brownish black with a slight mocha head.

Smell – The 2016 version has a much bigger coffee profile. The 2015 version was much more raspberry forward with little coffee in the nose.

Taste – The 2016 version is much more coffee forward with the raspberry only a hint. The 2015 version had a nice seedy raspberry profile with the coffee more in the background. The overall profile of the 2016 is quite bitter in comparison. I preferred the cellared 2015.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is a little thin but quite smooth.

Overall – Sump is a nice beer, but not my favorite from the brewer. The comparison provided an interesting perspective.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from both a bottle and on tap (both '16). Well balanced smooth coffee with chocolate undertones - no unpleasant bitterness or detectable alcohol presence. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a syrupy black color, almost like motor oil. A very small tan head, that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Coffee and some really roasted malt. Quite a bit of coffee of in the nose. The warmer this beer gets the less the coffee dominates the nose. When it colder coffee overcomes almost the rest of the nose. Sweet malt in the nose too.

T: A heavy dose of coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt. The coffee does dominate the taste and is really overwhelming when it is still colder. But once you let it warm up the coffee meshes well with the other flavors. A nice coffee bitterness in the finish, doesn't finish overly sweet.

F: A very thick syrupy mouth feel that coats the whole mouth. Low carbonation.

O: We had this in the fridge since that is what the bottle suggested, and we started drinking it when it was still pretty cold. I definitely recommend letting this warm up before you start drinking it, as it is much more enjoyable once it warms up. Overall, a really nice coffee stout and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black colour with very minimal traces of thin tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a slightly oily finish.

Huge scents of cold pressed coffee, dark cocoa powder and chalky mineralness. Malty sweetness in the background.

Malty sweetness upfront, between molasses and a dark honey, followed by cold brewed coffee. Slight hints of alcohol esters and cocoa nibs on the finish.

Amazing oiliness that coats the mouth in velvety finish. Low to no carbonation.

Unadulterated coffee stout that highlights the sweetness of a cold brewed coffee. Thanks to Rutager for the gift.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I filled a growler with the 2015 version. Hard to mistake the overall quality of the beer; however, a year of aging did not seem to enhance the taste. Need to try a more fresh version.

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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, dated 1/2016, poured into a teku

A- Pitch black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, espresso, creamy rich chocolate, some caramel. Big, rich, and robust.

T- Roasted coffee, some chocolate, caramel malts, some char, mild dark fruits round out the taste.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- Easy drinking, alcohol is very well drinking. Was hoping it would be fuller body and the supporting flavors would bigger, but still a great coffee stout.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with almost no head and spotty lacing. Big notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and lightly sweet bread. Medium body, very drinkable and slightly dry. This beer hits the coffee notes well with restrained bitterness and great feel. Top tier coffee stout for sure.

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